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Weather Rocks!

Weather Rocks!
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Written by Jon Ludwig
Directed by Spencer G. Stephens

2013-14 Family Series

Feb 6 - Mar 23, 2014
Previews: Feb 4 & 5 - 10am & 11:30am
Mainstage Theater
Recommended for ages 4 & up

•Tues-Fri: 10am & 11:30am
•Sat: 12pm & 2pm
•Sun: 1pm & 3pm

Rock out with a cool band of meteorologists as they open the flood gates on the mysteries of Mother Nature. This original and en“lightning” musical is filled with fun facts about rain, snow, hurricanes, sunshine, and more!

Please be advised, this performance uses fog machine and strobe lighting special effects.

Puppetry Style:

Hand-and-Rod, Rod, Marionette, Shadow, Black Light

Create-A-Puppet Workshop:
Make your own Shining Sun Hand Puppet !

Behind the Scenes of
Weather Rocks!

About the Show

Everyone talks about the weather. Now you can sing about it! The inspiration for Weather Rocks! came from watching the Weather People (meteorologists) on TV and wondering what they might do if they were to put on a musical revue. A musical revue does not necessarily have a story but it has a central topic. In this case the topic is the weather. Each section of weather basics has it own musical style. We use Gospel, Rhythm and Blues, Punk, Ska, Latin-Jazz, Reggae, Afro-beat, Country and, of course, Rock ‘n’ Roll music. We hope the songs entertain you and help you to understand how weather works. Because there are so many different parts to the weather, we decided to use many different styles of puppetry as well. You will see hand, rod, shadow, body and string puppets. The string puppets in this show are the most complicated ones. Because the string puppets are operated from the floor and not from above, each string is about 36 feet long and the puppeteers are working the puppets in reverse. When they pull up the puppet goes down. When they pull down the puppet goes up. Everything is backwards! Whew! A lot to think about while you’re also singing at the same time. Enjoy the wonders of weather with Weather Rocks!

About the Puppeteers

Dolph Amick is thunderstruck to continue furthering his dreams of heavy metal world domination in Weather Rocks! You may have heard him in other such Center for Puppetry Arts productions as The Adventures of Mighty Bug, Brer Rabbit & Friends, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. He just completed production of Peas on Earth, a CD of health-related children’s songs for Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre, which he composed, performed and mixed entirely at his own studio, Dr. X’s Lab. He is already hard at work on three more albums, for Atlanta bands Three Quarter Ale, The Spanxx, and burndollies. Heartfelt thanks to Spencer and Gillian, and huge love to his hilarious wife, Kara, and their not-always-intentionally hilarious toddler, Valentine.

Eric Baumgartner  is happy to back for his third production at the Center. He previously served as music director for The Adventures of Mighty Bug and as composer for the Center's Distance Learning film Ten Minute Recess with Little Noodle. He studied at Boston's Berklee College of Music and Chicago's DePaul University where he received a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies. Eric works as composer, arranger and clinician for the Willis Music Company and the Hal Leonard Corporation. He has dozens of piano works published including the popular Jazzabilities series. His travels as a jazz piano clinician have taken him throughout the US and Australia. Eric is married to the Center's Education Director, the fabulous Aretta.

Jared Brodie  is honored and thrilled to be returning back to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Weather Rocks!. Since his debut in Brer Rabbit & Friends, you might have seen Jared in the Atlanta area in the concert version of South Pacific (Aurora), promo work for Hostess as Twinkie The Kid, and in a holiday show at Stone Mountain Park, called Toyrific. When he is not on stage, you may find Jared attending workshops and acting classes to help him further his career. He would like to thank God for his blessings, his family and friends for their never ending support, and last but not least, the patrons, for being the pulse that helps keep The Arts alive. Thank you all and I hope enjoy the show!

Eliana Marianes  studied Theater Studies and English at Emory University, and is delighted to return to the Center stage following her joyful Christmas here as Hermey in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. She has performed with Georgia Shakespeare Festival, ART Station, Aurora Theater, Stage Door Players, Out of Hand Theater, the Legacy Theatre, Synchronicity Theater, Georgia Ensemble Theater, Theater Emory, the Emory Dance Company, and Théâtre du Rève (in Atlanta and France). She is grateful to Spencer for helping us dream big, and is happy to share the stage with such a talented cast (and a former Sister). As always, love to her family and to The Walrus. Weather ROCKS!

Mandy Mitchell  is excited to be making her Center debut in Weather Rocks! Trained at Salem State University, Mandy has played roles ranging from children’s theatre favorites (Frog and Toad, Junie B. Jones, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) to the contemporary musical theatre canon (9 to 5, [title of show],The Fantasticks). Originally from Boston, Mandy has had the pleasure of working up and down the east coast and has called Atlanta home for the past 4 years. During her days Mandy is Head Teacher at Legacy Studios teaching Acting, Music and Dance to the next generation of performers. Thank you to my amazing castmates, the multi-talented Gillian, and especially Spencer and Jon for this Rockin’ experience.

Stage Manager
Gillian Wilson

Music composed by
Musical direction and vocal arrangements by Eric Baumgartner
Music tracks by Klimchak, Eric Baumgartner, and Rob Gal
Choreography by Reay Kaplan

Puppet Designers
Ronald Binion, Jason von Hinezmeyer, Jon Ludwig

Scenic Designer
Adam Pagdon

Sound Designers
Jason Polhemus, Mimi Epstein

Projection Designer
Mike Post

Lighting Designers
Gregory Montague, Liz Lee

Costume Designer
Aleathia Burns

Slide Designer
Raylynn Hughes

Puppet Construction

Katherine Aurora Callahan, Jenny Craig, Jason von Hinezmeyer, Jon Ludwig,
Lori Mitchell, Greg Pallasch, Scottie Rowell, Scott Spencer, Amy Sweeney,
Savannah Burke, Carole D’Agostino

Scenic Painter
Lauren Rondone

Special Thanks to
WSB-TV Meteorologist Brad Nitz, Script Consultant
David Cowan of VSA Arts of GA’s Stagehands, American Sign Language Consultant for “Clouds”
Stephen Scarborough, Wrestling Coach

Center Production Staff

Resident Puppet Builder
Jason von Hinezmeyer

Technical Director

Bill Jones

Master Electrician
Gregory Montague

Liz Lee
Puppet Shop Manager
Carole D’Agostino

Assoc. Technical Director

Ryan Sbaratta

Resident Stage Manager
Gillian Wilson

Assoc. Producer

Kristin Haverty

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