Live On Stage Presents Portland Mini Musical Festival

By: Nov. 07, 2018
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Live On Stage Presents Portland Mini Musical Festival

Join Live On Stage for Portland's own festival of all new musicals with six brand new 15-minute shows by local writers and composers. The festival has been a huge hit for the past two years and performances have been completely sold out. Brett Campbell from Oregon ArtsWatch wrote Portland's Mini Musical Festival is "one of the most enjoyable theatrical experiences of the year." We'll delve (albeit briefly) into musical tales of a man who is in love with his personal drama, a clueless inspector from Scotland Yard, lovers unable to seal the deal, hope in the face of a loveless marriage, murder by le machine, and more.

TICKETS: $28.50 Adults - General Admission Seating. Tickets available at or box office phone 503-902-5052. Brunish Theater - Portland'5 Center for the Arts, 1111 SW Broadway Street, Portland OR. January 24, 25, & 26 at 7:30 pm (doors at 7:00pm), January 26 & 27 at 2:00 pm (doors at 1:30pm)

2019 Line Up

The Machine
Book and Lyrics by Rachel Tusler
Music by Lisa Ann Marsh

Directed by Jen Rowe

Paris. The Reign of Terror. The last moments before an execution. An executioner, a woman in the crowd, and a prisoner are forced to confront what it means when death becomes a spectacle, murder is done by a machine, and they all have a part to play. The three face each other under the shadow of France's "Widow"-Madame la Guillotine.

One Move
Book, music, and lyrics by Matthew B. Zrebski

Directed by Erin Shannon

A man who is in love with his personal drama ... in a world where in social media (and often in life) "trauma competition" abounds and allows for people to get attention ... where to be "broken" seems necessary. But, of course, he feels empty, divided into multiple parts between his mind, body, spirit...and wishes to pull it all together and leap out a new person. He is gender fluid and pansexual at his core...and once he becomes "one"...he can bust out his new fabulous self.

The Little Guy
Music by Pat Rasile
Lyrics by Marc Kochanski
Book by Marc Kochanski & Pat Rasile

Directed by Jen Rowe

Ian and Sabrina are in a moment of passion, but things are not going well. To whom can they appeal for help? Cupid? God? Dan Savage? Ian's performance issues send him into a panicked retreat, where he winds up getting advice from an unexpected source. Peter is an employee of Ian's but also an old friend. Bold and outspoken, Peter shares insights and evokes memories which help Ian see the remedy to his current situation. Spoiler: it's not Viagra.

Murder or Metaphor?
Music, Book, and Lyrics by John Vergin

Directed by Kelly Lyons

The intrepid Inspector Spot, of Scotland Yard, is called to a swank London flat, where reside a well-off young couple with valet and maid. There are convoluted emotional involvements, a disappearance, and the suggestion of foul play. Has a murder occurred, or only the semblance of a murder? No one is certain, including the Inspector.

Rebellious Act

Music, Book, Lyrics by Mark LaPierre

Directed by Kelly Lyons

Elodie, a strong young lady in 13th Century France, has spent her life trying to escape the confines of her station and gender to gain some control over her destiny. Now, she is being forced to marry a terrible man who will take her away from everything she has ever known. Elodie questions if she will ever be loved, and if she ever has been. Sophie, her servant, risks everything to offer her hope and one last rebellion.

An Unkindness of Ravens

Book and Lyrics by Austin Mahar

Music by Conor Eifler

Directed by Erin Shannon

A teenage runaway, fleeing a turbulent life with his abusive father, literally stumbles across two ravens waiting over a moose carcass in the woods. It is unclear to the boy if they are regular birds or if they are in fact something altogether mythical as the pair of ravens seem to extract out of him his thoughts and memories. Injured the boy needs the help of the ravens to right himself up before a nearing pack of wolves, coming for the moose meat, descend upon him.


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