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Phase 1 of original stage musical that celebrates fairy tales and nursery rhymes.

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Magick & Poison”  is a new theatre show project that is part of an initiative to bring exceptional-quality original theatre productions to the Central Ohio entertainment venue.  “Magick & Poison” is an original musical that celebrates fairytales in the way they were meant to be told, with the glorious wonderment as well as the sinister edginess.  “Magick & Poison” contains a new original story plot that ties in a cornucopia of legend, nursery rhymes, fairytales and medieval history.  Sewn into its main plot are colorful inclusions of the tales of Grimm Brothers, Shakespeare, Mother Goose, Aesop, Perrault, Basile, Anderson, Carroll and others.  The show is entertaining, whimsical, educational, and filled with music, twists and turns that entertains adults and children alike.  It is a show that reminds us how glorious creativity is and what magic can be done by imaginative thought.  Also, it is a strong effort to bring back entertainment that the entire family can enjoy together.

The “Magick & Poison” show is planned to be performed at places where stimulation of public interest is needed.  Currently, dates are set for the “Magick & Poison” show to be performed next year at the Northland Performing Arts Center, so that the public will see what new growth is taking place in the Northland area of Columbus.

I am Timothy S. Klugh, and I have spent years using my creativity to help enhance and enlighten.  For six years, I created Christmas albums whose profits went directly to charity.  For nine years, I have freely composed original music for community theatres in Athens, Columbus, Dublin, Galena, Grove City, Lithopolis, Nelsonville and Westerville in Ohio.  Last year, I wrote, composed and produced my first theatre show called “Trilogy” which was shown last year and again this year in Galloway, Ohio.  I am ready to do something bigger.

“Magick & Poison” is in need of funding for props, paint, materials, costumes and all the things that go into a theatre production.  I have already purchased much of the audio and lighting gear myself but some others things are needed there to.  This project is non-profit, so any help is hight appreciated.

Thank you for your support!

A great magic is contained in an enhanted forest in the land of Harmonia. Centuries ago, two witches, Tomislav and Rostislav, came from the underworld to dominate this land forcing the magic of the enchanted forest to do their will. When the kingdom of Fabula was establish, the power in the land was nuetralized, and the enchanted forest would no longer serve anyone. The witches tried to use force to reclaim the land, but King Thrushbeard and his son Prince Charming were too brave and strong to be defeated. The witches needed another strategy.

When Prince Charming saves Briar Rose from her endless sleep and decides to marry her, Tomislav and Rostislav finally discover a way to undermine and destroy the kingdom of Fabula. It would be through cunningness, trickery and betrayal.

The "Magick & Poison" musical spins an original story that weaves into its plot storylines from a cornucopia of classic fairytales, nursery rhymes and other classic prose. From awe-inspiring glory to dark sinister foulness, "Magick & Poison" is an adventure that celebrates the tales of folklore that has entertained generations.

What was it that made the old tales of the Grimm Brothers, Mother Goose, Homer, Aesop, Hans Christian Anderson, Shakespeare and others so fascinating and intriguing that these stories would be preciously passed from generation to generation? What was it that made these tales so significant? Was it the mysteriousness of them? Their morals? Their wonderment? Or was it something even more that made these particular tales become a staple of literature for hundreds of years.

The origins of some folklore come from how news traveled between individuals in days before print was readily available. A significant bit of news would spread around from place to place and, with each retelling, morph into something different. Names would change, events would change, and other particulars would change that would turn the story into something completely different. A king who loses his reign becomes Humpty Dumpty falling from a wall; A queen, her kingdom, and her unfaithful husband become a lady in a garden with silver bells and cockle shells. The black plague becomes a ring around a rose. Other tales of folklore were ways to teach lessons and morals. Little Red Riding Hood teaches not to wander into the woods alone. The Three Little Pigs teaches how to build a proper home. For one reason or another, these tales captured imaginations and were made timeless. They became just as magical to the heart as the magic within their stories. It is as if they were delivered on enchanted wings from some place far within our dreams. Thus, they have been given the name "fairytales".

Timothy S. Klugh is a music composer and writer who was completely fascinated by fairytales. Also a fan of history, Timothy spent years studying the origins of these classic fables. Having collected some of the oldest preserved versions of the tales, Timothy decided to pay tribute to these legendary stories using his own talents.

In 2009, he composed the seventeen movement music work called "Magick & Poison" and defined it as a proper soundtrack for Once Upon A Time. This music work appeared as the soundtrack to the Athenian Berean Community Players 2009 stage production of Terry Pratchett's "Wyrd Sisters". In 2010, Timothy modified and expanded this music work to become its own album.

However, "Magick & Poison" did not seem complete yet. The music needed a story to go with it. The story needed to dig deep into the roots of the fairytales and bring out all the mystical charm and sinister darkness that could only be found in the original prose. Timothy would write a completely new story that would intertwine with those old fables. In 2011, Timothy started making a stage musical that would tell this new story using the "Magick & Poison" music work as its soundtrack.

INDIVIDUAL CHARACTERS
(In order of appearance)

PIED PIPER ……. ROB TROMP

TOMISLAV, THE WITCH ……. CAROL ROSE CARVER

ROSTISLAV, THE WITCH ……. KIMBERLY HAAF

STURE, THE WITCH ……. KRISTY METZGER

BUTCHER ……. MITCH HAAF

BAKER ……. KRYSTLE J. VAN FOSSAN

CANDLESTICK MAKER ……. (STILL AVAILABLE)

HARK, THE HERALD ……. JASON PEITSMEYER

GREGORY, THE JESTER ……. STEVEN P. HERBST

HICKORY, THE MINSTREL ……. (STILL AVAILABLE)

DICKORY, THE MINSTREL ……. (STILL AVAILABLE)

DOC, THE MINSTREL ……. (STILL AVAILABLE)

KING THRUSHBEARD ……. JORDAN W. WEI

QUEEN BERYL ……. AMANDA TAYLOR GAY

PRINCE CHARMING ……. RYAN METZGER

BRIAR ROSE ……. LOVE CARVER

GWYNN AP NUDD, THE GOBLIN ……. T. SHAWN KLUGH II

NUDD, THE GOBLIN KING ……. MITCH HAAF

CINDER ……. KRYSTLE J. VAN FOSSAN

THE WOLF ……. STEVEN P. HERBST


GROUP CHARACTERS
(In order of appearance)
(All are not completely cast yet

TOWNSPEOPLE
ROYAL GUARD
ROYAL BEARERS
ROYAL CAVALRY
ROYAL CLEAN-UP CREW
FAIRIES
GOBLINS
MAYPOLE DANCERS
DIDDLES

DIRECTOR: TIMOTHY S. KLUGH

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: DELORA D. KLUGH

STAGE MANAGER: BRIAR TRAINER

WRITER AND MUSIC COMPOSER: TIMOTHY S. KLUGH

ARTISTIC DESIGNER: ERIC GAY

SET DESIGNER: DALE MCDOWELL

DANCE CHOREOGRAPHER: PAVEL STROUHAL

BATTLE CHOREOGRAPHER: RYAN METZGER

COSTUME DESIGNER: DALE MCDOWELL

Sponsors who have already joined us:

KEENS FURNITURE LOFT
1795 S. High Street
Columbus, Ohio

THE GUARDTOWER
3600 Trabue Rd.
Columbus, Ohio

YSA THEATRICAL GROUP
Columbus, Ohio

SOMMER HOUSE GALLERY
4038 Broadway
Grove City, Ohio

DR. JONATHAN EVANS
English Department
University of Georgia

SECOND IMPRESSIONS RESALE SHOP
5384 N. High Street
Columbus, Ohio

INDIVIDUAL CHARACTERS
(In order of appearance)


"PIED PIPER"
PLAYED BY: ROB TROMP
The narrator and tour guide of the show.  He is the only character who speaks to the audience directly.


"TOMISLAV, THE WITCH"
TENTATIVELY PLAYED BY: CAROL ROSE CARVER
Tomislav is the strongest and darkest witch in the land of Fabula.  She has been in the land for centuries and fights to keep control of it.  Her magic tool is a staff.  Her sister is Rostislav.


"ROSTISLAV, THE WITCH"
PLAYED BY: KIMBERLY HAAF
Rostislav is the second strongest witch in the land.  Unlike her sister Tomislav, she is able to give an appearance of gentleness that she uses to manipulate others with.  Her magic tool is a besom (witch’s broom).


"STURE, THE WITCH"
PLAYED BY: KRISTY METZGER
The weakest and most fair (by far) of the witches, for Tomislav and Rostislav are foul in appearance, Sture is a fairy who, as a child, was found by the sister witches and raised as if Sture herself was a witch.  Once Sture’s wings appear, the witch’s reveal to her that she is indeed a fairy.  This is all part of a plan that Tomislav and Rostislav has been putting together since Sture was little to help the sister’s seize the kingdom.  Sture’s is magical herself, and she is able to do magic that the sister witches cannot.  It is the fairy magic that Sture can do that is was Tomislav and Rostislav want to manipulate.  Sture’s magic comes directly to her from the enchanted forest, which is where all the magic in Fabula exists.


"BUTCHER"
PLAYED BY: MITCH HAAF
One of the three major merchants in the town in the kingdom of Harmonia.  The butcher prepares and sells meat to the commoners and royalty.  He serves the main dishes for the town’s festivals.


"BAKER"
TENTATIVELY PLAYED BY: KRYSTLE J. VAN FOSSAN
One of the three major merchants in the town in the kingdom of Harmonia.  The baker prepares and sell breads, pastries and desserts to the commoners and royalty.  He also keeps birds as pets that he uses on special occasions to bake into pies.  King Thrushbeard enjoys being surprised to see birds fly out of a pies.


"CANDLESTICK MAKER"
PLAYED BY: (STILL AVAILABLE)
One of the three major merchants in the town in the kingdom of Harmonia.  King Thrushbeard likes candles.  Since the King Thrushbeard like candles, everyone in town likes them too.  This craze for candles keeps the Candlestick Maker very busy and profitable in his craft.


"HARK, THE HERALD"
PLAYED BY: (STILL AVAILABLE)
His Majesty’s royal herald, Hark make all formal introductions for the kingdom and manages public events.  Hark is a stickler for details, accuracy and things being done in proper order.


"GREGORY, THE JESTER"
PLAYED BY: (STILL AVAILABLE)
Gregory was an orphan who was taken in by King Thrushbeard who made him a jester, and declared him a playmate for the King’s son, Prince Charming.  The two young men were raised as brothers by the King and Queen, and the two were inseperable from each other.  Wherever the prince roamed, so did Gregory.  When the King decided that it was time for Prince Charming to be trained as a sword fighter, he also had Gregory trained as well.  He saw great courage in Prince Charming and knew he would fight valiantly to protect the kingdom.  Thrushbeard saw compassion in Gregory, and wanted Gregory to protect and look after Prince Charming throughout his life.  When Thrushbeard felt Prince Charming and Gregory were old enough, he bestowed his two battle swords (that the King used in The Crusades) to both of them, that they each would always have one.
Gregory would not only sacrifice for Prince Charming, but Gregory would also sacrifice for anyone he cared about.  He would soon find that there is one thing that he could not sacrifice despite how he tried.


"HICKORY, THE MINSTREL"
PLAYED BY: (STILL AVAILABLE)
One of His Majesty’s three minstrels who are the entertainment for the royal family.  Just like his other two band players, Hickory does not completely fit the behavioral protocol of the kingdom of Harmonia because he was raised in a more urban environment.  Hickory is the assumed leader of the band.


"DICKORY, THE MINSTREL"
PLAYED BY: (STILL AVAILABLE)
One of His Majesty’s three minstrels who are the entertainment for the royal family.  Just like his other two band players, Hickory does not completely fit the behavioral protocol of the kingdom of Fabula because he was raised in a more urban environment.  Dickory is the more excitable of the three minstrels.


"DOC, THE MINSTREL"
PLAYED BY: (STILL AVAILABLE)
One of His Majesty’s three minstrels who are the entertainment for the royal family.  Just like his other two band players, Hickory does not completely fit the behavioral protocol of the kingdom of Fabula because he was raised in a more urban environment.  Doc is the low toned quietly cool man of the band.


"KING THRUSHBEARD"
PLAYED BY: (STILL AVAILABLE)
A good king of humble origins who has dedicated his life to doing what is truly right.  He was a soldier who became a captain in The Crusades, but he became disheartened when he saw some of his own kinsmen become as evil as the evil they were all meant to fight against.  After fulfilling his oath in fighting to take back Jerusalem, Thrushbeard journeyed home to Britain.  He came upon the Scilly Islands where he became friends with King Iron Henry (who was formerly known as the Frog Prince.)  King Iron Henry hired Thrushbeard to protect the eastern isles of the Scilly Islands from Viking raiders.
Thrushbeard became good friends with King Iron Henry over the years.  When Thrushbeard married King Iron Henry’s daughter Byrel, the king made Thrushbeard king over the eastern isles that he had long protected.
King Thrushbeard explored and found other islands that were further into the Ocean.  One island called Fabula (which was an enchanted land once part of a sunken continent) was the place where King Thrushbeard built his kingdom, which he called Harmonia.
It was not long before King Thrushbeard was being attacked by the witches Tomislav and Rostislav who had ruled to land of Fabula for many centuries.  Because of his desire to do what was right, King Thrushbeard defended his kingdom with much endurance and courage.  He and his knights fought so well, that the witches were never able to take the kingdom by force.
As King Thrushbeard is getting old after living over a century, he is about to pass his throne to his son, Prince Charming.


"QUEEN BERYL"
PLAYED BY: AMANDA TAYLOR GAY
Daughter of King Iron Henry, Beryl was an unruly and spoiled princess who would not marry any suitor, even though they were all kings.  King Iron Henry decided that Beryl would marry the first beggar he encountered.  A beggar came and gratefully took Beryl away to the eastern islands.  Realizing that her horrible attitude had led her to such misfortune, Beryl became humble and gentle in her nature.  It was then that the beggar revealed himself to be King Thrushbeard, one of the suitors that Byrel had scoffed at and rejected.  From there King Thrushbeard made Beryl his queen.
Queen Beryl came with King Thrushbeard to live in the Kingdom of Harmonia.  The queen and the king have remained in love and are both raising their son, Charming.


"PRINCE CHARMING"
PLAYED BY: RYAN METZGER
Heir to the throne, Prince Charming is the bravest and most famous in the kingdom of Harmonia.  Like his father King Thrushbeard, he has fought many battles to protect the kingdom.  Unlike Thrushbeard though, Prince Charming is doing this work for his own glory.  The townspeople of the kingdom encourage his self-absorbtion by treating him like a celebrity.
Prince Charming is also about to marry Briar Rose, the maiden who had been cursed into a deep sleep until her true love found her and kissed her.
Prince Charming’s lifelong friend is Gregory who is of the same age as the prince.  Gregory was made a jester in the kingdom when Gregory was a boy, and he grew up as a playmate and best friend to Prince Charming.


"BRIAR ROSE"
TENTATIVELY PLAYED BY: LOVE CARVER
Harmonia is not the only kingdom to have been established in the Land of Fabula.  Five hundred years before King Thrushbeard landed on the shores of Fabula, there was a kingdom rules by King Cole.  King Cole loved his daughter more than he loved his kingdom, and as a result, he did not protect his kingdom well.  The witches Tomilsav and Rostislav were able to destroy King Cole’s kingdom by casting a spell on his princess daughter that she would fall into an endless sleep that would make her appear as if in death.  When King Cole found what had become of his daughter, his heart was broken and his soul was devastated.  He abandoned his kindom and his castle became a ruin with briars covering it over.  King Cole’s beautiful daughter slept her endless sleep within.  The castle became known as the Castle of Flax, for the flax that poisoned the princess and made her sleep grew in the briar thorns.
However, as of recent, Briar was awakened by the kiss of her true love.  This happened while Prince Charming and Gregory were on a hunt and stumbled upon the Castle of Flax.  When they explored the ruins, they found the sleeping princess.  Awakened, Briar Rose has found herself tossed into a new era with hundreds of years between her and the people she knew and loved.  On top of this, she is about to marry Prince Charming and be the next queen of Harmonia.  Briar is quite lost and has yet to come to terms with her new situation.


"GWYNN AP NUDD, THE GOBLIN"
PLAYED BY: T. SHAWN KLUGH II
Gwynn ap Nudd is the son of the Nudd, who is the King of the Goblins.  Gwynn ap Nudd is young but very brave.  He looks forward to his future as the next king, but he feels currently inferior because he has not obtained his own weapon yet.  With the exception of Nudd’s sword, no other goblin obtains his own weapon without stealing it.  Gwynn ap Nudd is no different, and he is currently in search of one.


"NUDD, THE GOBLIN KING"
PLAYED BY: MITCH HAAF
Nudd (also known as Lludd) is the leader of the goblins who dwell within the enchanted forest in the Land of Fabula. His tribe lives in a village in the enchanted forest called Annwn. No one has ever seen Annwn other than the goblins because the goblins keep the village (like all their other treasured items) hidden from view. While young goblins are tricksters and thieves, the adult goblins are vicious warriors. Nudd, being the Goblin King, uses the sword past down from his father Beli Mawr who was the Goblin King before him.


"CINDER"
TENTATIVELY PLAYED BY: KRYSTLE J. VAN FOSSAN
Maid servant who looks after the needs of Briar Rose.  Cinder is a shy but hopeful girl who counsels with Briar Rose as a friend.


"THE GATEKEEPER"
TENTATIVELY PLAYED BY: JOHN HOBBES
The second in command in the security of Castle Thrushbeard, The Gatekeeper is under oath to dedicate and if necessary lay down his life in order to protect the castle from unauthorized entry.  The Gatekeeper protects the main gate in person while using the Royal Guard to protect the rear gate and the castle walls.  If an urgent situation occurs, The Gatekeeper can also summon the alarm and call upon the Royal Cavalry.


"THE WOLF"
PLAYED BY: (STILL AVAILABLE)
The Wolf is a powerful demon (or even a devil) from the underworld who is utter evil incarnate. The Wolf’s ravenous passion is to seek out the innocent and devour their flesh. The Wolf will use its sword only to dispatch any witness that may interrupt its meal. For The Wolf desires to eat the flesh of purity, and will feast upon it with great appetite. Anyone in the way who is not its target, will be killed and left to rot. While in the terrestrial world (both the mortal and fable lands), The Wolf can be killed although it is only temporary. The soul of The Wolf returns to the underworld, but it may return after a century of building up its power again. For every creature from the underworld is immortal.


GROUP CHARACTERS
(In order of appearance)


"TOWNSPEOPLE"
PLAYED BY: (STILL AVAILABLE)
The commoners who live within the town in the Kingdom of Harmonia, which is the current kingdom in the land of Fabula.
The town’s most profitable industries are butchering, baking and candlestick making.


"ROYAL GUARD"
PLAYED BY: (STILL AVAILABLE)
The foot knights of the Kingdom of Harmonia.
They wear chainmail armor and carry swords and shields.


"ROYAL BEARERS"
PLAYED BY: (STILL AVAILABLE)
Those servants who carry the sedan chairs that King Thrushbeard and Queen Beryl ride upon.


"ROYAL CAVALRY"
PLAYED BY: (STILL AVAILABLE)
The mounted knights of the Kingdom of Harmonia.
They wear chainmail armor and carry swords and spears.


"ROYAL CLEAN-UP CREW"
PLAYED BY: (STILL AVAILABLE)
The custodial crew of the Kingdom of Harmonia.


"FAIRIES"
PLAYED BY: (STILL AVAILABLE)
The guardian creatures of the enchanted forest who can summon the magic of the enchanted forest whenever they feel there is a need.


"GOBLINS"
PLAYED BY: (STILL AVAILABLE)
The barbaric creatures of the enchanted forest who are also responsible for the reputation that the enchanted forest has for making items disappear and reappear.  The goblins are tricksters and will aggressively fight when challenged.  They live in a hidden village in the enchanted forest called Annwn.
The Goblins keep track of their treasure through a sacred ball of bone known as the Goblin’s Sight Ball.  The Goblins look through the Goblin’s Sight Ball and see all treasures in the enchanted forest whether they are hidden or not.
The Goblin’s Sight Ball is normally only accessible to Nudd, the Goblin King.
With the exception of Nudd sword, a sword past down to each Goblin King, no other Goblins obtain weapons other than by stealing them.  In this manner, Goblins carry a mismatch collection of swords and weapons that they have either stolen from magical beings or from mortal beings.


"MAYPOLE DANCERS"
PLAYED BY: (STILL AVAILABLE)
Dancers who perform during the intermission.


"DIDDLES"
PLAYED BY: (STILL AVAILABLE)
The characters of the poem “Hey Diddle, Diddle” who dance around in the dream Briar Rose has when Briar is put in a trance.

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