From the writer/composer of hit Fringe Festival musicals Teenage Misery and Shakespeare Apocalypse comes a brand new, dark comedy musical about small town life, that moment when you realize you're technically an adult, and what it really means to go back home.
Welcome to Jefferson Township. Population: 847.
In 1997, a tragic accident permanently ended the popular Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant when a contestant died onstage. Twenty years later, Frannie Foster Wallace still blames all her failures in life on losing out on the chance to become Jefferson's Sparkling Junior Champion.
When Frannie loses her job and is forced to move home, she is desperate for a change. After randomly reconnecting with Liam, another contestant, old rivalries flare up and the two decide to finish the competition, in all its pre-teen glory, to finally find out who would have won.
Add in Val, the faded 1996 pageant winner desperate to be relevant, and Travis, an even more faded former high school football star, and this will be one messed up, memorable pageant.
What Have Critics Said About Previous Devious Mechanics Fringe Shows?
Teenage Misery: A Horror Musical
“As they blithely quip, sing, and assault, the cosmos concocts a hilariously mystical retaliation. The vocally proficient cast’s giddy but focused high energy align nicely with Keith Hovis’s clever music and lyrics.” – John Townsend, Star Tribune
“It's everything you want a Fringe musical to be - fun, clever, over-the-top, with strong performances
and catchy tunes.” – Cherry and the Spoon Blog
“These jokes were funny. Self-referential, self-aware, place-specific, satirical humor works here.
Keith Hovis writes a tight script that equally celebrates and questions millennials--and he is very
good at it.” – Lisa Hu, Minnesota Playlist
Shakespeare Apocalypse: A New Musical
“With twists and turns at every corner, Shakespeare Apocalypse does not follow the normal path of
apocalypse stories at all, making it truly original and innovative. This absolutely hilarious musical is
filled with clever pop culture references, as well as tons of sneaky musical theater references.” –
Grace Peterson, TC Daily Planet
“…the show is chock full of humor, great songs, and an energetic and talented young cast.
Shakespeare Apocalypse is Fringe musical theater at its best.” – Cherry and the Spoon blog
“It's a frivolously funny musical about the end of the world… Composer/writer/keyboardist Keith
Hovis' fun songs are delivered by uneven voices, but you might be laughing too hard to notice…” –
Run Hubbard, Pioneer Press