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TIME TESTED TALES TOLD IN TUNES

A born storyteller, Claudia weaves songs into these well known tales that give the stories a fresh new slant, while teaching some important life lessons. With her expressive delivery and clever lyrics, (and a bit of double entendre for the adults in the audience), she offers entertainment for elementary school aged children that has an educational edge. For venues with media screens, the shows can be accompanied by visuals. (Watch video slideshow below for "Little Red Riding Hood" visuals.)

In "Little Red Riding Hood", Claudia's debut musical, there are numerous lessons. The wolf's self-pity lament "I'm So Blue" points out his failure to be accountable for his choices. Red Riding Hood's discovery of the wolf posing as her grandmother in "You Just Don't Seem To Be Yourself Tonight", shows her ability to pay attention to her own gut feelings when danger threatens, and flee. "Cranky" alerts children to be conscious of how their emotions influence their decisions, and also stresses the importance of a sincere apology when a wrong has been committed.

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PHONE: 615-336-1392 or EMAIL

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Performance excerpts of "Little Red Riding Hood" filmed with a live audience.
Fourth Floor Theater, Nashville, TN (2016)

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Full narration with songs and slide show of
"LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD"

These wonderful vintage watercolors were created by Eulalie Banks. Although they are public domain, permission to use them in the show has been granted by her daughter. The audio on this video is a rough mix. Please do not share this unfinished video with the public until this notice is removed.

A SHOW FOR EVERY BUDGET!

From a solo performance to working with your local theater group, this show will fit your venue.

Claudia performs solo for small venues with a limited budget, narrating the story and singing the the songs while accompanying herself on guitar and ukulele. For venues with media screens she can also add visuals.

For larger venues Claudia performs as a duo or trio. Adding highly acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Moe Dixon beautifully enhances the soundtrack for the musicals, adding drama to the narration and giving both color and depth to the songs. His virtuoso musicianship extends to ukulele, guitar, banjo, dobro, and cello. For very large venues and festivals they can also perform as a trio with upright bass.

This show can also be presented in conjunction with a theater group. For drama groups the musical can be geared to the skillset of the participants, from very small children (pantomime and limited singing), to older youth and adults who have some musical and acting ability. With more sophisiticated actors, Claudia functions as the narrator and helps with the music. It is reccomended that the show be booked as a duo for this format.

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND
EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS
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Claudia will work with children's advocacy organizations or law enforcement agencies to offer a "post-show" discussion on the lessons featured in the performance. Topics for conversation with the audience of "Little Red Riding Hood" would be "stranger danger", boundaries, accountablity, and remorse and forgiveness.

Songwriting workshop: A former salaried songwriter on Nashville's famous music row, Claudia teaches the craft of songwriting to all ages. She offers one on one instruction on the construction of a song, writing better lyrics, creating better melodies, learning new rhythms, where to find inspiration, and how to critique your own songs.

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Claudia Nygaard and Moe Dixon don't just make music, they make magic,
and their joy in performing together is contagious.

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WHAT THE VENUES ARE SAYING...

"Claudia is a witty, talented songwriter and an engaging performer. The audiences loved her and I would be thrilled to have her grace our stage again!"
Ruth Condon, Cotuit Center For The Arts, Cape Cod MA

"I've received numerous glowing comments from attendees raving about how much they enjoyed the show". Bonnie Vining, Vail Theatre of the Arts, Tucson, AZ

"A number of folks approached me after the show and said they thought she was the best performer to appear in our series to date. That is really saying something!" Herb Goslin, Folk At The Landings, Savannah, GA

"Claudia Nygaard is a stunning singer/songwriter who is just as adept at telling a story as she is at singing a song. With her warmth and wit she has a way of connecting with the audience as few performers do." Valerie Birk, Edgars Coffeehouse, Chicago, IL

"The Old Sloop Coffeehouse audience loved Claudia Nygaard! Her heartfelt songwriting and engaging stories moved the audience from laughter to tears.
Celene & Geoff Lyon, Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport, MA

"Claudia was a smash hit with our audience.  Her songs, her stories, her charming wit, and her engaging personality combined to provide all of us with a wonderful evening of entertainment."  Kelson Slayman "Folk at the Cannery", Dataw Island, SC

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LET THE STORM ROLL IN" REVIEWS...

"Stunning - What a find this is...  The whole disc is a sheer delight and a far cry from the mainly faux country material coming out of Nashville these days... this is exceptionally good."  *****Five stars!  Maverick Magazine

“Claudia Nygaard’s music invitingly straddles the fence between country and folk with a band sound that is decidedly unplugged and artfully laid-back in support of her sensually lyrical alto. And then, there’s the matter of her songs-- that rival the likes of Guy Clark or Ian Tyson in their plainspoken, memoir-like quality, rich with personalized images and a resonant point-of-view.”
Sing Out Magazine

"The immigration saga that accompanies “Big Country” and the naiveté of youth recalled in “J.C.” are relayed from both a tender and touching perspective. Yet Nygaard’s also got a scrappy side to her as well. Her sympathetic homage to Miss Kitty of TV’s “Gunsmoke” fame is absolutely hilarious and her plea to a reticent lover in the song simply titled “Say It” conveys both desperation and desire without resorting to self-pity. Nygaard is a knowing soul and Let The Storm Roll In offers a torrent of wisdom and reflection." No Depression

“Nothing short of amazing… Comprised of a dozen equally excellent tunes, “Let The Storm Roll In” reveals Nygaard to be one of Americana music’s hidden gems.”  In Tune, The Daily News

"One of the finest singer/songwriter/storyteller collections in recent memory... 'His Left Side' is utterly brilliant." Wildy's World

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