Who’s the Fairest (IMP)

Who’s The Fairest? is a retelling of Snow White in a world where she never woke up again. A dark sorceress, as vain as she is evil, will do whatever it takes to be the most beautiful in all the land, including commit murder.

“Jealousy” introduces the sorceress, obsessed with her appearance and being the most beautiful woman in the land. While the power of her jealousy swirls around her like a terrible storm, she asks her magic mirror who the fairest of them all really is—it shows not her own reflection, but a lovely young maiden. This enrages the sorceress, and she begins to plot the maiden’s demise.

“Revenge” is a churning ballad of dread, jealousy, and revenge. As the sorceress prepares her poisoned apple for the maiden, a melancholy flute solo laments the maiden’s imminent doom.

“Curse” is the dramatic end to this tale—the maiden has fallen under the eternal sleeping curse from eating the poisoned apple, and the sorceress is now the fairest in a land of darkness and evil.

Infinitive Journey (IMP)

To borrow from the most famous of split infinitives, Infinitive Journey boldly goes where no show has boldly gone before. A journey of the unexpected through texture and timbres, one can think of the show as a realization of the “Big Bang”. Once the initial energy is thrown in our faces, the musicians move out through space at ever increasing speeds, throwing out ever increasing amounts of energy to spin off new ideas and new sounds in new combinations. The powerful opening metrically modulates and plops us in the middle of a ritualistic-sounding section that makes effective use of the African clay pot Udu drums. As the ears attempt to get used to this unique sound, the tenors employ three mallets each for intriguing visual effect and the cymbal section adds to the mysterious ethnicity by using rainsticks, as if the sky had gently opened up on the ritual below. A beautiful contrasting section utilizing tone bars, hand chimes or handbells is the other side of the split journey, wrapping the ethos in shimmering sound waves of effervescent loveliness. The effect here is neither for the sake of melody nor rhythm, but rather for the creation of a shimmering essence that vibrates across the floor. A heavy battery percussion feature shocks us back to the reality that returns us to the beginning amidst a flurry of vigorous rudimental drumming. The beautiful moments are left in the dust as the show boldly goes back to where it began, tying together the split infinitives.

Mime (IMP)

Mime celebrates the beauty of movement and gesture as artistic expression and storytelling within a tangible realm of imagination. Joyful melodies, melancholic harmonies, and rich textures evoke a vivid world of action and feeling.

On Gallow’s Hill (IMP)

On Gallows Hill – The Salem Witch Trials revisits the terror and hysteria of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials with the harrowing true story of Abigail Dane Faulkner’s accusation, conviction, and ultimate exoneration.

“Affliction/Suspicion/Accusation” begins with an eerie theme, like a whispered rumor, that eventually spreads like wildfire through the entire ensemble, echoing the hysterical spread of rumors of witchcraft about Abigail and those accused alongside her.

“Confession & Conviction” captures the horrors of loved ones turning on each other in hopes of saving their own lives as the accusations of witchcraft and forced confessions take on lives of their own. Abigail’s despairing melody can be heard just before her fate is sealed with her conviction for her alleged crimes.

“Execution & Exoneration” examines the terrible toll of human lives taken during the bloodlust of the Salem Witch Trials before order finally returns and justice prevails for Abigail and her unborn child.

Loch Ness (IMP)

Loch Ness takes us on a musical journey that transports us to the distant shores of the legendary lake where the Loch Ness Monster awaits. “Breaking the Surface” begins at the edge of the vast waters. An eerie silence prevails as onlookers wait in hopes of witnessing the mysterious mistress of the lake. Her presence just beneath the water emanates through the crowd and the air itself seems to change. In an instant, Nessie breaks the surface, brazenly revealing herself! Pandemonium ensues as people scramble to catch another glimpse, but Nessie has vanished!  Loosely based on the Scottish folk song The Ballad of Captain Kidd and American folk song What Wondrous Love is This, “Nessie in the Deep” reveals Nessie in her natural habitat. We travel with her as she explores the underwater haven that has belonged to her and her ancestors for hundreds of years.Back on shore, the hunt is on. Frustrated by their brief encounter with the monster, the men vow to capture her. The “Evasion” ensues. The men put forth a valiant effort, searching first one place and then another. No stranger to the game, Nessie entices them, revealing only hints of her form. The men close in, sure of their victory, but Nessie, having had her fun, slips lithely away.  The show concept and score were created with both the performer and designer in mind. Loch Ness offers plenty of opportunities for theatrical enhancement and can be used educationally as a focus on themes and motivic material. The originality of the show not only makes it fun to prepare and perform, but also captivates the audience from beginning to end. So get ready and experience the unknown world of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster! Catch her if you can!

1.  The surface area of Loch Ness could hold the population of the world 10 times over.
2. Residents around the loch created an old wives tale to keep their children away from the lake. They said that a beast lived in the loch who transformed into a horse when it was hungry and waited for a traveller to climb on its back. It would then gallop into the loch and eat its victim.
3. There have been more than 1,000 recorded sightings of Nessie.
4. Nessie is said to have two humps, four flippers, a tail, and a snake-like head.

Apocalypse (IMP)

This show is dark and sinister, tumultuous and cataclysmic. It is the sequel to the In the Beginning show and is based on the prophecy of the Book of Revelations. Apocalypse is not dark in its entirety, as if offers hope and light at the end, leaving audiences uplifted even though they realize they had just experienced a journey of incredible wrath and ferocity.