WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT FAMILY SHOW?
that point on, the story of Amphibia, the frog princess, continued
to spin in Deborahs head for nearly ten years. Completed in
2000 and premiered with the Buffalo Philharmonic, The Frog Princess
is now a standard part of Deborahs family shows, and was featured
at 2002s Chicago Humanities Childrens Festival.
So what should you expect at a "Frog Princess" performance? Think Fractured Fairy Tales meets Peter and the Wolf - but with a lot of frogs. In this sequel to the famous Frog Prince fairytale, a young girl dreams of being King, just like her father. But shes afraid that "just like her father" shell turn into a frog someday!
Amphibia is heir to the throne of Lilypadia - daughter of the former Frog Prince. Raised by her father, shes taught that theres no shame in being a frog, but she can't shake the nagging feeling that there's something not quite right about her. As her coronation day approaches, her froggish phobia looms large - what if she turns into a frog in front of the whole - (gulp) - kingdom?
me get this straight, says the cockney-voiced Fool, youre
afraid theres an ancient curse in your family, handed down from
generation to generation and suddenly one day youre going to
find yourself completely humiliated in front of the whole world? But
EVERYBODYS afraid of that.
the Fools conviction that he can concoct a Curse Reverser,
and despite a romantic encounter in the old tower with a kindly, mysterious
stranger, Amphibia realizes she must overcome the ancient curse herself.
. . even if it means learning to embrace her inner frog.
STORYTELLING HARP PLAYER?
The movie screens of those times were the peoples imaginations, and on those magic screens, scenes of wonder appeared that even Steven Spielberg couldn'tt create. It is the harpers tradition to spin such tales, beginning with the magic words: Once upon a time
The Frog Princess is a lushly orchestrated one-woman show, with Deborah playing a cast of characters, from the gruff, bumbling King to the wisecracking fool, the evil governess, the handsome captain of the guards, the romantic Josquin and Amphibia herself. The supporting cast (thousands of frogs) is performed by the audience.
ALL DEBORAH'S FAMILY SHOWS INCLUDE "THE FROG PRINCESS?"
Another Family Program currently in the works is titled "Mother Goose Swings" and features updated versions of nursery classics. Look for it in shows to come!