Gideon is a stableboy who yearns to join the Royal Cavaliers. Alanna is a young viscountess who feels trapped in the system of hereditary succession. The two have more in common than they think.

Thrown together by chance, Gideon and Alanna must contend with bandits, a treacherous forest, and a giant monster that’s very keen on eating everyone.

Gideon and the Blundersnorp combines witty characters, pulse-pounding excitement, and a rousing score that blends cinematic and pop music elements. Underlying the fun is a positive message: aspiration is fueled by personal character, not social class.

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Gideon and the Blundersnorp was initially conceived as a piece for narrator and orchestra, in the tradition of Peter and the Wolf. In 2016, author Michael Gordon Shapiro re-imagined the work as a stage musical, realizing that the story could be told more effectively through a mix of dramatization and narration, using song and staging as a means of bringing the story’s action sequences to life. Thus the musical-theatre incarnation of Gideon was born.

On the heels of his 2019 Hollywood Fringe hit The Bully Problem, Shapiro teamed up again with New Musicals Inc to develop the piece for the stage. Originally slated for the 2020 Hollywood Fringe festival, Gideon is currently in preproduction for a series of workshops, both online and (eventually) staged.


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