Garneau Theatre (8712 – 109 street) August 13, 15 – 21
More information: sixguitars.com
An interview with Chase Padgett.
Describe your show in 5 words.
Music, comedy, characters telling stories.
Okay, now that we’re intrigued, what’s the longer description?
6 Guitars is a pitch perfect blend of music, comedy, and characters. Chase Padgett delivers a virtuosic performance as he becomes 6 different guitar players each representing a different genre of music: Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk, and Country. As the show unfolds, the original characters share hilarious stories and songs that reveal how music has changed their lives and how it binds us all together. Perfect for any music lover who wants to laugh.
How long has it been since the full 90 minute form of 6 Guitars appeared at Edmonton Fringe? What made it the right time to bring it back?
6 Guitars last played in Edmonton in 2012. In those 3 years I’ve done the show at least 100 more times and through repetition comes refinement. It’s sharper, funnier, and more poignant than ever. As for bringing it back to Edmonton I kept hearing people say to me, “I never got to see it,” so now those people can.
Who are the 6 guitarists you transform into over the course of the show?
See the attached character descriptions.
How did you and your co-author Jay Hopkins choose these guitarists?
The whole process with Jay was extremely organic. He would simply ask questions about each character and I would respond with what was in my head. Sometimes it lead to questions that I never anticipated which lead to interesting discoveries. Eventually Jay interviewed me as each of the characters and the improvised responses became the basis of the earliest incarnation of the show.
How did you research the artists you portray in the show? What was your favourite fact you found out throughout this research process?
The research for the original characters was basically done through seeing and meeting musician over the course of my life. For instance, the Blues character is based on the times I’ve seen Buddy Guy and BB King live. I did everything I could to capture the brilliant ease of their showmanship. The Jazz guy was more close to home. He’s loosely based on the Jazz professor I had in college whose love of status seemed to get in the way of truly enjoying the music he played.
Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?
People say they like the show even better now than they did 2 years ago. It sold nearly 3000 tickets in the 2013 Winnipeg Fringe and it’s going to sell even more this year.
The 34th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is August 13 – 23. Get your tickets at tickets.fringetheatre.ca starting August 4.