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CYAC Showcases Original Musical Based on 1958 Cult Classic

Reported by: Send eMail Kennie Bass
Videographer: Mike Magee
Reported: Jun. 20, 2014 11:31 AM EDT
Updated: Jun. 20, 2014 1:49 PM EDT

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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

It creeps and leaps and glides and slides...

And, it's the focus of an original musical.

The creative forces behind the Contemporary Youth Arts Company have done it again. Writer Dan Kehde and musician Mark Scarpelli have collaborated on a work starring the 1950s horror film oozing mass of death, the Blob.

"It's quite similar to the movie in certain ways,' Nik Tidquist (Steve) said. "If you can tell, for those who have seen the movie I'm dressed up pretty much like he was. But also with a lot of different characters that are in this, the events that happen, how it all plays out. Of course the movie didn't have any songs in it but at the same time it follows the events of the story rather well."

Even though the Blob is gelatinous creature that wants to eat everything in its path, the musical is family friend, featuring twenty 1950s style rock and roll songs tinged with a touch of the blues.

Like Scarpelli and Kehde's other works, including "Mary" and "Lincoln", "The Blob!" showcases an original book and music.

"It is definitely funny," Caitlin Moore (Jane) said. "It's really campy, though. It's definitely, it's almost making fun of some of the stereotypes of the 1950s. It's definitely funny but it also highlights how scared people really were of communism in the 1950s as well."

The Contemporary Youth Arts Company presents "The Blob!"

Director: Dan Kehde
Musical Director: Mark Scarpelli
Book and Lyrics by Dan Kehde
Music by Mark Scarpelli

June 19, 20, 21, 26, 26, 28 at 8:00 p.m.
June 22 at 2:00 p.m.

WVSU Capitol Center Theater
123 Summers Street

Tickets: $15 Adults, $8 Students/Seniors
Call 304-342-6522 for Group Sales and Advanced Reservations


Steve: Nik Tidquist
Jane: Caitlin Moore
Mooch: Austin Susman
Dani: Gracie Javins
Dave: Daniel Calwell
Birdie: Jeremy Drake
Chessman: Matthew Connelly
Jane's Mom/Teacher: Lisa Gandee
Jane's Dad/Principal: Bob Sylvester
Steve's Mom: Ann Ruckman
Nurse Kate/Farmer Murdock/Tipsy Sue/Mac: Mandy Petry
Doc: Neil Gandee

Mooch's Boys:
Nik Tidquist
Jakob Spruce
Steven Gage Snodgrass

Mooch's Girls:
Angel Gandee
Anna Poole
Carrie Jo Rader
Devin Elliot

Blues Girls:
Maddy Gourevitch
Jessica Hypes
Shelbi Clark
Janna Bailey

The Mighty Blob Dancers/Chorus:
Carrie Jo Rader
Quina Shavers
Jakob Spruce
Steven Gage Snodgrass
Dwedee Victoria Kobbah
Angel Gandee
Riley Elliot
Devin Elliot
Janna Bailey
Jessica Hypes
Maddy Gourevitch
Shelbi Clark
Caitlin Moore
Austin Susman
Anna Poole

Keyboards: Mark Scarpelli
Drums: Rick Justice
Bass: Phil Washington
Guitar: Ray Singletary

Producer: Jack Harris
Sets: Dan Kehde, Virginia McGhee, Caitlin Moore, Jakob Spruce, Gracie Javins, Austin Susman, Matt Connelly
Lights: Dan Kehde, Virginia McGhee
Assistant Director: Penny Kehde
Sound: Paul Dixon
Original Artwork: Katie Shaver, Eleanor Paybins

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