Rapa: Music composition ‘like reading a book’

By Aakash Jain ’14 THE ROUNDUP Senior Phillip Rapa ’14 has directed and written music for several Student Theater musicals such as “A Very Potter Musical” and “Pokemusical,” and hopes to study music composition in college. Rapa has played the piano since he was five years old and has also added the synthesizer, guitar and […]

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Touring ‘Wicked’ scores on, off stage

By Phillip Rapa ’14

It is rare that one gets a chance to go behind-the-scenes at the Gammage Theater, and I was incredibly lucky to have this opportunity.

Just recently, the Broadway musical Wicked traveled through Phoenix, and I had the privilege to sit in the pit orchestra to observe the musicians as well as see the stage from the best seat in the house. My piano instructor, Dr. Andria Fennig, plays keyboard in the pit orchestra, so I got a free one-way ticket to join the professional musicians and observe “Keyboard 1,” the most intense and comprehensive piano part in the show.

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