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Having been a member of the Al Miner/Lama Sing “family” since 1984, Chip McCoull re-embraced his theater roots to write “Colors to Realms Beyond,” doing so in consultation with Susan Miner. Collaborating with a team of performers, designers, artists, animators, and theatre veterans, he is bringing the Al Miner/Lama Sing “Peter Chronicles” to life in an immersive theatrical setting.
In February 2021 the “Colors To Realms Beyond” script and basic staging concepts were completed. Beginning in March, Chip began working with Joe Doran to design the technical plan to bring Al’s and Peter’s experiences beyond Earth to the stage. Marrying design, art and cutting-edge technology they charted the innovative lighting and projection techniques required to make the play an immersive experience.
Chip McCoull’s Theater History
Chip McCoull first appeared on stage at the age of three. By age 16, Chip had appeared in over 50 stage productions and numerous television commercials. He then began to pursue his love of sports, leading to a career as a teacher and coach that spanned 40 years at both the high school and collegiate level.
But Chip remained connected with his family’s theater. During the 80’s he served as marketing and sales director. After Chip and his wife Janice purchased his family’s theater in 1989, Chip went on to produce over 150 productions including mainstage, children’s theater, touring productions, and those geared to children in hospital settings. From his theater, Chip offered weekly seminars for high school groups in conjunction with local politicians and business leaders to further civic understanding and responsibility. For 27 years Chip also ran theater summer camps, as well as sports summer camps and leagues. Additionally, he served as a representative on numerous county level governmental and civic boards, the American Heart Association, and he twice served on Virginia commissions for educational reform.