The opera-musical “The Magic Hummingbird”,
is an updating of St. Francis.

This video is a partially staged and choreographed
workshop of Act One,
closing with the ballad “Shouldn’t”, taken from from Act Two.

Performance date: Oct. 13, 2019
Venue: Smith Recital Hall, SDSU, San Diego

It involves a trio of sheltered, upper-middle class So Cal teen rockers headed to TJ
to perform at a punk club and
to explore TJ nightlife.
El Colibrí Mágico (The Magic Hummingbird) — A California Story
Their partying adventure takes a surreal turn when supernatural events
hurl them headlong into a community of refugees, who bear ancient secrets.
Ensemble for El Colibrí Mágico (The Magic Hummingbird) — A California Story

The weekend jaunt becomes a life changing journey. 
The teens are drawn in and find themselves on a vision quest,
entangled with the perils of the dispossessed.

Philip Gomez in El Colibrí Mágico (The Magic Hummingbird

In the end they risk their lives to help the stranded cross the border through a magic tunnel,
the body of a giant snake placed under the mountains thousands of years ago by the goddess of the moon.
The path is dangerous and the outcome uncertain.

It is a collaborative effort with content creators from San Diego & Tijuana, who are also a consortium of LGBTQ and straight folks.
The story addresses all of the above.
Karen Garcia as Maria Sabia as El Colibrí Mágico (The Magic Hummingbird

The October 13, 2019 performance had a cast of over 20 actors,
dancers and singers and an orchestra of nine, comprises NYC and San Diego professionals,
as well as musical theater and opera students at SDSU.

Though technically a workshop, the actors were off book,
and there is staging, choreography and projection design.

Credits:

• Music and Lyrics by Joseph Martin Waters
• Book by Joseph Martin Waters, Gustavo Alcoser, Michael Gillis
• Contributions by Lauren Haughton & Amy Hecht
• Director & Choreographer: Lauren Haughton
• Co-Music Director & Conductor: Richard Morrison
• Co-Music Director and Chorus Master: Sonya Schumann
• Projection Design: Scott Boynton
• Lighting Design: Bernardo Cervantes, David Siegel
• Sound Design: Maddi Baird
• Stage Manager: Jamie Boyd

CAST:

Francisco ……………. Rodolfo Giron
Clara …………………… Cat Rojo
Franklin ……………….. Jackson Shaffer
Maria Sabia …………. Karen Garcia
Elias ……………………. Gabriel Igtantoc
Ixazaluoh …………….. Laura Sandoval
Francisco’s Mother .. Sarah Hernandez
Apollonia ……………… Sonya Schumann
Acolytes ………………. Emmy Farez, Philip Gomez, Sara Hernandez
Ensemble …………………. Danan Pacheco, Danielle Bongulto, Francesca Lemus, Hunter Katz,
Jackson Wright, Joseph Durant, Lexi Vierra, Maddie Darr, Marissa Rodriguez, Phaul Fishman,
Ross Graham, Shelby Wuitschick, Vivia Romero

Orchestra

Percussion: Daniel Pate *, Jeffrey Mossier, Donovan Newkirk
Piano: Geoffrey Burleson *
Alto Saxophone: Todd Rewoldt *
Tenor Saxophone: Ian Buss *
Guitar: George Svoboda
Bass: Harley Magsino
Rehearsal Pianist: Leigh Petit, Sonya Schumann

Swarmius members*
Musical Numbers:
Prologue……. Swarmius and Friends
“Chase The Shadows”….. Francisco
“Fake” ……… Clara, Franklin, Ensemble
“Chase The Shadows Reprise” ………. Francisco
“We” ………. Maria Sabia
“Chase The Shadows Reprise” ……….. Francisco
“Circle of Pain” …. Francisco, Clara, Franklin
“Flower” ………. Elias
Saint Children ………. Apollonia and the Acolytes
“Swim In The Immense” …………. Ensemble
“Who Will Win” ……………. Ensemble
“The Answer” ……………. Elias, Francisco
“El Pajaro Carpintero” ………. Ensemble
“Shouldn’t” ……………… Clara

 

 

 

 

Production Staff
• Photographer: David Maung
• iPhone videographer: Amy Hecht
• Assistant Director: Gabriel Igtanloc
• Assistant Stage Manager: Chase Thompson
• Head of Videography: Tim Powell
• Head of Sound : Joe Kucera
• Lighting Advisor: Stephanie Lasater
• Faculty Lighting Advisor: Anne McMills
• Musical technical Tech Support: Tim Nunnink
• FOH: Garret Eckyl, Chris Bravo, Jesse Tello, Joshua Jackson
• Sound crew: Jake York, Ella Markus