Wicket: A Parody Musical is a new “wok” musical that delights nerds and surprises casual fans of the galaxy far, far away. It’s a classic underdog comedy, but it’s also a pointed parody that calls George Lucas to task for his sins, and in it’s galactic workshop premiere, it charmed sold-out crowds night, after night, after night.
The premise is familiar—just as Wicked tells the untold stories of the witches of Oz, Wicket tells the untold stories of the ewoks of Endor from the 1983 film Return of the Jedi. We all thought they were a random race of alien teddy bears that just happened to live in the tree next door to the sequel Death Star. Turns out they are actually the master plan of the evil director of the galaxy. (Yes, of course we mean the Emperor… George Lucas.)
Wicket watches the girl of his dreams, Princess Kneesaa, climbing out of his league and into the arms of beloved medicine man Logray. Then, surprisingly, a second Princess rolls into his life. You might know her as Princess Leia. We soon learn that after a lifetime of tragedy and impossible expectations, Princess Leia has developed a secret shadow-personality: heavy metal diva Princess SLEIA!
We also meet the mysterious Ensign—the low-ranking Imperial Officer who happens to be the only woman of color in the entire Empire. Though she’s one of the most keen and capable officers in the Emperor’s service, she’s underutilized and overlooked; too black for the Dark Side.
Just when it looks like things are looking up for Wicket, all hell breaks loose! Princess Kneesaa is kidnapped, the village is under attack, and suddenly little Wicket finds himself as the galaxy’s last hope to defeat the tyrant who rules the galaxy. Who knew?!?
Spoiler alert: some of our favorite characters die, and some crazy catchy songs are sung along the way to our happy ending. The lesson learned? The things you create aren’t yours forever; your creations take on lives of its own, create new bonds, and make new connections. It’s not just yours. It’s ours!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I help bring Wicket to my town?
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Is Wicket appropriate for Woklings?
We’d give Wicket a PG-13 rating. Parental guidance strongly suggested for children under the age of 13. There are a few bad words, some sexual innuendo and a good bit of force lightning v. lazer sword stage violence.
How are you NOT being sued right now?
This musical is not just a regular musical, it’s a PARODY musical. It came to be not only because someone made a bad pun, but also because we have something important to say about how the origin of an archetypal mythos, in our day and age, can so easily be degenerated by personal and corporate greed.
What is the running time of the show?
Current the first act is running about 45 minutes and the second act is running about 35 minutes. Throw a 15 minute intermission in between them and your evening will last a bit under 2 hours depending on how many standing ovations occur.
BOOK and LYRICS by
Book and Lyrics
Travis has written or co-written six plays, including Song of the Living Dead, the musical that asks “what if a Broadway musical was attacked by zombies?”; The Change: Another Teenage Werewolf Musical, which shows just how hairy puberty can be; Musicals Suck: The Musical, the meta-musical where a cursed musical-hater’s life becomes a musical; and Lawrenceburg, the mashed-up lovechild of Star Wars and The Dukes of Hazard. He’s also a prolific improv comic, performing weekly at Atlanta’s Dad’s Garage.
MUSIC and LYRICS by
Music and Lyrics
Haddon is an award winning composer and lyricist who is currently calling Switzerland home. Off-Broadway: The Snow Queen: A New Musical (Music and co-Lyrics, “A Fairy Tale That Rocks!” -The New York Times ) Ring Twice for Miranda, The Atheist, Haymarket, and The Blowin’ of Baile Gall. Regional: As You Like It, The Death of A Novel and Game On at San Jose Rep. Proof at George Street Playhouse. The Red Room: An Underworld Cabaret (2015 Reiser Lab Winner,) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Managing Maxine at Alliance. Resurgens and Blackberry Winter at Out of Hand. The Thrush and the Woodpecker and The Pillowman at Actor’s Express. Winner: Best Original Music Award from San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (for “Game On.”) Two time Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award Winner for best Original Music/Sound Design. Learn more at www.haddonkime.com
Rick Lombardo is a prolific and award-winning American theatre director, playwright and adaptor. He is the former Producing Artistic Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre, and the former Artistic Director of New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, Massachusetts. Lombardo is currently the Chair and Artistic Director of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University.
He is an Executive Board member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, actress Rachel Harker. Learn more at www.ricklombardo.net
WICKET: A PARODY MUSICAL
A new “wok” musical about fighting the battle to tell your own story.