In a world where it’s perennially 2003, and Pop Punk never went out of style, Derek’s life sucks. His parents don’t understand him, he’s the biggest loser in school, and the girl of his dreams, Amanda Bunkface, doesn’t know he’s alive. But everything changes when he finds the ghost-slash-genie of Avril Lavigne (who was murdered and replaced with a lookalike), who grants Derek three wishes to defeat his pop punk nemesis, Skeet, and win the girl of his dreams – but Derek is soon to find out that what you think makes you Pop Punk, often isn’t Pop Punk at all.
Pop Punk High is a celebration and a parody of all things early 2000’s, and the ethos and aesthetic that defined a generation, with an all-original, all-pop punk score. And it’s not just a musical – it’s an entire night out, a party, and a participatory event, coming to NYC for a limited run this fall at (le) poisson rouge.
Pop Punk High Ep
My Life Sucks: Ben Lapidus
Pop Punk Fantasy: Amanda Centeno, Ben Lapidus
Three Wishes: Kelly Krauter, Ben Lapidus
He's Growing Up: McLean Peterson
How'd He Do It: Patrick Sweeney
Before Pop Punk Got So Mean: Melanie Brook
I Don't Give A Fuck: Ben Lapidus
Music and Lyrics by Ben Lapidus ©
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Lapidus Audio LLC ©
Instrumentation by Ben Lapidus
Jess is so stoked to join the cast of Pop Punk High, especially after her impressively long Green Day stage from 5th through 8th grade. She holds a BFA from NYU Tisch, studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and Stonestreet Studios. Theatre credits include Blue Window and Wayward (LSTFI). Jess can be heard as Tara in the new Playmate’s Toys animated series Kuroba! She is also featured in Virtual Self’s most recent EP, as well as in various radio commercials about tampons or something. www.jesskaliban.com
EMC, BFA: NYU, Bat @ The Flea Theatre. Off Broadway: A Dream of Red Pavilions (Pan Asian Rep); Regional: Oklahoma! (Berkshire Theatre Group) The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night (TUTS, Shakespeare in the Valley). Select Credits: The Trojan Women (The Flea Theater, 2017 Drama Desk Nominee), High School Coven (Corkscrew Theatre Festival), Interabang (Ars Nova ANT Fest), Gobstopper (The Tank), B.B’s Inferno (The PIT, serials@theflea) Hamlet (NYU). www.amandacenteno.com
Patrick is thrilled to be back with the Pop Punk High cast and creative team as Skeet, the one true king of Pop Punk High. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Patrick has appeared at the Classic Stage Company, the Rattlestick Playwrights theatre, and the Brick. All comments questions and concerns can be delivered here: email@example.com. Long Live Pop Punk!
Kelly is excited to be back with the PPH fam as the world’s most beloved supposedly dead Canadian pop punk princess. NY credits include Sons & Dogs (NY workshop), Debunker’d (the Bridge), Single Rider (Players Theatre), Pop Punk High (Parkside Lounge/the PIT), Radium Girls (Players Theatre), and Blatantly Blaine (the PIT). BFA in musical theatre from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Thanks to the creative team for keeping her around and everyone involved for being her friends. www.kellykrauter.com
Jacob Grover is a comedian, writer, and actor living in Brooklyn. His most recent playwriting credits include Hook Line Sinker (Dixon Place) and Demonstration of a Drunk Driving Accident (Alchemical Theater Lab). Acting credits include Tim Kaine Sits In Front of a Mirror and Studies His Face (Brick Theater), Blatantly Blaine (The PIT) and The Disembodied Hand That Fisted Everyone To Death (The Reckless Theater). He holds a BFA in playwriting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. @InGroverWeTrust / www.jacobpgrover.com
Ben is a songwriter, performer, and sound engineer based in NYC. He stars in and wrote the music/lyrics for Pop Punk High – A Pop Punk Musical. He is the lead singer/songwriter for the the alternative band Ambler, and the skate-punk band Kill Your Friends. His company Lapidus Audio creates original music and sound for film and stage. Ben holds a BFA in Recorded Music from the The Clive Davis Institute at NYU Tisch.
McLean is an actor and singer based in Brooklyn. Favorite theatrical credits include BOATS AND (Ars Nova) The Velveteen Rabbit (Atlantic Theater Co.), and Bible Stories (Atlantic Stage 2). She has performed in concerts at 54 Below, Joe's Pub, Ars Nova, and more. She can be seen in Michael Engler's upcoming film, The Chaperone, and a super-secret-soon-to-come Marvel Netflix series this Winter. She is a proud NYU Tisch alum and founding member of The Joust Theatre Company. Follow @mclean18 for updates!
Sarah Anne Fernandez is a New York-based actor, singer & dancer. She is a proud recent graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, holding a BFA in Drama. Selected NY credits: In the Heights (NYU Mainstage), The Congresswomen (FringeNYC), Suburban Nightmare (Insomnium Theater Co), The Rocky Horror Show (Neon Coven Theater Co), and HAIR (NYU). She has also appeared in many concerts at some of NYC's most prestigious venues, including Radio City Music Hall, Feinstein's/54 Below & Joe's Pub at The Public. She enjoys baking cookies, laughing with the team at PPH, and not giving a fuck. www.sarahannefernandez.com
Leanne is a NYC based actor, writer and comedian. You can currently catch Leanne performing Off-Broadway in Puffs (New World Stages). She hosts Backyard Show, a monthly variety show in hip Brooklyn and writes sketches for Bad Apples, a comedy production company which she founded. Her work has been featured on Whohaha and Funny-or-Die. Leanne has broken one bone in her life and it was from riding Heelys without protection in 7th grade. So, be careful, rockers. IG: @leannevely leannevelednitsky.com
Mina is an NYC based actor, singer/songwriter, and painter. She was born and raised in New Orleans, and recently graduated with a BFA in Acting from NYU Tisch where she studied at the Atlantic Acting Studio and the International Theater Wing in Amsterdam. You can find Mina performing around the city and in brooklyn in her indie pop/rock band, Daisy the Great. Mina also has an improvisational voice band, Subtle Pride. Both are great and you should check them out if you like music and fun. Minawalker.com
Zac graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Zac studied acting at the Experimental Theatre Wing (ETW) and Stonestreet Screen Acting Studio. He is now a resident acting company member of The Bats at the Flea Theater in Tribeca. Recent works include the late night Serial Series episodic plays presented at the Flea Theater. Conference of the Birds (Tisch Mainstage), The Fever (600 Highwaymen and ETW), Say You Love Satan (Golden Nugget Theatrical at the Producers Club).
Currently residing in Harlem, Josh has quickly established himself on the NYC scene as a versatile drummer. Josh has had the priviledge of playing and touring with some of NYC’s top artist in Jazz and R&B like Will Vinson, Benny Benack III, and Britton Smith. Josh also keeps a busy national touring schedule with the Rock/Pop duo Brad & Rebekah and internationally with the Pianist Monika Herzig and plays for Hillsong NYC.
Matthew is stoked to be back rocking out in the Pop Punk Band. Last seen playing for Pop Punk High at 54 Below and the Parkside Lounge. Other guitar and acting work includes: Pump Boys and Dinettes, The Buddy Holly Story, Bare: a Pop opera. (Pace University) Tick Tick Boom, (Pace University). Drink @bispirits. Follow him at @Life_with_MJR and @NTNproductions.
Software engineer by day, punk rock bass player by night, Dan Hemerlein likes to keep irons in the fire. Originally hailing from the small but mighty suburban town of Ardsley, New York (where his mother is currently the sitting Mayor) he currently resides in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. He graduated from NYU in 2016 with a degree in Music Theory & Composition. This is his first run of Pop Punk High.
Brenna is a New York City based actor and a graduate of NYU Tisch (Playwrights Horizons Theater School & Stonestreet Studios). Recent credits include: I Was Unbecoming Then (Ars Nova ANT Fest), When We Were Young and Unafraid, Noise: A Musical (César Alvarez), and Pop Punk High at the Parkside Lounge. Check her out on Twitter (@brenna_donahue) and/or Instagram (@bredonahue)!
Originally from the suburbs of Boston MA, Nick has built a reputation for himself as an in-demand guitarist in New York. His credits include recording with producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Regina Spector, Ingrid Michaelson), Jerry Barnes (Chic), and playing with international artists including Jackie Evancho, Raveena, Oshun, and Thelma Plum. Currently he is working as a sub guitarist in the Tina Fey produced Broadway show “Mean Girls”. The last time he tried to skateboard, he sprained his wrist doing a Pop-Shuvit.
Timiki is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. Recent Credits include Cindy (Project Y), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Studio 570), and A Bright Room Called Day (CMU). He is a co-founder of The Bellwether Project and stars in their new webseries, (in)alienable, out now on YouTube. www.timikisalinas.com.
Anderson Cook is a playwright, librettist, lyricist, and screenwriter. Anderson and his writing partner Amanda D’Archangelis were the winners of the 2017 NMI New Voices Contest, co-sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering, and his work has been praised on Theatre is Easy (“Best Bet”), Time Out New York (“Best Things to See This Week”), the FADER, Alternative Press, and Billboard. He is the winner of the 2018 Sloan Screenplay Competition from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. His musicals have been seen at The Boston Conservatory, the PIT, the Parkside Lounge, and this fall, at Le Poisson Rouge. His plays have been seen at the Lee Strasburg Institute, Dixon Place, the Secret Theatre, and more. He holds a BFA in dramatic writing from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and an MFA in dramatic writing from Carnegie Mellon University.
Felicia Lobo is a Brooklyn based director who specializes in horror and fantastical theatre. Recent projects include Suburban Nightmare (in development), wyrd (reading with Pipeline Theatre Company), BB's Inferno (PIT Striker) and various Serials at The Flea Theater. Outside of her theatre work, Felicia is the front woman of QWAM, a local punk band. BFA: NYU Tisch Drama. www.FeliciaLobo.com
Andrew is excited to be working on this project to ensconce 2003 in its rightful place in history with some of his favorite collaborators and friends. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and University at Buffalo. He is particularly interested in new work, and stories that look at the commonplace through a slanted point of view. Previous designs include work for Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Elisa Monte Dance, SheNYC festival, Buffalo Irish Classical Theater, and Houston Met Dance, amongst others. Andrew is currently based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Olivia Vaughn Hern is a costume and puppet designer. She has done work at Ars Nova, Williamstown Theatre Festival, NYTW, and the Prague Quadrennial for Performance and Space Design. She recently received her BFA from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. She likes to make something out of nothing. oliviavhern.com; @oliviavhern
Hannah was born and raised in Orlando, Florida where she was introduced to creative storytelling and immersive worlds at a very early age. Her desire to design and create entertainment spaces grew when she was a student at Dr. Phillips High School where she received the Critic’s Choice Award for her set designs two years in a row at the District and State level. This led her to continue her education at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she completed a BFA in Scenic Design and minor in Media Design. She’s a passionate designer with experience as a Props Fabrications Artist with Universal Creative and a Scenic and Props Designer, Artist, and Curator for productions at CMU and the Pittsburgh Opera
Aubyn is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and genuinely pumped to be making her NYC choreography debut with PPH! Aubyn is a co-founder of The Bellwether Project, a sociopolitically minded collaborative theatre/film company; you can watch their most recent project, (in)alienable,on YouTube. An Oregon native, Aubyn is an actor, activist, and self identified nature snob.
Previously with Felicia Lobo and Amanda Centeno: Nightmare Before Insomnium 2016 and 2017 (Insomnium), Suburban Nightmare (The Bowery Electric), High School Coven (Corkscrew Festival). Other recent work: Solarplexus (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Peter Smith’s DIANA (ANT Fest), Summer and Smoke (Classic Stage Company), Strange Interlude (Transport Group), William Inge in Rep: Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba (Transport Group). Co-host of the podcast One More Thing with Jaye and Robert, available on iTunes and Spotify and recently featured in People Magazine and on E! News. @hayejunt, jayehunt.com.
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