Hollowbody Electric Band features Johannah Harkness on keyboards and Peter Alexander on guitars, joined by a backup band of professional musicians. The band features extraordinary vocals and harmonies and exceptional song-writing, with a super solid rhythm section and tasty lead instruments.
The group’s crowning achievement to date is their rock opera “One Way Trip to Mars,” which premiered as a multi-media concert at the Chocolate Church Arts Center in Bath in the fall of 2016 and will premiere as a piece for musical theater at the Waterville Opera House, August 24 – 27 (Tickets and info at www.operahouse.org).
“One Way Trip to Mars” is set in the year is 2033. During the previous decade several unmanned missions have transported to Mars the basic components for a human colony. Our hero, Paolo “Cruze,” is chosen from a worldwide competition to be the first human to travel to Mars. In taking on this mission Paolo relinquishes all he has ever known: his beautiful planet Earth, his family and friends, and his life-partner and fellow astronaut, Cassandra, who loves him even though she is aware that his idealism is somewhat tainted by his thirst for glory
While on his way to Mars, war and nuclear terrorism on earth cause communication links to go down, leaving Paolo completely alone in the universe. In a last ditch attempt to colonize Mars (and save the human race, whose survival on the poisoned planet Earth is very much in doubt), the space agency sends Cassandra to join him. Paolo doesn’t know Cassandra is coming, and Cassandra doesn’t know if Paolo is even still alive. Through the course of 28 original songs leading to a dramatic ending, the story unfolds as Paolo evolves in emotional and spiritual maturity and Cassandra comes into her own power.
The original stage production featured Bath-based Hollowbody Electric Band with guest appearances by Raging Brass Reggae, Mehuman Jonson, Tim Goad, Nacole Palmer, Rennie Weingart, an 18-voice chorus, and other guest performers peppered throughout the program. A light show designed by Mike Gudroe helped create the dramatic setting.
Now, re-worked for musical theater and featuring a professional New York cast and crew and an 11-piece rock orchestra the show premieres August 24 – 27.
Most of the following photos are from the multi-media concert performance of “One Way Trip to Mars” at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, September 30, 2016.