Serena in X-Tremis — A musical fable
Composer: Stephanie Robinson
Librettist: Theodore Shank
Original Cast: Roles: Serena, a struggling singer (Soprano); Boston, a pop chick singer (Mezzo); Pop, a TV evangelist (Tenor); Nick, a mysterious young man (Baritone); The People, minimum of 4 to play variety of roles (variable)
Premiere Date: Not available.
Description: Serena, a homeless singer, tries to scratch out a living by singing in the subway. Envious of the successful career of the pop-singer, Boston Mariott, Serena attempts to disrupt a performance and it thrown out. When the depressed singer meets a TV Evangelist, he tells her he can change her life, even make her famous, but in exchange she must promise to give her soul to the Kingdom. Having nothing to lose, she accepts and soon becomes a big hit touring to foreign lands. As her fame increases, Boston’s declines and she commits suicide. Serena dares to think her fame will never end, but she again meets the Evangelist who has come to collect. She finds herself in the Kingdom--a strictly regimented world of marching people in combat boots and angel wings. The militaristic music is awful. Serena and Boston rebel and are thrown out and end up in the real world of the audience. The spell has been broken.
Length: 01:30
Musical Style: Musical/opera with pop/rock influences.
Contact: Theodore Shank
E-mail Address: tshank@ucsd.edu
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