Puppet Productions invites you to join them for "Amazon Adventures" as the
company presents its newest musical production. It's a surprise-filled
trip down the Amazon river featuring ten new musical numbers.
the Waxy Monkey Tree Frog. He serves as your tour guide and is quick to
explain, he is not made of wax and he is not a monkey. Things are never as
they seem in the Amazon. The croaking frog in the distance is actually a
Toucan. The lion you meet is only a foot tall. That giant cat is not a cat
at all but a fish, rumored to swallow a man whole.
The voice of
Montee is provided by two-time Tony Award winning talent Geoffrey Holder. A
world acclaimed painter, dancer, and choreographer. He is perhaps best
known for television and movie appearances and for his booming voice. Mr.
Holder was a towering presence in the James Bond movie “Live and Let Die,”
as Punjab in the movie “Annie,” and more recently, as the narrator for
Johnny Depp’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
participation has always been a hallmark of Rainbow's programs, it's never
been more pronounced than in "Amazon Adventures." Do a line dance with
Eel-lo the Electric Eel. Do the twist with King, the Golden Lion Tamarin.
And join the Carnival as everyone is invited to join the grand finale.
have followed our work will hear a distinct difference in this program,"
says show composer, writer and director David Messick. "Much of the music
sounds like it comes from the mid-sixties or earlier. The sting ray perform
to a song reminiscent of great car songs of the sixties. The Anaconda and
Lion Tamarin song could have been originally sung by the Coasters or other
great comic doo-wop groups. And out of the blue, the Toucan and Caiman sing
and dance to a song that feels like something out of one of the great MGM
musicals of the forties. Somehow it all seems to work out."
The show was
created by David Messick. His other credits include producing voices and
characters for Chuck E. Cheese. He has worked on development projects for
the Disney Channel, FOX TV, and Paramount Pictures. He has also worked with
such legendary performers as Mickey Rooney, Carol Channing, and at the New
Orleans World’s Fair with the late Jim Henson.
this production were built by master puppet makers across the east coast
including Hampton's own Laura Huff and Norfolk's Craig T. Adams. Laura
built many of the dinosaurs for Rainbow's "Really Big Dinosaur Show" and
Craig is known for his work television's cult favorite Dr. Madblood. How
appropriate that he built the Vampire Bats and Piranha for this program.
From Florida, Frank Lakus created the Waxy Monkey Tree Frog and the Caiman
and from Pittsburgh, Jill Harrington built neon fish and talking grass.
includes brother's Michael and Moby Lemelle creating voices that would have
made the original Coasters proud. Cynthia Tademy appears as Katt, the giant
and quite hungry catfish. Rainbow veteran Tim Tharrington sings "Sting
Ray." Kara Dennison, of anime fame, is the singing Toucan.
A rare cameo
comes from 94 year old Meinhardt Raabe, the coroner munchkin from the movie
"The Wizard of Oz." In this production, his character swirls in on a
tornado-like funnel of fish and devour everything in sight.
engineer Steve Scheffler doubles as the voice of the singing Caiman.
Rainbow's puppeteer James Cooper serves double duty as arranger and all the
voices for Eel-lo and the Electrics who sing "Eel Glide."
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