Finally the items from Parizade's Quest are ready. The Piano/Vocal Score, the Director's Script and Production Kit are uploaded now and available at SMP Press!
This was one of my favorite shows to write. It all began with a suggestion by my good friend Kerynne Vance. She told me about how she had thought that this story was an excellent choice for Children's Theater because it had so many good roles for girls. And indeed it does. The storyteller Jamileh, the Beautiful Weeping Queen Kazhira, the two scheming
Now don't get me wrong, there are plenty of good roles for boys, too: The Sultan Kashroo Shah, the Master storyteller Ghalandar, Old Torab, the two lost Princes Bahman and Perviz, the Gypsy musicians Barim and Najid, and Captain Rashid and the Royal Guards.
This story is so colorful and chocked full of magic and mystery. With a healthy costume and scenery budget, this play can be mounted in a most memorable way. The budget for our first production was not nearly enough to do everything I wanted to do. With a healthy budget, the costumes could be elegantly bejeweled and oh so dazzling! With access to a better stage, the sets could be so imaginative and spectacular. There could also be some magical effects with lighting and puffs of smoke.
Oh well, maybe those special things will happen in a later production...