Où Est Le Fox? An LCCB Original featuring the music of Jeffrey Lee Roy conducted by William G. Rose
Jeffrey Lee Roy was just 18 years old when he composed Où Est Le Fox? for the Lake Charles Civic Ballet. It was a catalyst for his early training and professional career and it was performed by LCCB
and Brad Daigle’s 14 piece orchestra in 1971. The original handwritten score has been painstakingly deciphered, preserved and recorded by our conductor, William Rose. This ballet has only been seen once before and there is no audio-visual recording of it. Lady Holly Hathaway Kaough and Nancy Higginbothom have recreated the choreography based upon what they know of the original ballet. Bringing it back to the Rosa Hart stage is a labor of love for the creativity and passion of the artists of Southwest Louisiana. Because of their efforts this original creation can now be seen by our audiences this year and preserved for future generations. It is our privilege to resurrect this delightful story ballet.
CHOREOGRAPHERS: Lady Holly Hathaway and Nancy Higginbothom after Lady Leah Hathaway
COMPOSER: Jeffrey Lee Roy
CONDUCTOR: William Rose
TRUMPETS: Ricky Peters, Stephanie Lacoste, Brandon Lafleur
TROMBONES: Tim McMillen and Manny Neault
SAXOPHONES: William Christian and Reggie Rogers
TUBA: Michael Farrar
PERCUSSION: Taylor Teague and Marcus Leblanc
PIANO: Eleanor Elkins
HEAD HUNTRESS: Heather Vogel
HEAD HUNTER: Adam Richard
FOX: Lauren Reyes
HUNTERS: Alakyn Collis, Stacie Driskell, Lauren Edwards, Cara Hanks, Clara Lang, Carmen Lejeune, Meredith Owen, Alana Rembert, Danley Romero, Mary-Elizabeth Rosteet, Abby Weaver
DOGS: Claire Basone, Sarah Blue, Gabriell Little
Jeffrey Roy (April 18, 1952 – February 17, 1993)
The late Jeffrey Roy was born in Lake Charles in 1952. He taught himself to play piano at the age of 6, and his grandmother financed formal lessons at the age of 12 to allow his continued study. At the age of 16, Jeff received his first musical scholarship to SMU.It was also during this time that he began acting and performed in “Oliver,” “Dark at the Top of the Stairs,” “Long Journeys into Night,” and “The Winslow Boy.” He won several acting awards as well as awards for his original music scores, poetry, duet acting, and dramatic interpretation. He received a scholarship to McNeese State University for fine arts. While there, he composed musical scores for several theatrical productions and ballets. His composition Où Est Le Fox? played a vital role in Jeffrey receiving a scholarship to “The Neighborhood Playhouse” in New York City at the age of 20. For the next 20 years in New York, Jeffrey did musical direction for “Gypsy,” “I Do I Do,” “Whispers in the Wind,” and “Circus,” as well as an off Broadway show of “Godspell,” in which he also performed. Jeffrey performed in nightclubs, shows, taught music and singing lessons, wrote musical scores for Broadway musicals and shows, and wrote and directed for Jon Andersson. He and his band were the opening act for Chita Rivera and Carly Simon, and performed their own shows throughout New York City. He hosted talent shows for “The Lions Pub” and was the composer and lyricist for “Waking up To Beautiful Things” at St. Clements. Jeffrey Roy was a natural musical director, composer, and lyricist, and he is forever an integral part of the history of the Lake Charles Civic Ballet.
William G. Rose is presently Associate Professor of Music and Assistant Depart. Head in the Department of Music at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. He teaches the low brass studio, music theory, music technology, conducts the brass choir, and serves as Musical Director for music theater productions, as well as holds the position of Coordinator of the Computer Music Lab. He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Michigan State University; his principal teachers are Leonhard Rose, Dr. Gerald Grose, Donald Haack, Curtis Olson and Philip Sinder. He has served as principal trombone/ euphonium with the Milwaukee Civic Orchestra, bass trombonist with Acadiana Symphony and Chorale Acadiane, and has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Greater Shreveport Symphony, Plymouth Symphony and the Ron Devilliers-Jack Carr Big Band, among others. He has performed with many distinguished musicians including Kevin Clark, Les Elgart, Chuck Hedges, Slide Hampton, and Skitch Henderson; and performed in shows for Johnny Mathis, Bob Hope, Donald O’Conner, Liberace, Neil Sedaka, Lena Horne, the Four Tops and Percy Sledge. He currently serves as principal trombonist with the Lake Charles Symphony in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and the Rapides Symphony in Alexandria, Louisiana, plays lead trombone with the Lake Charles Jazz Band and performs tenor banjo and tuba with the Bayou Jazz Kings. He is also Music Director at St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church in Lake Charles. As a theatrical conductor, he has served as Music Director and conductor for many productions in the SW Louisiana area for the McNeese Theater, Lake Charles Little Theater, Louisiana Choral Foundation, Itinerant Theatre, and most recently the Keith Chamberlain Productions presentation of “Jesus Christ, Superstar, As a composer and arranger, his catalog includes works for band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, choir, handbells, brass ensembles/alphorn choir and solo works for brass; his publishers include TAP Music, Kagarice Brass Editions, Gulfwind Music Press, Treble C Music, Fred Bock Music, Editions BIM, Warwick Press and GIA Music. He has held the Henry Alexander Endowed Professorship in Music at McNeese State University, is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Melodious Accord Composition Fellow.