Many tales, one play

  • The Sultan (Caleb Jackson) watches as Scheherazade (Kyla Artus) narrates a tales during a rehearsal of “Tales of the Arabian Nights,” at Rundlett Middle School on Tuesday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 11/28/2018 5:32:22 PM

Genies, Ali Baba and his 40 thieves, princes and more will come to life as Scheherazade spins her tales this weekend.

Rundlett Middle School students under the direction of Karen Braz will perform Tales from the Arabian Nights.

“It’s a classic piece of literature,” director Karen Braz said. “Kids should be exposed to lots of different stories.”

Each evening the sultan, bewitched by a magic scimitar, marries a new wife and the next morning he kills her. When Scheherazade is chosen to be his next bride, she creates a plan.

In the evening, she tells her husband a story, but by morning the tale isn’t yet complete. If he wants to know the end, he’ll have to stay her execution until the next day. She repeats this for 1,001 nights until she wins him away from the scimitar’s spell.

As Scheherazade tells her stories, the cast will act out the tales – well not all 1,001, just four. Even the scimitar speaks.

As the ensemble of students performs each of the four tales, Scheherazade will interject with her own narration.

Though it’s primarily a straight play, there are also two short musical numbers.

The stories are hundreds of years old originating from India, Iraq, Iran, Egypt and Turkey, but will be told with a humorous, contemporary feel.

In addition to the students’ talents, the set and costumes will be something to check out.

“It’s just going to be visually very pretty,” Braz said.

Sala Chapman, an expert in Persian art and grandmother to one of the cast members, helped paint the set.

Christine Anderson costumed the cast with items borrowed from the Concord Community Players and a Chichester group, Braz said.

Performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Rundlett Middle School new activity room. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.

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