ATLANTIS: A Puppet Opera

By Chad Salvata
Directed by Bonnie Cullum
Presented by Ethos in association with The VORTEX


Ethos Artistic Director, Chad Salvata has created a mythic world of powerful warring religious zealots who are obsessed with world domination and non-renewable energy. With a soaring original score and some of Austin’s best vocalists, this production is sure to be one of the most exceptional theatrical works of the year.

In Atlantis, Queen Solstra and Prince Helios, with their mighty battleship Invinctus, seek world domination through a war with Lemuria and its powerful Dragon Air Ship. They must harvest the Red Eye of the last Kracken for the Red Energy, but their greed and thirst for revenge will lead to the inevitable destruction of civilization. A cautionary environmental tale with Chad Salvata’s dynamic original score offers a magical realm with fantastical puppets, magnificent production designs, seductive Mermaids, menacing Sharkmen, and majestic Oceans.


Vocalists Michelle Haché, Justin LaVergne, Anderson Dear, Melissa Vogt, Jonathan Itchon, Rachel Pallante and Jeremy Moran. Performances and puppeteering: Emerald Mystiek, Eryn Gettys, Gabriel Maldonado, Annie Kim Hedrick, Patricia Wappner, Abigail Lucas, Ciera Ramirez, Marliza Mendez, and Whitney “Starlight” Carpenter.


Director Bonnie Cullum (VORTEX Producing Artistic Director) has teamed up with Connor Hopkins (Trouble Puppet Artistic Director) and Caroline Reck (Glass Half Full Theatre Artistic Director). Original Score by Chad Salvata. Puppets and Scenery Design by Ann Marie Gordon and Melissa Vogt. Lighting Design by Jason Amato. Sound Design by Roy Taylor. Vocal arrangements by Anderson Dear. Stage Management Tamara L. Farley. Photography by Errich Petersen.

This project is funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.