What's Your Wish?: An Original Folk-Musical

What's Your Wish? is an Official Selection of the New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.
The show will have it's Off-Broadway Premiere at the festival this July!
Dates & ticket info coming soon! More info below! 
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What's Your Wish? will head to the New York Musical Festival this summer! 

What's Your Wish? was chosen out of hundreds of applications to to receive a subsidized production as part of the New York Musical Festival's Next Link Project. The New York Musical Festival is the largest annual musical theater festival in America. The show will premiere last July / August 2018! More info to come! 

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Money Sings: A Musical Fundraiser

In support of What's Your Wish at the New York Musical Festival
Saturday, May 12th, 7-10:30pm
Performances start at 8

GA: $25 (includes 1 drink ticket + 2 free raffle tickets)
VIP: $50 (2 drink tickets + extra raffle tickets + Happy hour w/ Pizza and drinks from 6-7pm)
Drinks by suggest donation, fun prizes, a craft table, and special guest performances! We will perform a mini-musical that we will write over 24 hours on Saturday, April 14th!

All ticket sales and donations are in support of Thicket & Thistle's What's Your Wish? at the New York Musical Festival (more details below).

Help us raise at least $5000 to match a donation that an angel donor will make!  

 Thicket & Thistle's What's Your Wish? is an official selection of the New York Musical Festival's Next Link Project. 

Thicket & Thistle's What's Your Wish? is an official selection of the New York Musical Festival's Next Link Project. 

The Next Link Project provides a subsidized, 5-show, Off-Broadway run with developmental, administrative and technical support at this summers festival! This festival will give us the huge opportunity to get our work put in front of industry professionals and expand our NYC audience!

Show Synopsis

All Nicholas wanted for his 16th birthday was a car. Instead, a magical storybook sucked him and his best friend Brian into the fantastical world of Death Forest. After encountering an old, friendly-yet-unbearably-lonely trash rat, the boys learn that the only way to make it out alive is to find the enchantress of the forest. Only she can grant their wish to return home. With the additional help of a young, rebellious fairy, the boys learn about the power of trust, true friendship, and the meaning of sacrifice. 

(C) Theatre Now NY 2017; Photos by Sarah George

 (C) Theatre Now NY 2017

(C) Theatre Now NY 2017

Production History

What's Your Wish? was originally a ten-minute musical, and was first performed at Theater Now New York's Sound Bites Ten-Minute Musical Festival in December 2014. There, the group was awarded Best Music and Best Actor (Sam De Roest). Since then it has been extended into an hour and a half. Thicket & Thistle raised over $7,000 on Kickstarter for the show. It had a successful run FringeNYC - The New York International Fringe Festival in the Al Fresco division (which provides free shows to audiences), was performed indoors at Access Theater in February 2016, and, most recently, was produced for a 9-show workshop run at West End Theater by Theatre Now New York

About the Show

What’s Your Wish? was directed, performed and written collaboratively by the members of Thicket & Thistle.The decidedly acoustic palette of accordion, mandolin, flute, banjo-ukulele and guitar takes the audience outdoors, under the stars, to a faraway land filled with beauty... and danger. On stage, T&T combines elements of improv comedy, DIY chutzpah and old-fashioned theatre magic to bring the world of the show to life. Adhering to a “suitcase theatre” tenet, everything used for the original production of What’s Your Wish? could be packed into the trunk and backseat of a car.  


Original Logo by Sarah George

Cast & Crew

Kyle Acheson Nicholas (guitar), All Productions
Sam De Roest | Brian (mandolin) (All)
Joshua Stenseth | Old Vern, Donald (banjolele) 
Corley Pillsbury | The Enchantress; Diana (accordion, 2014-2017)
Juliana Wheeler | The Enchantress; Diana (accordion, NYMF 2018)
Lindsay Zaroogian The Fairy, McKenzie (flute, accordion)

Erin Giblin | Light Designer (Access Theater 2016)
David Sexton | Lighting Designer (Theater Now NY 2017)
Rodrigo Escalante | Set Designer (Theater Now NY 2017)
Genevieve Beller | Costumer Designer (Theater Now NY 2017)
Ashley Benson | Wardrobe Supervisor (Theatre Now NY 2017)
Jonathan Eric Foster | Director
Sarah George | T&T Producer, Original Backdrop Designer

On the website of Thicket and Thistle, the New York-based troupe behind What’s Your Wish?, the company perfectly self-identifies as “musical theatre for adult children.” Indeed, both my inner child and outer adult were delighted by the catchy melodies and intricate harmonies in this whimsical piece of original theatre. The ensemble is tremendously talented, demonstrating marvelous comedic timing while playing everything from flute to accordion. Aided by Jonathan Foster’s snappy direction and a remarkably cohesive score, the actors move things along smoothly, stopping only to deliver a one-liner or emphasize a particularly clever lyric. By the end, I felt I had gone on a journey worthy of Disney or Pixar.
— Brett Aresco, Theatre Is Easy
 The cast performs a song from 'What's Your Wish?' at FringeNYC - The New York International Fringe Festival. Photo by Ellen Bryan of Lenny's Lens Photography. 

The cast performs a song from 'What's Your Wish?' at FringeNYC - The New York International Fringe Festival. Photo by Ellen Bryan of Lenny's Lens Photography.