Scenes from “One Way Trip to Mars” at the Waterville Opera House, August 27, 2017.
Hollowbody Electric Band to perform concert version of their rock opera “One Way Trip to Mars”
On Tuesday evening, September 19, Hollowbody Electric Band returns to the tiny Drummore Bay Concert Hall in Phippsburg, to perform a concert version of their rock opera, “One Way Trip to Mars,” which opened to standing ovations at the Waterville Opera House at the end of August. Drummore Bay Concert Hall is located next to the Phippsburg Post Office at 516 Main Road (Rt. 209). Tickets are $20, and reservations are recommended (call 446-7199).
“One Way Trip to Mars,” written by local band leaders and songwriters Peter Alexander and Johannah Harkness, tells a fictional story, set in 2033, of the first humans to travel to Mars amidst cataclysmic events occurring on Earth. The story has all the elements of a classical Greek tragedy or Shakespearian play, but is told entirely through the contemporary medium of rock music.
The theatrical premiere, directed by Dennis St. Pierre at the Waterville Opera House, featured an 11-member New York cast, 8-piece rock orchestra, full stage sets and cinematic lighting. “After such a huge production, we are looking forward to the simplicity and intimacy of the Drummore Bay Concert Hall,” said Alexander, “Where the entire focus will be on the music.”
Alexander and Harkness began working on “One Way Trip to Mars” three years ago after learning about the Netherlands-based Mars-One Program, which proposes to create a human colony on Mars within the next decade. Over 200,000 individuals have volunteered for the program. “We were intrigued that so many people were willing to leave behind everything on Earth—including spouses and children—to go on the one-way mission,” said Harkness, “And I was particularly interested in what it would be like to be the ones left behind. That idea inspired me to write the first song, “It Catches Up to You,” which is now the final song of the opera.”
For the concert performance at the Drummore Bacy Concert Hall Alexander and Harkness will be joined by their long-time band mates from Hollowbody Electric Band, including Joe Beninati on drums, Parker Kenyon on bass, and Courtney Babbidge on keyboards.
For Tuesday evening’s concert, doors open at 6:45, and music starts at 7:15 PM. More information is available at drummorebayconcerthall.com.
Listen to WBLM’s ad for the theatrical premiere of “One Way Trip to Mars.”
To see the full article: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/18/one-way-trip-to-mars-set-for-take-off-in-waterville/
June 6, 2017–Casting is now complete for our August premiere. And what a cast!
“One Way Trip To Mars-a rock opera” premieres at the Waterville Opera House August 24 – 27. Tickets go on sale May 12 at www.operahouse.org.
The show, which is rooted in contemporary science, features 21 orginal songs by Peter Alexander and Johannah Harkness that tell a fictional story about Paolo, the first human chosen to fly a solo, one-way mission to establish a human colony on Mars. The show takes audiences on an emotional rollercoaster, from Paolo’s exuberance at being chosen for the mission, to his coming to grips with the reality of forever leaving behind his wife and everything he loves on earth. When catastrophic events on earth, from nuclear terrorism to climate change and global war, cause communication links with Mars to go down Paolo is left alone in the universe. From there the story accelerates to its dramatic conclusion.
“One Way Trip to Mars” opened to standing ovations as a multi-media concert on the main stage of the Chocolate Church Arts Center in Bath during the fall of 2016. Now re-worked by dramatist and director Dennis St. Pierre as a fully-realized piece for musical theater it opens in a world premiere at the Waterville Opera House at the end of August.
“When I heard Peter and Johannah’s music,” St. Pierre says, “and read the story embodied in their lyrics, I was completely blown away. This is a truly great show, and we are proud that it is being endorsed … for submission to the annual festival of the National Alliance for Musical Theater.” —(From The Coastal Journal 01/19/17)