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Oscar Wilde's - The Selfish Giant

Embrace Your Inner Wilde!

October 13 - November 11, 2018

Can the laughter of a child melt the cold heart of a selfish giant? Yes it can! This adaptation of Oscar Wilde's beautiful fairytale will warm the hearts of young and old alike.

Join us for a very special journey inside the mind of Oscar Wilde - follow him as he leads us into the tale of The Selfish Giant. Watch as we transform the stage from literally nothing into the magical land of Wilde's imagination. At once you will see the show come to life before your eyes while getting a rare glimpse of the show behind the show.

Our musical adaptation by Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell, returns to the Players Theatre in Greenwich Village, NYC on October 13 and runs thru November 11, 2018

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*** This production was selected for the 1st Irish New York City Play Festival ***

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The Story

The show opens with Oscar Wilde greeting the audience and inviting us to remember our "Wilde Imagination" and our childhood; a time when we were free. Suddenly, before our eyes, an empty stage becomes the world of the Selfish Giant as the talented cast enacts this wonderful tale through the use of dance, puppetry, music and storytelling.

The Selfish Giant lived all alone in his big, cold castle - seeing no one day in and day out except his faithful servant, Martha. All around the castle lay the most beautiful garden you have ever seen, but the Giant never used his garden, he barely knew that it was there.

One day the Giant decides to go visit his Cornish cousin and sets off on a seven-year trip. While he is gone, Martha decides to let the children from the village play in the Giant's beautiful garden. When the Giant returns he is furious to see these "urchins" in his garden and chases them away. He then instructs Martha to "Build a Wall as High as the Sky and Keep the Urchins Out!"

This plan backfires on the Selfish Giant as now that there are no children in his garden, spring refuses to return and it is winter in the Giants garden for many, many years. However, the children eventually break through the wall and crawl back into the garden and the spring returns at last. Slowly, the Giant begins to see how his selfish actions only made his life lonelier and he begins to make amends by breaking down the wall and inviting the children back in. In the process, he befriends a tiny boy who reminds him of himself when he was a "little giant". But, the little boy never returns and the Giant misses him dearly until one day he comes to a special realization and asks "Is He Me?"

The Workshop

In addition to the musical, the audience receives a special treat, an interactive arts workshop. Join us for the pre-show arts workshop (one hour prior to each performance) where you will meet cast members, the choreographer and playwright as we share with you the creative process of bringing a book to life on the stage. And then, we will enlist your creative talents asking you to make a special art project that we will use in the performance! Afterward, you can take your creation home to show your friends.

The Music

The music is a combination of original compositions based on traditional irish music and arrangements of traditional Irish folk melodies. All the music is played by three percussionist, including 12-year old Emily Sgouros, who play a variety of tuned and non tuned percussion instruments. These instruments include the Marimba, Orchestra Bells, Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Brake Drum and many more. During the show try counting how many different percussion instruments you hear. Then when the show is over you can walk down to the pit and speak to the composer and music director of the show, Michael Sgouros, to see if you guessed right. I can tell you now the number is more than 20!!!

See a video clip from the 2008 production!

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