By Maria Mitchell
Innsmouth, MA – After a successful summer run, The Clock is Broken finishes up its season with the Innsmouth Philoneiros Ensemble and prepares to follow Neville Tillinghast to California. Tillinghast has made arrangements to book the play at a lovely old theatre in the desert town of Pierce. Pierce, known for its unusual artistic community, is eagerly awaiting Clock‘s western debut.
Garden of Azathoth and Tasty Encounters are both happy with the success of the play. While neither business has any immediate plans to finance another musical, they have indicated that it’s a challenge they’d like to undertake again.
Zack Hunt issued this statement concerning the conclusion of his involvement with Clock to Innsmouth Free Press: “I was glad to have been a part of the production of The Clock is Broken. So much of musical theatre is melodrama, camp spectacle, and opera. I’m not a fan of any of those genres. While Clock had its share of camp spectacle with spandex-clad numbers, its primary focus was that of questioning the validity of time and debasing the reality upon which the Earth teeters. Theoretical physics and horror mixed with Gary Cheese camp humor. I definitely wouldn’t have picked another musical to finance. The local cryptid hunters that are regulars at my diner loved the spectacle of the lobster-slime molds flying across the Arkham countryside. It’s the closest many of these poor guys have ever gotten to creatures of unknown species. Investigators into the paranormal are used to disappointment and Clock‘s spectacle gave them entertainment they can really appreciate.”
Erin Waite, co-sponsor of Clock, had this to add: “I never had much interest in music before this experience. My great-grandfather was a collector of folk songs up until the Civil War. He managed to avoid being drafted into the War by fashioning munitions. But he was a musician and instrument builder by trade. He built Innsmouth Philoneiros Ensemble’s piano in 1864. That piano was his pride and joy. The folksongs he collected were his most beloved tome. He didn’t marry until 1904 at the age of 60 to Lydia Freemont, who was 31. Chances are, if she hadn’t come along and challenged his love of music, he would have gone to the grave as a childless bachelor and I wouldn’t be here commenting on Clock right now!
“But, in all fairness, now that I’ve played a part in the construction of a musical, I can understand my old ancestor’s obsession. I know that if he were alive today, he would have been very proud, not only to see his crafty piano still as sharp and beautiful in tone as it was during the War, but proud to see that I, his relative, have played a little part in the strange progress of music in Innsmouth. I have also found that music will play a part in the continuation of the Garden of Azathoth. Music has been thought to aid the growth of plants by many maverick scientists. Azathoth’s plants and fungi have responded favorably to music piped into the grounds of Azathoth. I never thought of using music to aid their growth, but my saurian groundskeepers of the lake love it, too. Ian Gilman and I have set up a few speakers around the lake to aid the growth of the aquatic fungi. I was amazed at the progress my crops made in just a few hours. After only a few bars of the soundtrack to The Clock is Broken, the fungi all blushed with color and fluff. While my grounds have always done well, this new exponential growth is truly remarkable. It’s as if music is what’s been missing from Azathoth all along.”
The clientele of Azathoth have also noticed the change, saying that the aquatic fungi, in particular, have been more effective in the rituals for which they are used.
For anyone in Innsmouth who didn’t get a chance to see The Clock is Broken, its original cast recording will be a regularly played soundtrack at both Garden of Azathoth and Tasty Encounters. And the musical will be making its western debut soon. Interested parties heading out west are urged to contact Neville Tillinghast via The Garden of Azathoth for more information.