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Pluto finds out it's been demoted and goes on a cosmic journey to become a planet again.  A family-friendly comedy science adventure!
Pluto finds out it's been demoted and goes on a cosmic journey to become a planet again. A family-friendly comedy science adventure!
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Greetings, Earthlings!

"Pluto is Missing!" is a family-friendly live show that uses music, comedy, puppets and animation to tell the "untold" story of our former ninth planet's demotion back in 2006. It's one of the PROJECTS OF EARTH celebrating the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager II - who plays a key role in the musical - and the Golden Record. Cool!

Where's Pluto? Click here to see our website!
Where's Pluto? Click here to see our website!
 

Our aim is to send our audience home with catchy songs stuck in their heads, along with some cool facts about astronomy and space exploration. We want to not only entertain kids but get them interested in science, and we hope you'll join us on the journey of bringing "Pluto is Missing!" to the stage!

Need another taste? Here's another demo of one of the songs from the show, sung by our very own Voyager II! 

 Which reminds us-

Who Are You, Who-o? Who-o?

Hey, great question! Here we are!

And here's a bit about our gang of cosmic miscreants:

Chris Mann Creator, Script & Music Co-Writer, "Narrator", "Planet Karl", "Ollie" Chris is thrilled to bring “Pluto Is Missing!” to the stage with such a talented cast and crew! Having studied improv and sketch at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC, Chris has performed in comedy shows all over the East Coast. His musical collaborations with Emily Duncan go back years to their sketch group Atomic Age. Chris’ interest in family entertainment took root with the arrival of his niece, then his nephew and now his son Desmond, and he hopes all three will make time in their busy schedules to see the show.

Emily Duncan
Script & Music Co-Writer, "Dr. Isadora", "Madame", "Hestia"
Emily Duncan is so excited to be doing this show! Recent original shows include Glengarry Glen Escalator at The PIT (created and performed with her beloved comedy group Big Britches), her solo show Soup Man: The Ted Cruzical, and Me and My Birdie! An Ornithological Rock Opera, which she created and co-wrote with the inimitable Chris Mann (oh, can he see this?). Emily got her BFA from NYU Tisch. She grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada, which is not quite as cold as Pluto. 

Julia Darden
Puppet Designer
A graduate of the University of Connecticut's BFA Puppetry program, Julia is a NYC-based puppeteer, puppet builder and comedian. She has worked with various theater companies-designing, building and performing-including the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, CityParks Puppet Mobile, Hudson Vagabond Puppets, Northeast Children's Theater and UN-Authorized Musical Parody Group. Her work can be seen on programming for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, PBS and Nickelodeon. You can regularly find her sketch comedying with the boys of City Hall Comedy and HOT MOMS, and also dancing up a storm with her comedy dance partnership The Aunt Flos.

Calvin Cole
"Voyager II", Various Roles
Calvin Cole is an actor, writer, and comedian living in NYC. He has trained at UCB Theater and hosts and performs on multiple shows throughout the city. His movie podcast, CineStalgia, is available online.

Alfonso Giansanti
"Senator McGreedy", "Bacchus"
Alfonso is working in his second role with Emily Duncan and Chris Mann after enjoying his time in one of their fantastic original production, Me and My Birdie. He has been an improviser and actor for over 10 years in a myriad of roles and relishes the opportunity to work on such a fun project! His latest work is as a voice actor with the "Radio Room" and "Roll One: A Tabletop Story" podcasts.

Aria Shahghasemi
"Maxwell", "Charon"
Aria has a planet sized crush on this script so it’s safe to say he’s astronomically excited to be a part of this production. He blasted off from the Neighborhood Playhouse in 2015 and since then has been lucky enough to have been pulled into the orbit of the Off-Broadway production of Connected at 59E59 Theaters, as well as Law & Order: SVU, Madam Secretary and Unforgettable on TV. The indie movie he did, No Alternative, is expecting a 2018 festival release. He doesn’t know which festival.

Mallory Wu
"Pluto", Various Roles
Mallory Ann Wu, a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, is proud to be partaking in her debut performance at the PIT! Mallory can be seen in various commercials for some things you may have heard of. You can also check her out for a minute on the second season of Broad City and the upcoming second season of HBO’s Crashing. She co-owns the Etsy store Queen Beans Jewelry, makes her friends’ birthday cakes, walks a lot of dogs, and reads a lot of library books in her spare time. Mallory would like to thank her wonderful family and friends for their endless support, Chris and Emily for writing such a stellar show, and Alfonso, Calvin, and Aria for being completely out-of-this-world to work with.

Some of us have worked together before on another show Chris and Emily (we) wrote - Me and My Birdie! An Ornithological Rock Opera. Since we don't have fun gifs from this show yet, here's one from that show!

Let's Talk About Voyager, Baby

Good idea! That's right, we mentioned we're taking part in Kickstarter's PROJECTS OF EARTH (ooooh) so we should probably talk a little bit more about our guy Voyager. In "Pluto Is Missing!", Pluto quickly realizes it needs a guide to get through the solar system. Fortunately, just at that moment, it bumps into aging 70s satellite Voyager, who can't resist grooving up into Pluto's funky orbit. Voyager has with him the Golden Record - something that may come in handy down the line... but we can't give away too much about that! That'd be what you Earthlings call a spoiler, I think. The puppet is still under construction, so here's some concept art for you to get an idea of what Voyager might look like in our show! 

But Wait!

Yeah?

Why Money?

Oh, sure, money. It's a whole thing. Well, our main need for backing is compensating our cast and crew. We have a puppeteer crafting all of our outer space characters; an animator making cosmic landscapes; and our cast of musical actors are giving us all of their Sundays this Fall. We want to make sure everyone is paid for their time and effort!

There are also production costs like rehearsal space, a lighting and sound person for each show, merchandise, and a cast recording of the show's songs. 

We hope to see you at the show, singing along!

A real photo of all of us hanging out
A real photo of all of us hanging out

 

Risks and challenges

We have a nine show (and two preview) run at the People's Improv Theater in NYC slated to begin this September. The show will go up no matter what, but with your help we can make "Pluto is Missing!" into something really special for kids and their families! Without it, uh, well, we have these socks we could use as the puppets... and the cast members... and the tech? Who needs humans when you could have socks?

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