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Continuing Serial:

The Book of Briarshire

written by Kelly Moore
directed by Sabrina Lloyd (Eps. 1-3)
directed by Emily Candini (Ep. 4)

A young female warrior, determined to prove her worth to her king and kingdom, embarks on a heroic quest that doesn’t turn out the way she had hoped.

Next Time: Episode 5
Began 2/23/19

Episode One (2/23/19)

Summary: Young Ylva triumphs over another knight at court for the right to go on a quest to slay the dragon that has terrorized their kingdom, but when the King sees that Ylva is a girl, he reneges on the contest - no girl can possibly have the ability to slay a dragon. Ylva goes home fuming, where her sister, Skittles, encourages her to go off and slay the dragon anyway (a feat that would also help Skittles get the attention of Zach, a boy she likes). The King spies on this conversation via magic wielded by the wizard Wormleg - though the haughty King is quick to remind Wormleg that she only wields magic with his permission, and that nobody else can ever know that the King is not the one performing feats of magic. The King is willing to let Ylva go slay the dragon - he figures that the best way to get a woman to do something is to tell her that she can't - but when it's pointed out that if she slays the dragon after being publicly rebuked it could undermine the King's authority, the King and his Court set out to stop Ylva.

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Photos by Nathan Wellman

Episode Two (3/2/19)

Summary: Ylva has to talk Skittles out of coming with her on her quest to slay the dragon; Skittles, a beauty pageant queen, doesn't understand the danger or work involved and thinks it's going to be fun. However, Skittles ultimately changes her mind again, joining Ylva after she's already set out from their village. Meanwhile, the King has formed an evil plan: he'll wait for Ylva to slay the dragon, then kill Ylva and take the credit for slaying the dragon himself. Wormleg privately frets over being forced to use Magic for evil, but the personification of Magic tries to convince her to defy the king and use her powers for good.

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Photos by Jax Ball

Episode Three (3/9/19)

Summary: Ylva once again sends Skittles away. When Ylva accidentally kills the last unicorn, she is beset by elves threatening to kill her - but Skittles returns and distracts them by disguising Ylva's horse as a unicorn by strapping a loaf of French bread to its forehead. Ylva is frustrated; she insists she didn't need to be saved... and now she has no horse and no bread. Meanwhile, Wormleg uses Magic to help the peasants who come to the King for help - displeasing the King, who imprisons Wormleg and takes Magic for himself.

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Photos by Jessie Bias

Episode Four (3/16/19)

Summary: With Wormleg trapped in a tower, the King attempts to use Magic herself - but Magic won't obey her commands, much to the Queen's amusement. Meanwhile, Ylva is accidentally shot by the supposedly virtuous knight Sir Holden, who is all too keen to signal his virtue. Later, when Ylva and Skittles are beset by a dangerously seductive nymph, as well as a hunky merman who wants to make a not-unwilling Skittles his bride, Sir Holden slays them both before Ylva has a chance to do so - then begins to force himself on Ylva to get the romantic reward he thinks he deserves.

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Photos by Jessie Bias

Cast

Kelly Moore Ylva (Eps. 1-4)
Emily Bolcik Skittles (Eps. 1-4)
Debbie Fry Wormleg (Eps. 1-3)
Voice of
Wormleg (Ep. 4)
Marina Mastros Magic (Eps. 1-4)
Celeste Pechous The King (Eps. 1-4)
Rosie Mandel Knight (Eps. 1-3)
The Queen (Ep. 4)
Sydney Newman Plague Rat (Ep. 1)
Pearl Spring Voss Townsperson (Ep. 1)
Elizabeth McDowell Townsperson (Ep. 1)
Peasant / Elf #2 (Ep. 3)
The Merman (Ep. 4)
Megan Reisberg The Elf Lord (Ep. 3)
Ashly Justine The Blind Man (Ep. 3)
Ashly Justine The Blind Man (Ep. 3)
Nicole Pelegrino Sir Holden (Ep. 4)