German and Mains Lead Premiere of THE AIRSHIP AT VAPOR STATION

June 18
11:06 AM 2012


The AirShip at Vapor Station: The SteamPunk Musical—featuring book and lyrics by Carolyn German and music by Rollie Mains—has its premiere production at the Z. Alexander Looby Theatre, running June 22-30.

German directs and choreographs, and Mains music directs, a cast of some 30 young actors in the premiere of the new musical that was previously given a staged reading at The Looby Theater, which is located at 2301 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville.  Performances June 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 have a 7:30 p.m. curtain, with a matinee on Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5. For reservations, call (615) 509-0247.

In The AirShip at Vapor Station, “A fearless young woman vows to continue the legacy of her adventurous parents, piloting her AirShip to far lands to bring back her latest discovery: a rare, clear glass that has never been seen in her part of the world. But there are others who want nothing more than to stop her."

Described as “a brilliant take on the genre known as SteamPunk, The AirShip at Vapor Station takes place in an imaginary world where a blight has left silk for sails in very high demand, and where this tenacious pilot the only one left flying. It's a world where all children must go to work at the age of 12, and a bureaucratic group called ‘The Quorum’ makes all the laws. And it is in this world that the young pilot triumphs over all the obstacles that come her way.”

The AirShip at Vapor Station is a family-friendly show that features a cast of 30 talented youth, from all over the Nashville Metro area, as part of Metro Nashville Parks Theater Department's Young Actors Program. The production also boasts a live, professional, seven-piece band.

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Jeffrey Ellis Jeffrey Ellis is a Nashville-based writer, editor and critic, who's been covering the performing arts in Tennessee for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of the Tennessee Theatre Association's Distinguished Service Award for his coverage of theatre in the Volunteer State and was the founding editor/publisher of Stages, the Tennessee Onstage Monthly. He is a past fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and is the founder/executive producer of The First Night Honors - the history of which can be traced to 1989 and the first presentation of The First Night Awards - which honor outstanding theater artisans from Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and also includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors recognition. Midwinter's First Night honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. An accomplished director, Ellis helmed productions of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, all in their Nashville premieres, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show. Ellis was recognized by The Tennessean as best director of a musical for both Company and Rocky Horror. In 2015, he directed William Inge's Picnic for Circle Players and Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years for VWA Theatricals, with The Larry Keeton Theatre's production of Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest set for spring 2016.


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