Stop by the Clarks Summit Borough Building Aug. 1, 2 and 3, 7 p.m. to get a dose of “witty banter,” laughter and original music as members of “Smiley Face Productions” debut, “Couch: The Musical,” based on a book written by Zack Peercy, featuring music by Madeline and Natalie Belknap.
And the only real set piece theatergoers will find at this performance is a “very comfortable” brown leather couch.
“We have some desks and a table for other parts (of the performance), but it’s mostly the brown couch. That’s the big one,” said Peercy.
Regarding the storyline, explained Peercy, “It is very hard to describe a musical called ‘Couch: the Musical.’ It’s really difficult to try to tell people what it’s about, so we use the tagline on the poster, ‘It’s about love, friendship and a very comfortable brown couch.’ That says it all once you see it.”
The project began approximately one year ago, noted Peercy.
“It has been a yearlong process. As soon as I finished the script, I passed it along to the Belknaps, (twins, Natalie and Madeline) who have been writing the music for the last year and as of yesterday, (July 23) it’s all done,” he said.
“The three of us came up with the idea together… I wrote the book (the original script) in approximately a week and it has been changed a lot since then. Now it’s actually good.”
With “a lot of school work” on their plates during their senior year of high school, they picked up the project again in April when they cast the show.
“That was a process finding all of these wonderful people (who are all in the 17 to 18 age range). Literally, all of them are our very good friends, so not paying them was easy. I don’t know though, if we paid them maybe a lot more people would show up,” Peercy said in jest.
This is the debut of their independent production.
Peercy formed Smiley Face Productions last year with a book he wrote for his senior project at Abington Heights High School.
“From there we’ve dabbled in a few things: a few YouTube videos, a Podcast for a few weeks,” with musical theater as the most recent venture on which they have embarked.
Peercy will attend the University of Maine, Farmington campus where he will study creative writing.
“It was personal goal for myself to see if I could do it (write the script)…It’s a very nice way to stay in contact with all of your friends and to get your friends involved with something that’s a lot of fun…”
Madeline, whose character is Maya, said “The music is very theater.”
“We’ve grown up around musicals our entire lives,” she added, “and the music the audience will hear is a compilation of stereotypical Broadway.”
Peercy and the Belknaps are funding the production and shouted out thanks to One Point, Scranton who printed 50 posters, Clarks Summit borough for “graciously letting us use their building for not a lot of money” and Mari Walker the owner of Duffy’s Coffee House, for her help.
Tickets are $5 and available prior to the show at Duffy’s Coffee House and at the door.
Twenty percent of the proceeds will be donated to Downtown-Go-Around, a monthly addition to the Clarks Summit Second Friday Art Walk, which is organized by the Clarks Summit Arts Committee, a non-profit arts organization formed under the auspices of the Abington Business and Professional Association.