“Helland is yet another accomplished ex-punk who has made the striking transition to atmospheric soundtracks.” Jack Rabid, BigTakeOver Magazine
Armed with his trademark Godin Multiac guitar, Helland has created a musical world of his own combining his love of movie soundtracks, punk rock, thrash metal and Celtic and Gypsy styles into a quirky melodic brew of instrumental acoustic guitar music. “Driving, propulsive and utterly enjoyable to listen to.”
An inveterate touring and recording musician with a background in punk but with the appetites of a would-be musicologist, Helland’s first band, Deep Wound, featured Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis on drums, Sebadoh’s Lou Barlow on guitar, with Helland on bass. Helland still sits in with Dinosaur Jr. on occasion, reviving Deep Wound songs with his legendary band mates. Throughout the ’80s and into the ’90s, Helland also played bass with the Western Massachusetts punk/crossover institution Outpatients, splitting east coast shows with Hüsker Dü, Black Flag, Cro-Mags and many others.
Currently Scott is the guitarist and co-founder of the internationally touring New York based Euro-American Alternative Folk duo, Frenchy and the Punk with singer Samantha Stephenson.
Helland has been writing, recording and performing music since his early teens. He has released over 25 recordings including 8 solo CDs. Helland also released his art book Feast, a collection of more than 50 pen and ink drawings, in 2015. His most recent solo record, ‘Never End the Rocket Century’ was released in 2017.
“Scott Helland is a commanding acoustic guitarist, creating stimulating, passionate instrumentals that may cause little flowers to bloom in your heart” Chronogram Magazine
WEEEEEEEE ARE THE OVERLY DRAMATIC READERS! We overact and exaggerate the readings of works of literature! We take sad stories and make them funny! We take funny stories and make them funnier! WE HAVE EVEN BEEN KNOWN TO TALK IN ALL CAPITALS!!! We guarantee that no matter what we do it will definitely be OVERLY DRAMATIC!!!
Overly Dramatic Whose Line?!
That classic comedy game show, “Whose Line is it Anyway?” as done by the zany and wacky Overly Dramatic Readers. With games like “World’s Worst” and “Party Quirks” among many others, what shenanigans will they come up with to entertain the audience?
Overly Dramatic Fairy Tales
Your favorite fairy tales just got an Overly Dramatic Overhaul.
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, An Overly Dramatic Table Reading!
We all know Star Wars. Now imagine it was a play written by William Shakespeare. Now imagine what shenanigans will ensue once the Overly Dramatic Readers step in to do an OVERLY DRAMATIC reading of it! Did Han shoot first? Is Jar-Jar still annoying? Does Yoda still talk backwards? You’ll just have to show up to find out now won’t you?
The Overly Dramatic Challenge
As has become the norm, the OVERLY DRAMATIC READERS are locked in a debate to see which one of them is the most OVERLY DRAMATIC. Therefore, they are putting forth their literary challenge to one another, with the literary weapons of choice being chosen by the audience. What sources of the written word will the OVERLY DRAMATIC READERS have to read from? Will it be a famous novel? Song lyrics? Amazon product reviews? The ingredients list on the side of a box of cereal? They don’t know, and that’s half the challenge. Come on out and root for your favorite member.
The Munchausen Society are an extraordinary group of explorers and adventurers who travel the world and bring back their stories to tell to a rapt audience. Whatever their story is, they promise you that all of the stories are true, even the ones they just made up.
The Celebrity Charity Munchausen
The esteemed members of the Munchausen Society are once again coming together to tell the tales of their grand adventures and raise money for a worthwhile cause. The stories they tell will be chosen by some lucky members from the audience. Come on out and see some of Wicked Faire’s various performers in one place, interacting with one another, and providing some laughs for a good cause.
Aye, Dark Overlord!
The Munchausen Society is back and once again opening the doors to the evil castle and giving you a glimpse into the Dark Overlord’s Evil Lair! Once again, the toadies of the Dark Overlord have failed to bring their Mistress’ schemes and plans to fruition. Now come on out, watch and listen to the Toadies try to explain how their failure isn’t their fault.
The Storytime Challenge
Good Dr. Zack and okay Professor McClendon of the Munchausen Society are looking to tell some stories. The premise is simple: They take a few details from the audience and try and come up with an entertaining story. Will they succeed?
Professor McClendon is an award-nominated internet author, storyteller, gamer, and overall entertainer. He can be seen at various conventions and events on his own, telling stories with the Munchausen Society to raise money for a charitable cause, or to bring laughs and shenanigans with the Overly Dramatic Readers.
The timeless cult classic “Labyrinth” starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly was also made into a book. Now come and listen to a reading of a few of the more well-known scenes from the movie as they are described in the official movie novelization.
This animated TV movie from the early 80’s is about a peaceful family of Gnomes on the eve of a big family wedding having to deal with the dangerous and troubling interference of their mortal enemies, the Trolls.
This animated TV movie from the early 80’s is about a young Human who has been asked by the King of the Faeries to go on a brave quest to retrieve his shadow before the world is enveloped in darkness forever.
The Rogue Alliance is a lightsaber stage choreography performance troupe, hosting members with over 10 years of lightsaber based performances, martial artists , and actors. In previous years our cast has performed in shows like Jedi MacBeth, Jedi Noir, and the Sword of the Jedi. Our members have a rich history of providing thrilling lightsaber shows. Our shows have ranged from highly elaborate multimedia presentations, to personal narrative based shows, kids training, and pop up fights.
Rogue Alliance: Stage Show
The Rogue Alliance will perform a stage show which uses lightsaber stage choreography. The shows theme will be a pirate themed show. The members will take part in actiing on stage and conducting light saber fights.
Choreography Demo and Workshop
The Rogue Alliance, through demonstrations and interaction with the attendees will instruct the practical stage use of the blades and walk them though the basic skills. We can also discuss and show what goes into the construction of a fight, and discussion of costuming.