Caravan Stage Company Performs "Hacked"

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Tonight and tomorrow night the Caravan Stage Company will present "Hacked". The show is staged on a specially designed sea going barge and has been docked at Metropolitan Park for a while. The international cast and crew travel the world performing free original rock opera musical productions and is debuting their new show here in Jville. Join us after the jump for an inside look!

The Caravan new show for it's 43rd season is an experimental musical created right off the headlines and news of the international media conglomerates.

Hacked…is an operatic theatre fantasy featuring a Band of Virtual Pirate Hackers who have “revoked” the “Treasure of the Empire”.
The show opens with the Pirates running into the audience space, chased by the Security Surveillance Police (SSP). They see this Mammon Corp Vault in front of them…trapped between the Mammon Vault & the SSP. They decide to climb the front face of the Vault, hoping to escape on the other side. Near the top of the Vault, they are suddenly confronted by a grasping, gurgling gargoyle. The Hackers are sucked into the mouth of this ghastly gargoyle. This huge creature is the Infamous, All-powerful Monster Mammon ~ a multiple toothed, multiple eyed, multiple tentacled, singularly orificed Monster with three humanness’ singing heads

~ “Raptura & Verita & Tradgia” ~

ALL THREE  Welcome to the House of Mammon...
RAPTURA  I Raptura your sweet Dreadman!
ALL THREE  Welcome to the Court of Mammon…
VERITA  I Verita, your sneed Swangman!
ALL THREE Welcome to the Wall of Mammon...
TRADGIA  I Tradgia, your scruff Wareman!
ALL THREE  Welcome to the House of Mammon!
The  plot revolves around the machinations of the Mammon trying to find the “Treasure of the Empire”…the whereabouts known only to the Hackers. The Mammon must find the Treasure of the Empire or else the Mammon Corp Regime will collapse. This new Caravan show explores the quest for freedom of expression, in political & social discourse, within the multiverse world of the internet & virtual media; examines the ubiquitous presence of the machinations of surveillance; and probes the ethics of the dissolution of the public, democratic control over the justice and penal systems.
The story is set on the Caravan Ship, the Amara Zee, wrapped in large video screen upon which an array of image-projections play inside and outside the overall set design of a Vault Dungeon Networks. The Hacked characters/performers include the following: Three singers playing the voice & manipulating the physicality of the Mammon; Two aerial artists executing the “Orders” of the Mammon; One singer/actor playing a mysterious, invisible, ancient prisoner inside the Mammon Dungeon Networks; and Four singer/actors playing the members of the Merry Band of Hacker Pirates.
The show features the entire pallet of Caravan theatrical sceneographic treats such as passionate characters, poetic lyrics, exotic and melodic music, multiple video screens with a global array of imagery and visual trickery, unique aerial acrobatics, surreal lighting and sound, and a giant mega puppet that spies, swags, savages, swears, swoons and sings.

After 8 years of touring the rivers and seas of Europe, the Caravan Stage Company, with the Tall Ship, Amara Zee, is back in America. BBC Chartering, an International shipping company sponsored the return transportation of the 30-­?meter ship from Italy.

The Amara Zee, the custom-­?built theater ship, was originally built in Canada. Before heading overseas, the company toured and performed in cities and towns throughout the Atlantic seaboard, Great Lakes, and Gulf of well as small villages and communities that are not even on the official maps!

The Caravan directors, Paul Kirby and Adriana Kelder are excited to be back. The Caravan is a non-­?for-­?profit professional company that has performs original contemporary spectacles on their theater ship while the audience sits on the shore.

Artistic Director, Paul Kirby says: “The Caravan European Odyssey has been thrilling and exhilarating adventure but we are delighted to be back in North America.”

After spending the winter in Lafitte, Louisiana, the company traveled along the southern ICW, through the Gulf of Mexico, to bring the Amara Zee to Jacksonville, FL. The cast, coming from all around the world, joined the sailing crew at the end of April. Since then, a team of 38 people: performers, set builders, mask makers, fabricators, costumers, riggers, sound and light engineers, organizers, led by Paul Kirby and Adriana Kelder, are busy at the Metropolitan Park and at JaxHax Makerspace creating the new show.

‘HACKED: The Treasure of the Empire!’ is a tale of pirate activists who, through virtual and creative manipulation, battle the corrupting icons of our past and present world. The story will be told through song, aerial acrobatics, video and large puppet heads perched up high in the rigging of the 100 ft ship.

Hacked features the entire pallet of Caravan theatrical treats such as passionate characters, poetic lyrics, exotic and melodic music, multiple video screens with a global array of imagery and visual trickery, unique aerial acrobatics, surreal lighting and sound, and large puppets that spies, swags, savages, swears, swoons and sings.

This summer, the Caravan Stage Company will be touring the eastern coast of the US from Jacksonville FL up to Canada. Many stops along the way, including Portsmouth VA, Bivalve NJ, Yonkers NY; in Canada: Brockville ON, Kingston ON, Cornwall ON & Sainte Anne de Bellevue (Montreal); back down the Hudson River to Burlington VT, Hudson NY, Kingston NY. The tour will end in New-­?York City at the end of September.

On June 17 & 18, the cast and crew of the Amara Zee proudly invites the Jacksonville community at the premiere of the Show 2014.

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Images courtesy of Caravan Stage Company

Watch this 30 minute documentary. The origins of the Caravan Stage Company.

Horse Drawn Magic by Dorothy Todd Hénaut, National Film Board of Canada