Ani: A Parody is a comedy-musical based off of the Star Wars franchise. The story follows Darth Vader- Ani Skywalker (portrayed by Chris Allen) as he reflects on his life and tries to return to his one true love: pod racing. The tale begins on the Death Star and eventually migrates to the dessert planet of Tatooine just in time for the Boonta Eve- a famous pod race in which Anakin Skywalker canonically was the first human to win in the Star Wars franchise. Ani and his friends begin to train and prepare for the upcoming race. Vader is determined to take back his title as a pod-racing champion.
Ani: A Parody preformed along side The Trail to Oregon! in 2014 as a part of the Starkid Summer Season. Audience members were allowed to buy tickets to both shows or choose one. The two shows ran for six weeks over the summer. The first production of Ani was on Thursday July 3, 2014 with the final show on Sunday August 10, 2014. There were a total of 22 performances of Ani during the Sumer Season. Each show took place on Stage 773 in Chicago, IL.
Ani became available on youtube on October 31, 2014. It has over 300,000 views (as of 10/1/15.)
|Chris Allen||Anakin "Ani" Skywalker|
|Joe Walker||Moff Tarkin|
|Denise Donavan||Mara Jade|
|Brian Holden||Jar Jar "J.J." Binks / Admiral Motti / Bartender|
|Eric Kahn Gale||Sebulba|
|Joe Moses||Bobba "Bob" Fett / Veers|
|Nick Lang||Emperor "Pappy" Palpatine / Obi-Wan Kenobi / Bib Fortuna|
In Ani, Starkid went a different route of musical performance than they usual do. Starkid's musical numbers are typically performed and sung by the cast members. However, in Ani all the music was performed by a band off to the side of the stage. The music was performed by a band called Talkfine. Clark Baxtresser is lead vocals and lead keyboards of the band and has been involved with Starkid from a musical perspective since the 2009 production of Me and My Dick.
Musical Numbers Edit
Act I Edit
- "Long Ago and Far Away"
- "Strike Back"
- "With My Own Eyes"
Act II Edit
- "The Force (You Got It)"
- "Haunted By The Kiss"
- "One In a Million"
- "Back On Top"
Band Members Edit
|Clark Baxtresser||Keyboard 1/Vocals|
|Pierce Siebers||Keyboard 2/Vocals|
|Max Evrard||Keyboard 3/Vocals|
|Meredith Stepien||Percussion/Backing Vocals|
|Team StarKid Plays|