A year after their joyful performance for a packed house last summer at the South Granville Congregational Church, the seven members of the LaMothe/Gee Family are back with a new show, appearing further down the road at the Fort Salem Theater, in Salem.
Earth Bound offers an evening of inspiring, enlivening song, music, and dance. The whole family will sing, singly and together in close harmony, on tunes ranging from originals to jazz standards to Broadway ballads. Woven through it all will be a humorous, reflective narrative about their life on a farm in Hebron.
“This Family believes in the transformative power of art,” says Kimerer LaMothe. “In response to whatever happens in our lives, music and dance have the power to connect us with healing rhythms of the natural world that beat in us and around us. Music and dance put us in touch with the joy that is our inheritance as creatures born to this beautiful planet. We need to be moved, where we are.”
For this family, music and dance provide a way to laugh, cry, believe, and evolve in this time when we are increasingly aware of how our ways of life are depleting, polluting, and destroying the earth.
Geoff Gee said that, “Ever since moving here in 2005, we have been constantly inspired by the beauty of this area. It is all of ours to honor and protect.”
The LaMothe/Gee Family has performed together at the Fort Salem Theater numerous times since the summer of 2007, on both the Mainstage and in the Cabaret, including their appearance as members of the Cratchit Family in the Fort’s 2007 production of The Christmas Carol.
The LaMothe/Gee Family includes Geoffrey Gee, Kimerer LaMothe, Jordan Geoffrey LaMothe (18), Jessica Kimerer Gee (17), Kyra Lewis Gee (13), Kai Evenson LaMothe (9), and Leif LaMothe Gee (5).
Geoffrey Gee has recorded five CDs, including his latest release I’ll Be There With You (2009). He is also the Upper School Music Director at Long Trail School in Dorset, Vt., and the accompanist at the South Granville Congregational Church. Kimerer is also a philosopher, scholar of religion, and author of five books, including the forthcoming “Why We Dance: The Philosophy of Bodily Becoming.”
Kimerer and Geoffrey’s oldest son Jordan is also a bladesmith who makes and sells hand-forged knives as Jordan’s Blades. In September he will begin his sophomore year at Williams College. Jessica, who is studying to be a large animal veterinarian, will begin her sophomore year at Wellesley College. Kyra, Kai, and Leif all attend the Granville public schools, and will be entering grades 9, 4, and kindergarten respectively.
Earth Bound will be held at 8 p.m. on Aug. 23 and 3 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the Fort Salem Theater in Salem.
Tickets are $20/$15 for Fort Salem season pass holders. Children 12 and under are free. Group rates are available.
For reservations, call the box office at 518 854 9200, or email [email protected]