Where in the world will you find a fiddler crab playing a blue-grass hoe-down? Or a giant toad telling a ghost story? Or a high-stepping big band number sung by a long-legged blue heron? It can only be the Virginia tidal salt marsh as presented by Rainbow Puppet Productions.
This fast-paced musical sequel to Rainbow's acclaimed "Amazing Adventures of Chessie the Manatee" returns Seemore the Seagull, Dan the Drum fish, and Bub to stage. They meet Wanda the barred owl as she opens our eyes to all of the fascinating creatures found in the tidal salt marsh. You'll hear all of the original songs and the entire story on this new CD.
This program was produced in association with the Virginia Marine Science Museum and Young Audiences of Virginia. It has been educator approved and kid tested through hundreds of school performances in front of thousands of children.
About the writer / composer:
David is the founder of Rainbow Productions, Inc. He created the company's very first production, "Jack and the Beanstalk," in 1977. The show was part of the Charles Taylor Library summer reading program. Since that time, he has created or directed many other programs for the company including "The Really Big Dinosaur Show," and "Babes in Toyland" featuring a cast of over 100, making it one of the largest touring shows created in the state.
His original musical, "The Amazing Adventures of Chessie the Manatee" was the first collaboration between Rainbow, the Virginia Marine Science Museum, and Young Audiences of Virginia. The show has been the company's most requested program to date. It was featured at the state's annual PTA convention the year it premiered.
David was chosen to work at the International Festival of Theater for Young Audiences at the New Orleans World's Fair. There he assisted in Jim Henson's presentation of rare Italian puppets.
David has created character voices for Chuck E. Cheese television commercials. He has worked on development projects for the Disney Channel, Paramount Pictures, and other television producers.
For over 15 years, he has taught advanced tap dancing technique. Yearly, his students win top awards at national conventions.
A sought after teacher of performing skills, he was chosen to present at the 2001 Puppeteers of America festival in Tampa. His workshop, "Entertain First" explains his successful marriage of arts and science in the creation of touring puppetry program. His original musical, "Noah's Floating Zoo" has been selected as a principal performance at this year's FCP National Puppetry Convention near Chicago.
His most recent productions are "Jonah" which takes the entire audience into the belly of the whale and the Wright Brothers which covers the two from childhood to the first powered flight in 1903.
Rainbow Puppet Productions
Wide-Eyed Wanda's Wondrous
a new musical by David Messick
Featuring the vocal talents of
Chris Bartlett Wanda the Barred Owl
Don Barlett Big Moe the Toad, Reedy
David Messick Seemore the Seagull, Junior
Lisa Ryan Alana the Egret, Francine the Fiddler Crab
Tyler Ryan The Mummichug
Steve Scheffler Farley the Fiddler Crab, Grasso
Tim Tharrington Bub, Bert the Blue Heron
Jason Wiedel Dan Drum
Recording Engineered and Produced by Steve Scheffler
Script Advisors Craig T. Adams, Marcy Messick, Connie Rasmussen
Fiona Andrews, Chris Frank, Jill Harrington, Laura Huff, Frank Lakus, and Helen Spaetzel
Scenic and Cover Art Jason Wiedel
Rainbow Puppeteers include Mel T. Brooks, Kathie Davis, Laura Huff, David and Marcy Messick, David Messick, Sr., Regina Smith, Judy Silvis, and Jason Wiedel
Visit us at www.rainbowpuppets.com
Member Puppeteers of America and the Puppet Arts Center of Virginia
Your purchase of this recording supports the non-profit activities of Rainbow Productions, Inc.