Introducing New Cast Member: Ashley!

We are excited to announce the newest member of Super Smash Opera, Ashley Watts!

“I am super excited to be playing the role of “Princess Peach” in the sequel to Super Smash Opera, Aria Kart. I have always enjoyed an incredibly broad range of musical interests, and I love SMASHing them together to create something new. What better way to blend the best of the old with the… well I guest Mario Brothers is getting pretty old too!!! I am very excited to blend classical music with the likes of such a well loved game as Mario Cart. Well… unless your friends get a little too happy with their blue shells. >:- )

Learn more about Ashley on her Bio Page HERE.




Members of Super Smash Opera have lent their perspective on classic music and classic games, but now they tackle classic literature in a new project, The Dracula RadioPlay ExperienceSmashmembers Bonnie Bogovich, Liz Rishel, and Sean Lenhart have teamed up with Gwen Schmidt and Judy Kirby to produce a radio play podcast version of Bram Stoker’s beloved masterpiece, Dracula.  This radio play features a full cast of characters, sound effects, and thematic music to set the tone of the drama.  To complete the experience, each episode of this novel is released on the date that each character chronicles the happenings, so the listener may feel the passage of time as the story unfolds.

Super Smash Opera 2!?!?!


Our writing team was ‘Super’ busy this evening, cooking up new ideas for the sequel to Super Smash Opera! That’s right, we’re writing another one! Who will survive from the first show? Who will the new characters be? Who will die? What puppets are in store? What classic tunes will we twist and bend into violent and comedic awesomeness? Stay tuned to find out!!!

Puppetry Guild Show n Tell

puppetshowntellThe crafty members of our team presented our puppets and costume tricks at the Puppetry Guild of Pittsburgh meeting at the Braddock Carnegie Library this Sunday. Marjorie Rishel demonstrated how the Pikachu, Pichu, and Jigglypuff were made. Liz Rishel demonstrated how the Zelda/Shiek transformation dress works and the invention of the half human IceClimber outfits, and James Newsome showed off Master Hand’s animatronic and foam construction! Assisted by Puppetry Guild member, and Smash Opera performer, Bonnie Bogovich.

We were also able to take a look at the fabulously colorful tall puppets made by Cheryl Capezzuti, seen in the last couple photos.  You can actually borrow them from the library for your puppet needs! Many thanks to the Puppetry Guild of Pittsburgh, and the Braddock Library, for having us!

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Link vs The Bwak Choir

tribute64bannerartSuper Smash Opera member Bonnie Bogovich (who plays “Link” in our show) has a cameo in the The N64 Tribute album by Patient Corgi. You can hear a frolicking and frustrated “Link” musically fighting a feathery flock of puppet chickens in the track “Link versus The Bwak Choir” aka “Showdown at Lon Lon Ranch” on Disc 2: Water to the tune of “Lon Lon Ranch” from Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

We are happy that finally The Bwak Choir and our Super Smash Opera had the chance to join forces! Want to listen and chat with the creators and fans online?
Check out the Tribute Album 64 Listening Party (Disc 2: Water) on October 10th!

Pittsburgh Puppet Slam

13923439_10154551394516264_6961337438561898789_oSince our show has so many puppet-enhanced sequences and characters, we are delighted to represent at the first “Puppetry Guild of Pittsburgh” event, the Pierogi Power Puppet Slam this Saturday, August 20th at The Union Project! Bonnie Bogovich (“Jigglypuff”) and James Newsome (“Master Hand”) will be performing one of their favorite sequences, “Death of a Puff” featuring tunes by Puccini, Wagner, and Mozart! Stop by for an evening packed with a variety of puppet performances, laughs, bwaks, and pierogie!