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Proposal: Fraggle Rock ; The Musical

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by Mokey's sweet, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. Mokey's sweet

    Mokey's sweet Well-Known Member

    :smirk: Hello, i'm Nathan Davey. I'm a Writer, Actor & puppeteer. I'am also creater of YouTube's "Monster Street Presents". and i would like 2 devlope a stage musical adapton to "Fraggle Rock" and once written i'll ask the Jim Henson Company 2 liesence it as a offical Jim Henson Musical. the musical will use the show's orignal songs, the story is very loosely basted on the episode"The Change of Addresses" mixed with other mini stories. the uncle travelling matt bits will be done on a over head screen and will be filmed in the local area of where the show's being performed, including the song "All Around the world" i'm not sure if it'll be "Avenue Q" style puppetery or costumes. but before i start 2 write it i want your view on this. what do u think? :smirk:
  2. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    I like that idea. I would love to see something like this or however you were to do it. But love it. Can't wait to see the script when you get it wrote and all.
  3. Mokey's sweet

    Mokey's sweet Well-Known Member

    Do u think i should use actors in black suits with puppets like, "Avenue Q" & "Puppet up!" or have them in artistic costumes like, "Suessical" & "The Grinch Musical"?
  4. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    I guess it would work either way but i wouldn't mind the puppet versions then people in costumes. But it's whatever you want. I would watch it no matter what they looked like.
  5. Fragglemuppet

    Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    Hmmm, sounds interesting...

    As for the question, I suppose it comes down to what would be more doable for you. What would be less costly, Etc.

    Good luck!
  6. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I know Karen Prell (Red Fraggle, of course) eventually got started in Muppets and Fraggles by sending in an audition tape with her self-made puppets. Don't know how the company works today post-Jim, but more power to you and good luck! :excited:
  7. Mokey's sweet

    Mokey's sweet Well-Known Member

    Thanks for your opinions. it really helps. the only thing i'm trying to work out now is how to do the gorgs. because they need to be massivly larger than the teenage actors playing the fraggles. the musical's script is now being written thanks you your replies. so now, any ideas on the gorgs? lol :p
  8. Mokey's sweet

    Mokey's sweet Well-Known Member

    well, just designing and building these costumes would be a major problem, money wise, since my designed revolving stage set is pretty pricey allready! so i think puppets is a big thumbs up! :)
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Puppets would be your best bet. It's closer to the original idea, and it's always a great way for up and coming puppeteers to get noticed.

    I'm really pulling for you to get this licenced by Henson. i'm pretty sure they'd love this idea, and would love to see a new way to express their ideas.
  10. doc hopper

    doc hopper Well-Known Member

    I'd cast it with smaller actors to play fraggles and larger actors to play gorgs. And then you can costume the gorgs with round bellies, large head pieces and big padded feet to get that gorg appearance and then fade their colors to seperate them from the fraggles (who'd be in bright colors).

    And you could do a lot more with set/stage scale tricks - which would make it really interesting for the audience.

    you just couldn't have the gorgs actually catching the fraggles with their hands (like they did with miniature fraggles in the show). But i think it's forgiveable - and you can do a lot more.
  11. doc hopper

    doc hopper Well-Known Member

    oh and I think puppets would actually limit the show. With humans, you could have a real hook with a "take" on Fraggle Rock, similar to the Lion King, and people would be curious on how it'd be done.

    Also, with puppets, you're limited as to where and how they can appear as well as what they can and can't do. With humans dressed as fraggles, you're unlimited. They can run from gorgs, they can swing from vines, they could even climb and dive off of doozer construction areas - whatever you want!
  12. doc hopper

    doc hopper Well-Known Member

    but the doozers would definitely need to be puppets of some kind - audiences would expect it somehow and fans would appreciate the nod to puppetry. plus it would be a good place to put some fun and creative tricks in your show.
  13. Mokey's sweet

    Mokey's sweet Well-Known Member

    i'm planning to use a revolving stage, that rotates around. it's spilit up into 4 parts
    1-Fraggle Rock
    2-Gorg Garden
    3-Trash heap
    & 4 Workshop or Lighthouse, depends on where it's being performed
  14. Mokey's sweet

    Mokey's sweet Well-Known Member

    I've designed some of the costumes already, the trasheap is going to be amazing. it's a massive victorian dress made of rubbish! her two little compaions are in dirty and ripped tailer suits with bower hats and toppers, all bent and with holes.
  15. Mokey's sweet

    Mokey's sweet Well-Known Member

    the Doozers will be puppets expect for a few scenes where you go down to doozer size, than they are actors. doozer songs inculde "Working 1234" , "Yes we do" , "The way i've got to go"
    i have'nt got round to writing a doozer scene yet, i've just got to the part with Convincing John
  16. RealMissPiggy

    RealMissPiggy Well-Known Member

    that would be brilliant good luck!
  17. doc hopper

    doc hopper Well-Known Member

    Good to know we're on the same page! I can see it now...
  18. wwfpooh

    wwfpooh Well-Known Member

    I just hope it sticks true to the diconomy of the show.
  19. Mokey's sweet

    Mokey's sweet Well-Known Member

    I've sent an E-mail to the Jim Henson Company asking for the lisence, so, fingers crossed! :)
  20. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle Well-Known Member

    not to burst the bubble, but the last thing i want to see is some sort of Taymor-esque vision of the Fraggles with people running around on stage in "ARTSY" fraggle costumes like the lion king or something

    if it was done sort of like Avenue q it might work, but thats just me, im not a big musical theatre fan,

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