"Spell of Rio"

"Spell of Rio"


A Musical Play Set in Brazil 

An American entomologist, a gallery owner from LA, a Brazilian businessman all have their own agendas, until their lives are totally turned around by the discovery that their two teens got lost at Carnival. Set in Rio, surrounding areas and the Brazilian Rain Forest to the hypnotic strains of Bosa Nova, Samba, and Candomble.


We are in fundraising mode. I am under the umbrella of www.lyricstage.org at the Majestic Theater in Dallas, for new works.  That means I can give people a tax receipt for their donation.

We are looking for an initial $10,000.00 to do a backer's audition.  My vision is to produce this unique show in a Brazilian rain forest setting. 

If you know of any theater patrons who would like to support our project, please contact Mariah Picot 469-418-2389 or Shane Peterman 917-722-5877

A history of the read/throughs is on the facebook page.  We have audio and video clips from them. 

We are so appreciative of all the people who took the time so we could start to see it on it's feet.  

Special thanks to John Watts, the Entomologist at Texas Discovery Gardens, Dallas. for our ongoing research.


“Mystical Awakening” [first title] was originally done at Unity Center of Panama City,Panama City, Fl in the fall of 2001, where I was the music director.  It grew out of a book study we were doing on abundance and a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  It was an hour long program with some original music plus music taken from different sources. It involved the unity choir, several actors and singers, and a band consisting of myself, Luke Pinegar, David Goldflies, and Jorge Higuera . Roberta Carothers was my co-creator and co-producer of this event.  She designed all the costumes, and sets and over saw the whole piece coming together.  Jon Hibshman painted beautiful backdrops and we created a tropical rainforest in our church

About 5 years ago I started working on a full length production of the original idea. It was Roberta’s idea to set it in Brazil, and the whole story and path started evolving from there.  I am forever grateful  to Unity of Panama City, the minister there at the time, Rev. JoAnn Dubrouillet and all the people involved in that original event that birthed this project.

Mariah Picot

Indigogo Campaign

March 1, 2014 With Neil Mowles, Jenny Tucker, Greg Hullett, Emily-Kate Ivey, Shayleigh Ward, Denise Lee, Gale Cruz, Grapevine Acting Studio kids  - Chappman Blake, Lauren Dagar, Camilla Cox, and Rachel Athas. 

 Ricardo Bozas - percusion, Rodolfo Furtado - bass