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Mooch the Messy

an opera for children based on the book by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

 

 

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Music by Marcus DeLoach
Libretto by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Marcus DeLoach
 

Mooch the Messy tells the story of Mooch, a rat from Boston, Massachusetts, who learns about neatness and responsibility when his father comes for a visit. He also learns to be himself in a delightful mix of humor, music, and fun.

Commissioned by Keith Jameson, Founder and Director of the Greenwood Music Festival, Mooch the Messy premiered at the Arts Center in Greenwood, SC on September 9th, 2010 in honor of the opening of the new Greenwood County Library. The cast included Keith Jameson as Mooch, Marcus DeLoach as Mooch's Father, with Lynn Baker at the piano. The set, costumes and masks were based on the original drawings by Ben Shecter from Marjorie Weinman Sharmat's book Mooch the Messy.

As part of the 2012-2013 season, Mooch was presented in a new production as part of Tulsa Opera's Opera on Tour program. Directed by Stanley M. Garner, the show starred Zac Engle as Mooch and Alex Elliott as Father and performed to thousands of children in the Tulsa and greater Oklahoma area.

In the spring of 2013, Mooch debuted in his home town of Boston, MA through The Boston Conservatory Children's Opera playing to audiences in Seully Hall and other local schools. The cast included George Milosh as Mooch, Colin Ruffer as Father, and Marlen Saladin as the Mail Rat. The production was staged by Kelsey Carroll and conducted by Jonathon Heyward with Yubin Lee pianist.

 
 
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Marcus DeLoach’s multi-faceted career ranges from solo performances as a leading baritone at New York City Opera in New York’s Lincoln Center, to performing on tour with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Madison Square Garden, to composer of numerous vocal works.  The sum of his experiences in all areas of music and theater inform and inspire a dramatically expressive compositional style that finds its roots in a fusion of the classical tradition and contemporary musical theater vocal idioms. Marcus’ compositional projects include a recording of concert songs based on the poetry of Derek Walcott, e. e. cummings, Robert Bly, and James de Priest, performed by  students and faculty at Rice University in Houston, TX.  Also at Rice, he premiered his folk-song arrangements, Three Capstan Shanties , for three solo voices and harmonium.  Additionally, in conjunction with The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, he premiered his chamber arrangements for baritone voice ten instruments of four of the composer’s most popular songs – Mack the Knife, September Song, Tchaikowsky, and Johnny’s Song. His first opera, Mooch the Messy, based on the book by acclaimed children’s author Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, was premiered at the Greenwood Music Festival, in South Carolina in 2010, with Metropolitan Opera tenor Keith Jameson in the title role.  Other operatic projects include writing the libretto for Jeff Grace’s one-act opera The Train Ride with American Opera Projects, and serving as stage director for the world premiere of Mark Volker’s opera The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for the Young Opera Company of New England. Marcus has received numerous awards as a vocalist, as well as earning his B.M. and M.M. degrees from The Juilliard School.  He is currently completing his doctoral studies in Voice at Rice University, where he also studies composition with Dr. Karim Al-Zand. Current composition projects include an original one-act opera, and a song cycles based on the poetry of Robert Bly and Weldon Kees.
   
 
Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (Book Author and Librettist) has authored more than 130 books for children and teens many of which have been translated into foreign languages, received awards such as the Book of the Year Award from the Library of Congress and Best Book of the Year from Parenting Magazine, and recognized by The Literary Guild.  Among her most popular books are those featuring Nate the Great, one of which was turned into a made-for-TV movie and won the Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival Award.
 
 
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Inquiries for production rights, score rental (chamber orchestra and piano versions) can be sent to: composerdeloach@gmail.com
 
Inquiries for rental of original masks, sets and costumes can be sent to: keithjameson@hotmail.com
 
 
 
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Mooch would like to thank the following individuals for their kind and ongoing support of this project - Elaine Lascher, Natalie Sandore, Rolan DeLoach, Terri Sailling, Grant Loehnig, Keith Jameson, Lynn Baker, Brent Ryan, Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, Phyllis Westberg, Ben Shecter, Phillip Caggiano, Charles Jarden, Matt Gray, Scott Wheeler, Johnathon Pape, Kostis Protopapas, and Peter Kazaras.
 
Original artwork from Random House’s book Mooch the Messy
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat provided generously by Ben Shecter.
 
 
 
 
 
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