SEASON 27 | January 2015
By Reina Hardy
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
Presented by The VORTEX
Changelings conjures a magical realm where anything is possible.
Changelings blends fantasy and adventure to create a vibrant pop mythology that is entertaining, yet unnerving. Integrating puppetry, acrobatics, and original music, Rudy Ramirez directs a stellar cast in the creation of the fairyland beneath Austin. But beware these fairies—they might steal your babies! With exuberant spectacle and nods to 1980’s classic fantasy flicks, Changelings appeals to a broad audience of all ages.
The story: The Powers family suffers from a rare inherited condition-- their babies are stolen away by a fairy. Megan Powers wants to defy the odds, but her brother, Luther, has to stop her wedding at any cost, even if it means revealing the secret, magical world beneath the city of Austin to an outsider.
When he teams up with a love-struck magician to defeat the Wicked Child, Luther discovers a startling truth and unleashes a danger that cannot be controlled. Changelings asks frightening questions about the making of children and the making of monsters.
Travis Bedard, Zac Carr, Nickclette Izuegbu, Mindy Rast Keenan, Ben McLemore, Julie Moore, Amber Quick, Laura Ray, Gricelda Silva, Amelia Turner, and the Movement Chorus of Jonathan Itchon, Winnie Hsia, Melissa Treviño, and Joanna Wright.
Directed by Rudy Ramirez. Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon. Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony. Costume Design by Jennifer Rose Davis. Original Musical Score and Sound Design by Chris Humphrey. Puppets and props by Melissa Vogt, Helen Parish, and Ann Marie Gordon. Production Photos by Kimberley Mead.
B. Iden Payne Awards
Lead Actress in a Comedy: Gricelda Silva
Featured Actor; Travis Bedard
The VORTEX is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.