Jason Mundok, from Lancaster's Wood Stove House, explores the arts and those who make the arts happen in Central PA.
Creative Works of Lancaster is on a mission “to fuel and sustain [Lancaster] city’s cultural renaissance.” Over the past three years they have aimed to fulfill that mission through a variety of creative events, mostly in, but not limited to, the world of theatre.
The first Creative Works project was a roaming art gallery that had group members prancing around Lancaster’s First Friday in October 2010 literally wearing paintings…that were for sale…many of which were actually sold! Later that month, the group premiered its first performing arts production, a sock puppet version of the classic Hitchcock film, Psycho, which they performed at Lancaster Dispensing Company (DipCo), a quaint tavern in the heart of downtown Lancaster City that hosts live music on the weekends.
Creative Works cast rehearses Room Service (2012)
Since then Creative Works of Lancaster have produced a variety of events, including FREE outdoor plays each of the past two summers in Lancaster’s Musser Park, new play readings by local playwrights every other First Friday, productions of two very edgy Christmas plays, and a sock puppet parody of Francis Ford Coppola’s classic 1972 film, The Godfather, appropriately called The Sockfather.
Makin' puppets for The Sockfather
Just this past December, the group continued its sock puppet series with the hilarious Jaws to the World: A Holiday Sock Opera. This parody of the 1975 Steven Spielberg film, Jaws, included a cameo by David Bowie, and narration by none other than Santa Claus himself. Not only was the classic thriller reinterpreted as a holiday comedy, it was also converted into a musical. The show peaked during a parody of "Bohemian Rhapsody" creatively titled "Carcharodon Rhapsody", a reference to the Great White Shark’s genus.
Creative Works of Lancaster is one of many small groups of creatives that are making a huge difference in the Lancaster creative scene, but their blend of incredible writing, innovative approaches to working within limited budgets, and courage to take risks have defined a really unique niche for the group. Check them out online, connect with them on Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to check out one of their upcoming events. It’s the best way to really find out what Creative Works of Lancaster is all about.
Jason Mundok is a podcaster, blogger, and musician from Lancaster, PA. Along with Steve Carlson, Jason operates WoodStoveHouse.com, an online publication aimed at featuring the arts and those who make the arts happen in and around Lancaster, PA. Find Wood Stove House on Facebook and Twitter.