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Such Stuff As Dreams — A Musical Tempest

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 in Classics, Premiere Musicals, Shakespeare Plays

Suggested by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”  Book and Lyrics by Neil K. Newell Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools,  Church Groups, Youth Theatres) You thought you knew “The Tempest”? Well, get ready for this version. We start before Shakespeare begins. We see Propsero and Miranda arrive. We see Ariel deposit Sycorax and Caliban on the isle. We see Ariel impaled in the ‘oak’ and we see Propsero defeat Sycorax. We then see Sycorax come to life again through the intervention of  Caliban and the strangers deposited on the island by Prospero’s tempest. As in the original, goodness prevails but only after valuable lessons have been learned by all. This story now involves the conflict between Sycorax/Caliban and Prospero. It is no longer an epic but a taught, musical...

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