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American Cantata - Musical Revue / Cabaret, Drama

American Cantata

Elaine Kendall, Elaine Moe, Dennis Poore, John Sanford

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Musical Revue / Cabaret, Drama

1m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573681936

Elaine Kendall, Elaine Moe and Dennis Poore
Adapted from John Sanford's Feed Their Hopes
"Rarely, if ever, do plays celebrate their subject matter as well...American Cantata easily won my vote as the best celebration of American womanhood in recent reckoning." -The East Villager
A celebration in music and drama of the spirit and imagination of American women; covering three centuries of their triumphs and tragedies.

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Description

Musical Revue / Cabaret

Drama

Docudrama/Historic

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Present Day, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI, 1900-1910, American Civil War Era, 18th Century, 19th Century

Settings Of Play - Unit set, simple but versatile. Era changes can be indicated by props and costumes. Long skirts for 18th and 19th centuries, short skirts or pants for contemporary looksl. Male narrator would wear contemporary sport jacket with open shirt.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

A celebration in music and drama of the spirit and imagination of American women; covering three centuries of their triumphs and tragedies. The vignettes, virtually all accompanied by original songs, portray Sally Hemmings, the slave who bore children to Thomas Jefferson; Molly Maguire, 19tth century labor firebrand; Mary Surratt, accused in the Lincoln conspiracy; Elizabeth Custer, wife of the General; the innovative dancer Isadora Duncan; singer Bessie Smith; stateswoman Golda Meir; singer/dancer Josephine Baker; Eleanor and Alice Roosevelt; artist Georgia O'Keefe and 12 other notable, quotable and remarkable women. Dramatic unity is provided by the narrator John Sanford, author of the book from which the vignettes were chosen. Scenes include the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, in which twelve dozen girls perished, and many other historical milestones in which women played significant roles. The musical deals with exceptional lives in the arts. politics, entertainment,and science.
"Rarely, if ever, do plays celebrate their subject matter as well...American Cantata easily won my vote as the best celebration of American womanhood in recent reckoning." - The East Villager
First produced at the Quaigue Theater, NYC.
Characters

CASTING

1m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

NYC production was played by 1 male and 5 females. Other productions had as many women as desired by the company. The characters represent actual people at various stages of their lives, and can be ages from 20s to 50s or 60s, All women should be versatile singers. The narrator doesn't sing. The majority of women are between 20 and 40 at the time of their episodes. Age, however is not particularly important in this play.

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

JULIAN - a writer, male, Baritone-Tenor; plays all male roles
WOMAN ONE - Soprano; plays Ms. Blauvelt, Peggy’s Friend, Rosina Sacco, Survivor, Over and Past, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Ensemble
WOMAN TWO - High Soprano; plays Molly Maguire, Maria Mitchell, Isadora Duncan, Over and Past, Protester, Ensemble
WOMAN THREE - Mezzo-Soprano; plays Sally Hemmings, Librarian, Witness, Bessie Smith, Josephine Baker, Ensemble, Polly Ann Henry (optional scene)
WOMAN FOUR - 2nd Soprano; plays Peggy S. Arnold, Dame Shirley, Baby Doe, Spectator, Golda Meir, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ensemble
WOMAN FIVE - 2nd Alto; plays Sister, Elizabeth Custer, Girlfriend, Editor, Ella Bloor, Eleanor Roosevelt, Marion Davies, Ensemble
PIANO - on stage
BASS - on stage (optional)
GUITAR - on stage (optional)
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway, Jazz, Folk, Operetta

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

7 Piano/Vocal Scores
Author(s)

Elaine Kendall

Elaine Kendall has written libretti and lyrics for musical shows, including An American Cantata  (publlished by Samuel French; produced in various venues throughout the US), The Would-be Diva (about Ganna Walska, creator of the celebrated Santa Barbara garden Lotusland; Center Stage Theatre, Santa Barbara), Isadora! (based upon the life of the innovative dancer; Center Stage), and Cole & ... view full profile

Dennis Poore

Dennis Poore

Dennis Poore is the composer of everything from European dance hits like "Strange Desire" and "Young Men" to the Julie Brown cult favorites "Cause I'm A Blond" and "Brand New Girl" from the film Earth Girls Are Easy. He was also nominated for a Clio for his Chase-Manhattan Bank jingle. In the musical theatre arena, he was the composer for the musicals An American Cantata, which had runs in New ... view full profile

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