‘Bird Call’ was created by Calvin Lester in 2002, and has been growing into a well-loved, full-fledged, family friendly puppet production company. In 2007, it was pitched to NBC as a weekly television series. Calvin bought the rights back from NBC when he saw a looming writer’s strike approaching. To avoid the series being shelved he took it into his own hands to push 'Bird Call' to thrive on its own.
Since 2008, the show and its lovable characters have performed in the Ibex Orlando Puppet Festival, multiple live charity shows for the Orange County Pet Shelters (2012, 2013, 2015) Hurricane relief concerts (2010, 2012), original Halloween shows at St. Luke’s United Methodist (2016) and the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, FL (2017), a hearing-impaired-friendly show for a local youth camp (Camp Buckaroo, 2016), and created an educational touring show encouraging literacy for ages 5-10 (‘Adventures in Reading', performed in Florida and Illinois). Along with these original live performances, ‘Bird Call’ has taken its characters to the Florida Hospital’s Walt Disney Pavilion on several occasions since 2012 to visit so many very special children.
‘Bird Call’’s biggest endeavor so far has been an original, 2 act musical (2014 at the Garden Theater in Winter Garden, FL; 2016 at the Orlando Repertory Theater in Orlando, FL; 2018 at the ME Theater in Orlando, FL). ‘Bird Call’ can be seen and heard online on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and their website www.birdcallradio.com. They recently have started the Bird Call Podcast Series (available for free download on iTunes) and the Original Cast Album Recording of ‘Bird Call the Musical’ (available on iTunes and Amazon).
The 'Bird Call' team consists of many different key players. Kelsey Brady (Co-Producer & Francise Birdling) works as the resident Prop Master and costume designer. Scott Huhn (Fowl Owl), Chris Faulkenberry (Speck, Buzzard Beak), and Matt Turner (Ruffleton) are the master puppet builders for the show. Glenn Longacre and John R. Mason III have been the show's musical composers for years now. And the list goes on! Without these people the show wouldn't come together.
Calvin and ‘Bird Call’ are currently based in Florida, but the goal is to continue making online videos and other content to bring the colorful flock to the world with a possibility of an episodic television series in the future.
Company Profile written by Kelsey Brady
Series Created & Written by Calvin Lester
Calvin Lester, Kelsey Brady,
Tyler Campbell, Nate Begle, Susan Williams
Calvin Lester, Scott Huhn, Kelsey Brady, Peter Heid, Christopher Faulkenberry, Danny Lara, Luke Gerdes, Jason Rush, Rachael Biehler, Jason Stanley
Matt Turner, Cody Hoien, Sean McMurray, Tyler Bunch, Scott Hendrix, Jenn Abreu, Cameron Matthews, Hannah Matthews, Ernie Hernandez, Tyler Campbell, Jason Laramee, Nate Begle, Jennifer Himes, Ty Menard, Rob Roberts, Ashley Taylor, Diana Rinaldi, Allison Cain, Mark Theiss, Julie Scarborough, Chris Mingle,
Nick Peugh, Billy Horne, Cassandra Heinrich, Cami Miller, Paty Monzalvo, Lexi Lawlor, Anna Parrish,
Andrea Hochkeppel, Cailey McCandless, Jonathan Cooper, Danielle Stoddard, Josh Ball, Kim David
Brayshawna Bates, Ryan Kirsch, Allison Kirsch, Victoria Perez, Bob Huffer, Julie Scarborough, Josh Ball, Allison Cain, Jennifer Holmes, Krystina Almageur, Merrit Martin, Lindsay Flick, Christina Montgomery, Karl Hudson, Erin Richardson, Gino Diridoni
Glenn Longacre, John R. Mason III, Mike Thomas, Brian Ames,
Jordan Gatenby, David Hubbell, Calvin Lester
Scott Huhn, Matt Turner, Chris Faulkenberry, Billy Horne, Scotty Shoemaker,
Ty Menard, Jason Stanley, Tony Ley
Liz Sorenson, Lynn Nelson, Kelsey Brady
Ryan Kirsch, Frank Filipo, Claire Mondragon, Brian Ramondetta, Brayshawna Bates,
Luke Gerdes, Danielle Stoddard, Joey Reynolds, Carolyn Pastor, Zach Middaugh,
Adam Bintz, Jeremy Stamps, Emily Phipps
Dean Ray, Jonathan Rodriguez, Rob Campbell, Emily Phipps
James Neihouse, Claire Mondragon, Nick Peugh, James Donmoyer, Nate Begle
Calvin Lester, Kelsey Brady
Vincent Siracusano, Tyler Campbell, Michael Feldmann
Ernie Hernandez, Allison Cain, Christopher Faulkenberry, Christopher Heady, Taylor Brady
Vincent Siracusano, Scotty Shoemaker, Ashley Taylor, Aleigh Watford, Clayton Roederer
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Vincent Siracusano, developed by Calvin Lester & Luke Gerdes