Listen how Larry and Danny took us through the process of transforming Paradise Park from the original motion picture in 1992 to the staged musical for Theatre West Virginia in 2018. Selected scenes from the original movie will be shown with the new related songs for the musical. This talk will feature valuable information and advice for anyone interested in writing, theater, filmmaking, music, or other creative projects!
Larry Groce is host, artistic director and one of the founders of NPRs “Mountain Stage.” He began as a singer/songwriter and recorded twenty-four albums, wrote and recorded the top ten hit song “Junk Food Junkie” and made several Gold/Platinum children’s albums for Walt Disney Records. “Paradise Park” is his first musical.
Daniel Boyd is an acclaimed filmmaker (Chillers, Strangest Dreams, Paradise Park), a two-time television regional Emmy nominee, and is a multi-nominated graphic novelist (Chillers I & II, CARBON, SALT). Recently, Boyd and Gold/Platinum albums recipient and NPR’s Mountain Stage co-creator and host, Larry Groce, collaborated on the full staged musical adaptation of Paradise Park. A retired media studies professor at West Virginia State University, he continues to serve as Artist in Residence at WV State University’s Economic Development Center.