FLOP! is a virtuosic piece by Anton Lipovetsky – this talented performer wrote the lyrics, composed the music, and performs it himself. But there is someone else on stage helping make the magic happen – pianist Mishelle Cuttler. We sat down with Mishelle to find out a bit about the mysterious lady behind the keys.
Delinquent Theatre: Your piano skills are on fine display in FLOP! What’s your musical background?
Mishelle Cuttler: I started out doing the classical thing, and have my Grade 10 certificate in piano from the Royal Conservatory. Over the years I also performed lots as a singer, and have accompanied choirs, instrumentalists, auditions, rehearsals and living room singalongs. I composed my first score in 2010 for a production of Romeo & Juliet at UBC, wherein I performed my music live throughout the play along with members of the cast. I also learned accordion for that show, which opened up a wonderful world of opportunities for me – not only does it sound great, but everyone loves an accordion. I continue to compose, musical direct, teach and perform music with an extra focus on music in the theatre. I recently bought a glockenspiel and a tiny harmonica.