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Electric Circus


Electric Circus is a chamber rock musical based on the real life Dr. Frankenstein, Giovanni Aldini. The nephew of disgraced scientist Luigi Galvani, Aldini will do anything to reclaim his family name, including bringing the dead back to life.




April 16, 2019
World Premiere Staged Reading

Pepperdine University
Mary Pickford Ensemble and Pepperdine Chamber Choir
N. Lincoln Hanks, Conductor



Molly Reisman

Molly Reisman (Book, Lyrics)  is a Canadian writer, producer and performer who is endlessly curious about how humans connect, empathize and interact with the world around them. Molly  is a graduate of NYU Tisch’s MFA Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, and she completed her undergraduate studies at Toronto's Ryerson University where she majored in acting with a minor in business entrepreneurship.

Writing credits include: "The Three Dolls" (LaMaMa 2019) “Electric Circus” (Pepperdine University 2019), “Heartbeat” (NYU Tisch 2019),  “Keaton and The Whale” (NYU Tisch 2018), “Cow is Me” (LaMaMa Puppet Festival 2018),  “TEDQUEST” (LaMaMa Puppet Festival 2017, NYC Summerfest), “WE WROTE THIS” (Ryerson New Voices Festival & Winner Best of Atlantic Fringe Festival, 2014), “The Other Side of The Curtain” (Canterbury Children’s Theater Festival, 2009).


Clayton Daniel Briggs

Clayton Daniel Briggs (Book, Music, Orchestrations) is a musical theater writer based in Brooklyn, New York. He has been featured Off-Broadway as both a writer and performer. His most recent musical Electric Circus, written with Molly Reisman, will receive its first staged reading at Pepperdine University in 2019. You can find more information about all his musicals on his website. Clayton also works as a copyist and orchestrator, specializing in music for the stage.

Originally from Fresno, California, Clayton was born into a family of musicians and actors, and he has been performing in musicals for over a decade as both an actor and an instrumentalist. Clayton received his MFA in Musical Theater Writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and his Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Composition from Pepperdine University in 2016, where he also studied vocal performance.





Giovanni Aldini
Ruby Strickner
Mary Katherine Hughes
Karl August Weinhold
Ensemble (Featured)


Bari Sax
Drum Set