Project Description

Sponsored by Drs. Judith and Martin Bloomfield & Judith Goldsmith

Fall Springs

Fall Springs is a World Premiere Musical from BSC’s acclaimed Musical Theatre Lab

Music and Lyrics by NIKO TSAKALAKOS
Book and Lyrics by PETER SINN NACHTRIEB
Directed by STEPHEN BRACKETT

AUGUST 9-AUGUST 31
Boyd-Quinson Mainstage

Boulders, buildings and the occasional bartender are being swallowed into the ground due to fracking. And that’s only the beginning…

From the creator of Pool Boy comes Fall Springs, an irreverent, funny and relevant new musical. The town of Fall Springs is cash-strapped but sits directly on top of America’s largest reserve of cosmetic essential oils. It has big dreams but at what cost? With new fracking techniques being recklessly implemented, the ground beneath Fall Springs is crumbling. “The show is exhilarating, refreshing, hilarious and moving all at once.” –Ars Nova

Sponsored in part by Anne and Larry Frisman & Suzan Grandt and Stanley Kaplan
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“C’mon Science”!

Fall Springs Battle of the Bands

We invite local, amateur bands to submit live music for review. Impending Doom will narrow down to five finalists. The five finalists will perform a two-song set on July 28. The winners will be determined by the audience and the band. It will be an exciting night of music and laughter, and the evening will kick off with Impending Doom singing “Sinking Into Oblivion”.

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Sinking Deeper

with Niko Tsakalakos and Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

Peter and Niko will discuss their long-distance collaboration (they live on different coasts) and the challenge of writing a humorous musical about fracking.

Thursday, August 15

4 pm at the Wolfson Theatre Center (122 North St.)


Free Symposium: Environmental Challenges in the Berkshires

What, no climate change? Fall Springs themes speak to the very real serious environmental challenges we’re facing. Join this important conversation with our esteemed panel, which includes:

  • Laura J. Martin, moderator, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Faculty Affiliate in History at Williams College. She is also on staff at the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams.
  • Judith Enck, who served as the regional director of the EPA under the Obama Administration.
  • Rosemary Wessel, Program Director of No Fracked Gas in Mass, a Program of Berkshire Environmental Action Team.

Saturday, August 17

2 pm at the Mainstage

CAST

ALYSE ALAN LOUIS* (Eloise Bradley)
L.E. BARONE (Vera Mariposa)
FELICIA FINLEY* (Veronica Mitford)
ELLEN HARVEY* (Beverly Cushman)
SAM HELDT* (Felix Cushman)
JORREL JAVIER* (Cooper Mitford)
KEN MARKS* (Noland Wolanske)
MATT MCGRATH* (Mayor Bradley)
ELISEO ROMÁN* (Roberto Mariposa)
AUSTEN DANIELLE BOHMER

CREATIVES

NIKO TSAKALAKOS (Music & Lyrics)

PETER SINN NACHTRIEB (Book & Lyrics)

STEPHEN BRACKETT (Director)

PATRICK MCCOLLUM (Choreographer)

VADIM FEICHTNER (Musical Director)

TIM MACKABEE (Scenic Designer)

JOSH MILLICAN (Sound Designer)

DAVID LANDER (Lighting Designer)

EMILY REBHOLZ (Costume Designer)

RENÉE LUTZ* (Production Stage Manager)

PATRICK DAVID EGAN* (Assistant Stage Manager)

Fall Springs is a cash-strapped, landlocked town that sits directly on top of one of America’s largest reserves of cosmetic Essential Oils. And it has big dreams. But at what cost? With increased oil extraction and new fracking techniques being recklessly implemented, the ground beneath Fall Springs is beginning to crumble. Streets are cracking and buckling. Road-signs, boulders and the occasional bartender are being swallowed into the ground. And that’s just the beginning. Only Eloise Bradley, nerdy teenage existential-wallflower-geology-buff daughter of single parent Mayor Robert Bradley seems to notice that a great catastrophe is imminent. But will she be able to persuade her father and fellow townsfolk of the environmental dangers and escape town before it’s too late? With dramatic action sequences, parent/child angst, lost and found souls, and a rocking, driving, passionate score, Fall Springs takes the best of musical theatre and disaster films to forge a hilarious and heartfelt musical comedy about the consequences of pushing Nature too far — and what happens when our routine lives become interrupted and we’re forced to sacrifice to save what we love.