VOICES OF THE VELVET REVOLUTION
The Musical-Docu Drama
Written, Performed and Backdrop Design By Terri New
Directed by Ellen Bailey, Musical Direction by Bob Esty
Produced at The Wilshire Ebel Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Performance at The Elks Opera House Theater, Prescott, AZ
BACKDROP FOR THE OPENING SONG of the Performance
by Terri New
Music - Doug Lunn & Vida Vierra - Music Production - Bob
PRAGUE, AUTUMN 1989
It was a
dangerous time and the atmosphere was different from the
very beginning. These students seemed not to be afraid of
They stood on each others shoulders
and pulled down the red communist flags. They beat
them , cracked skulls, broken arm… they stood up with
bloodied hands, holding out flowers saying “We will
not fight you back, we will not base our future on
These events signaled a deep power
emerging….It called forth a profound determination … not
based on fear…. not based on violence. They had
found hope, found their voice after forty years of
oppression. It would not be silenced…
thousand people came to the Square.... You could taste the
fear …They took out keys and started ringing them,
three hundred thousand resonating this melodious protest.
It is known as the last ringing. Three hours later the
communist party stepped down from power and Vaclav Havel,
the playwright ushered in the new democracy.
country brutalized …years of oppression… hey find their
voice, a voice that echoed freedom.
Screenplay Music by Terri New
A remarkable and historical
event, the “Velvet Revolution” took place in 1989 in
Czechoslovakia. At the same time coming out of her own
chaos, after years in a brutal relationship, a divorced
single mom and her young daughter strike out to find their
freedom and are witness to events that created the Velvet
Revolution in 1989 Czechoslovakia. They started Project
Booklift to help the new democracy get on their feet. The
new Foreign Minister, Jiri Dientsbier said it was the first
sign the outside world cared. This is their story with the
backdrop of one of the most beautiful cities in the world
and one of the momentous times in history, the turning of
the tide in Eastern Europe.
gained international attention, books came in first by the
hundred and then the by the tons with inscriptions from the
American People to the heroes of the Velvet Revolution. One
from Edward Albee: “To my friends in Czechoslovakia; brave,
persistent, ingenious, stubborn, and altogether splendid." -
Edward Albee 1991. "Sign with admiration and deep
The new democracy had found
their own soulful voice, their own freedom and healing.
Coined “The Velvet Revolution” because of purposeful
peaceful nature, the revolution was led by the playwright
Vaclav Havel, who 10 years earlier had written the “Power of
the Powerless” urging his people to live in truth and by
doing this could successfully overturn a totalitarian
regime. Vaclav Havel became the playwright president in
1989…And the Czechoslovakians, heroes to the world.
ALICE “I Feel So Me Now!” Musical Theater Arts Volume 1Music composition and Production - Terri New & Bob Esty
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The Theme Song of Alice the Musical Theater Arts title by Terri New & Bob Esty.
My company Incite Productions produced ALICE “I Feel So Me Now!” Musical Theater Arts Volume 1.The aim is to inspire schools to create a wonderful musical production of ALICE “I Feel So Me Now!” based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and we are providing the tools for your success in this 6 Disk Series. (3 DVDs and 3 Audio CD-ROMs)
AUGUST ISSUE 2009 - School Library Journal - Everything needed to cast, rehearse, and produce a play is included in this multimedia program. The play is based on Alice in Wonderland...Despite the chaos and confusion in Wonderland, Alice ...stands up to those who she feels are wrong. The first DVD features a group of children putting on a remarkably well-choreographed and beautifully costumed play. The "Birth of a Play" segment provides a history of the Pasadena (CA) Playhouse and explains the steps involved in presenting a play. The DVD also includes a data folder that contains all of the printable materials for the production—from lists of characters, the script, and promotional materials to instructions for producing miniature theater plays and sections on playwriting and radio plays. There are even bonus Lewis Carroll activities, dramatic presentations of select scenes from Alice in Wonderland, and resources for organizing a Mad Tea Party. The "Production Tools" DVD contains extensive and well-presented vocal warm-ups, dance stretches, characterization exercises, and instructions for creating costumes from foam rubber, spray paint, and glue. The "Miniature Theater" DVD offers a history of miniature theater and instructions for orchestrating a miniature production and creating the stage from a cardboard box. The three CDs each contain the play in a different stage of production. On the "Script" CD, the play is read by a full cast of adults and children, with stage directions, sounds, and background notes. The "Rehearsal" CD includes vocal warm-ups and the songs from the play. The "Performance" CD has 37 tracks of music and sound effects. The script can be downloaded at inciteproductions.com, where a video overview of the complete set and a preview of the lushly illustrated printable material is available. With time and a creative crew, this package will inspire young actors and make a theater production amazingly accessible.—MaryAnn Karre, Binghamton, NY
BEWITCHED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED
Directed, Performed and Backdrop Design By Terri New, Pianist, Jeff Weisel and Bassist, John Roper. This musical revue based on jazz standards was used as part of the Elks Opera House 1920s Speakeasy in Prescott, AZ.
Enjoy this fun, sweet video! "Santa's Coming Home"
"Santa's Coming Home" is a delightful Christmas song written by Robert Scott Stanton and sung by Terri New. Join a fun cast of characters form Prescott, Arizona. Santa is busy making his rounds. He listens to Christmas wishes from kids and doggies and a wild child elder!. Mrs. Clause holds down the workshop in grand fashion. When its time to work, Mrs. Claus and the elves work, and when it's time to play, believe you me..they play!
Enjoy! And Happiest of Holidays! Spread the love!