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Striking 12

2004 Festival

Ted Sperling

Number of Acts: 1
Number of Principals (Male): 2
Number of Principals (Female): 1
Total Cast Size: 3
Orchestra Breakdown:

3-1 electric violinist and singer; 1 keyboardist and singer; 1 drummer singer

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A funny, touching, uplifting hybrid piece of musical theatre in which the story is sung, played, acted, and dissected on stage by an unusual rock band, GrooveLily. The show runs on three levels: a musical retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl”; the story of a grumpy 30-something whose anti-holiday outlook is changed by a door-to-door saleswoman of holiday lights that combat seasonal affective disorder; and the interaction of the three musicians who frequently interrupt the proceedings. The show was developed with director Ted Sperling and is performed by GrooveLily (a trio which includes Milburn on keyboards, Vigoda on electric violin and Gene Lewin on drums), Striking 12 has rocked the holiday house at Prince Music Theatre, The Old Globe Theatres and will play TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California this holiday season.

Festival Successes

Off Broadway production in 2006 (Lucille Lortel nomination for Best Musical), workshop in 2003 and full production in 2004 at TheatreWorks (CA). Multiple regional productions. International productions, including Finland and Zimbabwe. Licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide.