"Pocket Monsters: A Musical Parody" tells a story you’ve played but never seen—not like this. When ten-year-old RED leaves home on foot and with one change of clothes, he’s ready to catch ’em all and take the world by storm. Joining him are the new girl in town and everyone’s favorite electric mouse, though none of them can anticipate the struggles ahead. With his friends, RED will face rivals, mobsters, and parental abandonment, all while fighting to become the greatest trainer the world has ever known.
Together with his friends——he’ll travel across the land, up mountains and through caves, . They’ll overcome all these challenges and more and finally learn what it really means to be the best.
Pocket Monsters comes packed with all new original songs and scoring. Not only can you expect to see some of your favorite characters on the stage, but our show relies on the audience for help, as they will be providing the names for our characters and making decisions for them, making this a truly unique experience. No two shows will ever be the same.
This show was created by four comedians and has received the support of one of Utah's premier improv theater companies: Improv Broadway! We have our script, our music, and our venue. To get the rest of the way, we need your support! We are raising funds to help cover the costs of costumes, props, sets, audio equipment, props, and marketing. $1500 is our bare-bones minimum to put this show on, however the more we raise, the better the overall production. With your help, "Pocket Monsters: A Musical Parody" will become a sure hit!
Cameron Wright, Director, Co-Writer: Cameron has performed in theater and comedy shows in Utah, Idaho, and California at both the collegiate and professional levels. He studied Theater and English at BYU-Idaho, directing several large-scale student association productions and teaching several workshops. He also served as Manager and Lead Instructor of the school’s improv comedy group Academy of Comedy throughout his time there. He once helped co-direct a production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” in his high school's cafe-gym-torium that turned out to be better than he could have hoped.
Samuel Wright, Co-Writer: Samuel studied American studies and editing at BYU. He has nine years of improv experience: he has performed at BYU with Laugh Out Loud, co-founded Go-Time Improv, and currently appears onstage with Improv Broadway. He wrote and directed his first show when he was six, though the production was canceled when he fired his cousi—lead actor for not learning his freaking lines. His favorite Pocket Monster is Magikarp.
Allen Bentley, Music and Lyrics: Allen is a nice guy, with some decent features. He enjoys long walks on the beach and short runs at the gym (nothing over a mile, let’s not get too crazy). He is a self taught musician and long-time improv comedian, often remembered by audiences for his witty lyrics and complicated melodies. He has been writing his own music for several years and is excited for the opportunity to finally showcase his music for a wide-reaching audience.. Allen has often been described as “punctual” and, “who are you talking about?” by his co-workers.
Jason Hansen, Music and Lyrics: A talented multi-instrumentalist, Jason has been studying music theory for 20 years. Combined with a critical understanding of theater and 7 years of experience with improv comedy, he is dedicated to providing the best possible quality show he can give. “I’m dedicated to providing the best possible quality show I can give,” says Jason. He has written the music for almost every song in the show, lyrics for several of them, and all of the score heard during and in between scenes. He is also available for work and/or dates, but not at the same time, as that is frowned upon in upstanding society.
“Pocket Monsters: a Musical Parody” will open in September at the ImprovBroadway theater in Provo, Utah. As we will be sharing the theater space with the ImprovBroadway classes and shows, our rehearsals will take place from now until the show’s opening in September.
Our show will also be uploaded to YouTube in the Fall of 2017 for your viewing pleasure.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge that we face is matching the spectacle of the source material. We have assembled a team with years of theater, music, and comedy experience and have partnered with what we believe to be the most prestigious improv theater group in the state. Our team of artists and creators are trained and capable to accomplish said spectacle, however, as we are a team of recent college grads and students. we aren't in a position our to dig into our personal finance to take care of the entire show.
Our show is set to go up in September of 2017 regardless of whether or not we hit our fundraising goal. Hitting that goal will ensure that the production hits its full potential.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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