Octavian & Cleopatra

Lyrics by Sharon Lesley     Music by David Ohrenstein

Octavian and Cleopatra Robby May; Sharon Lesley
This thrilling 2 act opera needs a sponsor, an angel, if you will. We have the video of a full production; complete with the ghosts of Caesar and Antony. and 2 ladies in waiting in this cast of 7. This we did on our own. Now we need help to circulate it. Please help us to continue the tradition. Every composer of the operas  that we now enjoy on stage has had major backing by a country or a rich donor(s). Our musical works offer heart warming, good and solid moral values together with beautiful stories, lyrics and most of all- a return to melody. We will include donors in our dedication. This work took us a full 2 years of full time to write and produce. It bled all of our financial reserves. (Cleopatra played by author and lyricist, Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein; General Octavian by Robbie May)

Octavian and Cleopatra
Robby May; Sharon Lesley


The power struggle between Rome and Egypt is played out in the romantic potential between Octavian and Cleopatra.  Set in Alexandria in 30 B.C., Octavian has already defeated his rivals Marc Antony and Cleopatra on the battlefield. Each must now consider their next moves.  All the civilized world hangs in the balance, and so do their personal lives. The musical is sung through.  The lush score embodies the clash of cultures with militaristic Roman music and exotic Egyptian music.  Memorable melodies fill the air.

Cleopatra’s ladies in waiting give her a potion to calm her over the her grief  of the suicide of her husband, Marc Anthony.  In a drunken stupor, Cleopatra mistakes the Captain of the Roman guard for her former lover and husband. The ladies in waiting  gladly let this happen, hoping that the captain would fall in love with Cleopatra, and help them them to escape from Egypt. (Cleopatra played by Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein, Baron Garriott playes Captain Derceteus at the Players Theatre production in Sarasota, Florida)
Description Tags: Strong Role for a Leading Man *Strong Role for a Leading Lady *Musical Drama *Minimal Sets and Costumes *Period Piece/Historical *Classic Broadway *Operetta/Operatic.  
"A woman with a heart of gold Cannot be bought or sold" Robby May; Sharon Lesley
A master piece of drama between two of the great rulers of antiquity; as Cleopatra transforms Octavian from a debauched general into the first, philosopher-king of Rome. He greatly honors Cleopatra after her death and raises 3 of her four children. (Robbie May sings the role pf General Octavian; and Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein, writer and lyricist sings the role of Cleopatra at our Players Theater Production)

“A woman with a heart of gold
Cannot be bought or sold”
Robby May; Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein

The Ghosts of Cleopatra’s former two husbands, Julius Caesar and Marc Antony.  communicate to Octavian that he must go back to Cleopatra and tell her that he loves her. Unfortunately, Octavian responds to this ghostly communication by saying: “My favorite saying and words I live by, are “make haste slowly.” We all know what happens afterwards.

The ladies trio(below)  contrasts the men’s (above).  Cleopatra knows she has lost the battle with Octavian. With her ladies in waiting, they agree to end their lives together, as they know they will be reincarnated in the next.  Cleopatra instructs them on the method to use so they may be reborn in high positions. “You must wear gold”, she sings.  In the youtube above, Daniel Hoffman sings Octavian’s role, Joseph Fast plays  Marc Anthony’s ghost and David Powers plays the ghost of Julius Caesar at our production at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersberg.

Below: Corole Cornman sings the part of Iris, Gisella Monclova sings the role of Charmian, while Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein, writer and lyricist, sings the role of Cleopatra.

 The main theme of our show is the power that love has to transform as Cleopatra causes Octavian to turn away from being an unfeeling General into becoming Augustus, the philosopher and first king of Rome.  We are looking for angels and venues to produce our joint labor of love. The newest rewrite also includes our new title: The Cup of Cleopatra.




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