Composer | Orchestrator | Teacher
In "Hamlet" performed at Providence College (2018), Hannah Y Greene was asked to compose an "Ophelia Theme." This theme was re-worked for different scenes including a "Love Scene" between her and Hamlet early in the play; a "Dream Ballet" when she's dreaming about Hamlet; a "Fight Scene" when Hamlet tells her to get to a nunnery; and a "Funeral" theme after she kills herself.
In "Hamlet" performed at Providence College (2018), Hannah Greene was asked to compose songs for Ophelia. In the play, Ophelia goes crazy and recites these poems. In this staged rendition the Director wanted them written into songs, as if they are songs from her childhood that have resurfaced due to her extreme sadness loosing her father and her love, Hamlet.
Hannah Y Greene has worked extensively with live theatre productions. Having done acting since childhood, worked as a House Manager at the University of Denver and Directed a children's group for multiple years, she has limelight and back-stage experience and therefore understands the process and needs of the theatre.
Composing music for a live production requires a very different thought process. Most of the time, the blocking has not been finished yet, so as a composer, she must work closely with the Director to get a sense of their vision so that Hannah can work out how long each piece of music should be, where, and what kind.
Music within the play must be flexible for live mistakes, speed changes, and other things that might happen - this requires the the music to be easily cut short or looped as necessary.
Entre-acte music is written to help dictate a change in location, time, or other ways to help move the story into the next scene. These usually need to be very short but help cover the "black ninjas" as they make scene changes on stage.
Written and Directed by Katy Williams
The "Myth of Pegasus" was written and director by Katy Williams. Using life size puppets that Katy designed and built with her team, they play tells the story of Bellerophon who captured Pegasus in order to save the people from the monstrous Chimera.
Aside from a short narration at the beginning of the play, the whole production was told through action and music. Katy Williams hired me, Hannah Y Greene, to compose, orchestrate, and produce the 30+ minutes of music to which she blocked the action of the play to. The music is divided up into 4 different scenes. There are reoccurring themes for Pegasus, Bellerophon, the Chimera, and the goddess Athena.
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Hired by Providence College, RI
Wrote entre-acte music
Composed songs for Ophelia
Worked a week in RI to implement music
and make adjustments
“The Myth of Pegasus” (2014 and 2017)
By Katy Williams and Hannah Young
Senior Project by Katy Williams at the University of Denver
Composed orchestral music for acts I, II, III, and IV
Performed and recorded by students at the University of Denver
Restaged and Lengthen (2017)
Performed in Ft. Collins, CO
By Steve Martin
Senior Project by Cheyenne Michaels
Composed “Theme Song” – orchestral
Performed and recorded by students at the
University of Denver
By Mellissa James Gibson
Transcribed Jazz piano music
Recorded piano music for live production
Script by Nick Dear (from the novel by Mary Shelly)
Senior Project by Lauren LaCasse at the University of Denver
Composed small ensemble music for entr’acte, prelude, and postlude.
Violin: Nicole Rafferty
Musical Saw: Caroline McCaskey
Piano: Skylar Anderson
Percussion: Chantise Hunt