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CHILDREN'S OPERETTA: Queen for a Day: a Tale of Tales

 

QUEEN for a DAY:
a Tale of Tales

a contemporary operetta inspired by the tales
of the Arabian Nights
by Arjuna Greist
music by Susan Hulsman Bingham
Queen for a Day score cover drawing by Susan H. Bingham

Dragon (Isaiah Lee, left) roars at King Vlassik (Michael Jefferson III)
CAST

Main Story Characters: Scene Announcer, Narrators, Scheherazade, King Vlassik, Guten, Tag, Herald, Sisters Winken, Blinken, and Nod, Grand Vizier, Villagers, Reporters.

Story Within the Story Characters: Narrators, Zadania, King Kalsav, Tuten, Gaag, Sisters Ninken, Linken, and Jaad, Dragon, Villagers.

ACCOMPANIMENT
piano and synthesizer with simple percussion (i.e., triangle, tambourine)
CHORUS
treble chorus made up of the actors
DANCE
optional
PROPS
generic Middle Eastern garb for royalty and villagers; minimal props
SOURCE OF TEXT
Arjuna Greist
LANGUAGE
English
MUSICAL STYLE
Harmonic and melodic with occasional Middle Eastern flavor/tonalities
SCENES
five
PREMIER
Worthington Hooker Elementary School performance at Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven, CT, June 10, 2004
DURATION
35 minutes
DIRECTOR
Ellen Greist
MUSIC DIRECTOR
Susan Arnold

 

THUMBNAIL SYNOPSIS: In the ancient Balkan city of Volcania, newly-ascended and completely crazy King Vlassic has announced that he will take a new bride every day and have her executed the following morning. The Grand Vizier's daughter, Scheherazade, develops a courageous plan to use her unparalleled talents as a storyteller to save the women of Volcania, and perhaps to change the very nature of her problematic society. Our story celebrates not only the cleverness of one brave woman, but the power of an idea to inspire monumental change and defeat tyranny.

 

Piano/vocal/percussion score of QUEEN FOR A DAY: $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.




Downloadable PDF file of musical score: $40


DVD of QUEEN FOR A DAY: $28. Price includes shipping within the US.



Composer's comment: a lively, funny new libretto with a line for each of as many as fifty children. Easily adjustable to a smaller-sized group as well. Premier was performed in June of 2004 to a delighted audience.

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