Backstory Youth Theatre in
Broomfield, Colorado, proudly presents Bird
Brains, a musical in two acts. Written by Ron and Bret Carter, and directed
by Backstory Theatre’s Artistic Director, Anna Marie Wilcox, the story follows
a group of young men to the 1893 Chicago World Fair as they attempt to be the
first men to fly. Bird Brains is an original musical that has only been
produced one other time.
Even though the clouds are still
out of reach, Augustus Fairfield and his friends have built a flying machine.
If it works, they will make history. However, fame and fortune require
sacrifices. They may have to choose between greatness and what makes a man
truly great. This is the story of the men who were almost the first ones to fly.
This is the premiere show for
Backstory Youth Theatre. The Youth Theatre is one of three arms for Backstory
Theatre. There is an active Theatre Academy and Theatre Company in Broomfield
as well. Students that are performing in the show auditioned in July to be
cast. Several actors are playing multiple roles in the production. The cast
members include youths from the northern metro area, ranging in age from eight
years old to eighteen years old.
The musical will be performed on
Friday, November 18 at 7:00pm; Saturday, November 19 at 2:00pm; and Saturday,
November 19 at 7:00pm; at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road,
Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for
students and seniors, and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be
purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com
or may be purchased at the door.
For further information, please
or call (303) 460-7777.
Anna Marie Wilcox (Stage Director)
received her BA in theatre and speech communications from Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City, OK. Since relocating to Colorado in
1999, Anna has worked professionally as an actor, theatre teacher, and director
in the Denver area. She has performed with the Denver Children’s Theatre, Town
Hall Arts Center, Caravan Players, Denver Victorian Playhouse, Real People
Productions, and the Denver Center Theatre. Anna has stage directed and
choreographed for BackStory Theatre Company, Real People, Hyland Christian
School, and Voices Unlimited. She has directed the Acting Up! production camp
for the D.L. Parsons Theatre for three summers. Anna has been the Theatrical
Supervisor for the Broomfield Summer Youth Players. She has taught numerous workshops
for the Denver Children’s Theatre, Hyland Christian School, and the Bob L.
Burger Recreation Center, as well as theatre classes and production camps for
the Wolf Theatre Academy/Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, Boulder Arts
Academy, Sanchez Elementary, and D.L. Parsons Theatre. Anna founded BackStory
Theatre in 2006.
Bret Carter (Playwright/Music
Director) is a teacher, director, actor, playwright, and published author. He
and his father, Ron, have written many full-length plays, one-acts, and musicals,
which have been produced by Hyland Christian School, Real People Productions
and Backstory Theatre. In 2008, he was accepted with fourteen other writers to
attend the Orson Scott Card Writer’s Boot Camp in San Diego. Bret currently
teaches at Hyland Christian where he has taught for 15 years. He writes and
performs for BackStory Communications. Bret also adapts stories for the stage
and is an instructor for BackStory Theatre Academy.
Ron Carter (Playwright) lives in
Thornton, Colorado. He and his son, Bret, have written several plays, which
have been produced at Hyland Christian School and for their community theatre
company called Real People Productions. Ron attended Harding College back in
the 50s where he appeared in three major productions and several one act plays.
Two of these one acts were written by Ron, and one, A Greater Law, was
presented at the Arkansas State Speech Festival where it won first place in the
competition. In the 60s, Ron appeared in local Little Theater productions of A
Shot In The Dark, Bus Stop and Someone Waiting.