Posted by: viewfromtheriva | August 31, 2009

Diocles, the musical, in the Peristil


Diocles, a musical performed by young children and teens, had its English-language premiere last night as part of Split’s Days of Diocletian.  Written by Vedran Matosic, the head of Split’s Tourist Board (an author of a half dozen books), the play takes the audience on a mythical tour of the life of Emperor Diocletian–from his humble beginnings as a mere soldier in the ranks, to Emperor of the Roman empire.  The amateur actors (including a trio of break dancing teens) had a great time entertaining several hundred tourists and locals who gathered in the Peristil for the 9pm performance.  Some of the musical numbers were quite affecting and the kids did remarkably well with a complex English libretto.  Although the staging and costumes were rudimentary, the troupe had enormous energy and passion and were rewarded with enthusiastic cheers from the crowd.  Another wonderful night in Split!

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The Peristil served as a wonderful backdrop to the plat

The Peristil served as a wonderful backdrop to the play

Dancing and singing

Dancing and singing

Diocles, in a solo number, wife Prisca is stage right

Diocles, in a solo number, wife Prisca, in profile, is stage right

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