Looking for Roberto Clemente
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Book & Lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Published by Dramatic Publishing.

Upcoming Productions

Synopsis

The year: 1972. The place: Pittsburgh, where legendary baseball player Roberto Clemente is at the top of his game. Sam Kowalski and the neighborhood baseball-playing kids are in an intense competition to win the chance to meet Clemente in person. But it is their hero’s fateful off-field actions while aiding natural disaster victims in Nicaragua that teach the kids what is more important than winning.

Writer Karen Zacarías and composer Deborah Wicks La Puma turn a funny, crackerjack tale about baseball-obsessed kids into a terrific new children’s musical.” – Celia Wren, Washington Post

History

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The original cast sings the national anthem during opening week at the Washington National’s Ballpark.

Looking for Roberto Clemente was commissioned by Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD, and premiered there in 2008 under the direction of Kate Bryer. It received the DC Theatre Scene Award for Best Family Show of the Year.

With its shimmering chord changes regularly ceding to cheerfully thumping pop-tinged-showtune sounds, La Puma’s music seems to mirror the thematic tug-of-war between idealism and ambition. In her book and lyrics, Zacarías draws her lesson so delicately, and girds it with so much wit and characterization, that the show never feels schoolmarmish — it’s purely exuberant.” – Celia Wren, Washington Post

Musical Numbers

1. OPENING POEM - All

2. PITS IN PITTSBURGH - Kids

3. HOMERUN, GRANDSLAM PROMISE - Sam, Charlie, Peter
3. HOMERUN, GRANDSLAM PROMISE - Sam, Charlie, Peter

4. WINNING IS BALL - Joe, Kids

5. BASEBALL FUNK - Kids
5. BASEBALL FUNK - Kids

6. DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH - Clemente, Sam
6. DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH - Clemente, Sam

7. FINAL POEM - All

 

Erika Rose, Derek Manson and Zack Colonna at Imagination Stage. Photo Credit: Scott Suchman
Imagination Stage Original Cast. Erika Rose, Derek Manson and Zack Colonna. Photo Credit: Scott Suchman.

Audio demo features Ryan Amador (Sam), Danny Bolero (Clemente), John Krause (Joe), Jimmy Lambert (Peter) and Angela Wildflower (Charlie).

This world-premiere children’s musical features a buoyant rock score that harkens back to the days of the Jackson Five and 1970s supergroups with tuneful lessons that delve into the nature of heroism. Baseball lovers will find this show irresistible, and the music and engaging and effervescent performances will captivate even the sports-shy.” – Washington Times

Production Elements

Cast: 1 Woman, 5 Men

Imagination Stage 2016 Cast. Eben K. Logan, David Landstrom, Philip da Costa. Photo Credit: Margot Schulman

Female
CHARLIE GUNSTON – An 11 year-old tomboy and excellent hitter. Sam’s best friend forever. (Alto belt)

Male
SAM KOWALSKI – An 11 year-old dreamer with confidence problems. A fervent Clemente fan. A hopeful pitcher. (Baritone/Tenor)
PETER – An 11 year-old lover of sports statistics and baseball cards. Not a natural athlete. Sam’s other best friend. (High Tenor)
CAPTAIN JOE – The super-cool 11 year-old captain of the Barracuda little league team. (Rock Tenor)
NOAH – Joe’s right hand guy. A natural athlete and Barracuda teammate. Tommy’s younger brother. (Baritone)
TOMMY – A 12 year-old with special needs. Lives in his own world. The Barracuda’s bat boy who really wants to play ball. (Non-singing)
ROBERTO CLEMENTE – Charismatic athlete at the pinnacle of his career. (Baritone)

Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD

Music: 70’s-flavored Rock score for Piano, Keyboard, Bass, Drums, and optional Guitar. Accompaniment tracks available.
Musical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Requirements: Minimal
Suggested Audience: Young Audiences/Families

Writer Karen Zacarias has done an excellent job in creating a simple but touching script…Composer Deborah Wicks La Puma creates a fun rock score that complements the simple story. Universal themes such as love of sports, friendship, hero worship and coping with tragedy make this show appealing to everyone.” – Ted Ying, DC Theatre Scene

Authors

DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA (music) – see her bio page

Purchase

For perusal materials and full audio demo contact us via our contact page.

Imagination Stage 2016 Cast. Photo Credit: Margot Schulman

Vocal Work Out! CD

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