Synopsis

As Charlie, a dejected transgender teenager, struggles to find a reason to stay alive, he is greeted by Death. As the people around him grapple with their own inadequacies, Charlie searches his past for meaning and hope in an unforgettable musical journey.

Please Note: Reprise deals with sensitive topics and subject matter, including suicide, depression, and transphobia.  Please exercise viewer discretion.

Production History

Reprise began as Dinosaur Bones, a short play written by Nora Germani for the Young Playwrights Program at A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, Washington.  Travis and Nora had a working relationship prior to Reprise with their previous work on Emerald City, and after Travis read the original play, the pair decided to adapt the play for production as Black Tie Productions' 2015 Spring Musical.  This original production was so successful that the cowriters chose to mount another performance of the musical, revised and edited, as a reading at the Pocket Theatre in Seattle.  The material on the left corresponds to the original production of the musical, and the material on the right corresponds to the revised reading.

Revised Reading (Pocket Theatre, August 2015)

Original Production (Black Tie Productions Spring 2015 Musical)

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Reviews

I am unbelievably blown away by this entire production, and if teleportation was real, every single playwright and musical theatre actor I know would be summoned here immediately.
— Catherine Merlo, Seattle Opera
I reiterate my fervent wish that [Travis and Nora] will continue to develop this work.
— Stevie Kallos, Author of Language Arts

Production Information

Creative Team:

  • Music by Travis Frank
  • Lyrics by Travis Frank and Nora Germani
  • Book by Nora Germani
  • Direction by Nora Germani
  • Assistant Direction by Eden Wenokur
  • Music Direction by Travis Frank
  • Associate Music Direction by Abby Duell
  • Conducted by Travis Frank
  • Stage Managed by Amanda Balter

Cast:

  • Life - Ella Sharp
  • Death - Miriam Oderberg Moss
  • Charlie - Conner Walsh
  • Summer - Lila Perlman
  • Mother - Quinn Smart
  • Father - Sam Johns
  • Tom - Noah Hazzard
  • Walker - Bretta McCall
  • Kaitlin - Sam Seaver
  • Dick - Timothy Doorenbos
  • Dan - Cash McClane
  • Ensemble - Mitzi Adler-Wachter, Louise Heller, Ally Kineman, Betty Schwensen, Skylar Tibbetts, Eden Wenokur

Orchestra:

  • Woodwind 1 (Flute/Piccolo) - Hannah Cannady
  • Woodwind 2 (Oboe) - Avery Fulford
  • Woodwind 3 (Clarinet in Bb/Bass Clarinet in Bb) - Elena Imel
  • Percussion - Sam Brosseau
  • Piano - Caroline Baker
  • Synthesizer - Travis Frank
  • Guitars - Tristan Smith
  • Bass - Ruthmabel Boytz
  • Violin I - Clara Orndorff
  • Violin II - Elise Snoey
  • Viola - Zsa Zsa Toms, Julianna Lorenzo
  • Cello - Iris Zhou

Crew:

  • Sound Technician - Elijah Lancey
  • Lighting Technician - Amanda Balter
  • Stage Hand - Sofia Thompson

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Production Information

Creative Team:

  • Music by Travis Frank
  • Lyrics by Travis Frank and Nora Germani
  • Book by Nora Germani
  • Direction by Nora Germani
  • Music Direction by Travis Frank

Cast:

  • Life - Ella Sharp
  • Death - Margaret Dauer
  • Charlie - Dan Ostrander
  • Summer - Abby Duell
  • Mother - Walker Caplan
  • Father - James Williams

Orchestra:

  • Piano - Travis Frank
  • Cello - Coulter Dittman