The Stark Ravens' first CD is the soundtrack to their well received version of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, or What You Will, a comedy of mixed up twins & gender bending love triangles. Melodic, mellow & lilting, this CD combines original songs with lyrics either written or inspired by William Shakespeare, with lovely instrumental character themes based on traditional tunes, played beautifully on a solo Octave Mandolin by resident bard, Bryn Tucker.
Twelfth Night, or What You Will: By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Carol McCollum & Tisha Putman
Directed by Carol McCollum
Assistant Directors: Laura Brueckner & Chase Williams
The Cast: (In order of appearance)
Orsino - Duke of Illyria: Mark Donnelly
Valentine - Gentleman attending on Orsino: Terry Mulrooney
Viola - A lady, later disguised as Cesario: Tisha Putman
Sea Captain: Andy Pettit
Sir Toby Belch - Uncle to Olivia: Christopher David Barnes
Maria - Olivia's waiting gentlewoman: Heidi Wohlwend
Sir Andrew Aguecheek - Companion of Sir Toby: Brian Patterson
Feste - The clown, servant to Olivia: Laura Brueckner
Olivia - A countess: Carol McCollum
Malvolio - steward to Olivia: Chase Williams
Fabian - servant to Olivia: Liana Day-Williams
Antonio - a pirate: Andy Pettit
Sebastian - Viola's twin brother: Jeremy Jen-Ming Hou
Costume concepts: Tisha Putman & Heidi Wohlwend (Tisha is our costume goddess, and sewed her fingers off for this show. Many of our costumes were created by the folks who are wearing them. Thanks to all who stayed up late sewing!)
Original music by Mark Donnelly
Instrumental themes by Bryn Tucker
Foley by Megan Corman
Dramaturg: Laura Brueckner
Props/Storm Foley and Tech: Chase Williams (wind/rain), Heidi Wohlwend (ship), & Brian Patterson (boxtree). Many hands helped build our props including Chris & Jeremy.
We came, we saw, we made a storm!
The Stark Ravens vocalists are:
Christopher David Barnes, Laura Brueckner, Liana Day-Williams, Mark Donnelly, Jeremy Jen-Ming Hou, Carol McCollum, Brian Patterson, Andy Pettit, Tisha Putman, Bryn Tucker, Chase Williams & Heidi Wohlwend.
The Stark Ravens Band is:
Mandolins: Mark Donnelly, Bryn Tucker, Chase Williams, Christopher David Barnes & Dan Briggs*.
Banjolin: Bryn Tucker
Flute: Laura Brueckner
Bass: Dan Briggs*
Bodhran: Paul Donnelly*
*Special guest artists for this recording.
Produced & arranged by Mark Donnelly & Bryn Tucker
Recorded at The Ravenry, Fairfax, CA
Mixed at Freudenhaus, San Francisco, CA
Design by Mud n Yer Eye Graphics, Oakland, CA - firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright 2001 Stark Ravens Historical Players
Special thanks to:
The Reyes Family, Calvin the cookie man, David Bednoe, the LOOPED crew, Phyllis Patterson, and Alan Steinmetz of KQMS Redding.
NO RAVENS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF TWELFTH NIGHT - YET, AND WE STILL DIDN'T HARM ANY LOBSTERS OR CRUSTACEANS IN GENERAL.