Area Stage Company to Present World Premiere Musical as a Podcast Series: The Ballad of Janis Matthews and the Dodo Scouts
Area Stage Company in Coral Gables, known for its critically acclaimed, reimagined Mainstage
productions of Broadway classics will present The Ballad of Janis Matthews and the Dodo Scouts,
a world premiere of an original musical written, directed, and designed by Giancarlo Rodaz and
Rachel Dean. Performed by a stellar cast of theatre actors from London, NYC and Miami, this
captivating story will not be told like your typical musical, but as a series of podcast episodes
released online weekly, beginning November 28th, 2020.
An all new folk-rock musical, The Ballad of Janis Matthews & The Dodo Scouts is a love letter to
the 1960s and to the American family. Based on an original idea by Giancarlo Rodaz, the story
follows Janis Matthews, a young girl who runs away to summer camp in order to escape her broken
home. On her journey, she finds herself at the center of a mystery that forces her to question her
idea of responsibility, friendship, and family. With an exciting new score from Rachel Dean, and
an original book and story by Giancarlo Rodaz, this first of its kind scout musical challenges us to
reassess our own relationships responsibilities within our families and communities.
ASC will release Janis Matthews as a radio play-style series of podcast episodes throughout
November and December. All episodes will be released on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.
Listeners will, for the first time, have the entire cast album of this new musical at their fingertips
along with the full book.
This production follows a series of workshops Janis Matthews has enjoyed during the past four
years. The first took place at Area Stage, with the second taken on by the Mile Square Theatre in
Hoboken, New Jersey in 2016. Most recently, the show received a full onstage production at ASC’s
former home in the Riviera Theatre. Librettist Giancarlo Rodaz, who currently serves as Area
Stage’s Associate Artistic Director, has continued developing the book throughout the show’s
iterations. Likewise, composer Rachel Dean has enhanced her score, taking inspiration from Bob
Dylan, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, and other artists of the time.
Following the immense success, and critical acclaim, of his directorial efforts on Shrek The
Musical and She Kills Monsters in 2018, and The Wizard of Oz and the blockbuster Matilda the
Musical in 2019, the young visionary Giancarlo Rodaz is fast becoming one of South Florida’s
most original and prolific theatrical forces. He has previously presented original works at Area
Stage Company, MicroTheater Miami, and with his own company Wild Theatre. Florida Theatre
On Stage has lauded his work as “imaginative” and “delightful”. The Miami Herald raved,
“Rodaz…creates a magically playful world”.
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Similarly, Rachel Dean has made quite the splash in the New York City theatre community. A
graduate of NYU Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, Dean currently serves as
rehearsal pianist for Broadway’s Hamilton. Her work has been performed in New York, Miami,
Ohio, Phoenix, and New Jersey, and she is a recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Max Dreyfus
Award, created to identify up-and-coming talent and encourage the study of musical theatre as an
A cast of ten talented actors will lend their voices to the project. Amanda Harford will serve as
Stage Manager and Katie Duerr pulls double duty as both a cast member and the Music Director.
See bios and headshots on the following pages.
What: Area Stage Company’s The Ballad of Janis Matthews and the Dodo Scouts
When: Episodes releasing November 28th, December 5th, 12th, & 19th
Where: From Area Stage Company, https://www.areastage.org/janis
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