The Visual, Performing, and Musical Arts Department is proud to announce the fall show:
Haroun and the Sea of Stories
November 7-10, 2018
in the Upper School Great Hall at OES
Save Your Seat Here!
All shows are open seating (first come, first served) and can be reserved by filling out the form below. Show starts promptly at 7 p.m. with a run-time of approximately 1 hour 45 minutes and a 15-minute intermission.
When his father, Rashid Khalifa, loses his ability to tell stories, Haroun must travel to a distant moon called Kahani and, after enlisting the help of a ragtag group of helpers including a Floating Gardener, two Fish, the Hoopoe (King of the Birds), a General, a Ninja, and a plucky Page, must find a way to unplug the Wellspring of the Sea of Stories. On the way, he also must fight the evil Cultmaster Khattam-Shud and deliver the Princess Batcheat from captivity on the dark side of the Moon and unite the warring cities of Chup and Gup.
Ultimately, both father and son discover the answer to the question that has caused all the trouble: "What's the point of stories that aren’t even true?"
After sparking furor over his book, The Satanic Verses, author Salman Rushdie lived under police protection for several years, rarely leaving his home, constantly under threat of death. During that time, he wrote his next book, which addressed, not surprisingly, censorship, oppression, and dictatorship but also, somewhat surprisingly, did so in a beautiful, humorous, magical fable, Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Subsequently, it was turned into a stage performance, and provides a wealth of opportunity for our students to explore challenging topics and explore storytelling with a global cultural lens.