MARK CAMPBELL

LIBRETTIST / LYRICIST

SPLENDORA

CHANG&ENG

AND THE CURTAIN RISES

SPLENDORA

BOOKWRITER PETER WEBB

COMPOSER STEPHEN HOFFMAN

Splendora—a small town in East Texas. People still talk about Timothy John Coldridge, the young man who ran away from the town fifteen years ago, never to be heard from again. People still talk. Almost as much as they talk about Splendora’s new arrival: Miss Jessica Gatewood, a lady of Victorian mien, hired to run the county bookmobile. Within weeks, Jessica captivates the town, much admired for her refined style and lauded for her municipal restoration efforts. Only one person, Sue Ella Lightfoot, suspects there’s more to MissJessie than meets the eye and makes a startling discovery: that Jessica and Timothy John Coldridge are one and the same…But,for how long? As Jessica/Timothy John falls in love with Brother Leggett, Splendora’s assistant pastor, its clear that he must reconcile himself with his hurtful past so that he can finally leave Jessica. And Splendora.

CHANG&ENG

BOOKWRITER BURTON COHEN

COMPOSER STEPHEN HOFFMAN

Chang & Eng is based on Burton Cohen’s original play, The Wedding of the Siamese Twins and is about the lives of the original conjoined twins Chang & Eng, who moved from Thailand to North Carolina after traveling the world as a scientific attraction, started a farm, married two sisters named Adelaide and Sally Yates, and fathered 21 children between them. The musical traces the dueling needs for dependence and independence in a relationship.

AND THE CURTAIN RISES

BOOKWRITER MICHAEL SLADE

COMPOSER JOSEPH THALKEN

And The Curtain Rises is a fictional re-telling of the creation of the first American musical, The Black Crook. The musical comedy explores the nature of collaboration and trust, the search for a place to belong, and the ability of the theatre to reconnect artists and audiences alike to the wonders and magic of childhood.

MUSICALS