MAGES at Magfest 2020

Though we are not performing either of our shows at Super MAGfest this year, many of our cast and crew will be onsite this weekend doing talks, performing in bands, lecturing, jamming, and more.  For example, you can catch Super Smash Opera creative team members Marjorie Rishel, Liz Rishel, and Bonnie Bogovich on the MAGES (Music and Gaming Educational Symposium) track with their talk “Engaging Fandoms: Guidelines for Successful Fanfiction” at 8pm this Thursday in the Mages Forum! (more…)


Smash peeps take on Chrono Trigger

epoch - coverThe latest creation of our cousins in video game puppetry musicalness… The Bwak Choir, is pretty funny! Check out “Determined To Bwak”, Track 48 on “EPOCH: A Tribute to Chrono Trigger”, the latest Materia Collective Community Album. Arranged by Super Smash Opera members Liz Rishel and Bonnie Bogovich, and featuring the voices (bwaks and cheeps) of many friends and musical collaborators of our extended Smash family!

Engaging Fandoms at MAGfest 2019

47194739_2012652165483674_2766419131484864512_nWe are excited to announce that three Super Smash Opera founding members, Liz Rishel, Marjorie Rishel, and Bonnie Bogovich will be speaking at MAGFest 2019 (now known as Super MAGfest) this January.  Catch our talk “Engaging Fandoms: Crafting Stories for an Established Audience” on Friday, 10AM in room Panels 1:
“Fan fic writers rejoice! A few of the creatives behind ‘Super Smash Opera’ and ‘Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera’ are here to share their thoughts on parodies and derivative works. We tackle sticky topics including how to work with established characters, how to hold your audience’s attention, setting a tone, and listening to feedback. Fun insights for all kinds of creators and fans alike.”

From Daydreams to Stage – Magfest ’18

Screen Shot 2018-04-09 at 1.04.25 PM“From Daydreams to Stage”, our behind the scenes presentation at MAGfest 2018 is now viewable on Youtube! >Video Link<
Team members from Super Smash Opera will describe how they tackled the challenges of refining the concept of their original show, designing the props, puppets, and costumes, rehearsing together from across the country, staging the action, and then bringing the production to life with orchestra!” on Magfest’s Youtube Channel

We did it!… AGAIN!

26219839_1599945676754327_6183333530775577767_nMany thanks again to MAGfest for having us return as Guests this year to premiere our latest creation, “Aria Kart with Live Orchestra”.  It was a smashing success! We had lines out the door, closed the room at capacity (again) AND they were able to stream us LIVE in realtime!   More updates soon, after we get a second to catch our breath!  PHEW!!!!

Currently the whole team are packing up leaving the convention center and are en route to their homes and families. Safe travels and endless thanks again to our fabulous cast, crew, musicians, and fans!

From Daydreams to Stage!

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CORRECTION, our behind the scenes panel “From Daydreams to Stage” will be at NOON not 1pm as we originally posted online. See us at NOON in Panels 4 for behind the scenes on how we created the first show and our sequel, ARIA KART. QA included!
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