MusiCoLab presented a developmental workshop of Goosefeathers! on Saturday, August 26th at The Louis Bluver Theater at The Drake Theater in Philadelphia.
Everything you need to know about Goosefeathers! in five minutes!
Goosefeathers! is a high-energy comedy is inspired by the characters, the situations and the lazzi (gags) of the Italian commedia dell’arte: the clever servant Pedrolino, his bumbling fellow-servant Arlecchino, his surly master Pantalone, the boastful Captain Braggadocio, and so on. This farcical tale of a ruby ring, a gold coin and a gaggle of geese is made even more hilarious by a special bit of theatrical magic: all seven characters in this fast-paced comedy are played by only three actors, which means that the onstage frenzy is complemented by some fancy quick-change action in the wings.
"We make musical theater to thrill, enlighten and empower audiences of all ages. In this musical, we were inspired by the characters and comic situations of the classic commedia dell’arte. This sort of virtuoso clowning showcases the remarkable ability of the inventive performers who bring it to life. By having the same actors play both servants and masters, both men and women, we seek to create a work that subtly subverts conventional categories and stereotypes. Our intention is to create a work that is compact and economical to produce, and sure to delight a large and diverse audience." - Charlie & Steve
Kirk German (Pedrolino, Columbina) is an educator, writer, public historian, and multidisciplinary theatre artist originally from Austin, Texas. He enjoys collaborating across many genres of performance, including new works, musicals, and comedies, so he’s especially delighted to be making his Philadelphia debut in this workshop for an or
Kirk German (Pedrolino, Columbina) is an educator, writer, public historian, and multidisciplinary theatre artist originally from Austin, Texas. He enjoys collaborating across many genres of performance, including new works, musicals, and comedies, so he’s especially delighted to be making his Philadelphia debut in this workshop for an original musical comedy. With Goosefeathers!, Kirk is acting on a live stage for the first time since 2020, following two decades of theatre-making in Texas, Vermont, Ireland, and New York City. He holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.A. from NYU; he currently teaches English at Friends’ Central School.
Chelsea Cylinder (Countess, Arlecchino, Pantalone) is a Philadelphia-based actor, singer, teaching artist, and producer. She is a graduate of the University Of Pennsylvania. Chelsea has appeared in shows with 11th Hour Theatre Company, The Broadway Theatre Of Pitman, OperaDelaware, New Light Theatre, Ocean City Theatre Company, Theatre Ar
Chelsea Cylinder (Countess, Arlecchino, Pantalone) is a Philadelphia-based actor, singer, teaching artist, and producer. She is a graduate of the University Of Pennsylvania. Chelsea has appeared in shows with 11th Hour Theatre Company, The Broadway Theatre Of Pitman, OperaDelaware, New Light Theatre, Ocean City Theatre Company, Theatre Ariel, Family Stages, Green Light Group Productions, East Broadway Theatre Project, Beacon Theatre Productions, and more. Some favorite acting credits include Chess (Florence), How To Succeed In Business…Trying (Rosemary), Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead (Rosencrantz), Peter Pan (Tinker Bell), Crossover: A New Pop Musical (KC Parker), and The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Logainne). Chelsea would like to thank her parents, family, friends, Steve, Charlie, John, and Linda. www.chelseacylinder.com
Henry Glejzer (Zanni, Braggadocio) is thrilled to be working with MusiCoLab for the first time and supporting new musicals! Originally from Vermont, he is a recent graduate of the University of the Arts. Last seen as Michael Kelly in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 at the Candlelight Theatre. A huge thank you to friends, family, and the Goosefeathers team. Viva la Commedia!
Charlie Gilbert is a writer, composer and theater maker who has done musicals in Philadelphia for much of his professional life. He taught musical theater at the University of the Arts for thirty years and currently holds the rank of Professor Emeritus. His 1979 musical “Assassins” was the source of the idea of the award-winning musical of the same name by Sondheim and Weidman, and he wrote the songs for “Gemini the Musical” (Prince Music Theater, 2004, NYMF, 2007), working with playwright Albert Innaurato to adapt his hit comedy for the musical stage. Other works include “Leading Lady,” the story of legendary Philadelphia actress Mae Desmond; “A Tiny Miracle,” a holiday oratorio based on Richard Wainwright’s beloved book; and “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” one of many works he created as composer-in-residence for Enchantment Theatre Company. www.chasgilbert.com
Steve Seyfried is a playwright, director, actor and teacher who has created more than twenty original plays and musicals for young audiences. His 50-year career in the theater has covered a lot of territory: teaching in high school and summer camps; acting gigs in summer stock, dinner and regional theater; numerous appearances on film, in commercials and in promotional print. His extensive work with youth led to the founding (along with his wife, Elise) of two theater companies, Family Stages in 1980 and the Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre in 1982.
John Bellomo is a Director, Actor, Movement Specialist, and Assistant Professor at West Chester University of PA. He has directed plays in the U.S. and Europe. His areas of expertise are in commedia dell’arte, “Original Practices” of Elizabethan theatre, and stage combat. In 2022 and 2023, he performed his award-winning Commedia dell’Arte solo show Chi È di Scene? (Places!), in which he plays 11 different characters, in Rome, Italy. John is the former Artistic Director of The Maryland Shakespeare Festival and former Co-Artistic Director of Ombelico Mask Ensemble. He received an M.F.A. in Directing from Temple University, a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of the Arts, and is a graduate of The International School for the Comic Actor in Reggio Emilia. John is a six-time Barrymore Nominee and a 2010 Barrymore Award recipient in Outstanding Choreography/Movement.
Linda Henderson was an associate professor in the School of Theater at the University of the Arts, where she taught piano and served as coach/accompanist for 25 years. She has been Music Director at UArts (1776, Big River, Good Person of Szechwan), Arcadia University (MeshuggahNuns, Shout!), PTTP at University of Delaware (Mother Courage, Good Person of Szechwan, Galileo), and many musicals at Candlelight Dinner Theater (Fiddler, My Fair Lady, Zorba, Follies, to name a few). She is an active collaborative pianist, accompanist, and soloist, and performs regularly with Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia Boys Choir, and Walnut St. Theater as well as dozens of national Broadway tours at the Academy of Music.