Premiering August 24 – 27 at Waterville Opera House

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)

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