Words and Music Concert Reading in December PDF Print E-mail

You are invited to a concert reading of the new musical

The Last Storyteller

book and lyrics by Caroline Lee and Christina Biggs, music by Margaret James

on Monday, December 17, at 7:30 pm

part of the Words and Music concert reading series of original musicals
(McGaw YMCA Children's Center Auditorium)
1420 Maple Avenue, Evanston
General admission is $15 at the door,
or by calling (847) 920-5360.

The Last Storyteller is a family musical about filial respect and friendship in present day Damascus. Hamza wants to win the Master of the Zodiac videogame championship.  When his uncle loses an ancient storyteller sword, Hazma must decide how to use his savings – will he register for the contest or retrieve the sacred sword?

get-attachment-10 250The Last Storyteller is directed by Joan Mazzonelli and music directed by Philip Seward. The cast features N’jameh Camara, Joseph Foronda, Rebecca Keeshin, Molly Kral, Brandon Moorhead, Isabel Quintero, Erin Thomas, Jameson Wentworth-App. The stage manager is Suzanne Whitney.  Midwest New Musicals is lead by workshop director John Sparks.

Caroline Lee
(book & lyrics) is often inspired by her travels around the world and thanks Syria for sharing its stories.  Other musicals currently in development are Silent Bells and Hot Jazz, Cold Feet. She has had her work performed in several Chicago Dramatists/ASCAP showcases for new work and recently completed her first children’s novel, Maxene Meets the Mannequins.

Christina Biggs (book & lyrics) has written The Magic Ofrenda (1st runner-up at the 2010 National Children’s Theatre Festival), Stand Up! (a R.Ed.I Foundation commission), Jack vs. Giants, The Magic Paintbrush, The Reluctant Dragon, The Adventures of Anansi the Spider (winner of “Best Kid’s Libretto” at the 2007 Moondance International Film Festival and semifinalist at the 2007 Summer Play Festival NYC), Aztec Idol, The Perfect Feet, Fu Manchu Tied Up My Mom, Prince Huey and the Gooey Dragon, Brave New Kitchen and Trouble in Rummyville.

Margaret James (music) has composed over 20 musicals for children, many of which have been produced by M&W Classic Children's Theatre in Milwaukee, Soupstone Productions in Chicago, and Theatre at the Center in Indiana.  She has musical directed for a living for many years, at all the Drury Lanes, the Theatre Building, the Goodman, the Ivanhoe, and Peninsula Players.  She has received many Jeff Award nominations and many After Dark Awards.


 Midwest New Musicals workshop director is John Sparks.


This concert reading reading is part of the Words and Music series of Midwest New Musicals, a musical theater writers workshop in association with Light Opera Works.

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