Portland Mini Musical Festival

Portland Mini Musical Festival

Live On Stage brings together Portland area writers and composers to create an evening full of brand new mini musicals! Below is the line up of mini musicals for 2019:

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

The story centers around 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 Spott, 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 minutes away from 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.


Jan 24, 20197:30 pm
Jan 25, 20197:30 pm
Jan 26, 20192:00 pm
Jan 26, 20197:30 pm
Jan 27, 20192:00 pm


Brunish Theater
1111 SW Broadway Street
Portland, OR