Majigeen the musical, is a story of female empowerment through historical and contemporary lenses. It is the story of would-be Senegalese teenage princess, Anta Majigeen Njaay who was captured into slavery and exported to Cuba. Wealthy plantation owner, Zephaniah Kingsley purchased her as a slave and married her. She became mother of four of his children and wealthy plantation and slave owner herself. The story travels through The Doorway of No Return from the perspective of a magical omniscient griot, Mamadou Seck, who seamlessly straddles past and present to bring her story back to life. convergence of French and Spanish and the now extinct native American people, the Timucua.
The musical was developed in Senegal, France and Jacksonville Florida. Workshop productions were sold out in 2005, and 2007 at Boomtown Theatre and Supper Club, Florida State College at Jacksonville and the University of North Florida. Playwright Jennifer Chase researched and collaborated with Senegalese,French and American historians and artists to develop the piece.
She is currently working with music director and composer, Longineu Parsons who is arranging the planned 2017 production. The show will travel from the U.S to Nantes, France to Dakar from 2017-2018.
Majigeen, the musical, is a current project of aJENNda productions. At aJENNda, we recognize the power of storytelling,through performing arts projects which combine music, theatre and dance, encourage global collaboration and exchange, examine history through a contemporary lens, and promote cultural understanding.
From FSCJ to France to New York City and now to the rooftop of MOSH, La Caroline hopes to shed light on the history that has eluded Northeast Florida for 450 years.
La Caroline: Jacksonville’s Rock Opera is a complicated and layered production about the convergence of the French, Spanish and Native Timucua people 450 years ago during the founding of the French colony Fort Caroline — now known as the Fort Caroline National Memorial — on the banks of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville.
More than five years in the making, La Caroline is scheduled to present its first full performance this week at the Museum of Science and History on the Southbank.
The play is set in New York City, as well as 16th-century Old and New Worlds, and follows the lives of French Huguenot explorer René de Laudonnière, artist Jacques Le Moyne and Timucua Chief Saturiwa, among a cast of many more intriguing characters. It blends contemporary music and dance with a look at the complicated situations that arose between the Timucua people and those Europeans who were essentially in charge.
It’s part history lesson, part entertainment.
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