Tabitha Esther has a day job in a science field. She's a geologist for a private company. But over the last year, she's spent her free time designing and building a live-action childrens' show called "Seas of Science," that'll make its debut at the Doll Factory on Temple Street in Filipinotown Los Angeles. Show's happening October 8 & 9.
Esther is a former Derby Doll, a friend of KPCC's own Alex Cohen, and since she was named most effective blocker for the Dolls in 2008, she comes to play. A graduate of USC's earth sciences department, her masters thesis concerned sicilic acid in the Cascadia Basin.
Her blog self description puts it simply: "I am a young lady working in the sciences, but what I would love to do is make a show for kids about science. With music and puppets and sailboats and robots." Four out of four of those things are awesome, and people on Kickstarted seem to have agreed.
So now Seas of Science is happening. The hour-long program will follow Marisol, who goes looking for a cure for her black thumb with sidekicks Barry The Robot, Sergio The King, the Science Party, and The Captain. Their magical ship can take them any place at any time. "The show stars a mixture of actors, actresses, puppets and includes musical numbers, science lessons and audience participation," according to the ticketing website. (8 bucks!)
I'm going to check out a rehearsal next week hopefully, and I'll report back. Here's the kickstarter video, which has pictures of the puppets and some music: