The musical Precious Bane is an adaptation of
the celebrated 1926 novel by Mary
Set in 1815, Precious Bane is the story of Prue Sarn, who was born with the “Witch’s Mark”. Her brother Gideon says no man will ever love her, so she must join him in his quest for wealth and power. But Kester the Weaver sees beyond Prue’s flawed face. She is his ideal woman, his one and only Life’s Companion. Prue must summon all her strength to break the downward spiral set in motion by Gideon’s ruthlessness.
“A rousing and romantic story! Very powerful
and moving, and the music will swell its already very large emotions. The
minor characters are sharply drawn, and Prue, Gideon, and Kester are all
fully human—though Prue and Kester are kinder and nobler than most—while
Gideon (my favorite character) develops nicely into his monstrous and finally
guilt-ridden self. After a thoughtful Act I, events tumble to their conclusion
in Act II. Can’t wait to see it on stage!”
—Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro,
playwright, Cambridge MA
“This is excellent, dramatic, compelling.”
Mary Coles, President, the Mary Webb Society
“Precious Bane brought back my memories of the book, the atmosphere
so well captured in the dialogue and the Greek Chorus effect that served
to represent descriptive passages in the novel. That was an inspired idea!
The script and music are so interwoven that together they equal far more
than the sum of their parts. It pulled me along: I could hardly put it down.
Congratulations—with thanks for enriching my life.”
Humez, Conductor emerita, Youth Pro Musica
“Beautiful Miriam Raiken-Kolb-trademark music....story compelling.....”
Southwick, Director, Southwick Studio
Copyright 2010, 2017 Miriam Raiken-Kolb & G.L. Horton