“One Way Trip to Mars” is a rock opera featuring 24 original songs by Bath residents Peter Alexander & Johannah Harkness. Following several successful performances as a multi-media concert at the Chocolate Church Arts Center (Bath) in September 2016 and the Frontier Theater (Brunswick) in January 2017, the show was re-worked for musical theater and directed by Dennis St. Pierre at Waterville Opera House August 24 – 27.
Featuring an 11-piece orchestra, five principle actors, and a seven member ensemble, the music and action on stage is enhanced with cinematic video, props, lighting, audio, and special effects. “One Way Trip to Mars,” is not just entertaining musical theater, it engages audiences in timely questions about space travel and actual plans by NASA and other public and private organizations to colonize the red planet within the next two decades.
A Sky-Written Love Letter
The year is 2033. Paolo Cruze is the first person chosen for a one way trip to the red planet. While a female personification of Mars, the mysterious vision of Paolo’s imagination, beckons him to her, his earthly companion and fellow astronaut, Cassandra “Wildflower,” is left behind alone and longing. In the ensuing years cataclysmic events on Earth cause communication links to go down and the once proud and ambitious Cruze is left alone in the universe. The space agency then sends Wildflower on a second and final mission to Mars with a storehouse of genetic material. But, will she be successful? Will there be a future for the human race?
Read Bob Keyes’ extraordinary article about the show.
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