By Chisa Hutchinson
Lyrics by Sarah Gancher
Music by Elliot Goldman
Commissioned by NYC Summerstage | 2011
"Tunde's Trumpet" is written by Chisa Hutchinson and directed by Kristin Hortons, two exceptionally talented individuals who created a dynamic, imaginative and playful world peopled by puppets, jazz musicians, and spirits." - Charity Social
The story is simple enough: a mischievous boy named Tunde grounds himself in the study of music. He works around distractions, past laziness, and through frustration, doubt, and jealousy to become an accomplished trumpeter who makes his (hitherto exasperated) parents proud.
In this version of the story, however, distractions, laziness, frustration, doubt and jealousy are actual characters as real as Tunde. Oh, and every character is a larger-than-life-sized puppet. And of course there’s music. Lots and lots of music. Which is how this simple story becomes an epic tale. A children’s book on steroids set to music that adults will want to shake their booties to. Like if Fela Kuti lived on Sesame Street.
Producer | Freedome Bradley
Company | Chris Myers | Ayesha Ngaujah | Rory Lipede | Tanisha Christie | Darnell Wickham
Puppet Design | Cory Antiel
Scenic Design | James Hunting
Music Direction | Luqman Brown
Lighting Design | Christian DeAngelis
Stage Manager | Chris Rinaldi
Assistant Director | Raphael Mishler