A Rag-Tag Band

The CrewCast member and founder Liz Rishel talks about how Steam the Opera began:

The concept was compelling, but daunting. A rock opera, with REAL opera singers who play rock band instruments. Where in Pittsburgh was I going to find 3 other performers who could do that? It was time to dust off my ol’ steampunky Rolodex and dig. But where to start? I knew a lot of opera singers, but not a lot who play rock instruments… that I knew of.

The first one was easy. I already knew because the character in Steam had been written for him. In the summer of 2010, Bonnie Bogovich and I sat behind an audition table listening to singers to cast for our first show, Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera. One of the roles we needed to cast was that of my 19-year-old brother, a character in a cut scene that we needed to film. But to our surprise, in walks 14-year-old Jordan Speranzo, a perfect fit with the right kind of voice and the right kind of attitude. He sJordan Speranzoang well, had a good read, and left. Despite his young age, he got the part. Working with Jordan was so much fun because he was anything but shy and fully willing to invest in the scene as many times as required to get the right shot. I remember thinking that I wanted to get him for a bigger project while he still had this amount of energy and commitment. I already knew that Jordan played guitar because I had seen him perform with his band, Lightning Box, at a Zombie Opera fundraiser. He knew I was working on a concept for a little while, and when I came to him and told him it was ready for work shopping, he was instantly on board. Jordan’s main strength comes from the amazing lines he writes, particularly for chorus, and guitar solos have made me cheer. He shares my passion for hiding little references to other Steam pieces inside new themes.

Saturday Light Brigade interviews Steam!

For those of you who missed our live interview on the The Saturday Light Brigade radio program, the recording is now available online! Listen for free at the link below!:


The Future of Steam

steam-leonandwilliamHello everyone!

First, I want to thank all who followed¬†our Kickstarter progress. While we didn’t make our goal, we are going to continue with pre-production and continue pushing for an adapted version of Episode 1. You’ll like it– there’s a few changes, but it still holds its integrity.

We had a few people approach us over the course of our campaign unsure as to whether or not this was being performed live. Rest assured, this is an internet movie project told through the style of opera. This means that everyone will be able to enjoy it equally, regardless of where you live in the world. Photos and video of “live performance” are of us performing songs as a band set, but through the video, you’ll get to see the complete project and the action that accompanies those songs.

Stay tuned for more information about the characters, as this is a character-driven piece. We do hope that you’ll like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SteamOpera, and if you would like to sign up for our mailing list, shoot us an email SteamTheOpera at gmail dot com. We will use these methods to communicate when we are looking for extras for crowd scenes, holding benefits or fundraisers and things of that type.

Thanks for staying with us! ¬†It’s been a busy time for Steam and we appreciate everyone’s support!