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Lamaze methods birth singer ’s songs

By Gary Collins/reporter

NE adjunct Colleen Mallette brings her years of musical and theatrical experience to NE Theatre in her one-woman show The Lamaze School of Singing Presents How to Birth a Song, a comedic operatic spoof.

“ This program pokes fun at opera’s sacred cows,” the music teacher said.

Mallette came up with the name for the show based on a teacher whose class techniques she overheard.

“ I would walk by the room and hear her yelling, ‘push, push,’ like a Lamaze class,” she said.

Having worked years in opera and professional musical theater, Mallette also has previous teaching experience at colleges such as Houston Baptist University and Texas Christian University.

“ I’ve combined my love for traditional singing with my love for having a good time into a career art form,” she said.

Her talents and years of serious study in opera and theater have given her the opportunity to perform internationally.

Mallette and her pianist Keith Critcher have performed with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, one of the largest and oldest arts festivals.

While performing with the TCU voice faculty, she sang at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. In 2000, she and Critcher performed at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

Locally, she has performed as the vocal soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. She received her master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of North Texas.

The free concert is today at 7:30 p.m. in the NFAB Theatre.

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