Recently, I’ve been hearing
about a new theater production in Charleston – Saint
Stephen’s Dream: A Space Opera. Space is pretty cool, and I do like opera,
so I spent a little bit of time finding out more about this production.
Merriam-Webster kindly tells
me that a space opera is “a futuristic melodramatic fantasy
involving space travelers and extraterrestrial beings.” Wikipedia elaborates
and makes a special note:
“The term has no relation to
music and it is analogous to "soap opera"
While Saint Stephen’s Dream is “a futuristic
melodramatic fantasy involving space travelers,” it also involves music. It’s a folk/rock/experimental musical drama,
with an intriguing interactive online aspect.
Creator Doug Imbrogno explains the whole thing in a brief interview:
Interview with Doug Imbrogno about Saint Stephen's Dream
Official Trailer for "Saint Stephen's Dream"
The IONS rehearse 'No Further Thought of Fame' from Saint Stephen's Dream