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poster

Written and directed by Stephen Legawiec

Movement design and choregraphy: Dana Wieluns
Costumes by Robert Velasquez
Lighting by JP Gagnon
Stage Manager: Cat Ballou
Musical Director: Rachel Kodweis
Set Design by Stephen Legawiec
Musical compositions & arrangements by Susan Christiansen
“Carte Postale arrangement by Greg Petras
Sky drop painted by Dorothy Royle
Costumer and additional designs: Tessa Kingsley
Tech Director: Stacia Saniuk

   

Cast
Fern Beede
Astrea Campbell-Cobb
Jake Cote
Lilly Victoria Gardiner
Carolyn Glaude
Rachel Kodweis
Brandon Johnson
Caleb Lacy
Dana Wieluns Legawiec
Stephen Legawiec
Kathleen Nation
Zoe Raphael
Melody Stolpp
Michael Dix Thomas

The play takes place in the kingdom of Aquitania.
Aquitania is based on characters from the Legends of Charlemagne, a canon of stories about the French king and his knights, narratively and thematically similar to the Arthurian legends. For Aquitania we took from the stories four of the principle characters – the virtuous Charlemagne, Roland and Fleurdelis, and the evil Gano; and one legend - that of an enchanted ring, and devised a story for them all. However, we created a story, which explores the idea of time. In Aquitania a 10-year-old girl plays a board game whose pieces are the characters of the mythical Charlemagne legends. At the same time (or perhaps not at the same time), Marguerite, a librarian has been summoned to a mythical kingdom in 1930s Europe to solve a military crisis. The characters she meets are the same characters from the board game, even though it is the 1930s. That is, they have the same names and embody the same ideals as their Carolingian counterparts. We come to discover that Marguerite is enacting with her new friends, the same plot that the little girl is working out on her board game. The audience sets off on a strange and wonderful journey much like Alice in Wonderland or Dorothy in Oz, where the protagonist must embrace a new kind of logic in order to survive. And oh yes, I forgot to mention: It’s a comedy.
- Stephen Legawiec

Singers

Ring give

Four Friends

Thug Cake

Fleur and Cake

 

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