“I feel aliver” – music video

Here’s the music video for “I feel aliver” the theme song from “Dumpster Diver the musical. Also, here’s a music video of the live version of the song, which we performed at Longboards in West Palm Beach, Florida, a few days before I moved to Brooklyn, New York, in 2012.

Official video of “i feel aliver” – Dumpster Diver the musical

“i feel aliver” – extended video with actual food we dove from the dumpster

“i feel aliver” – live music video

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evaluate – music video – Dumpster Diver the musical

Here’s the video for “evaluate”, a song from “Dumpster Diver the musical”.

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The Synopsis of Dumpster Diver the musical

What if everything you believed in was based on a lie? What if the company you were working for had evil intentions that they advertised as necessary for security? What if you were given the opportunity to expose the truth?

When confronted by an old college friend with the truth about his company, Trevor has a decision to make. Will he continue working and living a comfortable life, or will he risk everything to tell the truth, and in doing so, find adventure?

Discover what happens in this new musical about friendship, adventure, and dumpster diving.

This musical poses several questions: Should you lead a life that’s safe or one that’s risky in order to bring about a better world for tomorrow? Is the bohemian life as romantic as it sounds? Is revenge justified if it motivates you to expose evil and to work for justice?

The musical tells the story of two friends, Faith, a free spirit, and Trevor who believes in playing by the rules. They graduate college together and head their separate ways. Four years later, they reunite. At this point, Faith is an activist and dumpster diver, living with the DLF (Dumpster Liberation Front), and Trevor is a successful software developer working for Angelwire, a well known technology firm notorious for its bad environmental record and for violating privacy rights.

When Faith confronts Trevor with news that his company has evil intentions–to enforce a mandatory chip to replace currency and to outlaw dumpster diving, he decides to verify her claims to prove her wrong. He discovers she is telling the truth, however, and now has a decision to make: join Faith and the DLF to expose the company for what it is, at great risk to himself, or continue working there and living a comfortable life.
What would you do?

SPOILER ALERT ahead

Please discontinue reading if you wish to keep the 2nd act of Dumpster Diver the musical a mystery.

SPOILER ALERT ahead

Act 2 of Dumpster Diver the musical
After some thought, Trevor steals the company file, joins Faith and the DLF in their travels to an underground cable TV station to broadcast the truth. While traveling and dumpster diving, they are chased by Trevor’s former boss, Shelby, and his minions.

Eventually, the DLF, Faith, Trevor are surrounded at the TV station. Are they captured? Do they escape? Dumpster Diver the musical is a story of friendship, adventure, and travel.

The musicals that have inspired me include The Sound of Music, with it’s brilliant score by Rogers and Hammerstein, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Meet the characters in Dumpster Diver the musical

Have you ever been in a situation filled with interesting people, finding their way, pursuing their dreams, hoping to be appreciated while at the same time not selling out?

That’s how it was for me when I lived at the Unarmed Underground Art Centre, an artist’s community, a live/work space, in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida, some years ago.

It was a hamster cage for the disenfranchised, a particle collider for dreams, absorbing and pushing out energy and attracting others into its orbit to participate, refuel, and collect ideas before heading on their way to other planets in the constellation.

That was when I first got the idea for Dumpster Diver the musical, using people who lived at this art’s space as inspiration for the characters.
Here’s a drawing of what I feel the characters would look like.

Faith
Faith is the main character, a nomadic hippie who becomes an activist, dumpster diver and the reluctant muse for the Dumpster Liberation Front (DLF).

Trevor
Trevor is another main character, a software developer on the career fast track for a well known, yet controversial technology firm. When he finds out what his company really intends, he has a decision to make: continue working there and keep silent, or joining Faith and the DLF to expose the company’s real intent.

Professor Shelby
Professor Shelby is Trevor’s former college professor and current vice president of Angelwire, where Trevor works. He introduces Trevor the cushy lifestyle of Angelwire and reminds him of the scholarship Angelwire provided during his college years.

Jonchaub
Jonchaub is a member of the Dumpster Liberation Front. He’s based on a kid I met in Burlington, Vermont, named Jonchaub, who was formerly training to be a Greek Orthodox priest.

Melody
Melody is based on a girl I know who is a dumpster diver and a narcoleptic. In this musical, Melody is also a poet. She’s a DLF member.

Eli
Eli is the supervisor of the Dumpster Liberation Front. He’s based on Alan Patrusevich, art director of the Unarmed Underground Art Center (UUAC).

Erin
Erin plays the part of Trevor’s girlfriend. She’s also the daughter of Professor Shelby, vice president of Angelwire and Trevor’s boss.

Meghan
Meghan is the security guard working for Professor Shelby, who begins to admire Trevor’s courage.

Waffle
Waffle is a member of the Dumpster Liberation Front.

Dumpster Diver the musical performed at wedding in Canada

Note: This article was written in 2012. A few things have changed since then, which I will be alluding to in the article with links to updated and current news.

About Dumpster Diver the musical
I completed the lyrics, score (music) and book (script) for Dumpster Diver the musical in 2008. Since then, I’ve posted the music online, sent query letters to theaters looking for new musicals, in the hope of getting this musical staged and produced. So far, my efforts in getting interest from a theatre have proved fruitless. There has been and is, however, interest in the musical from people who’ve seen the website, listened to the songs, and watched the videos.

Take it to the Streets
My good friend Meghan Hurley suggested that I just take it to the streets, passing out CD’s, stickers, putting up posters, making it go viral. I think she has the right idea, after my conventional pursuits have not gotten results.
Dumpster Diver the musical performed at wedding in Canada

Encouragement Comes
Along the way to promote the musical, there’s been encouraging moments that indicate I should continue forging ahead to get this musical seen, heard, and experienced. One such moment came in the form of an email.

A college graduate and avid dumpster diver, Julianne, a recent college graduate, e-mailed me, telling me that he dumpster dived throughout Australia and Canada and the United States, all the while pursuing his master’s degree. He said that he heard about the musical online, went to the website, and loved the songs, and loved the idea for a musical about dumpster diving.

He went on to say that he had recently graduated and had gotten a job where they paid him much more than he needed to be paid. Then, he asked how he could help with the musical. In a reply email, I thanked him for his encouraging words and told him he could help with the musical by 1. making a donation and 2. helping me find a stage, theatre, space to stage the musical.

He sent another email, saying that he had made a donation to the musical and he asked me if he could perform a song from the musical at his upcoming wedding and, if so, could I send him the chords and lyrics. I thanked him for his donation and told him I’d be honored if he played a song from Dumpster Diver the musical at his wedding. I attached the lyrics and chords and sent them to him.

After this, I did not think too much about it, as I did not expect him to sing a song about dumpster diving at a wedding, his wedding, in Canada.

An encouraging email
Some time later, I receive an email saying from Julianne, saying that he and his fiancé, both who dumpster dive, had gotten married and acted out a song from the musical. He said he would send pictures. Then, emailed the pictures. I actually did not believe that he would do this. I was so touched when I saw the pictures, that I cried a little.

It’s encouraging, massively encouraging, to know that a song that I wrote was discovered by a Canadian engineer and dumpster diver who liked it enough to play it, and act it out with friends, at his wedding in Canada.
Pictures of Julianne, his fiancé, and friends performing a Dumpster-Diver-the- musical song at his wedding in Canada




If you want to be an encouragement, help me find a place to stage it and buy the mp3s from the musical by visiting this link or visiting this link.
Here’s a picture that Julian emailed me of one of his dumpster scores:

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Casting Call – Dumpster Diver the musical

Casting Call – Dumpster Diver the Musical

Are you an actor, actress, or do you want to be one? Can you sing? Can you dance? Can you move around while singing?

I need you!

I’m casting for my new musical, Dumpster Diver the Musical.

This is for non-union. It is non-paying.

Join our cast for Dumpster Diver the musical
Be part of something new and cool. Be part of Dumpster Diver the musical, a new musical about following your dreams, no matter how unconventional. A new musical about friendship, adventure, and dumpster diving.

Dumpster Diver the musical – the edge is where you get the best view

About Dumpster Diver the musical
This musical tells the story of Trevor, a conventional software engineer, and Faith, a nomadic, dumpster diving activist. After they graduate college, they head their separate ways. Four years later, their worlds collide, and Trevor is forced to make a decision: Continue living his comfortable life as a software engineer, or abandon his creature comforts, and go on the adventure of a lifetime. What happens next? Find out in the coolest new musical, coming soon.

Here’s the roles that I am casting for …
Dumpster Diver the Musical
follow your dreams, no matter how unconventional
http://www.DumpsterDiverMusical.com
book/music: Kris Kemp
email: bicycledays@yahoo.com
ph: 347-557-5487

Please read everything carefully. If you feel you are suited to portray one of these characters, submit. If you know someone suitable, let them know about this. Thank you. – kris

Cast

note: All of the casts must be able to sing, harmonize, and memorize lines. The main characters carry the weight of this musical, as they have the most lines of speaking dialogue and singing. The supporting characters are important, too, as chorus singers and to provide stimulating interaction visually. The age ranges in the parenthesis are not set in stone. They are provided as an indication of the age that you need to look like to play the role. If you are 40 and look like you can play the role of a 30 year old, submit. If you submit for this musical, please be serious. Be committed. Be dedicated. Be enthusiastic.


Lead Roles

Trevor: (male, 20 – 30, caucasion) Trevor is the software engineer who leads a conventional, comfortable life, but longs for adventure. He wants the risk and uncertainty that comes with the unexpected, but is apprehensive about making the decision to abandon his creature comforts. In this way, he is at odds with himself. This is a major role. Involves lots of singing and memorizing lines.

Faith: (female, 20 – 30, caucasian) petite, short-haired girl, combination of hippie, activist, traveler. She is cautious and adventurous, doesn’t trust people but trusts animals and her own instincts. Must be willing to cut hair short and dye it blonde, or wear a short blond wig. This is a major role. Involves lots of singing and memorizing lines. Her character has a depth of emotion. If you’ve traveled or lost someone special in your life, this will be useful in this role.

Shelby: (male, 50 – 70, any race) the professor, doctor, who is, initially Trevor’s “technology” teacher in college, then later becomes the vice president of SORL pharmaceuticals and on the board of Angelwire industries. Although he has good intentions in the beginning of the musical, he is, later, seduced by money, so he has this dark side that he eventually caves into.

supporting characters:

Eli: (male, 45 – 75, any ethnicity) the reluctant leader of the DLF (Dumpster Liberation Front), a group of dreamers, drifters, artists, activist who inhabit the warehouse space where he’s been living for the last 10 years. He is spry, alert, articulate, laconic, very smart, quietly stubborn.
Melody: (female, 18 – 30, any ethnicity) short-haired girl with glasses, narcoleptic poet, member of the DLF

Jonchaub: (male, 23 – 35, any ethnicity) skinny scruffy type, facial hair. Although he’s mistaken for a hipster, he is not the poser hipster you see on the L train (NYC subway train that is usually ridden by hipsters). This guy is authentic. He’s a reader. There’s something about him. He has a presence. Originally, he was going to be a Greek orthodox priest, studied with them, then, went into woods to fast and live in seclusion, where he had an epiphany. Now, he’s living with the DLF.

Sophie: (female, 18 – 25, any ethnicity) eccentric, abstract painter.

Dumpster Fairy: (male or female, any age, any ethnicity) This guy or girl has a fun role. Essentially, they float onto the stage, while smoking an herbal cigarette, and say silly quotes like the kind of quotes you see on those “Yogi” tea bags. This is minor but fun role.

Meghan: (female, 20 – 40, caucasian) pretty girl who is an assistant for Shelby.

Erin: (female, 20 – 30) Trevor’s girlfriend, and the daughter of Shelby. She cares about Trevor but wants him to conform to her interests. She is somewhat materialistic. She thinks she knows what is best for him.

Art: (male, any age, any race) Trevor’s co-worker
If you have any questions, email me at: bicycledays@yahoo.com

Listen to the music of Dumpster Diver the musical

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I uploaded the mp3s from “Dumpster Diver the musical” to this website. So, you can listen to them by clicking on the link below. (Another window will open, you will see a bar, and click on the play symbol to begin the song.)

i feel aliver

goodbye (Dad)

for once in your life

evaluate

dumpster diet

destiny

instrumental

another life

3 days

let the burden go

opportunity

shelby

something inside

the sound of dumpsters

underground

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A musical about dumpster diving?

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A musical about dumpster diving?

This musical tells the story of two college friends, Faith, a nomadic hippie, and Trevor, a computer geek, who, after graduation, head their separate ways. Three years later, they re-meet. Faith confronts Trevor with startling information that forces him to make a life-changing decision. Will he continue on with his comfortable life as well-known software engineer, or abandon his current career and go underground, to help shut down the company he works for? Find out what happens in this exciting new musical about following your dreams, no  Dumpster Diver the musicalmatter how unconventional.

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cheers,

Kris Kemp
writer/composer/composter: Dumpster Diver the musical
bicycledays@yahoo.com