Mars Dome: The Musical

A Senior Project in the Intensive Music Major for Zach Lee

by Zach Lee

Earth sucks. Let's go to Mars!

Imagine a world where one piece of apocalyptic news is followed by another, where humanity’s self-extinction is an ever looming threat, and your opinion of mankind sinks lower and lower every waking moment. Ok, now stop imagining. It’s this one. 

Well, at least it is for Pike, a pessimistic misanthrope disenchanted with the state of the world. Mars Dome is an uplifting musical comedy about Pike’s attempt to escape the world’s problems by going on a manned mission to Mars, but he finds love and learns to appreciate life on Earth as he trains to leave it all behind. Pike’s world view is one I believe is all too common today. As news outlets bombard us with catastrophe after catastrophe, it’s easy to fall into a pessimistic mindset and only see the bad side of humanity. We’ve all just been through a very rough year, the isolation of quarantine eerily similar to the monotonous routines of the trainees in the Mars Dome.  Sometimes, it seems like the only solution to be free of the world’s problems is to escape it; for Pike, this means literally fleeing from the planet at escape velocity. However, “Mars Dome” doesn’t accept Pike’s nihilistic ideology as fact, common and pervasive as it may seem in the world. This show seeks to explore the idea that life doesn’t have to be perfect to be worth living, and I hope this story will show a ray of light to those of us worn down by the world’s recent tragedies and remind us there’s still good on this planet worth sticking around for.

This is a high-energy musical with six named roles and a large ensemble. We will be holding auditions in the October casting cycle. Light commitment in Fall semester will include familiarization with the music, and December cast read through. Regular rehearsals will take place starting in the spring semester with performances in mid to late April.  

We’ll be holding an audition workshop this Friday (Sept 24) starting at 7:00pm in WLH 209. We will go over the audition information, answer your questions, play some improv games, and learn a song from the show!

Media and Downloads

PDF icon Mars Dome Audition Packet (.pdf - 65.79KB)

Performance Dates & Times

April 7, 2022 - 8:00pm

April 8, 2022 - 8:00pm

April 9, 2022 - 2:30pm

April 9, 2022 - 8:00pm



Venue Accessibility: 
Contact the email listed above or the producer for inquiries regarding accessibility.


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Production Team

Book Writer
Musical Director
Stage Manager
Costume Designer
Set Designer
Walker Bargmann
Joy Liu
Projections Designer