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The Elves and the Shoemaker -- The Musical
Book by Karen Boettcher-Tate
Music and Lyrics by Bill Francouer
Directed by Engela Edwards
April 5 & 6, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.
A winner of the 2014 TNT POPS
book by Paul Elliott
with music by Jeanie Cunningham
Directed by Engela Edwards
Premiere Date: TBD
A 30-minute reading from the script will occur on Saturday, March 15, at the Bastrop Conference Center at 2 p.m.
The moving story of a southern town, immediately after the Civil War.
The TNT POPs Festival had 90 entries that were read by 2-rounds of readers.
EASY Theatre chose Dula for a 2015 production.
From the director Englea Edwards about the musical: Dula is the sincere story of a small southern town immediately after the civil war, and although historically placed in time, there is a modern feel to the writing. It could easily be the story of a Texas boy coming home after a war. The truth, as it relates to the individuals in the story, doesn’t matter; because it is an honest story about war. It is this universality of time and space that drew me to the script.
Every role is a good one, with lines actors will want to say. Elliot is able to achieve this with an economy of words, where full backstories turn on a single word. Dula’s main character is the town. It is populated with well-rounded people. In life, every person is the hero of their story, and it is a rare author who can accomplish the same within the time limitation imposed on a stage production.
Paul Elliot expertly holds the tensions, and packs a lot of emotional variety into this musical. For almost every trough in which he submerges us, he brings us back with a lightness, a laugh, and a hope that things will get better. I was attracted to the skill and maturity of his writing and his ability to manipulate emotions, without making us feel manipulate. He is adept in his use of metaphor without being heavy handed.
I loved the script before I heard the music. Elliot and Cunningham’s lyrics are poetry. Cunningham's music is powerful, touching, and sweet. Many beautiful songs, that easily stand on their own, become heartbreaking in the context of the story. I look forward to producing this new American musical, and thank TNT POPs for bringing it to my attention.
Engela Edwaards was awarded the TNT Dynamite Award 2014 given to an individual or organization that has contributed
significantly to theatre in Texas and for her contributions to Youth Theatre in Texas.
Winners of the Texas Nonprofit Theatre's Blooming Briefs: Fruit of
the Plume Ten Minute Play Contest!
"A new year is like a script with
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