Special One-Night Performance Brings Girl-Power, Positivity and Musical Superheroes (And Bad Guys) to Alabama
LOS ANGELES, OCTOBER 25, 2017 — Wonkybot Studios is thrilled to announce that award-winning recording artist/writer Kathleen Bertrand has joined the cast of Stewart St John’s Tara Tremendous The Musical Concert in the one-night family-friendly show that will perform at the Anniston Performing Arts Center in Anniston, Alabama.
Produced by Wonkybot Studios, show time is November 2 at 7 PM. Tickets are now available at wonkybot.com.
Bertrand, a native Atlantan, is a three-octave vocal artist who has received numerous honors for her jazzy vocal stylings and art contributions including the Kuumba Award given by East Point/College Park Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, the inaugural Impact Award from Black Women In Jazz, recognition by the United Negro College Fund as one of “Atlanta’s Legends”, the “Contribution to the Arts” Award by the Pi Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Georgia Highlight Award given by the Georgia Entertainment Gala, and recognition by Spelman College with its distinguished “Alumnae Achievement Award for the Arts & Entertainment.” She has been an invited performer at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on three occasions and has made multiple appearances at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, including that of headliner in 2012, and as part of the Nina Simone Tribute Ensemble in 2015. That same year, she was voted Jazz Vocalist of the Year by Black Women in Jazz.
For Tara Tremendous, Bertrand will star as EPIC MAMA — the scheming, alley-cat mother of lead villain DR. EPIC played by Maxwell Caulfield (Grease 2, The Colbys, Dynasty).
Co-composer Michael Plahuta said: “When we heard Kathleen’s voice for the first time, Stewart and I knew she had to be Epic Mama in the Alabama concert. She brings a whole new spin to the character, and we can’t wait for audiences to hear her sultry, sassy, stirring vocals purring throughout the auditorium. She’s got star power — and will definitely give Dr. Epic some major mommy issues!”
Tara Tremendous is the story of Tara Callahan, a bubbly, brave and headstrong 11-year-old girl who goes from ordinary to extraordinary overnight when she’s accidentally infused with the powers of every superhero in the world. Now this spunky, imaginative, inquisitive, sweet and adventurous little girl can summon any power she wants — but before she can become a hero, she’ll have to survive her controlling grandmother and mean-girl cousin… and stop a super villain from destroying the planet.
Bertrand joins a cast that also includes former ‘Brady Bunch’ star Eve Plumb as Mayor Evelyn Callahan, the charming yet manipulative grandmother of Tara Callahan, and 10-year-old New Yorker Kaylin Hedges as the title character.
Hedges, who was cast by Wonkybot Studios last week, also just landed a role in Kris Kringle The Musical starring Tony nominee Cathy Rigby, Pamela Myers (Into The Woods) and Andrew Keenan Bolger (Tuck Everlasting), and most recently performed as Annie in the Westchester Broadway Theater production of Annie Warbucks.
“Tara Tremendous is the story of a young girl on a journey of self-discovery,” added St John. “It’s about finding your voice, standing up for what you believe in, and not backing down. It’s a show for the whole family — positive, uplifting and particularly relevant in the times we live.”
The Anniston, Alabama Tara Tremendous concert will present select songs from the full-length musical, which features an original book and lyrics by Stewart St John and music by St John and Michael Plahuta.
Wonkybot Studios produced the first Tara Tremendous workshop concert last March at Feinstein’s/54 Below starring Micky Dolenz (The Monkees), Annie Golden (Orange Is The New Black), Bart Shatto (Les Miserables), Ramsey Whitney (School of Rock) and a host of other Broadway stars. The show earned a standing ovation and a Cast Album was released in September by the Wonkybot Studios label.
In addition to the Tara Tremendous concert, Wonkybot will launch the world premiere of a second musical called “Spooky Troop In Concert”, based on Wonkybot’s popular audio adventure series “Spooky Troop”.
Also created by St John, it will be a 30-minute pre-show featuring an original book and lyrics by St John and music by St John and Michael Plahuta.
Spooky Troop is about seven supernatural friends wanting to make a difference in their strange realm filled with creatures and monsters who are embroiled in a monster race-war.
“Spooky Troop, like Tara Tremendous, is a show for the whole family, filled with positive messages about tolerance, acceptance, standing up for yourself and doing the right thing,” said Michael Plahuta. “It’s also got some great songs that I think people will enjoy!”
Humanitas Prize and Young Artist Award-winner St John, together with Todd Fisher and Michael Plahuta, are the co-founders of Wonkybot Studios, an indie production/publishing and music company focusing on kids and family content created by St John, whose extensive writing credits include over 50 episodes of Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, ABC’s Sabrina: The Animated Series, Marvel’s The Hulk, Sony’s Heavy Gear, Hanna-Barbera’s Tom & Jerry Kids, and the Showtime Original feature Seventeen Again.
The 90-minute musical evening is presented by Wonkybot Studios with support from CAST Theater, CharACTer Entertainment, Kimberlite Productions, Knox Concert Series and The Music Box. Produced by Todd Fisher, Stewart St John, and Michael Plahuta. Co-Produced by Emmalie Whitney.
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Wonkybot Studios is an independent production, publishing and music force creating captivating characters and stories for musical theater, books, television, film, music, comic books and merchandise to inspire, delight, uplift and entertain the imagination. Co-founded in 2015 by Writer/Producer/Composer Stewart St John, Producer Todd Fisher and Composer/Music Director Michael Plahuta.