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In Memory


September 08, 2007 - 04:27 AM
Dan Scharbrough

  I first met Dick while doing a production of THE KING AND AND I at CTS. It was my second show in Indianapolis(outside of college). I was only 19 and had such a wonderful time on the show, and a lot of that was due to Dick Laughlin.

We worked together subsequently many times, mostly at Beef & Boards during the 1990's. He was a true gentle man, and a friend.

He will be sorely missed.
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September 07, 2007 - 08:34 PM
Sara Krieger
Vocaleyes@aol.com http://sarakrieger.com

  My first memory of Dick Laughlin was a slightly nervous one. It was 1971 and I was a fifteen, about to turn sixteen year old junior at North Central High School who wanted to audition for the “Big Musical”. I was told that I couldn’t audition for it unless I was in a choir. I was also told to audition for “Mr. Laughlin”, because he was so cool and such a nice guy. I remember sitting down next to him and pulling out my sheet music. I had never auditioned for anyone before. I sang “That’s All” and I remember him accompanying me as if we were going on a great ride together. At the end of it, he turned to me and said “Good God, child! Where did you come from?” and just smiled at me, with those sparkling eyes. He made me feel instantly comfortable, competent and capable, none of which I felt before meeting him that day. I got to know “Dickie Lee” not only a magnificent teacher, but also a tremendous mentor, nurturer, confidant and friend.

There are, if we are lucky, a handful of people who grace our lives and imprint it in the most valuable of ways. When the Gods smiled upon me that day in that choir room by putting Dick Laughlin in my path, I became blessed with the gift of musical confidence and exploration, a gift that eventually led me to New York and to a 35 year career in the arts. And although our paths crossed only occasionally in the years since I moved from Indianapolis, I never forgot or neglected to appreciate the little leprechaun who generously and lovingly started me on my way.

I will never, ever forget you, Dick.
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September 07, 2007 - 07:25 PM
Amy Jo Stark
ajstark.reality@gmail.com http://ajstark.reality.googlepages.com/

  A musical tribute sung to the tune of Rubber Duckie

Uncle Dickie, you’re the one,
You made showtime lots of fun,
Uncle Dickie I’m awfully fond of you;

Bo bo bo de oh

Uncle Dickie, joy of joys,
Brought forth such a lovely noise,
Uncle Dickie,
You’re the best that I ever knew.

Every day when I
Made my way to the theatre,
I’d find a, little fella who’s,
Loads more fun than Salmonella!

No need for acapella.

(Big Finish)
Uncle Dickie, you’re so fine,
And I toast with sparkling wine,
Uncle Dickie, I’m awfully F—O—N—D of you.

--- AJ Stark 2007
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September 07, 2007 - 04:16 PM
Jay Skinner

  Mr. Laughlin was my director in MusicMen at North Central High School in the early 70's. His energy and style contributed greatly to mine and was an inspiration to me all my life. I have often remembered him singing the horn parts, smiling and scatting how the drummer needed to play and motivating 35 teenage "macho men" to sing, dance, and smiling all at the same time. His piano style was fun.. everything about him was fun and had a smile. Wow! Thanks Mr. Lauglin for pouring yourself into so many young men that enjoyed so much success in life... and you were a big part of it for all us.
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September 07, 2007 - 02:37 PM
Su Ours

  I met Dick when I was 19. I went to him for vocal coaching, and it was a momentous decision. He told me that with my height and very low speaking voice that the ingenue roles would die very quickly.(I was quite thin then, so that wasn't the problem.)We spent the better part of six months bringing my voice down by developing my belt voice. It was hard work, I lost a few of my top notes, but the voice that came from those sessions has been my "money" voice since then. It takes a special teacher and person to recognize the possibilities in a student and make them happen. Bless you, Dick!
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September 07, 2007 - 09:34 AM
Kenny Shepard

  I've known "Uncle Dickie" for 18 years and am so lucky and privileged I was able to work under him and know him as a friend. He auditioned me at B&B many years ago ~~ they asked me to sing a middle part and Dick gave me a wink and played that part a little louder for me... His rehearsals were always a bonding experience for every cast; of course everyone LOVED his showbiz stories at the piano and he knew that by taking a few minutes to break the ice, we all would become a cast/family all the quicker. God blessed Dick Laughlin with talents, love and friends, and I am blessed to have known him...
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September 07, 2007 - 09:18 AM
Dr. Jo Keenan Winslow

  I've had the pleasure of knowing Dick for some 37 years. He was a delightful, fun-loving and talented man. I have so many wonderful memories of Dick, I wouldn't even know where to begin; however, my two most recent are when I was stranded in Indianapolis and he and Sean had to Goggle my whereabouts in order to rescue me; and when he and Sean flew to Florida recently for my wedding. It was wonderful to have them here and to see him perform one of his crazy selections from "Cinderfella" at our home for a party. Dick was unique and I'm so very happy that I knew him. God bless you Dick and may you rest in peacefully in our Saviour's arms. Jo Winslow
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September 06, 2007 - 10:42 PM
Sean Stumpf
seanstumpf@aol.com http://www.dicklaughlin,com

  Thank you for visiting the guestbook. It would be wonderful if you would share a personal story or memory about Dick, and how you knew him. All contributions are welcome, or just say hello if you like. Dick touched many lives in his 71 years. It would be great to hear from you.
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