An Egyptian Myth The Scorpions' Sting

By Dean Burry

  • Location - Studebaker Theater

Lyric’s annual family opera performance is back with a Chicago premiere that will capture the imagination! While lost in the desert, a group of  archaeology students uncover the Lost Temple of Isis, the ancient Egyptian goddess of healing, and a mythic tale unfolds as they read ancient hieroglyphics. Through the story of Isis, the students learn the importance of knowledge and the power of forgiveness. Recommended for ages 7-12.

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This production of The Scorpions' Sting was presented by Lyric October 14 – 15, 2017. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

The Story

While lost in the Egyptian desert, a group of archaeology students try to help their professor. He has been stung by a scorpion. They stumble upon the Lost Temple of Isis, the ancient Egyptian goddess of healing. The students attempt to find a cure by reading the hieroglyphs. This mythic story unfolds before them…

At a banquet in his honor, King Osiris is tricked by his jealous brother, Set, who wants to be the king. Set brings out an ornate chest and says that whoever fits inside the chest will win it. The prize thrills the banquet guests, but it’s a trick. Set built the chest to only fit Osiris. Closing the lid on the king, Set has the chest thrown in the Nile River. He imprisons Queen Isis as a slave in a weaving house in the middle of the desert.

With the help of her sister Nephthys and a magic sistrum, Isis journeys through the desert to a small seaside town led by seven scorpions. An arrogant rich woman turns Isis away, but a poor fisherman gives her shelter. As revenge, the scorpions sting the rich woman’s baby. Isis is angry at the scorpions and casts a spell to heal the child – a spell that cures the victims of the scorpions’ sting.

Back in the temple, the students now understand the story of Isis. Can this ancient spell heal their professor, too?

Meet The Artists

Curtis Bannister

Professor Hornsby/ Set

Melinda Alberty

Sally Smith/ Isis

Julia Hardin

Molly Brown/ Nepthys/ Tahemet

Matthan Black

David Sands/ Osiris/ Scorpions

Elise Sandell


Matthew Gemmill

Music Supervisor

Lauren Nigri

Scenic Designer

Noël Huntzinger

Costume Designer

Production Sponsors

Major support provided by the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances Fund.

The Scorpions’ Sting and Opera in the Neighborhoods are supported by Lead Sponsor J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes and cosponsors three Anonymous Donors, Joyce E. Chelberg, Dover Foundation, Brent and Katie Gledhill, Robert and Evelyn McCullen, the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation, the Walter Family Foundation, Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow, and Wintrust Community Banks.

Lyric Unlimited Chicago Public Schools Bus Scholarships are supported by the U.S. Bank Foundation.

Photo: Michael Brosilow