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CHILDREN'S OPERAS: Naaman the Leper

NAAMAN THE LEPER

a short oratorio in costume based on 2 Kings 5:1-19

music and libretto by Susan Hulsman Bingham

 

Drawing by William Bingham, age 9.



VOICING:

Three baritones, one soprano, and chorus of sopranos and/or trebles

CAST:

 

Singing Roles:
Naaman, the Leper, baritone

Young Israel Servant Girl, soprano
King of Israel, baritone
Elisha, the Prophet, baritone
Chorus Servants of Naaman, sopranos and/or trebles

Non-singing Roles: All spoken or acting-only roles can be performed by designated members of the Chorus. These include:
Wife of Naaman
King of Aram
Messenger to the King of Israel
Servant of Elisha (Gehazi)
Head Servant of Naaman

ACCOMPANIMENT:

piano or synth, tambourine, traiangle or hand cymbals

CHORUS:

soprano or treble chorus

DANCE:

none

PROPS:

standard biblical garb

SOURCE OF TEXTS:

Libretto is based on the Second Book of Kings, Chapter 5, Verses 1-19,in Holy Scripture/
Old Testament of the Bible

LANGUAGE:

English

MUSICAL STYLE:

melodic, modal

SCENES:

five tiny scenes

SCENES:
 

Click here to hear a sound clip taken from the premier performance on February 12, 2012

DURATION:

20 minutes

PREMIER:

Episcopal Church of the Mediator, Allentown, PA

 

SYNOPSIS

Synopsis: Naaman is a prominent political and social figure who stands in high favor with the King of Aram. However, he has leprosy. Though his arrogance prevents him, at first, from heeding a suggestion by his young Israelite slave girl to seek help from the prophet Elisha, his illness wears him down. He grudgingly seeks Elisha’s help, even more grudgingly follows his simple prescription for a cure, and is healed of both inner and outer ill health.

 

Composer's comment: Have cast in costume and have music stands for major characters. Put the name of each character on the stand in large letters so that the congregation is clear as to which character is which. Minimal acting adds a lot to this piece.


Piano/vocal/percussion score of NAAMAN THE LEPER: $75. Price includes shipping within the US; it also includes performance rights and permission to make sufficient copies of the score for cast members and accompanists for one season.

Piano/vocal/percussion score of NAAMAN THE LEPER, PDF format. Send us your email address and we will send the score as an attachment. Price: $36.

Downloadable PDF files of musical score and parts: $40


DVD: $28. Price includes shipping within the US.