Whidbey Island Presents The Bad Horse Project: A Joss Whedon Double Feature
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, under the leadership of Executive Director Stacie Burgua, launches its 2010-2011 Season with The Bad Horse Project featuring Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, With Feeling October 15 - 30, 2010.
Conceived as an "online miniseries event" during the 2008 writers' strike, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a 45-minute musical romp that bears the distinctive stamp of Joss Whedon. Billy (Dr. Horrible) video-blogs about his twin goals to join the Evil League of Evil and to woo the fair Penny, a woman he met at the local laundromat. Dr. Horrible is foiled on both fronts, however, by his arch-nemesis, the self-absorbed superhero Captain Hammer.
Faced with the task of impressing the League, can Horrible overcome his own incompetence to ruin the day, kill the hero, and still get the girl?
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is directed by Jason Dittmer (The Rocky Horror Show) with musical direction by Robert W. Prosch; and features David Mayer as Billy/Dr.Horrible, Morgan Bondelid as Penny, and Michael Morgen as Captain Hammer. The cast includes Jacob Bloom (Moist), Zachary Schneider, Jim Simpson, MichaEl Thompson (The Bad Horse Chorus), Patsy Brereton, MichaEl Thompson (Newscasters), Megan Besst, Evan Hoke, Ambria Prosch, Daniella Rose, Zachary Schneider (The Groupies), Bristol Bloom (Mayor), Cameron Baldwin, Anthony Caldwell, Gwen Jones, Sophia Larson-Wickman, Jan Simpson (The Ensemble).
Following Dr. Horrible, the WICA Chamber Singers will lead the audience in a sing-along to Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, With Feeling.
Penned by Buffy series creator-producer Joss Whedon, Once More, With Feeling is a loving, loopy musical pastiche that takes potshots at everything from Andrew Lloyd Webber to alt-rock. Paralleling the show's lovable pop culture tweaking, the musical styles here (the episode's musical conceit is a curse visited upon Buffy's hometown of Sunnydale) range from a patent footlight chorus of demons being interrupted by Buffy's hard-rocking stake thrusts on "Going Through the Motions" to Spike the Vampire's goth-metal complaint "Rest in Peace," with everything from parking tickets and mustard stain removal to climactic duels with the supernatural getting the Broadway send-up.
Once More, With Feeling is conducted by Robert W. Prosch and features members of the WICA Chamber Singers: Al Benson, Megan Besst, Morgan Bondelid, Anthony Caldwell, Kimberly Cerra, Christina Parker, and Susan Sandri.
Tickets range in price from $12 to $16, with discounts available for seniors, military, youth and groups, and are available from www.WICAonline.com or 360.221.8268 - 800/638.7631.
"The times are chaotic. For me, I would hope that people look at my heroes and see people struggling to live decent, moral lives in a completely chaotic world. They see how hard it is, how often they fail, and how they get up and keep trying. That, to me, is the most important message I'm ever going to tell." - Joss Whedon
'The idea was to create something small and inexpensive, yet professionally done, in a way that would circumvent the issues that were being protested during the writers' strike.' - Joss Whedon"
"After just a bit of research it's clear that Dr. Horrible is on the verge of being either a major theatre piece or a motion picture (Whedon will announce early next year if the full production is going to Broadway or movie theaters.) WICA has always taken pride in being a home to new work and supporting emerging playwrights. We strive to produce at least one original piece a season." -- Deana Duncan, WICA Producing Artistic Director
"Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is more experimental than anything we've had on the main stage to this point in the fact that it was not written for the stage. We've stayed true to the original Video Script but adapted it to the stage with the use of multi-media tools and constant vigilance to Whedon's original vision. Supporting this work means supporting emerging artists and being part of the birth of a production. We're trying new technology, we've had to write and adapt new music, we've got lots of new faces on the stage. We're re-envisioning what is possible in local theatre.-it doesn't have to be a two or three hour perfectly choreographed classic piece of theatre to be legitimate. This is much closer to what's happening in our region's Fringe Theatres and an exciting step for local theatre artists." -- Deana Duncan, WICA Producing Artistic Director