A Pirate Party / Various
Movie legend Mickey Rooney and his wife Jan star in an all new pirate extravaganza "A Pirate Party." The show premiered at the Blackbeard Pirate Festival and the original cast album is now available. As a very special surprise treat, Broadway legend Carol Channing crashes the party by providing the voice to a bejeweled Octopus! Along the way, she plugs her own upcoming Rainbow show 'The Broadway Adventures of Chessie the Manatee.' This is not the first time Mickey and Jan have worked with Rainbow Puppets. They starred in the company's 100th Anniversary Production of "Toyland!" According to show creator David Messick, "I called Mickey and his wife the day 'Museum' opened to tell them how much we enjoyed it. We then discussed future projects and they agreed to participate. We recorded their part for 'A Pirate Party' and for two more projects that will come out in the future." "Mickey plays Captain Mick and joyously pokes fun at his image as a multi-award winning legend. His wife Jan plays Polly the Parrott who even more joyously eggs Mickey on. Mickey and Jan own two parrots and Jan told a wonderful story of how Mickey will be downstairs while she's upstairs. Mickey calls, 'Hey, Jan!" and the parrot replies, 'What do you want?' Jan, of course, never hearing Mickey and Mickey trying to carry on a conversation with the parrot!" The show is a happy salute to beach movies of the 1960's. There are villains (this time pirates), surfer boys, a beautiful mermaid, a talking octopus, and a legendary movie star. It doesn't make a lot of sense but it will be a lot of fun with the audience joining in on a pirate shout-out contest and a big dance at the finale. Additional voices are provided by longtime Dr. Madblood cast member Craig T. Adams, anime vocal artist Kara Dennison and Rainbow vocal artists Tim Tharrington and Steve Scheffler. Scheffler also served as audio producer for the show, leaving for the Rooney session with about five minute's notice. Settings are created by Rainbow Puppeteer Kathie Davis. The highlight is four-foot high talking Blackbeard head that tells the story of one of history's most infamous pirates. Puppets are by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Jill Harrington and the Prince Puppets. She has created a surfer and mermaid puppet that will swim into the audience as part of the performance. The be-jeweled octopus puppet is by Hampton Master Puppet Maker Laura Huff. Costumes are by Regina Smith. The score by David Messick includes new song "A Pirate Party" and several "lost" songs from his 36 years of writing children's musicals. There's "The Pirate Song" that features a Victor Herbert melody that's over 100 years old with all- new lyrics. The song was intended for "Toyland" but was not included in the final production. There are two beach songs from a 1985 project he co-wrote with Larry Barker. Proceeds benefit the Dr. Carol Channing/Harry Kullijin Endowment for the Arts and the non-profit mission of Rainbow Productions, Inc. Thank you for your support.