Must Don't Whip 'Um

Directed by DJ Mendel
Concept and Music by Cynthia Hopkins

Must Don’t Whip ‘Um is the farewell concert of fictitious 1970′s pop star Cameron Seymore. Part II to Operetta Accidental Nostalgia, this show includes a documentary film of the concert as it is occurring which attempts to explain Ms. Seymore’s sudden disappearance and subtleties of her mysterious past.

Part II to Accidental Nostalgia; the farewell concert of fictitious 1970′s pop star Cameron Seymore, includes a documentary film of the concert as it is occurring which attempts to explain her sudden disappearance and subtleties of her mysterious past.

The first incarnation of “Must Don’t” at St Ann’s is actually Cameron Seymore’s farewell concert designed to be a retrospective of her career. The show veers from the simple folk songs of her youth to the hits of pop stardom and is punctuated by tales of her fascinating career as a bandleader. Though the songs range in style, the attitude and energy of the show is celebratory like a James Brown concert with the entire band, including the horn section, up and dancing during certain numbers. Eventually, the entire show looked well-timed fireworks. Since it is her last show, it would be filmed and this footage is shown throughout the present day concert on a screen to the side of the stage. Also projected are infrequent cuts to live feed of a dancer (me) in the Green Room which exists within the structure of the stage but is unseen by the audience except when video feed is projected on the screen. Much to the dismay of the documentary crew, during one pinnacle number, the dancers engulf Ms. Seymore aiding and abetting her mysterious disappearance a la Houdini. An exploration of memory, mystery and illusion, ‘Must Don’t’ proved to be a very exciting feast of music, dance and magical escapade.
Performed at St Ann’s Warehouse, On the Boards, The Wexner Center for the Arts, The McGuire Theater, The Martin E. Segal Theater @CUNY, Swarthmore College, and The Philly Fringe Cabaret.