Wayfarers All – The Characters of Columbia

Yesterday we moved into Theatre Row! Over the next few days, we’ll be setting up lights, sound, loading in all the props and costumes, and acclimating our cast to the new location.


In the meantime, let’s get to know a little bit more about the show.

Columbia: the life and death of Rospo D. Oro is a heartwarming musical filled with whimsical, outrageous characters. Today, we’re going to take a peek at some of the characters you’ll meet along the way. And remember, Columbia is based on Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows; many of the characters in the show are taken from the book (but hidden behind different names… well, except Ratty).  When you come to the show, see who you can match up between the musical and the novel. And truthfully, you’ll probably want to come see it twice to do that (crafty, aren’t I). Grab your tickets HERE. For extra-extra credit, try to decode why they were given those particular names!

RospoRospo D. Oro (played by Alex Parrish) is an eccentric inventor and vehicle enthusiast. Although extremely lovable, Rospo has a dark past that tortures him. He sees things in his mind that may or may not be there, and these inner demons push him to go further and faster in his contraption he named “Columbia” – with little regard to anyone’s safety. It’s because of this, he is constantly at odds with the vocal inhabitants as well as some of his friends.

NettyNetty (played by Liz Muller) is what’s referred to as a Caver; she has lived her whole life in her underground home in The Under Harbor. She’s never seen the sun, a tree, a river – and now she’s finally decided to come above ground and see what there is to see, and write a book about it in the process. She’s an innocent soul who is amazed by the new world around her.

RattyRatty (played by Adam du Plessis) or, Radcliffe properly, is a Riverbanker who lives on his ship, Endeavour, along the Grand Culvert; the main river that splits The Wild Woods in two. Ratty is a simple, gentle man who loves his boat and his life, and though he does dream of sailing to The Great Deep, he has little time for dreams and fantasy.

JewelsJewels (played by Amanda Teneriello) is Rospo’s right hand gal. She is his mechanic and friend – and although he doesn’t seem to return her feelings, she is in love with him. Rospo found Jewels on the side of the river in a cradle, seemingly abandoned by a Seafarer. He has looked after her every since.

AricAric (played by Anthony Malchar) is a mysterious character that lives underground in Raven’s Hollow. He isn’t a born Caver however – though little is known why he stopped and claimed stake to an abandoned, sunken building from a civilization long gone. Aric watches Rospo from a distance, but has such contempt for society, that he remains hidden as much as possible. Aric enjoys long walks on the beach and – …just wanted to see if you were still reading.

The interesting thing is; these are the normal characters! You’ll have to come see the show if you want to learn about the child-like god; Pan, or the iron fist-ed Chairman, or the sadistic Doctor Fish, or any of the many others.

Rospo D. Oro – Alex Parrish
Netty – Liz Muller
Ratty – Adam du Plessis
Jewels – Amanda Teneriello
Aric – Anthony Malchar
Mother – Melinda Ehrlich
Pan – Megan Rose Margiotti
Constable John Burgmann – Kevin Hurley
Faustina – Ashlee Smith
The Chairman of the Bench of Magistrates – Laurrice Monnae
Margaret Kipper – Cait Murphy
Lady Atrous Bathory – Kim Ceccotti
Doctor Fish – Michael T. Kopplin
The Obscure – Aileen Lanni, Jillian Moran
The People of Cradle Island – Aileen Lanni, Anthony Massa, Jillian Moran, Kelsey Sullivan
Stenographer – Jacqueline Bilotto, Nicole Finnegan, Jacqueline Ledesma

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Preparing for Launch

For the past two weeks, PiPE DREAM theatre has been hard at work rehearsing their newest original musical; Columbia: the life and death of Rospo D. Oro.  Don’t worry though, we’ve seen and read A Christmas Carol enough (we even wrote our own musical based on it: 3 Ghosts) to know we had to give our cast a break for Christmas.

Rehearsals have been great, with a lot of high energy, sore muscles…

…and a fair amount of silliness.


(For more rehearsal pictures head over to our Facebook Page – might as well “like” us while you’re there.)

And remember, tickets to see this amazing new show are a great last minute Christmas gift.  Just head over to Telecharge and instantly buy 1, 2, 20 tickets!  They also make wonderful New Years gifts… or good Run it Up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day, or Festival of Sleep Day, or Fruitcake Toss Day presents (yes those are all real – if you don’t believe me then be sure to celebrate International Skeptics Day on January 13th).


Shows run from January 9th – 25th, but get your tickets early so you can come see it twice.  You’re gonna want to.

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What Is, Columbia: the life and death of Rospo D. Oro?


There’s a simple answer: Columbia is a new musical directed by Liz Muller, with book and music by Collin Simon, and lyrics by Liz Muller.

The more complex answer: Columbia is a romantic, comedy, drama, adventure, fantasy, musical based on Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows.

Then there’s the multiple choice answer:

A.) The life and death of Rospo D. Oro
B.) The story of searching for your destiny
C.) Who knows!
D.) Anything you want it to be
E.) All of the above

For the answer, turn your computer upside down.


Toad’s Wild Ride

Actually, there aren’t any toads in this version – or rats, or badgers.  In fact, the story is only loosely based on The Wind in the Willows.  For those who haven’t read the story, don’t worry – you don’t need to!  And for those that have read the story; there will be plenty of surprises for you – trust me.  Even after you’ve seen the show once, you’ll want to come back again to get all the fun side stories, references, and symbolism – well, that, and you’ll want to hear the songs and see the wonderful performance again and again.


Columbia is a story with something for everyone.  You can watch it as just an exciting tale, or you can delve in deeper to the many different meanings and story lines.  In fact, it’s hard for me to even write about it without giving things away!

At it’s most literal, the story is of a man, Rospo D. Oro, with a mysterious past, obsessed with vehicles – always trying to go farther and faster.  His flagship vehicle, Columbia, is his pride and joy.  With the help of an orphan named Jewels, he continues to modify and improve it.  Along the way, he meets many colorful characters that both help and hinder him in his quest.  The help comes with the hunt for Rospo’s perpetual motion engine, the M.I.U.  The hindering comes from the townsfolk and law that are none too happy with the accidental destruction Columbia causes when Rospo takes it rocketing through the streets of Cradle Island and the forest villages of The Wild Woods.


Each of the other characters have their own hopes and dreams, and forces helping and hindering them as well.  There’s Netty, Radcliffe, Jewels, Aric, Pan, Handsome John, Lady Atrous, Doctor Fish, The Chairman, and more.  Don’t worry, we’ll get into all of them in the next few blogs – along with the mysterious creatures; The Obscure, the world of Columbia, and more.  Can’t wait till then?  Go over to the official site and watch the trailer HERE.

Keep checking the blog and your email for more articles when they become available.  And while you’re waiting, you might as well head over the the Telecharge site and buy your tickets HERE.  If you buy the whole house you get to hang out with the cast and crew after the show for a Q&A and hugs… Okay, maybe no Q&A, but definitely hugs.

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New Teaser Trailer is Here!

I TOLD YOU we had exciting things to come.

Get excited: we’re going to Return to Colossus

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April 1, 2013 · 4:08 pm

Dance! Also other things!

I hope everyone is excited for (even) MORE DANCE this weekend! I know I am. And I’m sure you’ve already all made your reservations, because if you remember from last year, our one performance was packed full. So you wouldn’t want to make the mistake of not reserving with us at tickets@pipedreamtheatre.com or buying your tickets here: http://www.woovite.com/moredance2013.

Might I even suggest making a weekend out of it? For instance you can start by watching the entirety of last year’s performance on our YouTube channel. Then you can sit on the couch and cry because you know you just aren’t that graceful and play video games until the world doesn’t seem real anymore. Then you can come out and be AMAZED by the new performances premiering at Bronxville.

AND if you do all this on Saturday you may even want to wash, rinse, repeat it for Sunday.

[ed. note: No. Of course this isn’t my plan for this weekend. Why on Earth are you all staring in my direction?]

Here’s the info in the standard shiny banner format (click to embiggen):

even more dance

ALSO! Are you signed up for our newsletter? You should be, because it is informative, and regularly scheduled, and pretty, and it doesn’t sound like the person who wrote it is sleep deprived (AKA the opposite of this). It’s SUPER EASY! All you have to do is email info@pipedreamtheatre.com and put “newsletter” in the subject line. That way we’ll know that you want to join our mailing list. Here’s an HTML version of February’s NL to entice you even further.

And here’s an arbitrary poll:

See you this weekend!

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Spaghetti and Singing – Cabaret This Friday

Got plans this Friday?



We’ve got live singing, a fun atmosphere, previews of upcoming projects, and um yeah hi SPAGHETTI!

Dinner is served at 7pm and dessert will follow the performance as well as mingling with the cast.

Feb 8th, doors open at 7pm for dinner, show at 8pm

$15 for BWC members
$10 for kids under 12
And kids under 5 years old are FREE

If you plan on coming email us at tickets@pipedreamtheatre.com. That way we still have spaghetti for you.


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Happy 2013 – Do You Miss Us Yet?

It’s been a while kids, I know. You’re all sitting at your desks just

I know. I feel you. And if it helps, I missed you too!

First of all, a quick but giant thank you to everyone who came out and supported us in 2012. Sleepy Hollow and Steamprom, More Dance and Midsummer – every event you came to or supported was that much more impressive because of you. I’m getting sappy aren’t I. Well then here this just about sums up my feelings:

A couple of notes: we’ve got lots of media (mainly images) from all of our shows on our Facebook page. I can only assume that you all have already liked that page as Mark Zuckerberg owns our lives completely. But in case you have resisted the siren call: go ahead and like our page! It’s nifty! And here’s a handy link: http://www.facebook.com/pipedreamtheatre.

And. AND! We are already planning out our 2013 season. There’s a lot of awesome coming down the pipe and you aren’t going to want to miss out on it. If maybe checking a blog on occasion is something you forget to do (similar to how I forget to update on occasion) you may want to sign up for our newsletter to keep abreast of all we have forthcoming. Simply send an email to info@pipedreamtheatre.com with Newsletter in the subject line and we’ll add you to the mailing list. It only comes out about once a month, so no need to fear spamming.

As for the awesome? Well a lot of it is still being worked on so it’s a secret. So secret in fact that it’s a secret from me! I KNOW! Understandable though, since my outward expressions of excitement have been known to take out eyes and burst eardrums.

It’s going to be a good year.

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Midsummer Recap

Heeyyyy youuuu guuuyyyysss!

So I peaced out for vacation right after Midsummer ended and have been playing catch up with life since getting back , so apologies for this blog being late (but you’re used to that by now, yeah?)

Anywho just wanted to say THANKSEVERSOMUCH to all who came out to see our little show. We had such a fun time putting it on, and were honestly sad when it ended. Also we only got rained out once which is a lot luckier than we normally are so kudos to Mother Nature on that one.

We don’t have action shots yet (still working on those to make them all prettified) but we do have our cast shots that we took after our Saturday night show. And those are all shmancy to look at below #slideshowFTW

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Look out for more new and awesome things ahead. Seriously, look out. I don’t want anyone injured by the train of new and awesome about to plow its way through here.

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Massive Info-Dump of Awesomeness!

So as the title so eloquently informs you this post is going to be a LONG one (because some of us are bad at time management.) Make sure to keep on scrolling!


Thank you so much to everyone who came out to Steamprom! We had a BLAST and I’m sure you did too. I don’t mean to put words in your mouth, but you know it’s the truth. I mean look at these pictures!



New fan photo! One of our fearless leaders took her PiPE DREAM shirt on a cruise (it fit better in her suitcase than I did. I obviously lost that attempt at a sneaky vacation.) Head over to the Fan Photo page to see the awesome.



Yes, it is upon us. A Midsummer Night’s Dream premieres next Thursday at Bronxville. And I gotta be honest – it’s funny. Like actually funny. I don’t mean it’s a Shakespearean comedy and we should all do well to have a chuckle over the syntax funny. It has actual laugh out loud moments that will have you in stitches. Or busting out of stitches if you already have stitches to begin with. You know what? If you have stitches I would suggest skipping out on this one.

Also if you notice the details on the poster, tickets are only a suggested $5 donation so there’s that. You can’t even park at the beach for $5! We’ll be performing in the garden (if it rains the show is still on, just moved inside) and you are welcome to bring any food or beverage you like to enjoy during the show! Adult beverages even!

Seriously, unless you are rocking some heavy duty stitches I wouldn’t miss out on this one.

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