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ASTROTURF

never produced
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Scott Miller
Winter 1984
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Purchase the vocal selections here.

SYNOPSIS
Astro Turf is a twenty-minute one-act musical written as a special project for a history of astronomy class at Harvard University in 1986. Five major astronomers, Aristotle, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, and Johannes Kepler, come together and present in song their views on the nature of motion and the creation of the heavens.

THE CHARACTERS
A Voice Not Unlike God
Aristotle (Greek, 384-322 BC)
Claudius Ptolemy (Greek, c. 125 AD)
Nicolaus Copernicus (Polish, 1473 - 1543)
Tycho Brahe (Danish, 1546 - 1601)
Johannes Kepler (German, 1571 - 1630)

THE REVIEWS
(i.e., my professors' comments)

“This is really quite super! There is obviously a lot of research and thought here, and a lot of very subtle points! Bravo!  A+” – Owen Gingrich, professor emeritus of astronomy and the history of science, Harvard University

“A magnificent survey of the histo…

TOPSIDERS

The Harvard Off-Key Musical Theatre Company presents
a world premiere
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Scott Miller
March 15-17, 1984
Leverett Old Library Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

SYNOPSIS
Topsiders eavesdrops on six Harvard freshman, as they navigate their first year away from home, surrounded by nothing but other over-achievers – other “topsiders.” A full academic year goes by, from freshman orientation through to summer break, with papers, finals, drinking, Hostess snake cakes, all-nighters, more drinking, dating, homesickness, and the legendary final episode of M*A*S*H.

THE CAST
Michael – Charlie Godinez
Ice – Jonathan Engel
Steve – William Henderson
Kath – Lesley Blumenthal
Anne – Susan Harmeling
Dana – Marie Schumacher

THE ARTISTIC STAFF
Director – Scott Miller
Producer – Charles Rudnick
Choreographer – Clarissa Cerda
Technical Director – Christopher Roy
Lighting Designer – Christopher Roy
Spotlight Operator – Ralph Cahaly

THE BAND
Piano – Scott Miller