The Musical - Listen
Story, stageplay, music, and lyrics by Alan Carriero
Musical arrangements and electronic soundtrack by Linda Missad at Lyralinda Music, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Recording engineered and mastered by Andy Mitchell at The Audio Bay, Rockford, Michigan
Click the "play" button below to hear a few songs from the show.
Rabbitmitten is about believing in yourself, being kind to others, dealing effectively with bullies, overcoming shyness, and being prepared for climate change.
To help her young grandson learn the importance of believing in himself, Billy’s grandmother tells him a fantastical story that takes place right before the dawn of the Ice Age. Yoopie Rabbit, who lives by a ginormous lake called “The Big Water,” is relentlessly made fun of by his neighbors for keeping a “useless strange fuzzy red thing” that he finds in the meadow. Later, when the weather turns horrifically cold for the first time ever and all the animals are struggling to survive, Yoopie’s strange find turns out to be very, very valuable.
When the weather warms up again, in order to remember the lessons they learned during their ordeal, the animals build a reminder of titanic proportions in the Big Water in honor of Yoopie: an enormous rabbit and a gigantic mitten – the future State of Michigan! In the end, Yoopie and his painfully shy counterpart, Trolletta, learn the importance of believing in yourself – as does Billy.
Note to schools and theater companies: If you would like to perform Rabbitmitten, contact me for a copy of the script, the score, and the parts. -Alan Carriero