The Forgotten Kingdom: A Radio-Theatre Performance

Type: Performance
Art Form: Music
Grade Level: 5-12
Scheduling Request

Weaving together late 19th/early 20th century women’s songs from Sephardic enclaves of the former Ottoman Empire, this enthralling program evokes a panorama of the unraveling of an older Mediterranean world in the wake of WWI- not as we see it today with the benefit of textbooks, but as ordinary people lived it, unaware of how the story would continue. With song lyrics in Ladino, an endangered blend of archaic Spanish with Turkish and Greek, beautiful music, and English narration, the show renders scenes of daily life from before WWI and the Ottoman Empire’s collapse to the glimmers of democratic hopes crushed by fascist regimes.

The show explores memory. If tomorrow our lives were severely disrupted, how would we recall today? What trivial moments would suddenly emerge as vital? What moments that once felt so important would wash away? The artist is also available to meet with smaller groups after the performance to explore these questions. 

Remote Learning Adaptation: This program is available as a pre recorded video with an introduction by the artist, and beautiful sand animation to accompany the music and narration, follow up workshops and Q+A sessions can be scheduled on your school's online platform.

Length: 45-60 minutes
Audience Limit: 250
Curriculum Connection: World Cultures, Middle East, Ottoman Empire, Sephardic Judaism, Geography

Video: Sand Story program excerpt (virtual program)

Remote Single: $1,032 (includes optional live online Q & A)

Single Show: $1,290 (includes optional workshop)
Back-to-Back Shows: $1,800
Back-to-Back Shows Plus Workshop: $2,000
Travel Fee: $150
Note: Prices may vary for weekends/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts


  • One or two lockable dressing rooms, close to a private bathroom, where possible.
  • Room temperature bottled water (for stage and for dressing room).
  • Access to two electric outlets within 5 ft of stage area. Lunch for three performers on days with multiple in-person performances (please inquire about dietary restrictions).
  • Two parking spots, preferably near entrance or loading area.
  • Someone (could be a group of responsible students) to act as stage manager, letting the artist know "10 minutes until showtime", "5 minutes until showtime" etc...

Performance Area:

  • Minimum stage dimensions: 10 ft wide x 8 ft deep, with 7 ft distance between performance and seating area
  • Center aisle wide enough for two performers to walk side by side
  • Area must be clean and free of clutter, with the performance the only activity occurring in that space

Arrival time before first performance: 150 minutes for amplified performances, 75 minutes for unamplified performances
Strike time: 75 minutes
Time needed between performances: 20 minutes minimum.

Teachers are asked to model appropriate audience behavior for students.

Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist, using an introduction provided by the performer.

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