Cross Reality Music Theatre / Opera

Book by Chris Eales. Music by Rupert Cheek.

Book - Prelude - Characters - Scenes - Music - Visual - Virtual Worlds

Earth & Moon - Gallery - Highway - Team - Jobs - Fund - Events - Links

Matty - Joe - Mian - Rev Stanton - Dale - Chief Cohen - Director Abe - Trinity - God

Highway - Compound

Matty aka Mathew Thorpe
c35, male, good guy, very cynical, wise-ass. .Think "Harrison Ford in Bladerunner".
Matt Thorpe leads me to think of blues and rock, music that is a bit rough, a bit edgy,
a bit burned out! I'm thinking Hendrix, or Stevie Ray Vaughn, in the Blues scale?
Some twangy guitar sounds, like something you might hear in a Redneck bar!

Joe Creigh
c60...practical, straightforward, long-suffering, and easy going...

Mian Li
Asian lady, small, soft, manicured hands, dressed immaculately in white dress-suit.
Her voice is lovely, melodious. She chose to call Matty by his surname,
but Matty sensed that this formality was her custom, rather than
an indication of a desire to keep her distance.

"inspired by the Chinese author Mian Mian, as I had recently read
her heartbreakingly beautiful book "Candy" (which I thoroughly reccomend)...
Sadly, in writing the book, the plot & my strange Theological babbling
became more important than the characters..."

"Mian has an obvious Oriental connection, but I think her sound would be spiritual as well,
maybe some chants or some acapella vocals, perhaps a choir with minimal
musical backing from a harp? That sort of sound suggests itself....
"

Rev Brendon Stanton
'An older guy, beard, glasses, looked kind of serious, wearing robes.
From Ireland, parents moved to Long Island, NY when he was young,
raised in a strict religious environment, and had known from a very young age
that he wanted to follow the path of the original disciples, and walk in the footsteps of Christ.
Upon completion of his studies, he had taken to his new vocation with great enthusiasm,
and had now spent nearly 30 years in his role as a minister. His ability & passion for his chosen path
had caught the attention of many of his colleagues, and at a relatively early age,
he was invited to join the United Ecumenical Council [UEC] as a research student,
rising quickly to a position as a lecturer, and the leader of many research projects,
covering a broad range of Theological issues & developments.

"Much of the work that Stanton had undertaken involved study of the challenges
that the modern world was continuing to present to the Church and to the doctrines
that had stood for millennia as the core & the authority of the entire faith.
The advance of technology, and the coming together of the world in a greater unity over the last century,
had led to concerns that the eyes of Humanity were no longer focused on the Kingdom of God,
but on the kingdom that lay all around us, the universe of stars, of galaxies, the vastness of creation.
There were questions being raised about existence, about the nature of Humanity,
and he was fascinated by the challenges to the faith,
and developments that undoubtedly lay ahead." (circa p35)

"A confused character to be honest....I was never sure how to write him effectively,
nor how to bring him into the story without giving too much away. As a person,
he is inspired by a real person, a Catholic Priest I got to know at Uni when I was studying Theology....
except the real man was a great, open-minded, intelligent guy....
whereas Reverend Stanton has a very dark side, and is less than holy!"

Stanton's music runs against & clashes with the unity of the Trinity.
Minor, dischordant, unusual, aggressive version of the Trinity 3-chord sequence,
The Trinity and the Fundamentalists are really not so different,
they are sort of 2 sides of the same coin, and are coming into conflict.
His music should be austere, and have a quality that is somewhat closed and hidden.
Chris thinks his theme should be basic, repetitive, and not give too much away,
but should also have a slightly sinister feel. More "movie soundtrack" strings & muted horns.

Video created by Paul Liebert

Dale Anthony
Dale is a 28 year old [b 2228] laidback male who has been working at ….for 6 years
He is tall, blond, very slim, has a big wide smile, is dressed in a pair of old style
denim jeans and a T-shirt. Seemed like a good guy to Matty.

"Following the lead, the young blond man stood, offered his hand,
and introduced himself, rather more casually than the others." (P6)

Dale's ideal soundtrack would probably be the Beach Boys...
Something laid-back, upbeat and melodic, all in a Major Key.
Life-affirming, maybe some good old fashioned pop!

Randall Walker
40 [b 2216], America - California with partner Ryan, bookish, quiet, on the shy side,
but burns internally with passion, intelligence, and is utterly loyal & devoted to the Trinity

& their plans. He is the most honest & dependable person in the book...

Was researcher at the Dept of Ed, knew Mian Li on a professional basis. He too had studied religion,
alongside philosophy and theology. This intrigued me greatly, after all there was a Minister on board,
and now a couple of researchers in a similar field. It was getting interesting, a pattern was forming,
and I was not a particularly patient man, so I felt the need to dig a little deeper, and quickly. Now
Randall was the kind of guy that you want around when you need answers fast. He may have
been serious and a little stiff, but I soon found out that he had no problems communicating.

"...He said, in one of those deep and grave voices that reminded me of an ageing professor,
full of gravitas and depth. ...the voice was low, polite, trace of an accent,
was it Australian? New Zealand maybe? I wasn’t sure".(P6)

Randall's music is calm, ordered, perhaps classical, or ambient...

Chief Cohen
The chief seems like a good guy, well spoken, has a tendency to shout when it isn’t really necessary,
but he has a presence. He is the kind of person who you assume naturally fell into a
leadership position, is intrinsically trustworthy, & genuine.

"Cliff" from the TV show "Cheers" - A grey haired, average looking guy,
hard-working, heroic, under-appreciated public servant!

"tendency to shout when it isn’t really necessary" = [loud music]
"presence" = [clear/obvious?]
"trustworthy" = [doesn't change very much?]

COLONY/COMPOUND TEAM (another 'trinity'?)

Operational Director Margaret Abe
Margaret Abe is dark skinned & dresses in long trousers & a smart jacket with
a white shirt underneath. I should add that I had Grace Jones in mind with regards
to the appearance. Personality wise, Director Abe is a strong, fiercely intelligent
woman, who is utterly unfazed by the emergency and danger on the colony.
She sticks to protocol, she sticks to procedure...
Her theme would be "Straighten Up and Fly Right" by Nat King Cole
.

Joseph Adderly - Compound Security Chief.

Eleanor Plante - Chief Medical Officer.

William Jeunet
Eeldest survivor- 144 years old, living at the United Nations College in Paris,
looked after & cared for by a new generation of scientists & healthcare professionals.
Amicable & intelligent, entirely aware of the circumstances of his creation & life,
seemed to have accepted these things without bitterness or recrimination.

Bartenders
2 oddly life-like people serving behind it:
A young woman with long dark hair
An older grey haired man.

3 ‘Hounds’ (another 'Trinity'?)
1) Leader - Malachi (male) - meets Matt in Trixie’s bar. Has a cold stare
2) A female – orange shimmering upon its virtual body
3) Another

Monitors all similar height, and the way they stood & held their guns had a
strange symmetry, a conformity that made them all seem disturbingly similar.
There was no reply to my question, I was met with silence.

Shuttle Pilot
A cameo role

Ellie Rogers
"my deputy, who I had worked with for the previous 2 years training staff,
staging mock rescues, responding to the multitude of tasks
that come along with colony management of this kind, and
I hoped to God that she and I were well enough prepared
for whatever the hell was happening."

Martin Mills
"Chief of Police, a guy I knew very well from my 2 years on New Horizon"

God

backstage?
‘Warm computer voice’ (circa p14)

THE TRINITY
Eventually responsible for the most incredible achievements of the faculty,
and later for its downfall. A formidable & popular research team,
one that quickly earnedan affectionate nickname (Trinity) amongst their peers.

The idea is the unbreakable ideological bond
between the 3 of them their shared passion & belief
overcomes anything, even the fear of death & destruction

2 amongst the hundreds had caught Victoria's eyes;
2 young post grad students she believed could
meet her expectations match her brilliance, and her ambition.

Szymek & David possess an infectious enthusiasm.
Victoria had liked these guys when they met 10 years ago [2246],
they were fresh out of Uni & ready to turn the world on its head.

"I love the idea of using the notion of "3" in these ways in the music for the Trinity...
The idea is the unbreakable ideological bond between the 3 of them....
their shared passion & belief is what can overcome anything,
even the fear of death & destruction." (Chris Eales)

["...the three fugal subjects and tripartite structure of the Fugue as an expression of faith in the Trinity"
Graham Dixon, on Bach's Fugue in Eb Major, in CD notes, J.S.Bach: Toccata & Fugue BWV 565 etc,
perf Simon Preston, Deutsche Grammaphon, 1989]


Victoria McBride
Leader of the Trinity.
A young pretty, dark haired woman,
pale faced, petit, smart black trousers & a white blouse, many rings & bracelets.
Confident, intense, warm,
calm, welcoming voice.

Post grad student stunned colleagues / peers @ 1st seminar for Evolutionary Metaphysics.
Not ‘where did the incredible force
& power of evolution come from?

but ‘where was it going?

In the 10 years since the seminar [2246], McBride rose to become the most respected researcher & writer in the field, & Tokyo, came together with hundreds of fellow thinkers, enthusiasts, followers.

Image created by
Elizabeth Weiss Stenger
aka CallieDel Boa

 

Victoria McBride of WAKTM -  www.waktm.com/waktm/waktmcharacters.htm

David Blake
David is an Australian graduate, tall, & very well built,
with short, light coloured hair, his accent unmistakably Australian, & his manner relaxed.
He wears a pair of jeans & a white T-shirt.
He reminds Matt of Dale, except he was a
couple of stone heavier, & a little more serious.

Szymek Bartos
Szymek is a Polish graduate. youngest of the 3, not much over 30 [born c2226]. He is extraordinarily thin and wiry, with close cropped blond hair, & an angular face. He was dressed in a pair of those old combat trousers, & a black jumper with a hood. He seems excited by being (here), and even from the introductory greetings.

 

The Bar
Jazz, with a hint of Electronica,
along the lines of Herbie Hancock

"Compound"
classical, traditional "score"
full of drama, epic

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