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LUNAR TUNES
written by Jenelle Riley
Eps. 1 & 3-8 directed by JJ Mayes
Ep. 2 directed by Colin Willkie
Eps. 9-11 directed by Jenelle Riley
music & lyrics by Brenda Varda

11 Episodes
Original Run: 8 Episodes - 10/2/10 - 12/11/10
Playoffs: 3 Episodes - 5/21/11 - 6/4/11

The world's first second newest vampire musical.

CAST

Vanessa Perkins

Anna (Eps. 1-2, 4 & 6-11)
Girlfriend (Ep. 5)

French Stewart

Van (Eps. 1-2, 4, 6-7 & 9-11)

Jaime Andrews

Minnie (Eps. 1 & 3)

Michael Lanahan

Rod (Ep. 1)

Colin Willkie

Todd (Eps. 1 & 3)
Taye (Eps. 7-8)

Henry Dittman

Taye (Eps. 1-2 & 9)

Prince Myshkin

Taye (Ep. 2)

Savannah

Taye (Ep. 7)

Megan Crockett

Waitress (Ep. 2)

Erin Matthews

Zombira, Concubine of the Night (Eps. 3-8 & 10-11)

Matt Valle

Bob (Ep. 3)
Earl (Eps. 6-7)

Julia Griswold

Young Van (Eps. 3 & 5)
Vanna (Ep. 11)

Alyssa Preston

Van's Mom (Eps. 3, 5-7 & 10-11)

Eric Curtis Johnson

Sheriff Goose (Ep. 4)

Rick Steadman

Sheriff Goose (Ep. 7)

Michael Lanahan

Deputy (Ep. 4)

Curt Bonnem

Dad (Eps. 5-7)

Matthew Merchant

Frankenstein (Eps. 5-7)
Dr. Romero (Ep. 11)

CJ Merriman

Normal Daughter (Eps. 5-7)

Ceasar F. Barajas

Hansel (Eps. 7-8)

Lily

Hansel (Ep. 7)

Brendon Broms

Liam (Eps. 7-8)

Liam

Liam (Ep. 7)

Shazaam

Himself (Ep. 7)

Brian Wallis &
Scott & Brigitte Lessard

Dog Handlers (Ep. 7)

Lisa Anne Nicolai

Rabbit Handler (Ep. 7)

Marianne Davis

Tricia (Ep. 8)

Mandi Moss

Lupita (Ep. 8)

Jennifer Fenten

Pepita (Ep. 8)

Suzanne Karpinski

Greta (Ep. 8)

Choreography by Marianne Davis (Ep. 5)

"Every Vampire" - Music & Lyrics by Richard Levinson (Ep. 1)
"How Do You Choose?" - Music by Suzanne Karpinski, Lyrics by Jenelle Riley (Ep. 2)

All other songs: Music & Lyrics by Brenda Varda
"Nothing's Going to Stop You"
(Ep. 3)
"Treat Her Well" (Ep. 4)
"Company For Dinner" (Ep. 5)
"Thanksgiving"
 (Ep. 6)
"Hurt"  (Ep. 7)
"Hot Under the Collar" (Ep. 8),
"That Ain't Bad"  (Ep. 9)
"Bloodsuckin' Baby Daddy"  (Ep. 10)
"Little Monsters" (Ep. 11)

EPISODE ONE (10/2/10)
Photos by C.M. Gonzalez
Video by Ceasar F. Barajas

SUMMARY:  High-schooler Anna moves to a new town, where she meets Van Hansen, the coolest kid in class... and a vampire.  Van Hansen woos her, but she frets that she's in for heartbreak... because every vampire is gay.  Still, she begins to succumb... but their union is protested by Anna's childhood friend Taye, who is in love with her.

'Hey, it's the new girl!  She's new.' (Michael Lanahan, Jaime Andrews & Colin Willkie) Anna (Vanessa Perkins) has no interests or anything that makes her remotely well-rounded as a human being. The local dating scene is lame. However, even the guys agree that Van Hansen is dreamy. Everybody but Anna tries to impress Van Hansen. Van Hansen (French Stewart) Van Hansen woos Anna, and asks her out to dinner at Applebees. 'I HATE YOU!  And I want to be you!' Song: 'Every Vampire.'  Accompanist: Richard Levinson (see video) Vampires #1!  Yah! Anna's childhood friend Taye (Henry Dittman), now all grown up, warns Van Hansen to stay away from Anna. Curtain Call


Anna meets and is wooed by Van Hansen, and expresses her trepidation in song.

EPISODE TWO (10/9/10)
Photos by C.M. Gonzalez
Video by Ceasar F. Barajas

SUMMARY:  Van Hansen takes Anna on their first date - dinner at Applebees.  Their date is interrupted by Taye, who continues to warn her away from Van.  Anna sings of her romantic confusion.  Taye hurts Van's feelings, and he runs off... and Taye transforms into a werewolf.  A very small, very cute werewolf.

Dinner at Applebees (Waitress: Megan Crockett) Ordering dinner. (see video) 'One... two... three cups of coffee!  Ah hah hah!' 'I want to ravage you right here, in this economical family-style restaraunt!' Taye arrives to protest again.  'I know you're really handsome and wonderful and treat me like a princess... so you can see why it would never work.' Taye's not transforming into a werewolf... it's just the steroids. Competition. Anna sings of her romantic confusion. (see video) Van, insulted by Taye, leaves. Taye transforms into a 'werewolf' (Prince Myshkin). Curtain Call


Van Hansen orders his dinner.


Van Hansen and Taye compete for Anna's love.  Song: "How Do You Choose?"

EPISODE THREE (10/16/10)
Photos by Andrew Post
Video by Jay Bogdanowitsch

SUMMARY:  Horror-film host Zombira narrates this flashback episode, in which we learn of Van's childhood as a nerdy, unpopular young vampire, teased and tormented by the kids at school.  He runs home crying to his mother, who sings him an inspirational song.  With a renewed sense of purpose and self-worth, Van returns to school the next day... and bites the fuck out of one of his tormentors.  From that point on, he's the coolest kid in school.

Zombira (Erin Matthews), your host for tonight. Van's Mom (Alyssa Preston) and Young Van (Julia Griswold). Van's mom comforts him. Van takes his revenge on his tormentors.


Your host this week: Zombira, Concubine of the Night.


Song: "Nothing's Going to Stop You"

EPISODE FOUR (11/6/10)
Photos by C.M. Gonzalez
Video by Jay Bogdanowitsch

SUMMARY:  Anna takes Van home to meet her father, Sheriff Goose, who she's sure will embarass her. It transpires that he has no problem with his daughter dating a thousands-of-years-old vampire... in fact, he encourages Van to sleep with her.  Suddenly, the Deputy rushes in and reports there's been another teenager murdered, her body drained of blood, and the Sheriff vows to catch the killer.

Zombira introduces this week's episode. Van Hansen: Shadow of the Bat Van's worried about meeting Anna's dad. A shadowy figure polishes his gun. Van meets Anna's dad, Sheriff Goose (Eric Curtis Johnson). She begs her father not to embarass her. 'I will treat your daughter with the utmost of respect.  I would not lay a finger in her!' Singing 'Treat Her Well' Singing 'Treat Her Well' The Deputy (Michael Lanahan) reports another dead teen drained of blood. The Sherrif suspects the Mummy, Frankenstein... or possibly an Eskimo. Off on their date as the Shriff vows to catch the killer. Polishing his gun.


Song: "Treat Her Well"

EPISODE FIVE (11/13/10)
Photos by Aaron Francis
Video by Jay Bogdanowitsch

SUMMARY:  Zombira says she's been taken to task for her bad jokes - to no avail.  She tells of the time Young Van took his high school girlfriend home to meet his family.  She loves vampires, but it turns out his family is a confusing melange of monsters - mom's a ghoul, dad's a fairy, brother is a Frankenstein's monster, and sister Esther... well, she's the worst of them all.  Van's sweetheart thinks Esther is completely normal, but after a musical number ("Company For Dinner"), she discovers that Esther is a cannibal, and she's on the menu.

Zombira addresses complaints about her bad jokes. (see video) Young Van brings his girlfriend home. Mom says not to question the logic of their magical universe. Dad (Curt Bonnem) is a fairy. Brother (Matthew Merchant) is a Frankenstein's monster. He's actually quite eloquent.  Don't buy into the stereotypes. Like this one. Sister Esther (CJ Merriman) seems normal.  The family's terrified of her. Song: 'Company For Dinner' (see video) Song: 'Company For Dinner' (see video) Esther's a cannibal. Van despairs - his family ruins everything. Tucking into dinner.  Yum!


Zombira addresses complaints about her bad jokes.


Song: "Company For Dinner"

EPISODE SIX (11/20/10)
Photos by C.M. Gonzalez

SUMMARY:  Van takes Anna to meet his family for Thanksgiving. He hasn't been home in years, and is shocked to find his home a dump and his family in a degenerate state. It seems they've all switched from drinking real blood to drinking blood substitute "Real Gore." The family, prodded by Esther, cajoles Van to try it... and he goes wild and attacks Anna.

Zombira once again gets us up to speed. These are the jokes, folks! Family Reunion Mom thinks she's got a gentleman caller, while Frank has a migraine. Esther is more evil than ever - she's working for BP. Van samples the 'Real Gore' blood substitute. Van says he feels fine... just before attacking Anna. Van's about to attack Zombira.  'NO MORE FUCKING JOKES!' Curtain Call

EPISODE SEVEN (12/4/10)
Photos by C.M. Gonzalez
Video by Aaron Francis

SUMMARY:  Taye brings his werewolf friends to save Anna from Van's cannibal family. There's a dogfight (with actual dogs portraying the werewolves), and they manage to rescue Anna. Later, Van calls to apologize, and Anna sings a song ("Hurt") about how much he hurt her.  Will Anna ever trust Van again?

Zombira hasn't really thought her jokes through.  So what else is new? The voracious, virile, vampire Van... ...and boring old Anna. Anna is beset by Van's cannibal family. Clueless Sherriff Goose (Rick Steadman) is no help. Taye (Colin Willkie) and his werewolf friend Liam (Brendon Broms). Hurty hurt hurt... oh, how she hurts.


Zombira starts to catch us up on the story so far,
but, as usual, gets distracted with her jokes.


Song: "Hurt"

EPISODE EIGHT (12/11/10)
Photos by C.M. Gonzalez

SUMMARY:  Taye, attempting to woo Anna, introduces her to other human/werewolf couples, showing her how happy they are despite the danger of being mauled.  They all sing a song about the pleasures of dating a werewolf ("Hot Under the Collar").  However, Lupita, a she-werewolf arrives.  She says she's destined for Taye, who turned her as a baby, "which is totally not creepy at all"... and she wants to fight Anna for him.

Zombira says that Anna is 'so dense, she could get hit by a parked car.' Zombira says that Anna is 'so stupid, she tried to drop acid and the car battery fell on her foot.' Anna overhears Zombira's jokes. 'I can hear you... I have feelings...' 'No, you don't.' 'Thank goodness when my relationship turned life-threatening, I had another relationship on the side to save me.' Greta (Suzanne Karpinski). Liam (Brendan Broms) and Tricia (Marianne Davis). Song: 'Hot Under the Collar' Song: 'Hot Under the Collar' Song: 'Hot Under the Collar' She-wolves Lupita (Mandi Moss) and Pepita (Jennifer Fenten). Lupita's willing to fight Anna for Taye. Time for the dogfight to become a catfight. Curtain Call

PLAYOFFS WEEK TWO!
EPISODE NINE (5/21/11)

Photos by C.M. Gonzalez * Video by Annette Fasone

SUMMARY:  Anna writes to her pen pal about her romantic confusion, trying to decide between Van and Taye.  They once again compete for her love in song ("That Ain't Bad"), but once Anna reveals that she's pregnant and doesn't know who the father is, they both skedaddle.

Anna writes to her pen pal. "Things are exciting as always. My lupus is acting up again." Van's such a charmer. "Van... take me away from this dull and dreary life." "Yes! I will take you to Applebee's! I got a Groupon!" The return of Taye, who's totally not a werewolf. Competing for Anna's love. Woof. Their ardor is cooled when Anna reveals she's pregnant and doesn't know who the father is.


Anna and Van profess their love for one another.


Anna is wooed with an uptempo number by eternal vampire Van and totally-not-a-werewolf Taye.

PLAYOFFS WEEK THREE!
EPISODE TEN (5/28/11)

Photos by C.M. Gonzalez * Video by Annette Fasone

SUMMARY:  Van runs home to his mother, hoping to ditch Anna and resume his swinging bachelor lifestyle.  However, once it becomes clear that Van is the father and not Taye, his mother is thrilled at the thought of being a grandma, and pressures Van in song to return to Anna ("Bloodsuckin' Baby Daddy").  Van is finally persuaded to return to Anna's arms... just as her water breaks.

"Your father works hard to put blood on the table and give you a coffin to sleep in!" "I had to dump Anna 'cause she got so fat. Am I right?" "She did it with a werewolf!  People style, not doggie style! I HATE THE BABY!" Anna knows Van's the father. She's craving steak tartare. The baby doesn't just kick: he bites. Her morning sickness goes away when she listens to the Smiths. And the ultrasound sparkles! Van is convinced through song to return to Anna's arms. "My water just broke." "Well, don't just stand there... mop it up!" Van panics. "Take me to Applebee's! WILL SOMEONE PLEASE TAKE ME TO APPLEBEE'S?"


Vampire Van gets some advice from his mom regarding his impending fatherhood.

PLAYOFFS WEEK FOUR!
EPISODE ELEVEN (6/4/11)

Photos by C.M. Gonzalez * Video by Annette Fasone

SUMMARY:  At Muskatonic Hospital, Anna is about to give birth, attended by Dr. Romero, a zombie. Van still isn't convinced the baby is his. Her pregnancy has progressed at an alarming late, and she gives birth to a full-grown child named Vanna. Despite the child's appearance, Van still isn't sure the baby's his.

"Why do vampires make such good artists? 'Cause they're always drawing blood!" "What is a vampire's favorite flavor ice cream? Vein-illa!" Anna's getting nervous about her pregnancy. Dr. Romero (Matthew Marchant), a zombie. The zombie doctor eats his loose skin, and Van joins in. "The skin is the best part! Crispy!" Van is unsympathetic. "Oh, you don't wanna burst into flames?" This pregnancy sounds worse and worse. Vanna (Julia Griswold) is born. Van's still not sure the child is his.