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A new roots-musical that tells the story of the legendary queen of Carthage through folk and bluegrass.
A new roots-musical that tells the story of the legendary queen of Carthage through folk and bluegrass.
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Three thousand years ago, before the foundations of Rome were even a dream, a mythical queen built a city that would stand as a shining beacon of civilization in a world ravaged by war, but all we know of Dido and those early days of her city has been lost to history. This April, Bad Quarto explores that lost history in a musical exploration of the mythical queen of Carthage. Drawing upon Vergil, Marlowe, Ovid, and others, Tony Tambasco and Rachel Quagliariello bring to life the story of the mythical queen who paved the way for Western Civilization.  

The Ballad of Dido combines American roots music with the classical myth of Dido, the legendary queen of Carthage, to tell the tale of hope, faith, and love during an ongoing global conflict. Inspired by folk, rock, and bluegrass music, this truly epic story comes to life like never before. History has remembered Dido as a strong leader, shrewd politician, original crazy ex-girlfriend, paragon of virtue, and a goddess, but in this new musical, she finally sings her own song.  

The Ballad of Dido is performed by a cast of five actors, who will also provide their own musical accompaniment. Please help us bring this unique musical theatre experience to life this spring.

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    COMPOSER RECORDING
    We'll send you the same digital copy of composer/music director Rachel Quagliariello singing the songs of The Ballad of Dido that we'll send the cast to help them learn their music.

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    On top of the original cast recording, and the comp tickets, we'll mail you a color copy of the poster signed by the cast cast and crew,, and we'll include your name on the website as one of our show sponsors.

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    You'll get the electronic copy of the original cast recording, an autographed poster, four comp tickets, AND a Ballad of Dido T-Shirt, AND we'll put your company logo on our web site.

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    ALL PREVIOUS LEVELS + ANGEL SPONSOR STATUS + AUTOGRAPHED SCRIPT + DVD + "BACKSTAGE PASS"
    You'll get everything else, plus angel sponsor status on our website and program, and we'll send you an autographed copy of the script, complete with chord charts, and a DVD of a live performance of The Ballad of Dido. Also, you'll be invited to hang out with the cast and crew after one of our Saturday performances.

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