Masks for the "Red Death" Fundraiser

Please join us for entertainment, food, a silent auction, a mask-making "craft buffet," and a photo booth to show off your creations! This is a fundraiser benefitting the production of the original opera, "Red Death," based on Edgar Allen Poe's 1842 classic story, "The Masque of the Red Death."

The fundraiser will be held at 7pm, Saturday, May 31 at St. Peter's UCC Fellowship Hall, 700 E. 110th (on the corner of 110th and Holmes). Individual tickets to the fundraiser are $15, or 2 for $25. Kids 12 and under are admitted free.

If you can't attend but would like to make a donations, just click the button below:

"Red Death" at the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival

The Mummer Opera Company will produce a new opera, Red Death, at the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival. Written by Bryan Colley with music by Daniel Doss, the opera is adapted from Edgar Allan Poe's The Masque of the Red Death. Tara Varney directs her seventh collaboration with Colley at the Fringe, which includes  Khaaaaan! the Musical, Hexing Hitler/Sexing Hitler, and Chicken Heart.

Poe's famous 1842 short story follows Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid a deadly plague known as the Red Death by locking himself and other wealthy nobles in his abbey. There, they indulge in a fantastic masquerade ball to flaunt their defiance of death. The opera uses additional text from Lucretius, Ecclesiastes, and Montaigne to explore classic philosophical issues of the meaning of life and inevitablity of death.

Red Death will star operatic tenor Nathan Granner as Prince Prospero and Devon Barnes as a servant of the castle. It will feature choreography by Amy Hurrelbrink, who will join dancers Chelsea Anglemyer, Josh Atkins, Tyler Parsons, and Tiffany Powell on stage. Hurrelbrink appeared in the previous Colley/Varney Fringe productions Lingerie Shop, Khaaaaan! the Musical, Sexing Hitler and Chicken Heart.

Granner is a founding member of the Sony Masterworks recording group The American Tenors and has been featured in lead roles in L'Elisir D'amore, Cosi fan Tuta, Falstaff, and Die Zauberflote. He has received critical acclaim from The Boston Globe, The London Times, The New York Times, Opera News, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Kansas City Star, and A graduate of the UMKC Conservatory, he has appeared with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and performs regularly with Ben Gulley, Beau Bledsoe, Jesse Lynch and Mark Lowrey. He was also artistic director of Homecoming, an Evening with Virgil T at the Kauffman Center.

The Kansas City Fringe Festival runs July 17-27, 2014. Tickets are $10 with a $5 Fringe button. Performance dates, times, and location will be announced at and

Lost "Khaaaaan!" Think Geek video discovered

Digging through the jumbled nether regions of my hard drives, I unearthed this digital gem from way back in 2011: the unfinished music video we created for

Think Geek graciously provided some awesome merchandise for us to use as a fundraiser for Khaaaan! the Musical. We promised them a music video in return, but despite our best efforts it was never quite finished. So here it is in all it's raw glory.

If you like the song, here's an mp3. It's a variation on "The Illogical Song" that we performed in the show. You can download the entire cast album for free here.