Book Review: "MORE FOG, PLEASE" by Susan Moore Jordan
“More Fog, Please” by Susan Moore Jordan is a book about the author’s 31 years of directing High school and community musicals, but this unique slice of history is also the culmination of the author’s joy, hard work, and love of theater. The author also highlights the journey of putting together a living, breathing art to recreate in the hearts and minds of the audience an experience that lasts a lifetime.
The book is written in a familiar, graceful style as if you are sitting across from the author sharing a cup of tea and swapping tales. Moore gently brings the reader through many of her productions. The ups and downs, the mishaps and calamities, but through it all, she puts a face and history to the many people, young and old who she worked countless hours with, and the many challenges they all had to face building a successful production. Moore’s wealth of experience shines through her written words, memories, and stories, which make for a delightful read. Throughout it all, I kept thinking how lucky the youth were who had the privilege to study under her tutelage and expertise. I honestly believe people like this author make communities come alive and children blossom.
As a side note, I’d also like to add that her cover is sensational, and the photos included in the book were also enjoyable, especially for someone like me, who knows absolutely nothing about what it takes to put on a play, musical or any theater production. So this book was a real treat.
“More Fog, Please” is available on Amazon.com.
Back Blurb: – 31 Years Directing Community and High School Musicals -- is exactly that, memories of over thirty of the eighty musical theater shows Susan Moore Jordan directed from 1984 to 2015. “There’s no question where the buck stops in a theater production,” Jordan says, but she adds, “There are many people mentioned in these pages, because none of these shows could have happened without them.” Each chapter begins with the “Director’s Note” that appeared in the printed program for the show, and Jordan informally discusses the productions. She highlights the events – some exciting, some stressful, some humorous, some anxious, some frightening, some sad – that confirmed the old saying “the show must go on.” Woven throughout the book are “adventures” with stage fog, which the author loved to use. An intriguing look into the world of amateur theater and the people who make it happen, from one director’s point of view.
About the Author
After growing up in the unique town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Susan Moore Jordan attended the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati as a vocal performance major. She also served on the administrative staff of the Edgecliff Academy of Fine Arts and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival. In 1971 she moved with her late husband, a tenor, and three young children to the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Several years later, she established a private voice studio that has sent its students on to leading schools of music and opera or musical theater companies around the world. Jordan began directing musical productions for community groups and high schools in 1984 and directed eighty shows through 2015. In October 2013, she published her first novel, How I Grew Up, followed by Eli's Heart in June, 2014, and You Are My Song, published in January, 2015. All of her novels are drawn from her life experiences as a voice teacher and stage director and are inspired by real people she has encountered.