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Our Annual Mystery Comedy Musical

Every year, The Titanic Players put on a show to raise funds to help First Unitarian pay its due to People Acting in Community Together (PACT), and important social justice partnership for the community. The 2018 show was "Mr. Peeper's Peppered Pickles Radio Hour," set in 1938 and featuring the WDYK-AM radio drama, "Come Into My Garden."Performances were held September 29-30 and October 6-7. See below to watch a video of the show.

NEXT YEAR'S SHOW: We are working on a show called "The Glorious Misfits" about 17th century pirates who sing songs that sound a lot like Gilbert and Sullivan tunes, but aren't, and some non-stereotypical gender roles. If you are interested in trying out for the cast or helping to write the music, contact Henry Ruddle. We usually cast the show in May and begin weekly rehearsals in late July for shows in early October.

The Titanic Players and Past Shows

The group's name comes from the first show, a mystery dinner staged in 2010, "The Picasso on the Ocean Floor," which was set on the Titanic. The shows became musical mystery comedies starting in 2013 with "Ticket to Ride," based on "When Prophesy Fails" by Leon Festinger about a UFO cult. The 2014 show (video below) was "Starship Kelvin," a Star Trek parody. The 2015 show (video below) was "Ultimate Idol," a parody of TV talent shows. The 2016 show (video below) was called "Last Chance Lounge" and was set in a restaurant piano bar.

The 2017 show was "The Tremendous Old West," set in a tent revival that has come to the town of Blessed, Texas in 1893. The twist? It’s a Unitarian revival. In addition to that headache and troubles at home, the sherrif has heard that the town’s most notorious criminal — a wealthy real estate developer with a tremendous way of speaking — has been freed from prison and will arrive on the noon train. A lot of people in town are looking forward to his arrival for reasons of their own. Many of them sing and make jokes about it.

NOTE TO UU CONGREGATIONS LOOKING TO JUMPSTART A FUN FUNDRAISER: All of the shows below were a lot of fun for a dozen or so members to produce, included a mix of big and small parts, featured fun audience participation, made the community proud, attracted new members, and raised $2,500-$5,000 to support our social justice programs.

Writing a show is also fun, but challenging, so the author of these shows, Henry Ruddle, will happily share the script, sheet music and graphics we used for advertising with any UU congregation that would like to mount their own production. As long as you credit the author and mention that the show originated at First Unitarian Church of San Jose, you are free to modify the script to suit the needs of your particular congregation and cast. If you are within a reasonable drive of San Jose, Henry will buy a ticket and come see how you do. Contact Henry at rcreative1@gmail.com

2014: Starship Kelvin

2015: Ultimate Idol


2016: The Last Chance Lounge


2017: The Tremendous Old West


2018: Mr. Peeper's Peppered Pickles Radio Hour