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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.

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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.

CAST
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…

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…and a fair amount of silliness.

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(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).

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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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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

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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Updates and Tuna News!

I promised you all a post on all our spiffy updates and BY GOD that’s what I’m going to do! Now if you visit our main page you’ve probably already seen most of the shiny new awesome that exists, but just in case:

Our news page has the rest of our season laid out all nice and pretty for your drooling pleasure.  From this month’s Greater Tuna allllll the way to our Winter show in the city.  Some dates still need to be written in stone, but you can basically gird your loins for a PiPE DREAM event every other month. Things that are awesome indeed.

We also have added lots of new designs and products to our Printfection store. Make sure to click around the different shows, and remember that most of the styles come in multiple colors – so don’t be dissuaded by all the white t-shirts you see on a page.  I personally will be buying ALL THE THINGS and you should as well.

I want to stress the fact that you should all subscribe to our YouTube channel.  There are some great trailers and videos from past shows, and upcoming shows, and there will always be more to come. If you subscribe you won’t miss a thing.

For example:

Yeah! Remember that from last post? Well I’m reminding you again; Greater Tuna is coming up fast.  It’ll be at the Bronxville Women’s club on February 25th at 8pm (preceded by dinner at 7) and on February 26th at 3pm. Tickets at the door are $50 for Saturday and $40 for Sunday. BUT, just for you PiPE DREAMers, if you purchase advance tickets through us you get a discount. (Cue Oprah: YOU get a discount! YOU get a discount! YOU get a discount!) Email tickets@pipedreamtheatre.com and you can get tickets to Saturday’s show for $25 and tickets to Sunday for $20. (Did I mention Saturday includes dinner at 7?) You MUST email us if you want the reduced ticket price. Hooray!

Trust me you want to see this show. It’s going to be HILARIOUS. See? All caps word? Must be true.  Plus if you don’t come then our two actors will be forced to simply talk to each other in Spanish and luchador masks for two hours. And while I’m sure they’d enjoy that, it would appear quite pathetic to the rest of us.

Right. So. For the TL;DR crew:

  1. Schedule your 2012 PiPE DREAM season – shows and dates will continue to be posted on our website!
  2. Buy our stuff – it’s made of awesome (and cotton and plastic and all sorts of other material)
  3. Subscribe to our YouTube channel
  4. GREATER TUNA!

Thanks for all of your support and reading guys!

As they say in my hometown, don’t forget to be awesome.

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We Still Have One More Show to Sing

It seems impossible to comprehend, that after all this time, 3 Ghosts could be coming to a close this evening.

I figured it would be prudent to put up a reaction to the show’s run before the final performance, because if I waited until after the show tonight, I swear you’d be able to see my tear stained text on your computers.  It’s going to be that bad.

Which is probably the most amazing thing about 3 Ghosts.  This cast has become incredibly intertwined.  It’s a fact that can be seen in the dressing rooms as everyone chats with each other, backstage as everyone lip-syncs along with the show, and on stage as every member of this 40-person cast beams with pride as they sing.  Regardless of what some people may have thought, our bright smiles and laughter was never forced or meant to be cheesy.  We all honestly have a phenomenal time on and off stage with one another.  I don’t know one cast member who does not openly adore this show.

Luckily for us, our audience seemed to love it as well.  In our 17 show run, we managed to sell 87% of house, and not only to family members and friends (although without them we wouldn’t have been able to perform the show at all.) We had many people who came in off the street, knowing nothing about us; we even had a few reviewers.  And luckily, quite a few of them liked us enough to say nice things.

A special shoutout has to go to Robert Gonyo of the Go See a Show Podcast who came in to see the show, and after interviewed half the cast on stage.  Plus he totally mentioned this blog at the end of his podcast (to which I thought: QUICK! MUST UPDATE!) You can listen to the interview at his website here:  http://goseeashowpodcast.com/2011/12/16/the-cast-creators-of-3-ghosts-from-pipe-dream-theatre/ (or subscribe to him on  iTunes!)

This has been an incredible 3 weeks (and 5 months if you want to include the rehearsal process).  To say goodbye is going to be hard, but we’ll be able to do it.  I mean if a bunch of crazy kids can get on a stage and somehow perform this show, surely this is doable.

So a Merry Christmas to you!

 

(Uh oh… The tears… they are starting.)

 

ADDENDUM! I’ll make sure to put up some production, and backstage shots in the coming weeks.  We also have the CD finished and it has been for sale at the show.  If you didn’t manage to snag a ticket before the end, or didn’t notice that they were being sold, we’ll see about getting it up digitally for purchase.

 

Oh and I almost forgot… HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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TICKETS!!!

Simply because you haven’t heard it enough: 3 Ghosts is opening in just over a week (cue nausea and profuse sweating) and we are begging reminding you to get your tickets soon! Take a peek at our shiny new poster, and then keep scrolling for all relevant tickety information.

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Tickets are super easy to obtain from Telecharge.  You can do that by going to this link here: http://www.telecharge.com/BehindTheCurtain.aspx?prodid=8672

Or if the interwebs makes you feel confused in the brain, you can call Telecharge on your fellytone!  212-239-6200 or 800-432-7250 will get you to an automated menu, which will eventually get you to a lovely customer-service human, who will then set you up with 3 Ghosts tickets in exhange for your credit card number and sufficient funds.

Sufficient funds, you say? How sufficient are we talking here?

Well thank you for asking! They are in fact so affordable, that you could probably get your tickets with what one would normally consider insufficient funds!

In all seriousness, it is nigh impossible to see a show of this caliber anywhere in the vicinity of midtown Manhattan for less than $65. And yet, ours is less than $30. It’s like a Black Friday sale, every day of the week, through Christmas! And, as Black Friday is one of the most important American holidays, you should probably take advantage of that. In bulk.

PLEASE let all of your friends (I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt here) know about our show.  Even if they live far away, or if their funds are even more insufficient than our ticket price, make sure they know about it.  You never know who they might then pass the information on to.  They tell two people, who tell two different people, who each tell two more… it’s just like that Haley Joel Osment movie, Secondhand Lions! (I think… I never saw it. But it’s got Michael Caine in it so it’s gotta be worth something)

Get to it!

*please*

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