Late last month, in a South Philadelphia recording studio, British rock icon Sierra Mist threw a tantrum – a series of them, actually. At one point she could be found banging on a bathroom door, complaining about her bassist bringing his young son to the session. Later, she had a meltdown because the sound of her turn-of-the-millennium comeback song, “Y2K,” wasn’t “spooky” enough.
If you’re scratching your head over why you’ve never heard of Sierra Mist, wonder no more: she, and her fits of rock-star rage, are purely fictional – the invention of 1812 Productions (Philadelphia's All Comedy Theatre Company) artistic director and founder Jennifer Childs. The recording session, on the other hand, was completely real, and will result in a Sierra Mist “greatest hits” package being released in conjunction with “I Will Not Go Gently,” 1812’s new show telling the story of Mist’s rise, fall, and redemption.
While comedy is nothing new for Childs, who wrote and stars in the show, living the life of a rock star for a day was a novelty. “We’ve all sung into our hairbrushes at least,” she says in the stairwell outside Buckeye Studio during a break from recording.
“Hanging out, drinking bourbon and ‘laying down tracks’, as they say, is great character study.”