Portland's Mini Musical Festival spotlights all homegrown talent, with Portland's own writers, composers, directors, actors and designers taking part. These six all-new short musicals run about 15 minutes each and are range in subject from polar bears and time travel to clipboard crusaders, coffee house denizens and aspiring orchestra conductors.
Directed by Kristen Mun, John Oules, and Jessica Wallenfels
Music Direction by Eric Nordin
Starring: Margie Boule, Michel Castillo, Joey Cote, Adam Davis, Matthew Fretias, Alec Lugo, Joan Freed, Megan Misslin, Barbara Richardson, Dru Rutledge, Michael Rexroat, Madison Thompson, Beth Sobo Turk, Joel Walker, Leah Yorkston, and Doug Zimmerman.
2017 Mini Musical Line Up:
Book by Brett Vail, Kurt Misar and Brad Beaver
Music and Lyrics by Kurt Misar
Additional Lyrics by Brad Beaver
A novice orchestra conductor aspires to position and fame that exceeds his talent and abilities. His efforts stir interest from admirers but incite true passion from his doubters. It appears though that he might have a trick or two, or three, to overpower the hair-raising challenges barring him from ultimate glory and success.
Book, Music and Lyrics by Matthew B. Zrebski
Set in a trendy coffee shop, this comic and irreverent satire on current social and political strife reveals customers and their barista clashing over hot button topics and “appropriateness”, building to a potentially murderous climax.
11th and Couch
Music and Lyrics by Reece Marshburn and Marianna Thielen
Book by Marianna Thielen
Three college students are “community outreach workers” or clipboard crusaders, sharing the same street corner in downtown Portland. Each pitching their chosen nonprofit to hapless pedestrians, the trio compares notes on the best techniques to employ to make people interested in their cause, the frustrations with their current situation, and their hopes for a brighter tomorrow.
19 Children Saved!
Book and Music by Eric Nordin
Lyrics by Eric Nordin and Sam Gregory
Amily realizes that “fixing” the past through time travel is not as easy as it may seem, but she is yet to discover that correcting those “fixes” is even harder.
Gus, The Lonely Polar Bear
Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke
Words by Naomi Matlow
Gus is the lonely and only polar bear living at the Central Park Zoo. Zoe is an animal behaviorist new to New York and has more to offer Gus than just peanut butter spread on an ice cube.
Book and Lyrics by William Sam Gregory
Music and Lyrics by Eric Nordin
Georgie has lived a long full life, full of adventure and travel, but today she can't seem to get out. Beth has lived a very boring and predetermined life, and can't imagine how she will get out. Sometimes life finds the most unusual ways of helping us through our roadblocks.