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2013-14 Family Series
Previews: Feb 4 & 5 - 10am & 11:30am
Recommended for ages 4 & up
•Tues-Fri: 10am & 11:30am
•Sat: 12pm & 2pm
•Sun: 1pm & 3pm
Rock out with a cool band of meteorologists as they open the flood gates on the mysteries of Mother Nature. This original and en“lightning” musical is filled with fun facts about rain, snow, hurricanes, sunshine, and more!
Please be advised, this performance uses fog machine and strobe lighting special effects.
Hand-and-Rod, Rod, Marionette, Shadow, Black Light
Make your own Shining Sun Hand Puppet !
Everyone talks about the weather. Now you can sing about it! The inspiration for Weather Rocks! came from watching the Weather People (meteorologists) on TV and wondering what they might do if they were to put on a musical revue. A musical revue does not necessarily have a story but it has a central topic. In this case the topic is the weather. Each section of weather basics has it own musical style. We use Gospel, Rhythm and Blues, Punk, Ska, Latin-Jazz, Reggae, Afro-beat, Country and, of course, Rock ‘n’ Roll music. We hope the songs entertain you and help you to understand how weather works. Because there are so many different parts to the weather, we decided to use many different styles of puppetry as well. You will see hand, rod, shadow, body and string puppets. The string puppets in this show are the most complicated ones. Because the string puppets are operated from the floor and not from above, each string is about 36 feet long and the puppeteers are working the puppets in reverse. When they pull up the puppet goes down. When they pull down the puppet goes up. Everything is backwards! Whew! A lot to think about while you’re also singing at the same time. Enjoy the wonders of weather with Weather Rocks!
|Dolph Amick is thunderstruck to continue furthering his dreams of heavy metal world domination in Weather Rocks! You may have heard him in other such Center for Puppetry Arts productions as The Adventures of Mighty Bug, Brer Rabbit & Friends, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. He just completed production of Peas on Earth, a CD of health-related children’s songs for Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre, which he composed, performed and mixed entirely at his own studio, Dr. X’s Lab. He is already hard at work on three more albums, for Atlanta bands Three Quarter Ale, The Spanxx, and burndollies. Heartfelt thanks to Spencer and Gillian, and huge love to his hilarious wife, Kara, and their not-always-intentionally hilarious toddler, Valentine.
|Eric Baumgartner is happy to back for his third production at the Center. He previously served as music director for The Adventures of Mighty Bug and as composer for the Center's Distance Learning film Ten Minute Recess with Little Noodle. He studied at Boston's Berklee College of Music and Chicago's DePaul University where he received a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies. Eric works as composer, arranger and clinician for the Willis Music Company and the Hal Leonard Corporation. He has dozens of piano works published including the popular Jazzabilities series. His travels as a jazz piano clinician have taken him throughout the US and Australia. Eric is married to the Center's Education Director, the fabulous Aretta.
|Jared Brodie is honored and thrilled to be returning back to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Weather Rocks!. Since his debut in Brer Rabbit & Friends, you might have seen Jared in the Atlanta area in the concert version of South Pacific (Aurora), promo work for Hostess as Twinkie The Kid, and in a holiday show at Stone Mountain Park, called Toyrific. When he is not on stage, you may find Jared attending workshops and acting classes to help him further his career. He would like to thank God for his blessings, his family and friends for their never ending support, and last but not least, the patrons, for being the pulse that helps keep The Arts alive. Thank you all and I hope enjoy the show!
|Eliana Marianes studied Theater Studies and English at Emory University, and is delighted to return to the Center stage following her joyful Christmas here as Hermey in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. She has performed with Georgia Shakespeare Festival, ART Station, Aurora Theater, Stage Door Players, Out of Hand Theater, the Legacy Theatre, Synchronicity Theater, Georgia Ensemble Theater, Theater Emory, the Emory Dance Company, and Théâtre du Rève (in Atlanta and France). She is grateful to Spencer for helping us dream big, and is happy to share the stage with such a talented cast (and a former Sister). As always, love to her family and to The Walrus. Weather ROCKS!
|Mandy Mitchell is excited to be making her Center debut in Weather Rocks! Trained at Salem State University, Mandy has played roles ranging from children’s theatre favorites (Frog and Toad, Junie B. Jones, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) to the contemporary musical theatre canon (9 to 5, [title of show],The Fantasticks). Originally from Boston,
Mandy has had the pleasure of working up and down the east coast and has called Atlanta
home for the past 4 years. During her days Mandy is Head Teacher at Legacy Studios
teaching Acting, Music and Dance to the next generation of performers. Thank you to my
amazing castmates, the multi-talented Gillian, and especially Spencer and Jon for this Rockin’ experience.
Klimchak, Eric Baumgartner, and Rob Gal
Ronald Binion, Jason von Hinezmeyer, Jon Ludwig
Jason Polhemus, Mimi Epstein
Gregory Montague, Liz Lee
Katherine Aurora Callahan, Jenny Craig, Jason von Hinezmeyer, Jon Ludwig,
Lori Mitchell, Greg Pallasch, Scottie Rowell, Scott Spencer, Amy Sweeney,
Savannah Burke, Carole D’Agostino
WSB-TV Meteorologist Brad Nitz, Script Consultant
David Cowan of VSA Arts of GA’s Stagehands, American Sign Language Consultant for “Clouds”
Stephen Scarborough, Wrestling Coach
Jason von Hinezmeyer
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