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A Trip to the Moon

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Adam J. Rineer

Run Time: 90 minutes

Cast of 12+

Orchestration (7):

Keyboard 1/Conductor

Violin

Cello

Guitar 1 (electric, acoustic)

Guitar 2/Keyboard2 (electric)

Bass (upright, 5-string fretted electric, 5-string fretless electric)

Drums/Percussion (crash cym., ride cym., spiral trash cym., hi-hat, 2 toms, 2 floor toms,

snare, kick drum, triangle/miller machine, anvil, brake drum, glockenspiel, vibraphone)

Do we all have a place in the universe? If so, where is it? And what happens when the lives of a queer Victorian-era astronomer, a Lunar Goddess, and a skeptical young alien collide during one pivotal journey to the moon? Through an eclectic score that combines punk, prog rock, and 19th-century operetta, this piece loosely inspired by George Méliès's film explores man's desire to conquer, the fascination of space, and the breaking binaries.

History:

  • Semi-Finalist, 2021 Polyphone Festival, University of the Arts, PHL

  • Excerpt Presentation, 2020 MusiCoLab, PHL

  • Concert Reading, 2020 The Maas Building, PHL

  • Staged Reading, 2019 Temple University, PHL

  • Table Reading, 2019 Simple Studios, NYC

  • Workshop, 2019 Temple University, PHL

  • Developed in part at the George and Joy Abbott Center for Musical Theater at Temple University, PHL

  • Instagram
"Orbit"
January 3, 2021
Virtual Release
demo recording
Personel

Zofia Weretka — Vocals (Selene)

Adam J. Rineer — Keys

Meghan Todt Williams — Violin

Giovanna Moraga Clayton — Cello

Juan Arango — Guitars

Thomas E. Carley — Bass

Joshua Roberts — Drums

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The Maas Building
January 10, 2020
Philadelphia, PA
concert reading

This project was funded by a Vice Provost for the Arts Student Grant from Temple University.

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Creative Team

Directed by Jason Aguirre
Music Directed by Katie Siegmund
Assistant Directed by Megan Krause
Dramaturgy by Rachel Graf Evans

 

Cast

Zofia Weretka (Oscar at the Crown) — Selene

Andy Patterson — Professor Barbicane

Matthew Levy — Captian Nicholl

Charlie Bensinger — Michel Ardan

Alexa Joseph — Pandia

Caitlin Navarrete — Theia/Ensemble

Maddie Shea — Mailman/Horae/Ensemble

Nick Erholm — Astronomer #1/Ensemble

Collin Haber — Astronomer #2/Ensemble

Arielle Beane — Hesiod/Ensemble

Avery Infranco — Ersa/Ensemble

Richard Magyan — Nemea/Ensemble

Band

Adam J. Rineer — Piano

Lonnie Davis — Drums/Percussion

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Temple University
August 23, 2019
Philadelphia, PA
concert reading
Creative Team

Directed by Jason Aguirre
Music Directed by Patrick Tice-Carroll
Assistant Directed by Adi Mullen

Cast

Alexa Joseph — Pandia

Imani Moss — Selene

Andy Patterson — Professor Barbicane

Richard Magyan — Captain Nicholl

Charlie Bensinger — Michel Ardan

Emily Carone — Ensemble

Xhenet Capani — Ensemble

Nicholas Erholm — Ensemble

Zoë Fox — Ensemble

Collin Haber — Ensemble

Avery Infranco — Ensemble

Marcella Smith — Ensemble

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Simple Studios
June 16, 2019
New York, NY
table reading
Creative Team

Directed by Jason Aguirre
Music Directed by Patrick Tice-Carroll
Assistant Directed by Alexa Joseph

Cast

Sushma Saha (Interstate) — Pandia

Zofia Weretka (Oscar at the Crown) — Selene

Ethan Crystal (Golem Owned...SmoothieFor The Record: The Brat Pack) — Professor Barbicane

Jace 'n Ziev — Michel Ardan

Brian C. Veith — Captain Nicholl

Imani Moss — Ensemble

Emily Riedel — Ensemble

Andy Patterson — Ensemble

Adi Mullen — Ensemble

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Temple University
April 17, 2019
Philadelphia, PA
workshop
Creative Team

Directed by Rose Freeman
Music Directed by Patrick Tice-Carroll

Cast

Joshua Battisti — Professor Barbicane

William Hornby (TikTok: @williamcarvedpumpkins)— Captain Nicholl

Charlie Bensinger — Michel Ardan

Nichole Mottershead — Selene

Alexa Joseph — Pandia

Samantha Rose Roberts — Selenite

Jessica Money — Selenite

Federica Andino-Vega — Pit Singer

Joy Lynn Pringle — Pit Singer

Julia Hameed — Pit Singer

Band

Patrick Tice-Carroll — Keyboard 1/Music Director

Olivia Backal-Balik — Keyboard 2

Steve Katona — Drums