Kate Botello

Music Host and Producer

Kate comes to Northern Michigan via New York City, where she was a freelance actor, singer and playwright, appearing Off-Broadway as Judy Garland in the underground hit, Christmas with the Crawfords. She wrote and starred in several Judy Garland-themed productions, including Judy’s Christmas Garland and Judy Garland and Uninvited Company -- for which she was nominated for a Nightlife Award and won a Backstage Bistro award.

Before her time in New York, Kate was one of the founding on-air personalities for ZDTV, a national television network (later to become TechTV). There, she hosted "The Screen Savers," a live daily call-in show co-starring tech guru Leo Laporte, as well as "Extended Play," a show about videogames and the gaming industry with cohost Adam Sessler. She also puppeteered and provided the voice for Tilde, the network’s "virtual host" - work for which she won an Emmy Award.

Kate Botello has lived in Traverse City, Michigan since 2005, and is delighted by the huge amount of talent and art available to people in our area. She directed and starred in many productions for the Old Town Playhouse and Young Company, and led the OTP's Summer Performing Arts Camp for four years. Kate has even had a chance to make a few dreams come true, including hosting live "Sing-a-Long" events at the State Theatre, narrating stories with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and serving as the official "Word Pronouncer" for the Traverse City County and Regional Spelling Bees. 

Kate brings a lifetime love of classical music to IPR, and is thrilled by discoveries of beautiful pieces, new and old, to share with you.

Ways to Connect

Lately, you've been asking - "What happened to Jim Cullum's Riverwalk Jazz on Saturday nights?"

We know that many of you loved the show, as did we!

Unfortunately, Riverwalk Jazz is no longer being distributed by Public Radio International.  There is, however, great news for Riverwalk fans: they've made every episode of the show available for you to stream any time you like!

Reconnect with Riverwalk Jazz : http://riverwalkjazz.stanford.edu/.

The Academy Awards are coming up on February 28, and it's your turn to pick a winner!

Five films have been nominated for the Best Musical Score Oscar - which is your favorite? Listen to the scores and vote for the one YOU think should win the Oscar this year.  See how your pick measures up with Academy voters!

Click through for links to the scores, and to vote in our poll!

UPDATE! You and the Academy have spoken - click to see the results!

Welcome to Episode 13 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: music in the family way, viewpoints on America, and a little Barbra goes down like buttah. At Intermission - SOUTH PACIFIC becomes South Pathetic in a war story from our friend Michael Burditt Norton! Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday night at 7pm, or listen any time right here.

 

Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how to hear your voice on the show!

 


Welcome to Episode 12 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up on this week’s show: One ringy-dingy! - songs about the telephone, a tribute to Jerome Kern, and a listener’s ANNIE war story at Intermission.

 

Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday night at 7pm, or listen any time right here.

Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how to hear your voice on the show!


Welcome to Episode 11 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: tuneful exposition and Broadway shows that were hits before they hit the stage. Then -  many flavas of Eva - different powerhouses sing Eva Peron at Intermission. Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how to hear your voice on the show.

 


Welcome to Episode Ten of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! This week - the Holiday Show! It's an hour of holiday treats from all over Broadway. We’ll hear tunes both jolly and sentimental, some from unexpected places. At Intermission, we’ll have a chat with our friend Nate Patten, who just opened the holiday run of ELF at Madison Square Garden.

Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday night at 7pm, or listen any time right here.

Click through to see this week's playlist, watch a show-stopping dance number and find out how to hear your voice on the show!

 


Welcome to Episode Nine of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: stressful school days, some dance-tastic '50s, and Broadway, Disney Style! At Intermission, our friend Matt Wiliford talks some techie turkey, and shares a backstage war story from BRIGADOON. Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how to hear your voice on the show!


Kyle Novy will embark on a 52-song music project in 2016.
Kyle Novy

Kyle Novy is a singer-songwriter who teaches at Interlochen Arts Academy, and he’s embarked on an ambitious music project called Mount Valor.

Kyle sees himself as offering some alternatives to the often times, shallow pop music of today. His goal is to write songs that have a rich depth of meaning and that peer above the fray. Stylistically, he’ll be all across the board— from piano ballads, to folk music, to what he calls journeying songs, with sweeping string sections and tom-tom drums. 

During a recent crowdfunding campaign, Kyle raised over $22,000 dollars from fans, and people who believe in his vision as an artist.

Kyle says often times today, artists are simply viewed as entertainers. And while he says he doesn’t have a problem with people who are focused on entertaining others, that’s not his ultimate goal.


Welcome to Episode Eight of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! This week: Pre-War Broadway, love as a royal pain and, at Intermission - we never will forget Jeanette McDonald! Plus - poll results are in - we'll hear your pick from our bouquet of famous Mama Roses. Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday night at 7pm, or listen any time right here.

Click through for this week's playlist and find out how to hear your voice on the show!


When Joseph Morrissey took the position of Director of Dance at Interlochen Arts Academy earlier this year, one of the shows he was most excited about producing was The Nutcracker.

“One of the first things I asked about is, ‘Do you have a Nutcracker?’ And they said, ‘Not only do we have a Nutcracker, but we’re building a brand new set.’”

Morrissey has high ambitions for this classic, and wants to make sure it appeals to a variety of audiences. He says there are a lot of different elements—  romance, comedy, and some suspense. 

“Especially with the mice,” says Morrissey. “They are supposed to be scary— they are the conflict of the story. But we also have to keep in mind this is a holiday production. So, there is a lot of comedy as well,” he says. 

 


Welcome to Episode Seven of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up this week: The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mama Issues, and at Intermission - a bouquet of famous Roses.

Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how to hear your voice on the show. We've got a poll, too! Sing out, Louise! Make your voice heard!


Welcome to Episode Six of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up this week: happiness, work and Hedwig! We'll have a talk and hear some music from Michael Burditt Norton, currently starring in a production of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, in this week's Intermission. Tune in to Classical IPR at 7pm Sunday night, or listen any time right here.

Click through to see this week's playlist, and find out how you can hear your voice on the show!

Welcome to Episode Five of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! This week: the Ghostess with the Mostess, almost-love songs, and a revealing Musical Theatre War Story from our friend Mary Jo West. Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday night at 7pm, or listen any time right here.

Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how to hear your voice on the show!


Welcome to Episode Four of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up this week: CATS in far-flung places, a bit of The Bard, and we throw some love to the intrepid Broadway chorus. Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday night at 7pm or listen anytime right here.

Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how you can hear your voice on the show!


Aaron Selbig

Meet Travis Duncan, manager of the Swamp of Suffering. That's the main attraction at Screams In the Dark, a big haunted house set up on the county fairgrounds near Traverse City.

Duncan plays a zombie that’s dressed as a member of a SWAT team. He and his small army of volunteers see themselves as something resembling a theatre troupe.

“This whole idea is to set up an illusion that you’re actually in a swamp," says Duncan. "You’re in a mausoleum, you’re in a graveyard. So we try to keep people in character so they can give that illusion and keep that illusion up.”

Welcome to Episode Three of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! This week: three communication issues, two very different takes on doo-wop, and one really special guest! We lucked out and got the brilliant Ana Gasteyer into the studio. She has some great war stories and the inside take on playing Elphaba in WICKED, and will sing us an iconic song from that show in a new way during Intermission.  Tune in Sunday night at 7pm on Classical IPR, or listen any time right here!

Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how to hear your own story on the show!


Welcome to Episode 2 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello!

Click through to see this week's playlist, watch a fabulous dance routine and find out how to hear your voice on the show.


You may know Ana Gasteyer from her six years on Saturday Night Live, or from the movies, Broadway, or the TV show Suburbia. She's performing tonight at 7:30 at Interlochen Center for the Arts, in a show based around her album, I'm Hip.  We asked Ana to pick out a couple of her favorite tracks for the album and tell us more about the music.

To see Ana Gasteyer tonight, visit: tickets.interlochen.org.


Welcome to Episode 1 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello!

Click through to see this week's playlist,  watch a bonus showstopping video, and find info on how to hear your voice on the show!
 


The members of PigPen Theater Co. get asked a certain question a lot: How did they come up with their name? 

They have a number of different stories about its origin, but Curtis Gillen says this one is true:

Seven freshman guys arrived at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2007 and found out about a student-produced arts festival. Despite being short on time, the group decided to put a show together anyway.

After covering the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan for NPR, author Sarah Chayes decided to stay in the country and start a non-profit. The many types of corruption Chayes witnessed there firsthand, led her to write the book, Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security. She argues that while everyone around the world agrees corruption is bad, it’s a subject that usually get’s pushed to the back burner.

“We’re under-appreciating the degree to which a lot of the turmoil we’re seeing the world today is actually sparked by indignation at acute public corruption,” says Chayes. 

Maryfrances Phillippi in front of her "Circle of Angels" barn quilt.
Daniel Wanschura

Have you ever been driving around and noticed huge, quilt-like squares hanging on the sides of barns?

Those are called barn quilts, and just as fabric quilts tell stories with what's stitched into them, so do these wooden quilts. 


Chuck Korson prepares espresso for the first round of the Latte Art Throwdown.
Kate Botello

If you ever find yourself in a room full of people, drinks being poured, and a giant bracket posted on a white board, you’re probably in one of two places: a sports bar during March Madness, or a coffee house during a latte art throwdown. 

While latte art is a popular subject for people posting photos of their drinks on social media, the quality of the art is also a determination of the deliciousness of the drink. 

“It’s a sign that you’re taking care in what your doing with the coffee,” says Chuck Korson, owner of BLK MRKT, a coffee shop in Traverse City. “It’s the most easily recognizable manifestation of the care that is put into the coffee making,” he says.


Theater director Minda Nyquist getting acquainted with her new office at West High School in Traverse City.
Daniel Wanschura

Ready or not, it’s back to school time!

While students are cherishing their last days of summer, teachers are busily preparing for the upcoming school year.

Minda Nyquist is one of them. She’s getting ready for her new role as the theater director at West High School in Traverse City. She’s taking over for Kristie Bach, who developed the theater program at West into the renown program it is today. Minda hopes to continue to build on what Kristie started 18 years ago.

Students rehearse during marching band camp at Interlochen last week.
John Roddy

High school football kicks off this weekend and with it marching band season. 

Some high schoolers spent last week getting ready for the band season at band camp hosted by Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Amy Wang was in marching band in high school and college. She’s been helping out as a color guard instructor for about 10 years.

One of her favorite things about band camp, is seeing the progression of the students.

“It’s pretty amazing what they can do in one week,” she says. 

Amy says anybody wanting to be in the color guard should be prepared to work hard, have lots of spirit, but to remember to enjoy the moment.

Not only do they have to memorize all the music and choreography, but they have to perform in all sorts of weather conditions- all while carrying and playing their instruments. 

 


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