By Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon
Four performances only - September 28, 29, 30 at 7:30 pm
October 1 at 2:30 pm (to be followed by discussion session)
The Crane Theater, Minneapolis
“Goblin Market” is a musical adaptation of Christina Rossetti’s 1859 narrative poem by Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon featuring the artwork of Omar Rayyan. Two proper Victorian sisters return to their childhood nursery to relive the haunting memories of their youth. Blending music, poetry and entrancing imagery, the play weaves an enchanted spell that will linger long in the memory. To further explore the connections between the musical, the original poem, and the historical context, the October 1st matinee show will be followed by a discussion session facilitated by Andrew Elfenbein, Ph.D., Chair of the University of Minnesota English Department.
"If beautifully performed, small, intimate, original or rarely produced musicals are your thing, you definitely need to check out this new and exciting entry to the #TCTheater scene."
". . .great source material, a beautiful score, a stellar cast, and lovely visuals."
"The small but mighty troupe of Theatre Elision was tremendously talented. The two actors/singers and four live musicians were clearly professionals, capable of conquering any production set before them. Hearing them make un-amplified music in their chamber ensemble of: alto, soprano, grand piano, violin, cello, and percussion was gorgeous. These natural sounding instruments are timeless and innately exciting, many moments were pure perfection."
Enjoy a brief performance video!
Cast & Creative
Andrew Elfenbein, Ph.D.
Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) was born in London, one of four children of Italian parents. Rossetti is best known for her ballads and her mystic religious lyrics. Her poetry is marked by symbolism and intense feeling. Rossetti’s best-known work, Goblin Market and Other Poems, was published in 1862. The collection established Rossetti as a significant voice in Victorian poetry. By the 1880s, recurrent bouts of Graves’ disease made Rossetti an invalid, yet she continued to write. Christina Rossetti is increasingly being reconsidered a major Victorian poet. She has been compared to Emily Dickinson but the similarity is more in the choice of spiritual topics than in poetic approach.
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Piano: Harrison Wade
Violin: Liam Gibb
Cello: Rosa Thompson-Vieira
Percussion: Erik Schee
Director: Lindsay Redman
Music Director: Harrison Wade
Vocal Director: Christine Wade
Technical Manager: Samm Nordstrom