What exactly is a fable-opus, anyway?

Definition:  A musical work that tells a story through narration and song.

Description: Usually a one or two act performance by a single or small group of performers where a story is told by a narrator or narrators and each major event in the story is exemplified in a song.


  • What is the most famous fable-opus?  The most well known fable-opus is written, produced, and performed by actor/composer John Stanley Shelley  titled "Man on the Hill." This one-man, two-act show tells a story of life as lived and narrated by an unnamed old man. The message of the fable-opus is to think about what is important in your life.          
  • What's the difference between a fable-opus and a musical? The size of the production. While musicals usually include a cast of dozens and has an elaborate stage, a fable-opus is usually performed by a small group of actors or a single performer. Furthermore, a fable-opus usually carries a meaningful message to the audience.
  • Isn't a fable usually a story using animals? Yes, but not always. However, a fable-opus rarely uses animal characters to tell the story.