Storyville (Music by Lisa DeSpain, Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Book by
Shawn Churchman) is an original musical based on the infamous red-light district
in turn-of-the-century New Orleans. Selected for development at the 2004
O’Neill Summer Theatre Conference.
The Happy Prince
The Happy Prince (Director and co-developer) is a full-length family musical by
Frank Schiro. Recently presented at the first annual New York Music Theatre
Festival (The Happy Prince).
(Music and lyrics by Frank Schiro, Book by Shawn Churchman) Based on the novel by Gary Reed. In the 1960's, a young man comes to terms with his sexuality and first love in rural Oklahoma.
Once Upon a Birthday (working title)
Composed by Frank Schiro
Libretto by Shawn Churchman
Commissioned by the Connecticut Opera
Willie Anthony Waters – Artistic Director
Linda Jackson – Managing Director
Inspired by the works of famed children’s author and artist Walter Wick, the Connecticut Opera has commissioned Mr.’s Churchman and Schiro to create a new opera for children that will tour with the company’s “Opera Express” touring company. Using an original premise of two twins on their birthday, and Mr. Wick’s well-known “search and find” ideas, this young person’s opera will premiere in September of 2008.