The Druid Tree, a new musical by Joy Reilly, Bill Benton and Tadd Russo, has
received critical response to its previews in Columbus, Ohio and to its world
premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Among the fringe selections, the musical is unique in its use of Celtic themes and its appeal to children and adults alike.
The musical directed by Bill Goldsmith, is the first work to be specially commissioned by the Columbus Children’s Theatre in its thirty-seven year history.
“Tree is an imaginative plea for conversation, stewardship and respect for nature.”
“Tree, like an acorn, has considerable potential.”
“There is little difference between the theatricality of magical work and the
magic of theatrical work. The Druid Tree demonstrates this beautifully.”
“The story of a child’s wish to save her grandfather carries the message that love
will ultimately save the world for both humans and trees.”
“A modern Celtic myth, with ancient/modern archetypes. [which] explores our
relationship with nature, friendships, and caring for the environment.”
“The play has several striking moments and memorable characters in the tradition of Tolkien and Lewis, The Druid Tree rituals are fascinating...enchanting Celtic music and stunning choreography.”
This tale of a young girl and her journey to defend the future of the trees and, indeed, of the entire Green World, with its lively and well crafted music and it’s thoughtful yet humorous script, will appeal to those who care about the environment. As local Celtic expert Carol Zerucha has written, “Anyone who enjoys Harry Potter books will love The Druid Tree, perhaps even more.”