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The Tweeting of a Musical
New Orleans, LA – October 15, 2013 - To keep the fun going with their family musical “Treasure Swamp – A Pop Opera,” The Banana Plant has brought their characters to life through social media. Characters from “Treasure Swamp – A Pop Opera” have launched their own Twitter accounts and are treating followers to an inside view of the musical adventure story.
Finding his own Twitter fans is greedy pirate captain Simon LeTeaux, who plans to drain the swamp and destroy the homes of its inhabitants to find Lafitte’s gold. Also becoming a Twitter favorite is one of these inhabitants, Petey Possum, as he works with his community of alligators, raccoons and more to devise schemes to make the pirate go away. Of course, poor Petey has a bit of challenge, since every time he sees Pattie Possum he can’t help but fall down and “play possum!”
The Banana Plant is using songs, song clips and images from the cover of their award-winning 22-song CD, shared through the Twitter accounts of the pirate Captain Simon LeTeaux @CaptainLeTeaux and Petey Possum @swamppetey.
Set in a cypress swamp in the Deep South, “Treasure Swamp” is first an exciting tale of good vs. bad, but it also conveys a rich message about conservation and appreciating the real treasures in life. Following the success of their freshman album, “Gulf Alive,” which was nominated for a 2012 Grammy for Best Children’s Album, “Treasure Swamp” was written and produced by New Orleanians Gwynn Torres and Sid Berger, who perform as The Banana Plant.
The music of “Treasure Swamp” ranges from hard rock to ballad pop to Cajun, gospel, jazz, blues and even a tango. The entire story is told in song, with a female chorus of frogs explaining the action throughout the 43-minute soundtrack.
Each of the characters sing, including love-struck possums, a cagey raccoon, a pesky monkey, the villainous pirate and lots more. Torres and Berger perform all the voices themselves. Clips of all the songs can be heard at http://www.thebananaplant.com/treasure_swamp.html.
Originally conceived of as a puppet opera, “Treasure Swamp” is designed to work equally well on a full-size stage with real actors. A sample trailer for the album using puppets can be viewed online at http://www.thebananaplant.com/video.html.”
The music CD of “Treasure Swamp – A Pop Opera” is available digitally and packaged, through creativityinstitute.com, (888)-814-TOYS, as well as CDBaby and other online music vendors.
Gwynn Torres and Sid Berger are veteran New Orleans advertising executives and jingle writers. Today, they serve select clients as brand consultants and work together on Torres’ online toy store, CreativityInstitute.com, focusing on toys that nurture creativity in children. The store features the team’s original puppet scripts, along with the Grammy-nominated “GulfAlive.” Sid Berger is a past-president and founding member of New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness (NOAAHH), an organization started by Allen Toussaint and Aaron Neville. Both Torres and Berger are active members of NOAAHH’s Board of Directors.