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'Kingdom of the Clouds' is a lyrical rock-opera about war, loss, hope, and a little bit of magic!
'Kingdom of the Clouds' is a lyrical rock-opera about war, loss, hope, and a little bit of magic!
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Premiering at Theater 80 St. Mark's in New York City ONE WEEKEND ONLY: February 28th, March 1st, & March 2nd (8:00pm curtain).

For ticket information, please check out our EventBrite page: http://kingdomoftheclouds.eventbrite.com/?ref=elink

On Earth, all adults have perished, and children have lost their ability to imagine. Having been forced to grow up too quickly, they no longer find familiar images in the clouds, and the clouds themselves are very concerned. The clouds hold a meeting, and their Queen Cumulus determines she must send her only son, Cirrus, to Earth in order to save the children who are feuding and barely surviving amongst the ruins. Several clouds stowaway with Cirrus on his journey to Earth. Among them is his childhood companion, Aurora, who is secretly in love with him.

Cirrus encounters a group of children called the Steel Settlers and their leader, Claire, living in constant fear of the Nomad Runners. Claire and Cirrus share an instant connection and work to restore the children’s spirits, helping them rediscover hope for a new life.

Remembering the Author, Gerry Cullity

Maya Evans (NYU Tisch student and Project Leader) first appeared onstage at age 4 when she played a dish in 'Beauty and the Beast' directed by Gerry Cullity. Gerry and his wife Laurie founded Scottsdale Desert Stages, a children's community theater in Arizona, where young people like Maya could fall in love with the performing arts. Ceaselessly imaginative and compassionate, Gerry was Maya's close friend and mentor for 11 years before his sudden passing in 2005.

Gerry on a Desert Stages set, 1995
Gerry on a Desert Stages set, 1995

Gerry left his work in great hands back in Arizona, but without much hope of wider distribution. We've been offered the rights and licensing by his wife Laurie (who still runs the theater today) in exchange for musical transcription at the end of the process. This production will be a launch pad, making Gerry's work available to theatre groups across the country, and we are eager to share his vision and honor his memory. Gerry always believed in the power of theatre to create change, and constantly strove to channel the electric nature of performance into a single 'moment' -- an instant in time when actors truly connect with an audience. It is a moment that is special, a moment that empowers, and a moment that changes lives. In his lifetime and beyond, Gerry has created many moments and touched many hearts. 

An accomplished director, actor, musician, and lyricist, Gerry left behind a rich legacy of original musicals and adaptations. In total, seventeen of Gerry's productions have premiered at Desert Stages, and four nationally-touring motivational shows have been met with award-winning success. Gerry's body of work was recognized locally and nationally with the President's 'Daily Point of Light' Award. He was named an 'Arts Advocate of the Year' for his "positive influence on the health and lifestyle choices of our youth," and he received the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 'Living the Dream' Award for his thought-provoking musicals which transcend cultural boundaries.

"I have always believed in the moment...the perfect laser-like point where preparation, information, inspiration and, perhaps, divine intervention unite to enable a change. In my life I have seen real change as the product of such moments." 
-- Gerry Cullity (1953-2005) Founder & Artistic Director of Scottsdale 
Desert Stages Theater

Thank your for your support and generosity!
Thank your for your support and generosity!

Risks and challenges

Although we're ECSTATIC to have reached the initial funding goal, we're not through the storm quite yet... For many involved in the project, this is our first artistic endeavor outside of a scholastic environment. We're jumping into a new adventure without the support of university funding or advisers. However, we believe in our unique vision for this piece, and are passionate about what bringing 'Kingdom' to NYC means for Desert Stages and Gerry's legacy. We sincerely appreciate your support at any level as we reach for the sky with great excitement and open hearts!

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