A Love Letter to Music
“It’s just one guy – and one guitar – but it’s amazing.”Orlando Sentinel
6 Guitars is a pitch perfect blend of music, comedy, and characters. Chase Padgett delivers a virtuosic performance as he becomes 6 different guitar players each with their own distinct voice, views, and musical style (Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk, and Country). During this 85 minute show, each of the characters ranging from a 19 year old rock prodigy to an 87 year old blues man share their journey with music from discovery to mastery through songs and stories that leaves every audience laughing, crying, and falling in love with music all over again.
“Earns applause no matter your musical taste.”Winnipeg Free Press
6 Guitars premiered in the 2010 Orlando International Fringe Festival where it was greeted with sold out houses and standing ovations. Since then is has traveled internationally becoming one of the most successful shows from the Canadian Fringe Festival Circuit by breaking attendance records and receiving high praise from critics. In 2013 it became one of the top 5 highest grossing shows in the history of the Winnipeg Fringe Festival by selling nearly 3000 tickets in 12 days. In the spring of 2014 6 Guitars was one of the top showcases at Pacific Contact, a juried showcase for arts presenters in British Columbia and beyond. A new touring schedule is currently being assembled for Spring 2015.
Chase graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and has been a full time actor and musician ever since. After providing various roles at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios including custom song writing for special events he started performing with the SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando, FL as the only company member to provide support as an improviser and musician. Chase also received instruction in improv from the world famous iO training center in Chicago. Since the premiere of 6 Guitars in 2010 Chase has performed internationally, developed other solo shows and has been in several national commercials. He is currently the artist in residence at the Curious Comedy Theater in Portland, OR and also loves live looping, a technique of recording live vocals and guitar and arranging them on the fly to create new compositions.
Jay has been directing, acting, writing and improvising professionally since 1988. He has a BFA in Acting and Directing from UNC-Greensboro. In 1992 he joined SAK Theatre in Orlando, FL and became a member of the Core Ensemble, a Creative Producer and the Head of Education for several years. In 2004 with his wife Diana, he formed Jester Theater where he has performed in or directed several shows over the company’s seven seasons, including A Tuna Christmas, Moonlight and Magnolias, Noises Off and the Southeast premiere of The Musical of Musicals: The Musical. In 2008, Samuel French, Inc. published his play The Iliad, The Odyssey and All of Greek Mythology in 99 minutes or less which is currently being performed all around the US. When not running his own theater, Jay freelances as a writer and performer for The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios in Florida. Jay loves music but currently plays no instruments.