Music and Lyrics by Benjamin Velez
Book by Katie Hathaway
This is a new original project in development.
STARBLASTERS follows a group of friends who are spending the summer working at the same run-down local theme park where they spent their summers in high school. After childhoods spent with parents who told them they could grow up to do anything, they are all back living at home in a post-recession American reality. Some are back home after trying to hack it in the big city, some have never left. Decade old grudges, crushes, and dreams bubble to the surface as they deal with the fact that they can't tear the tickets at Moon Lagoon until they die.
STARBLASTERS is told as a series of moments set atop the park’s Sky Wheel. After closing up for the night, the concession employees have a cherished tradition of hanging out at the top of the wheel to talk, smoke, kiss and escape from the fray. There, at the top of the world, they’ve managed to make time stop, if only for a few hours. Bills, jobs, family problems - they all disappear at the top of the wheel.
But life never stops, life never waits, and these friends must fight together to find the courage to come back down from the ride and embrace the joys and the struggles of growing up.
PREVIEW OF SONGS
Lights up on the employees of a space age amusement park in Nowhere, New Hampshire. Sure, the park is a little worse for wear, sure said employees have been working here since high school, sure they have hangovers, but COME ON. What is better than working at an AMUSEMENT PARK. These things are built JUST FOR FUN TIMES AND NOTHING ELSE AT ALL and summer has finally arrived.
Neil is six years out of college and recently let go from his second job in as many years. Buried in bills and student debt with no reprieve in sight, he bites the bullet and decides to move back in with his parents in New Hampshire, just for a while.
"Tearing the Tickets"
The employees get the sobering news that after yet another weak season, the park is in serious danger of closing. The news hits them hard; this is their home away from home, their happy place. Isn’t it?
"Prom Was A Promise"
Neil has just returned to work at the park for the first time since high school and is immediately confronted by his ten-year-old feud with his ex-concessions colleague and former best friend, Freddie. Neil and Freddie were inseparable growing up, but after Senior Prom, the two stopped speaking and haven’t spoken since. What was all the bad blood about? Listen as each shares their side of the story…
Erica was raised by her Colombian father, a dreamer who moved to the states and bought a run-down theme park he could make his own. Despite her Colombian background, Erica never quite felt connected to her roots. After only a year away at school, Erica dropped out and came back early to help her dad through a rough patch at the park, a decision she is trying to rationalize to others, and herself.
"Erica Save Me"
After months of passive aggressively avoiding each other, the park’s closing pushes Freddie and Neil to a reconciliation over prom, during which Neil finally learns that all this time, Freddie has been madly in love with Erica. Pining for years from the concessions stand, but unable to tell her, Freddie admits that the best part of her day is watching Erica “save” the audience on the Starblaster ride.
With time at the park running out, Neil agrees to help Freddie get past being tongue tied around Erica and he has Freddie practice how she is going to finally confess her love.
Freddie has spent much of her life creating an “F THE WORLD” persona to combat the constant bullying she’s suffered for looking and acting different from other girls. She’s used her job working concessions as her refuge from the ugliness outside, but even here she encounters the mean girls that made high school hell. Freddie is recounting one such experience from earlier that day.
"Bridget Michelle Jessica"
Bridget is a small town girl with big dreams who believes she is destined for greatness. However, stardom has eluded her thus far, and she is convinced it must be because of her name. Here she recounts the moment of her epiphany and her life-changing decision.
"Two Suns Setting"
Freddie and Nacho are smoking a joint atop the wheel and Nacho confesses he’s sick and getting treatment for something serious. Already pretty stoned, they begin to riff on death, specifically how Nacho’s mom died before he really knew her and how he didn’t really understand what that meant when he was little. Freddie says she always understood what dying meant, but Nacho explains that first watching Star Wars was when he finally “got it.”