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Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, ACT I (Theatre Illuminata)


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Presenting Beatrice

The fairies flew suspended on wires despite their tendency to get tangled together. Beatrice Shakespeare Smith, busy assessing her reflection in the looking glass and thinking perhaps she shouldnt have dyed her hair blue on this particular morning, turned to glare at them when they rocketed past the end of her nose for the third time in as many minutes.

“If you make me spill this stuff on the stage,” she said, “Ill squeeze you until your heads pop off.”

Unperturbed by the threat, Mustardseed swung by her like a demented pendulum. “Going in there with fairy guts on your hands isnt going to make a good impression!”

“Nervous about your call to the Theater Managers Office?” Moth asked, chasing Peaseblossom in circles.

“Not the best of timing,” Cobweb singsonged, hanging upside down at the end of his line, “mucking up your head right before a ten oclock summons.”

“Im not getting called on the carpet with my roots showing.” Bertie coated another section with Cobalt Flame liquid concentrate, pilfered just an hour ago from the Wardrobe Department. “Do we like the blue?”

“Better than Crimson Pagoda,” Peaseblossom said. “Your entire head looked like it was on fire that time.”

“Maybe I should have taken Black Cherry.” Bertie stuck her tongue out at the Beatrice-in- the-mirror. “Maybe Cobalt Flame will encourage the Theater Manager to get creative with his punishment.”

“Hell probably just remove the desserts from the Green Room again,” Peaseblossom said.

The others groaned at the prospect, then Moth perked up to suggest, “He could make you scrub out the toilets in the Ladies Dressing Room instead.”

“Or scrape the gum off the bottoms of the auditorium seats,” said Cobweb.

“Ew.” Bertie wrapped another strand of hair in aluminum foil and crimped it against her head. “An excessive punishment for whistling a scene change, dont you think?”

“ ‘Whistling a scene change?” Peaseblossom giggled. “Thats a euphemism and a half! You set off the cannon, blew holes through three set pieces, and set the fire curtain on fire.”

“Quite the valuable lesson in emergency preparedness, I think,” Bertie said.

Moth twitched his ears at her. “Pondering our recent criminal history, I must admit there have been more pyro-technic explosions than usual.”

“Maybe the Theater Manager thinks youre doing it to impress Nate,” Cobweb said.

Bertie felt the blood rush to her face until her cheeks were stained Shocking Pink. “Shut up.”

“It is like youre acting a part for the dashing pirate lads benefit,” Mustardseed said.

Bertie snagged his wire, reeling him in until he reached eye level. “Whats that supposed to mean?”

The fairy twitched. “You know. The hair dye, the black clothes”

“The clove cigarettes!” Moth added from below.

“The drinking and cursing,” said Cobweb.

“Is it method acting?” Mustardseed asked.

“This is a theater.” Bertie, annoyed by the inquisition, dropped him onto the stage. Several feet of slack cable landed atop the fairy in a slithering heap.

“Oh!” Peaseblossom said. “Youve buried him alive!”

“I told you it was silly to use the wires when you can fly perfectly well without them,” Bertie said.

“But theyre fun to swing on!” Moth protested as the fairies shed their harnesses and went to investigate the tomb of their fallen comrade.

Indefatigable, Mustardseed emerged from the pile, rubbing his bum. “If its not for Nate, is it because of your abandonment issues?”

There was a very long silence before Bertie told her reflection, “The only reason Im friends with any of you is because I outgrew the von Trapps, one annoying Austrian at a time.”

“You could have joined the Lost Boys,” Moth said.

“They did nothing but whiz on trees, and Im not properly equipped for that.”

“So youre stuck with us because of your innate inability to pee standing up?” Peaseblossom put her hands on her hips as she hovered nearby.

“Thats right.” Bertie used her brush to stir the dye.

“We can do lots of stuff besides pee standing up,” Moth said.

“Like sword fighting!” Cobweb slashed and parried with great enthusiasm.

“Call the pirates and the shipwreck scene!” Mustardseed flailed his tiny yellow boots in an improvised hornpipe.

“Im not supposed to make scene changes and thus Im appalled by the very suggestion,” Bertie said. “Youre a bad influence, Mustardseed.”

“The rules have never stopped you before.” Peaseblossom looked knowing. “You just dont want Nate seeing you with your head all slimy.”

Bertie put on her best Lady of the Manor air. “He neednt wait for an engraved invitation to pay a social call.”

“But he prefers you pin a note to the Call Board,” Peaseblossom reminded her.

The majority of the Players drifted in and out of existence according to the summonses pinned to the Call Board, but the more flamboyant, dashing, or mad the character, the more freedom they had to move about the Théâtre. The fairies dogged Berties every step, whereas Nate was one for protocol.

Probably all that rot about following the captains orders.

Berties entire head tingled as the ammonia burned her scalp. She tried not to scratch at it, because that way lay madness . . . madness and funky-colored fingertips. “It has nothing to do with Nate. I need to finish my hair before the Stage Manager gets back.”

“He should be thankful its only dye on your head and not paint all over the stage,” Peaseblossom said.

Bertie glanced at the walls of her room. The three connected scenic flats were part of the Théâtre Illuminatas enormous collection of backdrops, stored in the flies overhead and in the backstage scenic dock when not in use. “I havent painted my set in years.”

Lights up on BERTIE, AGE 7. She is painting over a dingy cream wall with something labeled “Violet Essence” as the STAGE MANAGER glowers at her.


Its my bedroom, and Ill do what I want with it.

(To prove her point, she splashes magenta and silver over the violet and smears it around with her hands.)


(grabbing for BERTIES ear and missing)

You can answer to the Theater Manager for this mess!

(The THEATER MANAGER arrives with MR. TIBBS, the Scenic Manager.)

(turning to the THEATER MANAGER)

Why you ever decided she needed to sleep here, on the stage, is beyond my powers of reckoning!


She needed a bedroom, and this is the best we could do.


(His face turns three shades of crimson and steam hisses out of his ears like a teakettle.)

But this isn̵

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The Book Resort, July 8, 2009 (view all comments by The Book Resort)
All her world's a stage.

Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She's not an orphan, but she has no parents.

She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.

That is, until now.

Enter Stage Right

NATE. Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie.

COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARD SEED, and PEASEBLOSSOM. Four tiny and incredibly annoying fairies. BERTIE'S sidekicks.

ARIEL. Seductive air spirit and Bertie's weakness. The symbol of impending doom.

BERTIE. Our heroine.

Welcome to the Theatre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Theatre by The Book--an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family--and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

Open Curtain

Looks like Eyes Like Stars may be the breakout read for 2009!

Lisa Mantchev's Eyes Like Stars kicks off like glitter busters!

It is hard to fathom Eyes Like Stars is Lisa Mantchev's debut. With Mantchev's lyrically stunning prose you are taken to a bewitching world resplendent in drama, humor, romance & whimsicality.

Mantchev is a phenomenal storyteller. Eyes Like Stars is an inspired novel overflowing w/ luminosity.

Mantchev has created a delectable cast of alluring, amusing, salty & sprightly characters.

Mantchev's audience will just crave even more from The Théâtre Illuminata. There are times when you can't seem to turn the pages fast enough & there are times when you want to ease up because when you reach the end of Mantchev's engaging fairy tale you will be chomping @ the bit for Book Two in The Théâtre Illuminata trilogy.

Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is as effervescent as champagne bubbles on New Years Eve. Bertie is capricious, determined, fun-loving & vibrant.

Mantchev's description of the fairies is spot on! Fairies are adorable, devilish, frolicsome & pugnacious. Brava to Lisa for capturing the precise essence of Cobweb, Moth, Mustard Seed & PeaseBlossom.

Eyes Like Stars is strikingly scribed with Mantchev's fervent & scintillating dialogue. The storyline is an imaginative & an authentic fantasy extravaganza!

Whew! Mantchev possesses the goods to create a mystical contemporary fairy tale that would make Hans Christian Andersen rush to The Théâtre Illuminata for front row seats!

I do want to mention some may be confused in the beginning of Eyes Like Stars w/ all the scene changes & théâtre jargon but trust me once the stage is set -- you will enjoy the show!

Lisa Mantchev is a visionary talent & you will not be disappointed!

I'd like to share one of my favorite quotes:

"The only reason I'm friends with any of you is because I outgrew the vonTrapps, one annoying Austrian at a time"

Grab a copy of Eyes Like Stars.

Eyes Like Stars should be packaged with an eye mask, cucumbers, cupcakes & scrumptious fudge : }.*Hint*. lol.

Don't say I didn't warn you...

So, wanna Taste the Bad Candy ?!
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Becky Laney, June 4, 2009 (view all comments by Becky Laney)
What can I say about this one to do it justice? I loved it. Well, more to the point I LOVED it. It's a fun fantasy novel--a romance--that is satisfying and playful and oh-so-right. Our heroine, Beatrice, has grown up in the theatre. But not just any theatre, no, the only home she has ever known is home to every stage character ever written--all the plays ever penned. Her best friends are fairies--perhaps you've read about them before, for they are found in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Her love interest? The man of her dreams? A minor character from A Little Mermaid. Her love-to-hate, hate-to-love enemy? Ariel from The Tempest.

When we first meet Beatrice, she's in trouble. The Theatre Manager has decided that it is time for Beatrice to go. His excuse? She's not contributing to the theatre. She--and others along side her--plead with him; he grants her a few more days to prove that she has what it takes, that she belongs there.

Her idea? To be a director! Though their productions generally never require a director--after all the originals know their lines backwards and forwards and then some--but if she were to change it up, change it around...then...maybe just maybe she'd find her place. Thus she seeks to recreate Hamlet...to give it an ancient Egyptian setting.

But life is never this easy, right? You know there are bound to be conflicts! I am not going to say much more. I don't want to spoil it. But it is oh-so-magical. It is fun and playful. It is giddy-making.
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AshGreene, March 25, 2009 (view all comments by AshGreene)
I know Lisa Mantchev, and not only is she a really fun person to talk to, shes a really good writer. If you get a chance to meet her, or even just to read this book, your a lucky person.

P.S. If you can read this, thank a teacher.
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Product Details

Theatre Illuminata, Act I
Mantchev, Lisa
Fagan, Deva
Feiwel & Friends
Actors and actresses
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Performing Arts - Theater
Identity (psychology)
Fantasy & Magic
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Foster Homes
Love & Romance
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Theatre Illuminata
Series Volume:
No. 1 of 3
Publication Date:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 12
8.25 x 5.50 in
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Beatrice Shakespeare Smith (aka Bertie, aka 'the self-appointed Queen of Improvisation') makes use of her creative skills to remain in her adoptive home, the magical Thtre Illuminata. The characters from every play ever written are eternally bound to this particular stage by 'The Book,' which contains all the scripts; Bertie's companions include Ariel from The Tempest, Hamlet's Ophelia and a smattering of fairies, among others. After a destructive incident involving a cannon, Bertie must prove that her contributions as an ordinary 17-year-old girl are 'unique and valuable' or be cast out. But the theater is thrown into disarray when Ariel steals 'The Book,' while Bertie's desire intensifies to uncover the truth about how she came to the theater. Mantchev's first novel feels dreamlike (plot points are often revealed during impromptu performances), yet underneath is a solid story about the search for happiness and identity. Inside jokes will delight drama club devotees ('Gertrude pointed at Macbeth, who was holding up a cruller and muttering, 'Is this a doughnut I see before me?' '), but this passionate debut should attract a broader readership as well. Ages 12 — up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Behind the curtain at the Thtre Illuminata, the actors are born to play theirparts, and are bound to the Thtre by The Book--an ancient and magical tome ofscripts. Bertie is not one of the actors, but they are her family--and she isabout to lose them and the only home she's ever known.
"Synopsis" by , With an iron-willed girl hero whose magic is with words, and a universe that is also the ultimate theater, "Eyes Like Stars" is the most unusual fantasy I've read this year! I recommend it to anyone who loves drama, strong girls, and rowdy faery folk.--Tamora Pierce.
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All her worlds the stage.

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“Magical stagecraft, unmanageable fairies, and a humorous cast of classical characters form the backdrop for this imaginative coming-of-age.”—Suzanne Collins
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All her worlds a stage

Enter Stage Right

Beatrice Shakespeare Smith (Bertie): Our heroine.

Nate: A dashing pirate who will do anything to protect Bertie.

Cobweb, Moth, Mustardseed, and Peaseblossom: Four tiny, mischievous fairies, and Berties loyal sidekicks.

Ariel: A seductive air spirit. Disaster follows in his wake, but Bertie simply cannot resist him.

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. The actors are bound to the Théâtre by The Book, an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of the actors, but they are her family. And she is about to lose them all because The Book has been threatened, and along with it the Théâtre. Its the only home Bertie has ever known, and she has to find a way to save it. But first, theres the small problem of two handsome men, both vying for her attention. The course of true love never did run smooth. . . .

"Synopsis" by , Rebel. Champion gymnast. Intergalactic traveler?

Trix can deal with being an orphan charity case at a snotty boarding school. She can hold her own when everyone else tells her not to dream big dreams. She can even fight back against the mysterious stranger in a silver mask who tries to steal the meteorite her parents trusted her to protect.

But her life is about to change forever. The Circus Galacticus has come to town, bringing acts to amaze, delight, and terrify. And now the dazzling but enigmatic young Ringmaster has offered Trix the chance to be a part of it.

Soon Trix discovers an entire universe full of deadly enemies and potential friends, not to mention space leeches, ancient alien artifacts, and exploding chocolate desserts. And she just might unravel the secrets of her own past—if she can survive long enough.

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