Wish - A Musical Adventure
by University of Texas Theatre & Dance
Apr. 30 - May. 02, 2015
Wish is a new musical play that celebrates the American Experience with a highly theatrical storytelling style combining the magic, music and optimism of films like The Wizard of Oz and Mary Poppins with the action, adventure and modern mythological storytelling of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. It imagines a “Once Upon a Time” America of 100 years ago, a mythical place where the bold scientific discoveries and inventions of the era meet magic, superstition and wonder. It concerns the magical and perilous journey of young Samantha Major who journeys from east coast to west to find and possibly save her father, the brilliant inventor, Tom Major.
Allen Robertson and Damon Brown have tapped into the talents of University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance faculty Lyn Koenning and Natasha Davison and their students to continue to the development of Wish - A Musical Adventure. This workshop performance, featuring a cast of 14 undergraduate students, is the culminating event of their work this semester as they bring this magical musical to life.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Robertson is an award-winning composer, playwright, actor, director, sound designer and musician and has worked on hundreds of productions from New York to Japan. He has written book, music and lyrics for 12 musicals as well as music for commercials, dance companies, films, and plays including the off-Broadway hit The Flaming Idiots. As a vocalist he can be heard on national commercials, a children’s television show and on several Disney Records. Robertson is co-creator of the Emmy award winning Biscuit Brothers, a musical education show for young people seen on many PBS stations across the country. As a co-producer, writer and musical director, Allen has written over 100 songs and 60 scripts for the show.
Brown is a filmmaker and television producer. He is currently serving as a writer, co-producer, director, and performer on a long-running, Emmy award winning PBS musical television series called Biscuit Brothers which he also co-created. Damon’s feature length documentary entitled Burning Man: Beyond Black Rock premiered at the American Film Institute Festival to hold-over audiences. He was also a writer and director for the media project SubstanceTV, producing documentaries, features, and artist profiles. His feature subjects included: (among others) beat poet Robert Creeley, the launch of musical group The Polyphonic Spree, and author Daniel Quinn. He co-directed news magazine features with subject matter ranging from the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to WEF protests of the early 21st century.
Toni Baker………………..Josephine, Firefly, Ensemble
Connor Barr……………..Colt, Ensemble
Damon Brown………….Tom Major
Mandy Foster…………..Sam Major, Ensemble
Nicolas Garza………….Proctor, Mayor, Ensemble
Dylan Gibson…………..Walt, Blackmailer, Ensemble
Holly Gibson……………Majorette, Traveler, Ensemble
Caroline Kinnamore…Majorette, Traveler, Ensemble
Leslie Leal………………Jade, Ensemble
Breanna Lind…………..Grace, Reporter, Ensemble
Emily McIntyre…………Patience, Reporter, Ensemble
Jessica O'Brien……….Desiree, Reporter, Ensemble
Tori Robertson…………Genevieve, Ensemble
Laura Rogers…………..Majorette, Traveler, Ensemble
Britney Wilkinson……..Firefly, Traveler, Ensemble
April 30 - May 02, 2015
300 East 23rd Street
Austin, TX, 78712
Join us for a free workshop performance of Wish - A Musical Adventure
Story and Book by Allen Robertson and Damon Brown
Music and Lyrics by Allen Robertson
April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
May 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Admission is FREE; Seating is limited. Guests are invited to arrive 30 minutes in advance of curtain to request a seat. The line for admission will not be available until 7:00 p.m. (for April 30 performances) and until 1:30 p.m. (May 2 performance).
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