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Photos: First Look at the World Premiere of LOCH NESS, A NEW MUSICAL

We've got a first look at the official press photos for the world premiere of Loch Ness, a new musical, which is the newest show from Ovation Award-winning writer/director Marshall Pailet and Ovation Award-winning choreographer Kelly Todd. The musical opens tonight and runs through March 1 at Chance Theater.

The show runs through February 28 on the mainstage at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center.

Chances are, you've heard of the Loch Ness Monster. But have you met the lady herself? In this whimsical new musical, a scientist's young daughter discovers herself -- and a small, reptilian, and very magical creature -- in the waters of the Scottish Highlands. Developed through our OTR reading series, Loch Ness is equal parts cheeky comedy, heart-warming family drama, and uplifting musical journey. This production is rated E for everyone, and is great for the entire family!

At the Chance, Loch Ness is truly a family experience. Father-and-son team Marshall Pailet and A.D. Penedo conceived and wrote the piece, then joined up with their extended family here at the Chance when Marshall was our 2013 resident playwright. As part of his residency (which also included the Ovation Award-winning Triassic Parq - The Musical), the Chance did the first staged reading of Loch Ness (which only had a first act!). A.D. and Marshall returned in 2014 to present the completed version of the show (to the relief of Chance patrons who were dying to know what happened) as part of our On The Radar Reading Series.

In addition to Marshall at the helm as the director, the production team for Loch Ness, a new musical also includes resident artist Kelly Todd as choreographer (who recently won the Ovation Award for Lysistrata Jones), Music Director Mark Sonnenblick, scenic and puppet designers Fred Kinney and Megan Hill, Sound Designer Ryan Brodkin, costume designer Rachael Lorenzetti, lighting designer Jonathan Daroca, props designer Amy Ramirez, puppet mechanics designer Baxley Andresen, associate director Nora Ives, orchestrator and music supervisor Ryan O'Connell and resident artist Nicole Schlitt as stage manager.

The cast for Loch Ness, a new musical is filled with familiar faces from prior Chance productions, including resident artists Alex Bueno (Triassic Parq) and Laura M. Hathaway (Secret Garden), as well as Julia Cassandra Smith (In The Heights), Jackson Tobiska (Lysistrata Jones), Angeline Mirenda (In The Heights), Katie Brown (A Celtic Holiday with Craic in the Stone), Gina Velez (West Side Story), Keaton Williams (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Matt Takahashi (She Loves Me) and Corky Loupe (She Loves Me).

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