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A full-length musical about finding hope for the future.

Synopsis

When unemployed college dropout Adam moves in with his space-rock-shop-owning aunt and uncle, the last thing he expects is an amorous encounter with an interdimensional medical researcher. Neither was a night with Adam part of the plan for Auriga. She and the crew of her mothership have a simple mission: to scan different epochs of history for suitable DNA to undo the damage of excessive cloning in the future, without leaving traces that would collapse their timeline … OK, so maybe it’s a pretty complex mission. Either way, guided by unknown spiritual forces that inspire questions about humanity’s very origin, Adam and Auriga embark on a journey that will make them rethink everything they’ve ever known. A quest where the pair must navigate their feelings for one another while they save the rock shop, themselves, and life on earth …

Characters

Minimum cast, with doubling: 8
(ie. 2 male, 3 female, 3 optional)
Maximum cast: 15 + extra spirits and helpers
Major Don is Latinx.
Other characters, any race.

HERBALIST/GAIA/PRESIDENT (f) .. Goddess
ADAM (m) ………………………. College drop-out
THERESA (f) ……………………… New Age Aunt
ERNEST (m) ………………………………. Geologist
GEORGIE (f) ………………………………….. Intern
MAJOR DON (m/f, Latinx) .. Mexican army chef
AURIGA (f) …………………. Medical researcher
DR RUCCOLA (m/f) ……………… Psychologist
LOVELOCK (f) ………………. Holistic Professor
REX (m) …………………………….. Toxic bachelor
GLEN (m/f) ……Glamorous executive assistant
NINA & GINA (f) ……….. Spirits/Agents/Crew
LITTLE HELPERS (m/f) …………… Children / Aliens

HERBALIST/GAIA/PRESIDENT (f)

Earth Goddes

MAJOR DON (m, Latino)

Mexican military chef

AURIGA (F)

Medical researcher

DOCTOR RUCOLA (m/f)

Psychologist

LOVELOCK (F)

Holistic Professor

GLEN

Glamorous Executive Assistant

UNCLE ERNEST (m)

Geologist

GEORGIE (f)

Intern

ADAM (M)

College drop-out

AUNT THERESA (f)

New Age Aunt

SPIRIT1 & SPIRIT2 (f)

Angel demons

REX (m)

Toxic bachelor

NINA & GINA (F)

Astronauts

LITTLE HELPERS (m/f)

Children / Aliens

AGENTS

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Music & Scenes

mash-up of musical highlights (4mins)

ACT 1

01-Night Fall

Characters: GAIA, SPIRITS

Beneath a starry sky in the Mojave desert, with dawn at the horizon, a shamanic herbalist opens her stall on a dusty roadside. She shakes a tamburello and sings. Two spirits appear. In a geologist’s cabin, a rock at the foot of a bed pulses with an inner light. Adam sits up in terror, then throws himself to the floor.

02-Dry Land

Characters: Theresa

Aunt Theresa hangs overalls on a drying line then brings a tea tray to Adam in bed.

She sympathises about his recurring bad dreams. Maybe the universe is trying to tell us something? She tries to move the rock but it is heavy, smelly, and interferes with the radio. After a struggle, they leave it.
Geologist Uncle Ernest and intern Georgie sort meteorites into buckets. Space-rock business is not good. Perhaps Adam has some online marketing ideas?

03-Hicksville Rocks

Characters: THERESA, ADAM, ERNEST, GEORGIE, ENSEMBLE

They make a promotional video for the website.

04-Mex it Up

Characters: MAJOR DON, ENSEMBLE

Their landord visits, Mexican military administrator Major Don, with export permits and bad news. He’s been skimming a budget for secret research on their behalf, now being audited by the mexican pentagon, and they need to produce a scientific breakthrough by the end of the week or they will be shut down. Don suggests they fake DNA on a meteorite.

05-Little Star

Characters: ADAM

Under a spectacular desert night sky, Adam reads a newspaper, depressed about his parents’ recent divorce, but inspired by a distant star. He goes to bed.

06-Visitation Zero

Instrumental

While Adam sleeps, the rock at the foot of his bed again begins to glow again.

07-The Eyes

Characters: ADAM, SPIRITS

A masked figure in a jumpsuit, enters through the wardrobe. Adam sits up, scared, but determined this time to engage.

08-Clear Sky

Characters: ADAM, AURIGA

“Acceptance?” projects the figure telepathically, and tries to sedate Adam with a high-tech spear, the fazer. But interference from the rock causes malfunction. Adam turns the light on and accidentally zaps the figure with their own fazer – twice! “Acceptance!” says the figure, removing their helmet to reveal Auriga, a human with blonde hair (whatever ethnicity, the hair is genetically-engineered blonde). Under the influence of the fazer, she’s infatuated with Adam. They hold hands and fly into a romantic out-of-body space experience.

09-A New You Tomorrow

Characters: ADAM, AURIGA

Next morning, they wake up together in bed. Adam is happy. Auriga leaves in a hurry.

10-Don't Look Down

Characters: MAJOR DON

Days later, while the team tests space-rocks in a DNA scanner, Adam sulks. Maybe he imagined the magical night? Major Don says it’s better to crash and burn than never make a connection.

11-Mystery Box

Characters: DOCTOR RUCOLA, ADAM

Dr Rucola hypnotises Adam to unlock memories.

12-Why Did You?

Characters: Auriga

In a vision, Auriga swings on a crescent moon and reflects. The night was a silly mistake, but it has sparked something in her.

13-Infinite

Characters: THERESA, ADAM

Dr Rucola is sceptical about lack of proof and tells Adam to grow up. Theresa is open-minded and suggests they look for a clue.

14-Wow!

Characters: THERESA, ADAM, ERNEST, GEORGIE, MAJOR DON, DOCTOR RUCOLA

They find a blonde hair with a date in its DNA: 2099. Auriga is from the future! Major Don sends the DNA data to the lab. They approve new funding. Hicksville Rocks is saved! Adam has proof that Auriga is real, and is determined to be ready for future visits.

INTERVAL

15-Entr'acte

Instrumental mash-up of Act1 musical themes.

ACT 2

16-The Man

Characters: REX

On a spaceship, Professor Lovelock teaches children how genetically-engineered people in 2099 are sterile, with babies only possible by cloning. They are on a time-travel mission to scan unmodified human DNA without changing history. Auriga enters, late for work. They are joined by mid-life male, Rex, and glamorous non-binary assistant, Glen. Rex dominates the meeting. Lovelock criticizes Rex’s irresponsible methods which risk history collapse. Auriga reluctantly reports the close encounter with Adam. Rex tells Glen to prepare an extraction team. This time we do it “my way”.

17-Visitation One

Instrumental

Night in Adam’s bedroom, the rock glows.

18-Alien Love

Characters: GLEN, REX

Adam is awakened by a figure emerging from the wardrobe, happily thinking it’s Auriga, then shocked to see Glen, and the Little Helpers. They tell Adam to get ready for the probe.

19-Get on The One

Characters: REX

Rex enters wearing a lizard head-dress and ceremonial robes, wielding a fazer staff, to zap Adam, himself, and the little helpers. Aunt Theresa enters and turns the lights on. Rex zaps her too. Auriga enters to prevent the impending abduction of Adam and Theresa. Rex suggests they move the party to his spaceship “The One” and performs incantations over a keytar solo.

20-Storm in a Spaceship

Characters: ADAM

Suddenly the power goes out. They’re busted by mexican agents led by Major Don. Rex’s spaceship has been seen. History is collapsing. Auriga uses the fazer to subdue everyone. Adam protests the lab has the DNA evidence and he loves Auriga. Auriga says they need to talk. But first they must time-travel to last week, to retrieve the hair. They exit through the wardrobe. Rex is left behind, captured.
Astronauts Nina and Gina struggle to control the Mothership, rocked by time-travel turbulence. Adam’s presence onboard is causing a dangerous double paradox. Adam attempts to be a hero by ejecting through an airlock.

21-Midnight Lake

Characters: SPIRITS

Suspended in time, Adam floats in space. Spirits approach, inviting him to surrender to death. Adam weakly fights back with rocks floating nearby.

22-Come Back in Time

Characters: GAIA, SPIRITS, ADAM, ENSEMBLE

Gaia the earth goddess intervenes to show Adam a vision of humanity’s development and current ecological madness, and gives him a message to bring home: Life on earth requires action now.

23-Mothership

Characters: ADAM, AURIGA, PROF LOVELOCK, GLEN, NINA & GINA, ENSEMBLE

Left alone, Adam apologises to his lucky star, realising that, however small we feel, everyone must make a difference. He notices the space-rocks he’s grasping are similar to the one in his bedroom … and banging them together emits energy. The Mothership passing through the wormhole detects the energy signal and navigates an asteroid field to rescue Adam.

24-Old Enough

Characters: REX

Now we have some stops to make, says Auriga.
In an interrogation room, Rex, bearded and sorry for himself, is chained to a table and wired to a lie-detector. Major Don recounts Rex’s substantial intervening time and bad behaviour in various prisons. Enter Rex’s lawyer – Glen – with a parole application. The lie detector confirms Rex has learned the error of his ways.

25-Visitation Zero Reprise

Instrumental

Major Don agrees to release Rex. Glen gives Don a wrapped space-rock sample from Adam.
Adam and Auriga return to the night they met, to correct the fazer malfunction.

26-Blessed

Characters: THERESA, ADAM, ERNEST, GEORGIE

Auriga promises to never forget Adam. The timeline resets.
Theresa and Ernest light candles and hang decorations for the winter solstice. Indoors, Georgie reads to Adam unconscious in bed who wakes up, glad to be home with a new understanding.

27_Ding Dong

Characters: SPIRITS, PROF LOVELOCK, GLEN

Carol singers visit.

28-Later

Characters: THERESA, ADAM, GEORGIE, MAJOR DON, AURIGA

They are Lovelock, Rex, Glen, and the Spirits (Nina & Gina) disguised as Swedish hippies. Auriga appears, visibly pregnant. “Did I do that?” asks Adam. “You did everything you needed to” explains Auriga. The mothership’s mission is complete. Everyone assures Adam they’ll all feel fine about this eventually. Auriga says goodbye and all exit except Lovelock. Georgie tells to Adam to look for romance nearer home. They dance. Enter Major Don, carrying the special space-rock sample. and tells them to turn on the TV.

29-Hunkafunk

Characters: GAIA, SPIRITS, THERESA, ADAM, ERNEST, GEORGIE, MAJOR DON, LOVELOCK, ENSEMBLE

The President of the United Nations announces a major prize for Adam and the team, for discovering a bacteria from space on the glowing rocks that is a new clean energy source and inspiration for international collaboration and innovation. It’s world peace in a chunk! They party.

Credits

Book and lyrics by James Walker Reid
Music by James Walker Reid & Julian Jahanpour

Original Concept Cast
(in order of appearance):
Ayesha Mendham, Adam Jacques, Carrie Lewis, Ella Galt, James Walker Reid, Julian Jahanpour, Bérénice Nissi J, Billy Jeffries, David Chevers

Interested in staging this musical?
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