everyone can come along!
legend Mickey Rooney and his wife Jan have just added their voices to an
all new pirate extravaganza “A Pirate Party.”
The show premiered at the 2007 Blackbeard Pirate
Festival and was just re-staged for "Pirates Pack the Park,"
one of the largest gatherings of pirates the world has ever
To celebrate, the show is now available for download
and on cd from CDBaby.com, Amazon.com, and iTunes! 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."
Mickey Rooney is fresh off the success of his role
in the December blockbuster “A Night at the Museum” starring Ben
Stiller. Rainbow Puppet Productions caught up with Mickey and his
wife in Winston Salem, North Carolina where they are filming a new
movie. Carol is in the midst of a tour to every state college in
California. She has set up a foundation, with her husband Harry
Kullijian, to support the arts in educational facilities throughout
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
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
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
The score by David Messick includes new song
“A Pirate Party” and several “lost” songs from his 30 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 performance. There are two beach songs
from a 1985 project he co-wrote with Larry Barker.