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STAR+CROSSED
A NEW SOUTH AFRICAN MUSICAL

Inspired by true and not-so-true events
 

Book & Lyrics

MARCEL MEYER

Music

WESSEL ODENDAAL

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ABOUT THE SHOW

 

Star+Crossed is an exploration of how we use stories and fantasies to transmute a dark barren world into something more meaningful, mythic, and beautiful.  This two-hander musical is currently in development.

 

The character of Bess is loosely inspired by the persona of Elizabeth Klarer who became a minor celebrity in 1950s South Africa because of her alleged relationship with an Alien from another planet, but is also about two unlikely people finding each other in extraordinary circumstances.  It is about the forging of a lasting, deep, and profound connection with another human being – a connection that truly transcends time and space.  And laws. 

 

As a sub-plot, Star-crossed deals with South Africa’s transformation as a country from a place of darkness to a place of light and hope.


The musical spans almost nine decades, from 1910, with the formation of the Union of South Africa, until 1994, when Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically elected president.  The story is about the ideals of two unlikely people (a white woman and a black man) who find a deep fondness for each other over a long period during South Africa’s troubled past.

SCENES & MUSICAL NUMBERS

Prologue: Heaven, 1994.
   1. Prelude & Prologue [Bess & Billy]
  2. Written in the Stars [Bess]


Scene 1: The First Sighting, Flying Saucer Hill, 17 July 1918.
   3. Look at the Night Sky [Bess & Billy]

Scene 2: The Second Sighting, Flying Saucer Hill, 24 October 1929.
   4. The Second Sighting [Bess & Billy]

Scene 3: Parallel Lives I: 1929 – 1939.
   5. Casta Diva [Bess]
  6. When I Led the Band [Billy]


Scene 4: The Third Sighting, Flying Saucer Hill, 3 September 1939.
   7. The Third Sighting [Bess & Billy]

Scene 5: Parallel Lives II: 1939 – 1948.
   8. Bess Takes to The Sky [Bess & Billy]
  9. Billy Goes Underground [Bess & Billy]


Scene 6: The Abduction, Flying Saucer Hill, 4 June 1948.
   10. The Abduction [Bess & Billy]

Scene 7: Parallel Lives III: 1948 – 1962.
   11. My Lover is an Alien [Bess]
  12. A Wind of Change [Billy]


Scene 8: A Final Farewell, Flying Saucer Hill, 11 July 1963.
   13. A Kiss and Then Goodbye [Billy & Bess]

Scene 9: The Long Walk to Freedom, 1963 – 1994.
   14. Billy’s Death [Bess & Billy]
  15. The Death of Bess [Bess]


Scene 10: 4 June 1948: What Really Happened.
   16. Star-Crossed [Bess & Billy]
  17. Finale [Bess & Billy]



 

Starring

EARL GREGORY and ISABELLA JANE

Music

WESSEL ODENDAAL

Book and Lyrics

MARCEL MEYER

Direction, Setting and Lighting

FRED ABRAHAMSE

Wardrobe

MARCEL MEYER

Wardrobe Manufactured by

EDIT ATELIER

Produced by

VR THEATRICAL and ABRAHAMSE MEYER PRODUCTIONS

©2022

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