The Firebird: A Saga of Sorcery and Fate

Written by:

Christine Foster

Cast Size:
7

Roles For:

  • Men: 3
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Adventure
Myth/Legend/Folktale
TYA

Themes:

Family
Scotland

Length:

75 min.

Year Written:

2003

Synopsis:

“Vasilissa, a young noblewoman, boldly dresses as a knight to rescue her husband, Stavr, and is then tricked into keeping up the disguise on a quest to find the legendary Firebird. The Immortal Sorcerer Kostchi is also hunting the Firebird, forcing them to struggle against Fate and Sorrow and risk their own lives to save this spirit of Fire and Light.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

KOSTCHI THE DEATHLESS: A sorcerer who was once a Prince. He has found a way of hiding his death outside his body and is now obsessed with becoming immortal.

STAVR GODANOVICH: A young nobleman and skillful hunter. Cheerful, good natured, optimistic, and blessed with good luck.

SORROW: A droll clownish Spirit (skilled in physical theatre). Any age.

FATE: A zany, all knowing Spirit who lives in the deepest forest.

PRINCE VLADIMIR OF KIEV: 40, a self-centred but benign tyrant.

KATRINA: 30, his rather oppressed and long suffering wife.

RILKA: 20, Katrina’s niece. Energetic, sweet natured, in love with Ivan.

IVAN MIKHAILOVICH: 25, head of the Prince’s bodyguard. Fit, chivalrous, and tongue tied.

VASILISSA ALEXANDROVNA/PRINCE VASILY: 20’s. A quick witted, confident young noblewoman. she is in love with her husabnd, Stavr, and dresses as a man to rescue him.

THE FIREBIRD: Can be operated as a puppet, or performed in costume.

DOUBLING AS FOLLOWS:

KOSTCHI/VLADIMIR

FATE/KATRINA

First Produced:

Cliffhanger Productions, 2002

Resources:

The Firebird: A Saga of Sorcery and Fate is available through the CPO website.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

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