“Under the Rainbow” explores, through the magic of musical theatre, what it means to be different — and how our differences make us all stronger and more beautiful, both individually and as a group.
An original musical written by the staff at Making Light Productions, Under the Rainbow is set in the bird sanctuary of Noah’s Ark and opens with a “cruise ship” atmosphere, as the birds prepare to embark on what they think, at first, anyway, is an exciting journey. By the end of the upbeat Latin-themed opening number, 38 days have passed, and the birds are a little tired of cruising. The Counting Crows have lost count, the Mockingbird is getting on everyone\’s nerves, and no one has heard from the wise old owl. Even Red Robin Williams, the resident stand-up comic, finds his jokes falling flat.
A Bat, traumatized by being forced to live with the mammals (lions and tigers and bears!) then tries to sneak into the bird sanctuary. The Dove, a kind-hearted bird with dreams of being a great explorer, immediately befriends the Bat, but the Raven calls him a “freak.”
Under the Rainbow explores, through the magic of musical theatre, what it means to be different — and how our differences make us all stronger and more beautiful, both individually and as a group. With appearances from Katy Parrot, the resident pop star, and Blue Jay Z, along with the rap stylings of the Angry Birds, these avian adventurers learn, by the time this story is over, that “The Sky Is the Limit,” and their adventure has just begun.