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Rough Magic – More Audition Info from the Director


Transplanting characters from The Tempest to present-day New York, ROUGH MAGIC is a Shakespearean action-adventure-fantasy in the tradition of Harry Potter and The X-Men that conjures a mythical, magical meta-universe in which the evil sorcerer Prospero is willing to do anything to recover his stolen book of magic—even if it means Manhattan’s destruction. Lucky for us, New York’s defenders include a quartet of unlikely heroes: A plucky, raven-haired dramaturg named Melanie Porter, who has the ability to free characters from plays; Prospero’s hunky (though not-too-bright) son, Caliban; a revenge-seeking Fury from Ancient Greece named Tisiphone; and a seventeen-year-old lifeguard from Coney Island named Chet Baxter. May the forces of evil beware…


MELANIE PORTER, a dramaturg with the magical gift to free characters from classical plays

CHESTER “CHET” BAXTER, a lifeguard

PROSPERO, an evil sorcerer

CALIBAN, Prospero’s first born and rebellious son

ARIEL, Prospero’s son, an enslaved spirit

SASIA, Ariel’s twin sister, also enslaved

MIRANDA, his daughter

SHYLOCK, owner of the Alabaster bookstore on Twelfth Street, freed from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

CAIUS MARCIUS, a Roman General, Freed from Shakespeare’s Coriolanus

TISIPHONE, first Fury, freed from Greek trilogy The Oresteia, a fabulous drag performer

MEGAGERA, second Fury, freed from Greek trilogy The Oresteia, one of Tisiphone’s back-up singers

ALECTO, third Fury, freed from Greek trilogy The Oresteia, also one of Tisiphone’s back-up singers

LINDA SUMMERS, a graduate student at Columbia University

DR. ROSEMARY RIDGEON, a doctor at Bellvue, Psychiatric Hospital

-From the Director, Michael Mufson-

2013-2014 Palomar Symphony Orchestra Season

Announcing the 2013-2014 Palomar Symphony Orchestra season! Click on dates in red for more info.

October 25-26: Bach to Brubeck. The PSO is joined by the Palomar Brass Ensemble, directed by Paul Kurokawa, in a Tribute to Howard and Dave Brubeck for our first concert at the newly renovated Howard Brubeck Theatre, with Howard Brubeck’s G-flat Theme, Madelyn Byrne’s Nocturne for Orchestra, and Copland’s Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo.

December 6-7: Fate – Beethoven Symphony No.5. Fate comes knocking as the PSO launches gripping performances of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Georges Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 1, and Giuseppe Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino Overture, celebrating Verdi’s 200th birthday year.

March 29-30: Klezmer! A Celebration of Jewish Music. The Second Avenue Klezmer Ensemble joins the PSO for a joyous program celebrating Jewish music, featuring the compositions of San Diego composer Myron Fink, Gustav Mahler and more!

May 2-3: Look to the Future! Joined by brilliant young piano soloist, William Kelly, the PSO shares the HBT stage with local high school students, then presents a program including Brahms’ Academic Overture and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.


-PSO Director, Ellen Weller