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(1 box, .27 cubic feet)

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Processed by Devin McKinney

March 2016

Inclusive dates:  2010-2013

Location:  Collections Room, Musselman Library

Provenance

Gift of James G. Henderson ‘71, March 2016.

Biographical-historical note

Based on William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Ariel’s Way: A Musical of Betrayal, Revenge, and Reconciliation is the work of musician, teacher, and Gettysburg College alumnus James G. Henderson.  He began writing it in 2003, while on sabbatical from Carolina Friends School, an independent Quaker school in Durham, North Carolina.  First performed by the students of Carolina Friends in May 2005, Ariel’s Way was revised extensively and restaged in October 2010 with professional performers and musicians.  This second production was shot on multiple cameras and edited into a high-quality video.

A native of Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, Henderson graduated from Gettysburg College in 1971 with a degree in religion.  He went on to study at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, subsequently earning a master’s degree at Columbia University and a doctorate at Duke University.  During his long and varied career as an educator, he has also written music for film soundtracks and church services, and performed in support of the Temptations, the Coasters, the Pointer Sisters, and other acts.  Ariel’s Way is his first musical.

Scope and content note

This collection contains, in hard copy and digital form, all visual, musical, and written materials required to produce Ariel’s Way.  These include the libretto, written scores for piano and conductor, lead sheets for musicians, guidelines for scenic and costume designers, and supplemental audio tracks.  Also included are videos of the October 2010 production, and business cards with contact and website information.

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