A:"Well, one full song called "Sugar Candy Mountain." That's Moses' [a crow] biggest rant. I put together the music for "Beasts of England." The lyrics for that come right out of the play. I also did a song for Minimus the pig.
"With "Sugar Candy Mountain," Frieda said she wanted something that had an old-timey gospel sound. I was raised in a Southern Baptist church so I was familiar with the song format."
Q:What was the hardest part?
A:"Coming in with no theater experience, I guess, aside from writing with a set script, the hardest part was teaching people the songs."
Q:What's the play like?
A:"It's kind of a quasi musical now. Two of the songs the whole cast sings. The Minimus song is very over the top. The guy playing him really hams it up--no pun intended --but he's really great.
"They use some puppets and some live actors in masks with tails and stuff. It's kind of a weird mixture.
"The play kind of reminds me of Roger Waters, like something from Pink Floyd's "The Wall." Yeah, it's got kind of a folk-rock opera quality to it."
Q:What's next and would you do it again?
A:"Yeah, if the piece was right, I'd absolutely do it again. This thing worked out perfectly for me, but I'm a fan of "Animal Farm." I don't know if I'd be all that interested in "The Nutcracker," but if the material was right...
"Doing "Animal Farm" is really good timing. It kind of got me back into things. Over the past two years, I got married, had a kid, bought a house and started a career. I haven't done a whole lot musically, maybe five or six shows this year, but I've been recording and booking some shows toward the end of the year and there should be an album next year."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.