HAMMOND — The musical drama “The Soldier’s Story” will be presented at Southeastern Louisiana University at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, in the Pottle Music Recital Hall on campus. Admission is free.
“The Soldier’s Story” is an updated and reimagined musical drama based on Igor Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat,” a Russian folktale. In the original script, a post-World War I Russian soldier is returning home to marry his sweetheart. On the way, the devil makes him an offer to give him a book that will tell him the future in exchange for the soldier’s violin.
Robert Jahncke wrote this reimagined script based on a more modern version of the story. As Terrance Mahady, composer and producer, said this script “tells of a soldier musician, a zydeco fiddler from Thibodaux, who joined the Marines to pay off student debt.”
The drama continues with the soldier taking an emergency leave from fighting in Afghanistan after his mother becomes ill. The devil offers to give him a tricked-out guitar and instant fame in exchange for the soldier’s electric fiddle.
The production is performed by Prodigal Players, a Northshore-based musical theatre company formed by Mahady, a Southeastern graduate and former percussion instructor.