St. Louis Writers' Group Play Reading
TIME: Monday, June 3 at 6:30pm
PLACE: Big Daddy's, 1000 Sidney, St. Louis, MO. Big Daddy's is located at the corner of 10th Street and Sidney in Soulard. You can find a map of the location on our web site.
There's no admission charge; refreshments and food may be purchased from the bar/restaurant.
The St. Louis Writers’ Group is an independent nonprofit corporation that is dedicated to the development of the works of local playwrights, screenwriters and writers of musical theatre, theatre and film. The group welcomes writers from beginners to professional level. Membership is free. For more information or to sign up to learn about upcoming St. Louis Writer’s Group programs and events please visit our web-site at www.stlwritersgroup.com.
The DVD of the "Joan of Arc" concert are now on sale. The video was professionally produced and is a high quality rendition of the performance of the show on March 31 at the Chapel. DVD or $15.00 plus $3.00 for shipping and handling.
View several numbers from the concert at
Mario Farwell Youtube Channel by clicking in the space below.rio Farwell's Youtube Channel
The first 25 purchasers of the DVD will receive a bonus CD with 4 songs from my new pop/rock musical "Starfest" scheduled to be performed in 2014.
You may purchase the DVD through PayPal or send a check or money order to:
1000 Lami Street
St. Louis, MO 63104
Synopsis for Joan of Arc
By Mario Farwell and Aaron Latina
The musical opens in a flurry of activities as a medieval a market place of France comes to life. The major players are introduced, and the tumultuous conditions in France are revealed in the prologue "One Hundred Years of Fighting." The scene shifts to Roen, the site of Joan of Arc's imprisonment and inquisition. Bishop Cauchon, the head inquisitor, formally charges Joan with crimes against the church and begins his relentless effort to find her guilty of all charges. Cauchon questions Joan on her childhood and her voices. Joan reflects on her childhood in “Bells.” She also describes the first appearance of her “voices” that lay out her mission in “The Council of Voices.” Joan’s voices tell her that she should seek out Robert De Baudricourt and there her mission will begin. Joan surreptitiously leaves home, and, after several attempts at obtaining an audience with Robert De Baudricourt, she succeeds. She convinces De Baudricourt to send her to the Duaphin, “When You Hear the Song of France.”
The scene shifts to Chinon where an introspective Dauphin sings of his wish to be king "A Crown is Elusive." La Tremoille, the Dauphin's advisor, announces that Robert de Baudricourt has sent him a note regarding a prophetess who claims to hear the voice of God and be able to name the rightful king of France, “I Have a Note.” The Dauphin is elated by the news, but La Tremoille cautions against rash actions. They need a plan to test the authenticity of Joan of Arc and they do in “The Nobility Song” and “Look at her.” Once Joan confers privately with the Dauphin, she convinces him to send her to Orleans, “Prisoner of Our Time.”
Joan of Arc arrives at Orleans and is met by Dunois, the bastard of Orleans. The officers expect her to only be an inspirational figure to rally the troops, but Joan is determined to take charge and lead the French forces to victory in “The Battle of Orleans.” Bishop Cauchon appears on the battle field to point out the futility of her campaign against the English and that “There Are Consequence” for her misguided efforts.
Joan returns to Chinon and escorts the Dauphin to Reims where he is crowned the King of France. The act ends on an ominous note when Bishop Cauchon appears and sings “False prophet will have to pay.”
After the victory at Orleans and the crowning of Charles, Joan of Arc falls into a malaise of betrayals, treaties, truces and delays. Her final betrayal comes at Compiegne where she is captured and turned over to the English for trial.
Cauchon begins his final onslaught of trickery and subterfuge to ensnare Joan with her own words. She is finally snared by a confused recount of a crown brought to the Dauphin by a choir of angels. Bishop Cauchon tells Joan she is to be excommunicated and burnt at the stake unless she recants. Bishop Cauchon tries to convince Joan to recant by explaining the natural order of life in medieval France in "Burning Tapestry." Joan reluctantly agrees to recant, but doesn't realize that it means remaining in an English prison. She screams to be taken to a French prison as Cauchon exits.
A frantic inquisitor rushes into Bishop Cauchon's office. He tells the Bishop that Joan of Arc has once again donned men’s clothing and hears her voices. Cauchon concludes that she is a relapsed heretic and must be burned. Joan is brought to a town square where "The Reading of the Articles" of condemnation takes place. At the end of the articles a fire is lit and she is burnt.
In the aftermath of Joan of Arc's death, many are bewildered and fearful of their own eternal damnation. The spirit of hope lives on as a peasant sings "Bells," other members of the company join in as the curtain falls.