The Gingerbread Players note with sorrow the passing of our dear friend and musical inspiration for many years, composer Bill Ryden, whose brilliant original works created for the Players include "RAGTAG! or The Mayor's New Suit," "Through the Looking Glass," "The Sleeping Beauty" and "Nowell! The Christmas Story in Song." Bill was a beloved member of our community for many years, lending his talents as composer, arranger, consultant and teacher. His kindness and good fellowship will always be remembered.
The obituary appeared in the New York Times.
Memorial contributions to the Gingerbread Players in Bill's name can be made out to Saint Luke's Church, with Gingerbread Players/Bill Ryden in the memo line, and mailed to Gingerbread Players of St. Luke's Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills, NY 11375
I went to last night's production of Love's Labour's Lost and really enjoyed it.
I see a lot of Shakespeare around NYC, including productions by the RSC and others featuring Ian McKellen, Anne Hathaway, Patrick Stewart, the late Christopher Reeves and others.
Your production compares favorably with a lot of what I've seen. The friend I went with and I agreed that you probably beat all of them in enjoyment per dollar.
Thanks a lot for the great job!
PS, please put me on your mailing list.