"Music breathes life into stage production"
By Barry Lemoine
St. Bernard Picayune
February 6, 2005
Even though he did not set foot on the stage during the production of "The Far Country," musician Pez Wilson was one of the stars of Nunez Community College's recent theatrical production.
Wilson's original score for "The Far Country" was at times poignant, haunting and humorous.
Wilson said he collaborated with the director of the show, Nick Slie, to create the right tone for the piece.
"Nick and I worked closely deciding where music should exist in the play and the various themes," Wilson said. "It was a very easy process for us. Nick is an excellent artist as well as good friend who has a very clear idea of what he's executing. I wrote themes that I then alter throughout the play with a lot of improvisation based on the themes."
Wilson also credits the author of "The Far Country," Alan Walter, for the inspiration of the music, especially the song "A Rose Is Still a Rose" that is referenced throughout the play.
"That old lightening bolt of inspiration was inspired by Alan Walter's excellent work," Wilson said. "Alan gave us a lot of meat to work with. There's a lot to bite into there. Performing the piece has elevated my music, because a great deal of subtlety and nuance is required."