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LITURGICAL OPERA: And Christ Came Into the World
 
 
AND CHRIST CAME
INTO THE WORLD

an Epiphany play by Michèle Miller Sigg
with chants by Susan Hulsman Bingham
and including traditional Christmas melodies

NOTE: This short chancel opera comes in two versions:
one for smaller cast and one for larger.

In rehearsal at St. John's Episcopal Parish, New Haven, CT
before the premier of And Christ Came Into the World

 

CAST for Version I:
(smaller cast version)

 

[NOTE: Actors may have more than one part.]
Amos (donkey)             
Jude (donkey)     
Children (2 or more)                     
Angel                          
Shepherds (4 or more)               
Joseph
Mary  
King Herod                         
Scribes, teachers                       
Magi (3)

Singing parts:   
Roosters
Ravens
Rooks
Ox(en)
Sheep
Donkeys
Angels
                      

CAST for Version 2:
(larger cast version)
 

[NOTE: Actors may have more than one part.]
Children (non speaking)
Child 1
Mary (non speaking)
Joseph (non speaking)
Animals (singing)
            Roosters
            Ravens
            Rooks
            Oxen
            Sheep
            Donkeys
Amos – a donkey modeled on Groucho Marx
Raucus – a kleptomaniacal raven with a croaky, Arabian accent
Doodle – a cheerful, energetic, flighty rooster
Bodo – (singing but non speaking) a mute ox
            modeled on Harpo Marx
Bud – a sheep who narrates
Head Angel
Other Angels
Two (or more) Shepherds
Herod
Jewish teachers of the law
Wise man 1
Wise man 2
Wise man 3
Priest-in-Charge (as him/herself)

ACCOMPANIMENT:

 

keyboard (synthesizer), a melody-carrying instrument (anything from flute through 'cello -- in other words, whatever you have); sleigh bells.

CHORUS:

 

animals make up chorus. All trebles, one baritone

DANCE:

 

minimal and optional

PROPS:

 

generic Biblical Christmas pageant garb

SOURCE OF TEXTS:

 

original libretto based on Christmas Bible stories and legends by Michèle Miller Sigg

LANGUAGE:

 

English

MUSICAL STYLE:

 

simple tonal chant interspersed with some traditional Christmas carol melodies

SCENES:

 

Introduction, four tiny scenes, postlude = 6

DURATION:

 

twenty-five minutes

PREMIER:

 

St. John's Episcopal Parish, New Haven, CT, January 29, 2005

 

SYNOPSIS

 

There is an ancient legend that says that on the night Jesus was born, the animals talked -- in Latin!* In this play, these talking animals introduce themselves, and then they reenact four familiar sacred tales of the Christmas season:

TABLEAU 1: Christ’s Birth in the Stable
TABLEAU 2: The Angels appear to the Shepherds in the Fields
TABLEAU 3: The Magi visit Herod’s Court
TABLEAU 4: The Flight into Egypt

* Christus natus est! (Christ is born!) Quando? (When?) Hac nocte! (This night!) Ubi? (Where?) Bethlehem! . . . . Eamus! (Let’s go!)

Musical score OF AND CHRIST CAME INTO THE WORLD, Version 1: $58. Price includes shipping and handling within the U.S. Includes copying and performance rights.


Musical score OF AND CHRIST CAME INTO THE WORLD, Version 2: $58. Price includes shipping and handling within the U.S. Includes copying and performance rights.


DVD of AND CHRIST CAME INTO THE WORLD (Version 1 only): $28. Price includes shipping and handling within the U.S.