Sarah Nelson Crawford has always been known as a Spritely gal, but after she protested anti-globalism she gave up sodas altogether now and took up lemonade. This proved to be a good move because she was too sweet to begin with and needed a bit of tartness (don’t we all) to balance her pH. She started out young as a child in the Comfort Zone of the Texas Hill Country as a member of the singing dancing Nelson Family Circus.
Noting that she was of age and it was time to move on, she awoke one day to find herself smack dab in the middle of the Austin College Follies, playing the part of Mini Driver, a chauffeur of mini-vans given to lost weekends spent on lemonade binges. Her delivery was so exact and zesty that she immediately received offers from FedEx and UPS — both turned down for uniform reasons. She had a brief fling with stardom when she did a cameo appearance on a soap flake commercial playing Ingrid Bergman in the last scene of Casablanca. Unfortunately, she couldn’t say the line “we’ll always have Paris” and instead said ”we llamas love Potala.” Although the commercial was a commercial success, Sarah returned to the stage, bumping it with a trumpet, where she met a young man who knew exactly where her future was and didn’t mind sharing it.
Sarah married that fortune teller who we now know as Michael Crawford and soon found herself in Houston as a founderer of the Grass Roots Theater Project. The roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd brought forth many illustrious (profusely illustrated!) and critically productions including the punk prison camp side show variation of Camelot wherein the Robert Goulash part was played by a real Hungarian who eventually ate the fledgling troupe out of house and home. So with GRTP retired and set on an ice flow, Sarah was again free to contemplate her future and drink more lemonade.
It was during the lateness of the 1990s when she was using her directoral experience to direct student activities at Rice U, that she heard the piquant harmonizing of a group practicing instrumentals in MIME format. Curious as to why anyone would perform a cappella al fresco, she invited the group inside and immediately joined Lager Rhythms. The rest as they say, is a nap. After many years and endless variations, Sarah Nelson Crawford is still one whacked out soprano that won’t have you whacked, except on March 17th when she may have you paddy-whacked, so give this dog a bone!
Sarah keeps busy raising her son Gray and husband Michael as well as general raising the bar everywhere so that lawyers have a harder time doing chin-ups. She’s an active volunteer doing good work aplenty and can be found on Sundays teaching the Unitarian Universalists to UU-late. Lemonade, anyone?
Sopranos: Sarah Nelson Crawford, Leisa McCord
Altos: Elizabeth Benedetto, MaryScott Hagle
Tenors: Angelo Benedetto, Ladd Daniel
Basses: Reed Macomber, Danny Bothwell