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One Way Trip To Mars
August 24, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - August 27, 2017 @ 2:30 pm$22 - $24
One Way Trip to Mars
Written by Peter Alexander and Johannah Harkness
Directed by Dennis St. Pierre
August 24, 25, 26 at 8pm
August 27 at 2:30pm
Waterville Opera House, 1 Common Street
One Way Trip to Mars – an innovative hybrid rock opera spectacular in the tradition of The Who’s Tommy and David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, makes its theatrical premiere at the Waterville Opera House August 24 through 27, 2017.
The rock opera features 24 songs by Maine musicians Peter Alexander and Johannah Harkness with Dennis St. Pierre creating the book and providing theatrical direction. “When I heard Peter and Johannah’s music and read the story embodied in their lyrics, I was completely blown away,” said St. Pierre. “This is truly a great show, and we are proud that it was endorsed for submission to the annual festival of the National Alliance of Musical Theaters. We also knew we were on to something when we were scouted by the director of The Humans to Mars conference in D.C. As a result of our live streamed interview at the conference, right after Buzz Aldran, we have now procured the sponsorship of explorers.org.
After recent auditions in NYC, the production team has returned with an all-star cast. We are so pleased to have international recording artist Fantine http://fantinemusic.com/ cast as our leading lady.
The storyline for this dramatic rock opera was inspired by actual plans by several space agencies to send manned missions to Mars within the next 10 to 20 years.
It has taken songwriters Peter Alexander and Johannah Harkness several years to write all the music for the show and to fit songs together in a narrative style. By the fall of 2016, they produced a series of multi-media concert performances of the show with their “Hollowbody Electric Band,” joined by an orchestra, and 18 person chorus, Two of their earlier CD’s have competed in the Grammys and received international praise.
Alexander comes from a family of classically trained musicians. His songs have been recorded by Rod Stewart and his musical career has included performances with John Fishman from Phish, Chuck Berry, Poco, Tim Hardin, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and other legends of folk and rock music. Alexander, who spent his early adult years wearing a turban as part of the American Sikh movement, traveled the world playing music with the Khalsa String Band.
Harkness originally conceived of One Way Trip to Mars as a rock opera, and she was the artistic director for the production of the show’s multi-media concerts. She brings a theatrical sensibility to her work, some of which can be seen on YouTube in a recent One Way Trip to Mars video https://youtu.be/UJkhVa6EwWU. Harkness, who has a private psychology practice, has a particular interest in the human condition, and sees this piece of musical theater as an appealing way to give voice to some of the most pressing concerns of our time while also making commentary on the best qualities of human nature, hope and the power of love.
Director, Dennis St. Pierre, has taken the work from a concert to a highly sophisticated and innovative theatrical performance piece. St. Pierre is a professional performer and interdisciplinary artist and educator. He is a member of Actors Equity and Screen Actors Guild and has worked for more than 30 theater companies and television production companies throughout the US. St. Pierre has recruited an “A-team” production staff that includes Ray Bailey as music director, Jeff Bucksbaum as assistant director and vocal couch, Colin Whitely as production manager and sound designer, Chad Lefevbre as scenic, lighting, and projection designer, Mike Gudroe and Devin Cromwell as light and sound techs, Courtney Abbidge as music arranger and assistant music director, and Nacole Palmer as vocal captain.
Tickets: $24 Adults, $22 Students and Seniors
On Sale to Members: May 5
On Sale to Public: May 12