The First Promo Video (Under Her Spell)

A mexican woman from Yucatan.Apropos my last post, today we’re posting the first ‘promo’ video for The Mapmaker’s Opera.  This is the first of several promotional videos for the Musical that we will complete over the next 12 months.  “Why are we doing promo videos?” I hear you ask.  Well, that’s a good question, and here’s the answer:

In the cultural entertainment landscape in which we live, nothing is more important than having visual resources to reinforce the story that you are trying to tell – and sell.  This is equally true for folk like Victor and myself writing new musicals, although it is still less commonly employed compared to the ubiquitous use of video across the Film, Game and New Media.  Can you really imagine trying to sell the video game, Call of Duty – Black Ops 3 without a major video promo trailer?  I think not.

As mentioned in the last post, the video was directed by Walter Dobrowolski, and features Sam Rabbone singing the role of Diego Clemente, with the charming Australian actor, Dana Cohen, as young Sophia Duarte.  Dana’s costuming, courtesy of Rose Chong Costumes (Melbourne, Australia) is authentic to the period and style of dress of the Yucatán at the turn of the century.

The audio track is slightly truncated from the full song version, which can be heard in full on the Audio page of this web site.  We hope you enjoy it.  Oh, and by the way, yes it is me sitting at the piano in the video, with the inevitable pencil in my mouth.  No, it’s not some artistic contrivance done just for the video, this is actually how I work.  I’ll probably come down with lead poisoning one of these years!

Take care,


ps. and the photo is an unknown woman from the Yucatán Peninsula from about 1910.

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