Singing Pretty on Valentine’s Day: New Romantic Rock Opera
Launches on Kickstarter.com
February 10, 2014 – In a Valentine’s Day launch, a New Hampshire songwriter is releasing a romantic Faery Tale Rock Opera, “Monica Rose & Prince Charm Inc.,” with hopes of bringing it to life on the theatrical stage. The 19-song production, which took five years to produce, focuses on the universal quest for romantic love.
“This is about the dreams and hope we all have,” says its creator, Mark David Lopsey, who goes by the stage name Marcus. “Inside of every girl and every woman is that life experience of romantic dreams and crushes, real love and broken hearts. They may meet their ‘Prince Charm’ or any variety of unsavory characters.”
As part of the launch, free roses will be handed out by female characters in costume around downtown Portsmouth and the University of New Hampshire Campus in Durham on Friday, February 14, 2014.
Promotion for “Monica Rose & Prince Charm Inc./ a Faery Tale Rock Opera” includes music videos, including “Maybe,” which was shot at dawn last summer along the rocky coast near Wallis Sands beach in Rye, New Hampshire. The video features Olivia Moore, a singer from Durham, New Hampshire. “She’s our own American idol,” says Marcus. “A voice like an angel.” The video “Some Days” was filmed at various locations around Portsmouth and features Rainbow the Macaw, a local celebrity.
The production encompasses rock and pop with piano ballads and even a touch of country. It is all part of a bigger dream for Marcus, who was inspired by the works of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Liza Minnelli’s Cabaret, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
A Kickstarter.com crowdsourcing campaign runs from February 14 through February 16, 2014 to raise money for a cinematic production as the next step toward the theatrical stage. Those who make pledges can elect to receive an audio CD and other thank you gifts.
“I’ve always said that if you can dream it you can do it.” says Marcus. “I hope people will enjoy the music and the concept, and make this Faery Tale come true.”