The Basilique Performing Arts Company is committed to producing the very best immersive theatre in Second Life. The Company is headed by Canary Beck (Artistic Director) and Harvey Crabsticks (Technical Director). The companies previous productions include Romeo + Juliet in Second Life (2013) and The Burlesque Spectacular (2013).

The Basilique Performing Arts Company performs large scale shows at the Basilica and smaller scale productions in the Basilique Playhouse, both located at the Basilique Sim.

The Creative Team behind Paradise Lost in Second Life is Canary Beck and Harvey Crabsticks.

Canary Beck

Creative Director, Eve, Bithiah the Pharaoh’s Daughter, Islrealite Slavegirl, Mary the Mother of Jesus

Canary Beck acts and directs immersive theatre productions in Second Life. After starting her theatrical career as a lead dancer in “Burlesque Spectacular”, she starred as Romeo in “Romeo + Juliet”, and plays Eve in “Paradise Lost”, all of which she had a principal role in creating and bringing to the Second Life stage. When not performing or directing, she manages the Basilique (see picks). She writes, films and photographs her experiences on her blog:

Harvey Crabsticks

Technical Director, Adam, God

Crabsticks Resident (inworld) acts and directs immersive theatre productions in Second Life. His stage management credits include “Burlesque Spectacular” and “Romeo + Juliet”, In “Paradise Lost”, Harvey plays Adam and God, and had a principal role in creating and bringing the play to the Second Life stage. When not performing or directing, he manages the Basilique. He writes and photographs her experiences on his blog:

Clockwise - Me, Ellen, Syn and Harmony

Clockwise – Canary Beck, Ellen Cordeaux, Syn Wytchwood and Harmony Sandalphon – Collage made from Photos by Caitlin Tobias

We’re excited to have some familiar faces join us and to welcome a few new faces to the Basilique Performing Arts Company, and the cast of Paradise Lost in Second Life.

There are 43 credited roles in Paradise Lost in Second Life. All our actors play multiple roles in the play, which we do by some carefully choreographed plotting, seriously quick outfit changing, and in some cases, running multiple avatars!

Ellen Cordeaux

Ellen Cordeaux

Ellen Cordeaux

Mammon, Pharaoh of Egypt, King Balthazar, James the Apostle, a Roman Soldier

Ellen joined Second Life in April of 2006.  She’ll be celebrating 8 years soon! Her main occupation in Second Life has run a small social club for women.  She has a DJ twice a week and has been known to spin a set ‘when the mood strikes’. In both lives, her hobbies mirror each other. She loves live theatre and has worked in some capacity in it; in front of the curtain as well as behind; for most of her life.  In Second Life, she enjoys attending all sorts of art and performance events including plays, dance concerts and art gallery exhibits.

Ellen has a keen interest in how theater works in Second Life:  “I love the way that Second Life mirrors Real Life, it’s fascinating.  In addition, I love Second Life gadgets!  There is a lot of ‘gadgetry’ involved in putting on a Second Life performance and I just adore that stuff; it’s fun!”

“I have been quietly following what Canary and Harvey have been up to in SL for some time now, they bring a wonderful fresh and innovative perspective to the Second Life entertainment table.  It’s exciting and once that casting call when out I knew I had to try to be a part of it.  I’m honored that I was selected to participate in this amazing project and super excited too!”

Harmony Sandalphon

Harmony Sandalphon

Harmony Sandalphon

Belial, Noah, Isrealite Slave, King Caspar, Thomas the Apostle, a Roman Soldier

Harmony Sandalphon (LadyMinaj Resident) joined SL on June 4th 2011. A very busy lady in Second Life: she loves photography and is extremely passionate about Second Life fashion. She now blogs and photographs all kinds of events; particularly events held by her clan and family.

Harmony loves creative writing and role-play: “I’ve experimented with all kinds of characters but I currently RP Harmony as a supernatural within a clan called One. We are relatively new and we are about to open a school for supernaturals – please feel free to contact me if you would like to get involved!”

Out of Second Life, Harmony is a performing arts student, specialising in musical theatre. She has spent most of her life on stage and it is the only thing she’s ever wanted to do. She loves to mesh both worlds together in to one amazing creative outlet. Being a lover of all things theatrical and creative, Harmony fell in love with the Romeo + Juliet in Second Life.

“Naturally, when I heard there was a casting call for Paradise Lost, I had to jump at the chance! I have wanted to become more involved with performance art on Second Life and this was an amazing opportunity to explore new creative avenues and meet wonderful new people. From the moment I experienced Romeo + Juliet, I knew I HAD to get involved. I am extremely excited to be a part of something so innovative and fresh, I honestly think that this production of Paradise Lost will go down in virtual performance art history and I am honoured and blessed to have been chosen to come along for the ride!”

Julian Tantalus

Julian Tantalus

Julian Tantalus

Beelzebub, Moses, King Melchoir, Peter the Apostle, a Roman Soldier

Julian Tantalus has been in Second Life since 2006. His work and hobbies center on exploring and writing. Whether it’s exploring new places in Second Life or Real Life, new interests or activities, he enjoys experiencing new things, re-living them and better understanding them by writing about them. You can read all about his Second Life explorations on his new blog.

“I’ve never done inworld theatre and wanted to explore that new experience. I’m excited to be a part of what I think is going to be one of the biggest, most important events inworld in some time.”

Cast Collage Initial

Clockwise – Sonia Yeu, Gwen Cosgrove, Julian Tantalus and Harvey Crabsticks – Collage made from photos taken by Caitlin Tobias

PL Cast Profiles - Gwen

Gwen Elise Cosgrove

Gwen Elise Cosgrove

Moloch the Dragon, Isrealite Slave, Joseph of Nazareth, Judas Iscariot

Gwen played Paris in Romeo + Juliet in Second Life. She’s been in Second Life for 3 years and 9 months

When it comes to Second Life, she lives “a fairly simple and casual little life”. She enjoys listening to music and going to see the occasional live show, something she only experienced relatively recently. She’s also a family person and likes being a part of that community within SL.

Of her family activities, she says: “it brings me a great deal of happiness and is a big reason why I log in each day. When I’m not with them, I like to visit my favourite places, such as coffee shops and before I forget, shopping! My one true love. Nothing beats a little retail therapy.”

Out of Second Life, Gwen is a student that spends a lot of her time doing the typical studenty things, in her words: “sleeping, eating and binge watching shows on Netflix!”

“Performing has been something worthwhile and productive for me. I enjoyed performing in Romeo + Juliet, so of course I’d like to keep going and take part in Paradise Lost. It really is a great honour to be involved. I’m very pleased that I’ve been cast, and I can’t wait to begin rehearsing. I know it’ll be a great deal of fun and I very much look forward to the first performance!”

Sonia Yeu

Sonia Yeu

Sonia Yeu

Archangel Michael, Chief Understudy

Sonia been in Second Life for three and a half years. She spends much of her time dancing in clubs, listening to music spun by her favourite DJ friends, driving, flying and sailing.

“I just desired to contribute to a so great a project, after playing Tybalt in Romeo + Juliet that I loved so much. Oh, I’m just feeling a bit lost, and very, very tiny, compared to the greatness of this project! I just hope I’ll be able to help.”

Syn Wytchwood

Syn Wytchwood

Syn Wytchwood

Satan, an Isrealite Slave, Mary Magdalene

Syn played Mercutio and Juliet in Romeo + Juliet in Second Life. She’s been in Second Life for roughly 5 yrs, although starting as a different avatar named Angelic. (The new name suit her much better!).

In Second Life, Syn loves playing with photos: “Setting up a scene and snapping a few shots to play with in Photoshop is one of my all time favorite things to do.. you can just be so.. creative!” Syn enjoys making clothing (and has dabbled in store ownership). “I role play on several sims and also co-own a small club with friends where we enjoy hanging out, playing music and chatting.”

“I’m also a huuuge horror movie buff, and find myself on most weeknights snuggled down with a blanket, my cat and newest thriller.”

Outside of Second Life, Syn is a tattoo artist. She’s always drawing something new, painting, sculpting, or engaging in some other form of creative output. A consummate learner, knitting is next on her things-to-learn-to-do list!

“Being selected to perform in Romeo + Juliet was definitely a highlight in my Second Life. I’m often too shy and withdrawn for my own good (in both sl & rl) and I found myself coming out of that proverbial shell when I got involved with that first production.

“When I heard about Paradise Lost, I knew I wanted to get involved and jumped at the chance, not only for its ability to pull me out of my shyness… but because I knew right from the start that it was going to be amazing and that it was something I really wanted to be a part of. The creative output that Becky & Harvey have put into this production is simply breathtaking. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that!?

“When I consider what’s to come, I’m excited.  Maybe even more excited than when I was chosen for Romeo + Juliet (though I was more nervous with the first casting). I’ve seen some of the work that’s going into this production and I know it will be one of THE biggest, most impressive things this side of our little digital world in a long time.. and I cant wait!”