an original musical by Devon Gillingham and Connor Wielgosz
A show written by Devon Gillingham and Connor Wielgosz in 2012, Taxidermy: The Musical is an artistic exploration of the shameless career involving the stuffing of dead animals. The story follows two taxidermists, the avid Herbie Shore and the less than avid Rusty Mounter, as they live their Taxidermy Days; whether they like it or not! The show begins by introducing the two taxidermists, who unknowingly live beside each other, but soon becomes much deeper in the character's ambitions; Rusty's dream of becoming a Musical Theatre sensation, and Herbie's dream of a paradise he calls "Taxidermia". Soon, Rusty is confronted by his 'slightly' homophobic father, as Herbie meets Melanie- the girl of his dreams- and the plot begins to take a slightly twisted path. Through a story filled with addictions, death, Musical Theatre, stuffed pets, imposing fathers, sexual innuendos and eternal preservation, Herbie and Rusty explore the world of dead animals around them, and find out what it really means to be a Taxidermist!
Herbie Shore- The avid taxidermist, suffering from a formaldehyde addiction, who dreams of a beautiful sanctuary he calls "Taxidermia"
Rusty Mounter- A man who wants to be a Musical Theater star, but who's father expects to carry on his family's legacy in Taxidermy
Melanie Gates- The love of Herbie Mounter, a UPS girl who falls into a world of mounting and not-so-romantic gestures
Mr. Mounter- Rusty's father, who's determined to convince Rusty to stay in Taxidermy before he succumbs to his Leukemia
Taxidermy Overture Taxidermy Day - Herbie Shore and Rusty Mounter Mounter's Duet - Rusty Mounter and Mr. Mounter Formaldehyde - Herbie Shore and Chorus A Mounter's Meant to Mount - Rusty Mounter and Mr. Mounter Taxidermia - Herbie Shore and Melanie Gates Worst/Best Day Ever - Rusty Mounter Act 1 Finale - All
Entr'act Big Gay Musical Number - Rusty Mounter and Chorus I Want to Mount You - Herbie Shore and Melanie Gates Nightmare Sequence - Rusty Mounter, Mr. Mounter and Chorus FInale - All