Tumbledown Town, written and performed in part by veteran singer/songwriter/musician Dan Hazlett, is a light-hearted, two-act musical comedy appropriate for the entire family. With a cast of only four players taking on ten roles, this unique and highly entertaining musical focuses on the fascinatingly zany yet intriguing events that surround the residents of Tumbledown. Presented in a format similar to the radio shows of yesteryear, it is a small-town love story full of intrigue and innuendo, tragedy and comedy, corporate espionage and spying, along with a dose of murder and mayhem. The denizens of Tumbledown, a small Midwestern town with only one blinking light, are growing concerned about the rumors swirling around their little community. Is there a crazed killer running loose among the locals? Are some residents planning to pull up stakes and leave town? Who has a secret stash of money, and more importantly, where did it come from? Will Tumbledown Town as they know it cease to exist? Find out the surprising answers when you attend a performance of Tumbledown Town!

Because of its family-friendly nature and stripped down presentation using no sets and limited props, Tumbledown Town can be performed in a variety of settings including traditional music venues, libraries, churches, civic centers, or community/dinner theaters. It’s like an opera with folk songs. No, it’s actually more like a whole new genre — folkra!

Visit the Video page to see performances of select Tumbledown Town songs.

To bring this top quality entertainment to your location, please contact Dan Hazlett at HomeSTMusic@aol.com, or Susie Keat, SQD Arts Management, susie@sqdmanagement.com, 734.883.1450.

The Players

Christine Kapusky Moore

You may have seen Christine Kapusky (Bessie, Janey, Gretchen) in Oliver! (Nancy) with Spotlight Players, Canton, Sunday in the Park with George (Yvonne) with Birmingham Village Players, MacBeth (Lady MacBeth) with Oakland Theater Guild, My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle – her favorite role), Camelot (Guenevere), Extremities (Marjorie) with Personae Ensemble, and off-Broadway as Sandra in Dissenters. She earned her bachelors and masters degrees in Music Education/Voice at U of M and works for Walled Lake Schools as a traveling elementary school music teacher. She plays guitar and flute and has most recently been involved with Ann Arbor-based folk rock band, North, who released their first full-length album last September. Christine has studied acting with The Purple Rose Theatre Company and continues to study with local companies that offer classes.

Bob Marshall

In the mid 1970’s Bob Marshall (Mr. Bailey, Bob) passed on an opportunity to perform with the internationally known folk group, “The New Christy Minstrels”. The group indicated that they were looking to him for his deep baritone voice and entertainment abilities.

Having spent many years as a police officer and as a professional rodeo cowboy, Bob has had the opportunity to see a wide spectrum of life and uses those experiences to write songs with which everyone can find some connection. He was a theater major at Oakland University before entering the field of law enforcement. Bob has opened for nationally recognized acts such as Michael Smith and Tim Grimm and has recently released his new CD, “As Good As My Dog Thinks I Am”.

Maureen Paraventi

Maureen Paraventi (Mabel, Jessie) has performed on stage and in bands for more years than she’d like to admit. Her favorite roles include Annie in “Annie Get Your Gun,” the wicked witch in “The Wizard of Oz,” M’Lynn in “Steel Magnolias,” and Ernestina Money in “Hello Dolly.” She’s active in the Spotlight Players community theatre group in Canton, Michigan. Maureen also sings with “The McLaughlin Sisters,” a trio whose repertoire ranges from Irish folk music to rock and roll oldies, contemporary pop hits and originals – some written by Maureen. “The McLaughlin Sisters” have performed all over metro Detroit, in halls, bars, restaurants and at private parties.

Dan Hazlett

A producer, sound engineer, playwright, musician, singer, songwriter, stay-at-home Dad and businessman, Hazlett (pronounced HAZE-let) is an accomplished, polished performer who entertains and uplifts his audiences with a blend of his smooth, soulful voice, his finely honed acoustic guitar work, and his arsenal of well-crafted and thoughtfully presented songs. Weaving in and out of folk, jazz and a Will Rogers style of down-home humor, Dan captivates his listeners with subject matter ranging from the ordinary silliness of everyday life to the unexpected intensity of dramatic interludes.

For more than 30 years, Dan has performed and toured throughout the Midwest. His seven previously released CDs have received airplay throughout the United States as well as internationally, and have been praised by everyone from musical colleagues to concert hosts to radio DJs. Dan has been nominated multiple times for Detroit Music Awards, and has achieved recognition for his work in events such as the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest, Big Top Chautauqua Songwriting Contest, and the Billboard Songwriting Competition, and for seven years hosted his own folk radio show, Local Folks, at WXOU-FM (Oakland University).