Laura Wehrmeyer and David Timpane, who have been with A Roadkill Opera from the very first workshop at Artomatic 2012 in Crystal City, will return in the roles they created in the world premiere performances in January 2016 at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington DC. Laura and David also performed the roles of Holly and Stephan, respectively, in the 2013 studio recording. Also returning from the world premiere cast are Alex Miletich IV and Christopher Dews. The four returning cast members are joined by Kelly Curtin and Larry Boggs. These six dynamic entertainers will be accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA) under the direction of Jeffrey Dokken.
The studio recording of A Roadkill Opera was released on July 4, 2013, on Amazon.com and subsequently on CD Baby, AmazonMP3, and iTunes. It is now available worldwide on nearly all platforms. This comic opera with music in the style of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is recommended for fans of PDQ Bach, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Tom Lehrer, and The Rutles–but only if you like classical music with infectious hooks.
Though not nominated, the studio recording of A Roadkill Opera got the creative team invited to the GRAMMYs, which they attended in February 2015. Which led to the January 2016 world premiere, fully staged performances (with sold-out houses) at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington DC.
The opera is new: the story is set in 1988 in the hour before the first professional gig for a comedy improv troupe in Jackson Hole—the Roadkill On A Stick Frozen Foods Theatre Company. The music is classical–from the 1804 Leonora by Ferdinando Paer, one of Beethoven’s direct competitors.
A Roadkill Opera tells the story of the hour before the first professional gig for a bunch of amateur improv sketch comedians in 1980s Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Below is a clip showing the classic sketch “Cod Piece Dining Room” recorded live at the 1992 Roadkill!!! Greatest Hits! show on Friday the 13th at the Pink Garter Theatre in Jackson, Wyoming. This clip has mild profanity (unlike A Roadkill Opera, which is suitable for all ages). Doug Henderson, who was starring in the title role of Harvey on the Pink Garter Theatre’s stage, proved to be an energetic announcer. Dave Rohrer provided live musical accompaniment, Ed Bachtel, Louise Gignoux, and Stephan Alexander Parker were onstage in the final public performance by the the Roadkill On A Stick Frozen Foods Theatre Company, the troupe portrayed in A Roadkill Opera.
The props will be recognizable to audiences that attend A Roadkill Opera.