FOR TONIGHT, a new musical, is written by Spencer Williams, Shenelle Williams and Whitney Rhodes.
This original musical is based on Spencer's great-great-great-great grandfather, Haydon Parry, who gives up his simple life to search for something bigger in Liverpool, England during the 1840's.
This project technically started five/six years ago, when the band Missus and Mister was formed. Missus & Mister was an outlet for Shenelle and Spencer to showcase their music at local venues around the Bay Area. The moment that solidified their new path was when an audience member came up to them and said, "Have you ever thought about writing a musical?" The idea was born.
For more information about the show, please go to: www.fortonightmusical.com
Spencer has been working as a music educator since 2005 when he graduated with honors in his major from Brigham Young University. He taught grades K-9 in public and charter schools in Philadelphia, PA, while pursuing his Master's in Music Education from Boston University.
After receiving his Master's in Music Education, he relocated to the Bay Area and has been working at Pinewood School for the last six years. For the last four years, he has been the Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair where he manages five faculty members. He teaches AP Music Theory, a mixed chorus - Pinewood Singers, and Women's Chorus. He also produces, directs, choreographs, musical directs the musicals (depending on the show). He will be directing/musical directing Les Miserables this Spring.
His choirs have performed in St. Peter's at the Vatican, St. Popolo's Square in Rome, at the Frascati Choral Festival, Cadogan Hall in London, Westminster Abbey in Westminster, England, Avery Fisher Hall in New York City and multiple times in Disneyland and California Adventure.
Spencer organizes all US and international tours for students.
He's a very passionate educator that focuses on creating opportunities for his students to work with professional musicians and theatre artists. Past artists have included: David Poe (Whisper House and singer/songwriter), Jacob ben Widmar (The Book of Mormon ), Emily Bergl (Desperate Housewives ), David Yost (Mighty Morphin Power Ranger ), Brad Ellis (musical director of GLEE ), and more...
For a detailed resume, please click here to download.
Spencer has been working as lead producer on several shows at Pinewood School.
A few notable achievements:
- Musicals produced by Pinewood Performing Arts (PPA) are consistently sold-out. During the run of The Sound of Music , they were able to sell-out three weeks before the show opened!
- PPA also produces an annual musical concert at the end of each year. Past shows have included Songs for a New World and Godspell with special guest stars and professional actors from the Bay Area. We've raised over $40,000 in scholarship funds in the last two years.
- All marketing materials, website, ticket sales, press releases and program is designed and handled by Spencer
Bye Bye Birdie, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee , Dames at Sea, Godspell, Xanadu, The Sound of Music, Songs for a New World, Whisper House and this Spring, Les Miserables.
Go to: www.pinewoodarts.com for more info.
Spencer has worked a director/musical director for many different theatres across the Bay Area and beyond. He started at the collegiate level musical directing City of Angels for the University of Pennsylvania while living in Philadelphia. Since moving to the Bay Area, he has worked at San Jose Repertory Theatre (30th Anniversary Gala Party with songs from 1940’s Radio Hour, Making Tracks and Spring Awakening ), San Jose Stage Company (Avenue Q, 1776,The Great American Trailer Park Musical and Altar Boyz ) and Foothill College (Bat Boy ).
He's also had the pleasure of directing the first annual Bay Area High School Musical Theatre Showcase that showcased thirty-five of the best high school students in the Bay Area. He looks forward to directing the showcase again in January 2014.
He will also be directing and musical directing the school edition of Les Miserables this Spring at Pinewood School.
For a full directing/musical directing resume, please download here.