Thicket and Thistle
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Cruise of DEATH


Making new friends can be hard, especially when there’s a demon tracking your every move. “Death Cruise”, a musical comedy, follows a ragtag band of employees on an arctic cruise ship who are tested and tormented by a demon with a wry sense of humor. Featuring a cast of actor-musicians, this offbeat musical explores themes of hope, friendship, and eternal despair.



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Death Cruise began development in 2016. The show continues Thicket & Thistle's signature actor-musician dynamic, relying on heart, wit, and theatre magic to delight and transport audiences.  

It was performed as a full reading under the name Cruisical! as part of Loading Dock Theater Company's Forklift Developmental Reading Series in April 2017, and a newly updated, 15-minute excerpt of the show was performed as part of New Light Theater Project's Darkroom 14 Developmental Series.

The show further grew and changed with a yearlong residency at Access Theater's Residency Program in 2017-18.

Death Cruise was awarded a generous grant through the New York State Council of the Arts to stage a production this year.



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These are the folks that brought our most recent full-length reading to life:

Book by Thicket & Thistle

Music by Kyle Acheson, Sam De Roest & Lindsay Zaroogian

Lyrics by Kyle Acheson, Sam De Roest, Jonathan Eric Foster & Lindsay Zaroogian

Produced by Sarah George, Show Graphics/Intern: Emily Adar

Performed by

Kyle Acheson (Judson, guitar, piano)
Amanda Berry (Renee, percussion, glockenspiel)
Sam De Roest (Dwayne, mandolin, guitar, bass)
Jonathan Eric Foster (Nate, ukulele, percussion)
Rita Posillico (Saxophone)
Joshua Stenseth (Blaise, banjolele, bass)  
Marguerite Stern (Ruth, violin)
Titus Tompkins (The Director, lead percussion)
Juliana Wheeler (Juliette, bass, banjo, guitar)
Lindsay Zaroogian (Bailey, piano, accordion)


Photos from Darkroom 14 at Access Theatre courtesy of Emily Adar and Ryan McGilloway