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April 30th, 2021 | Thornton/LIVE - Virtual Event


Patience and Sarah

Composed by Paula M. Kimper

Libretto by Wende Persons



SARAH

Parson? Why do you travel like this?

What makes you go it alone, when you've got someone at home who loves you?


PARSON

Well, I love my wife, and I love the open road. It's just the way I am.

You have to be yourself, Sam, and live your dreams.


SARAH

Live my dreams? Live my dreams?


PARSON

And speaking of dreams, sweet dreams.


SARAH

Sweet dreams.


PARSON

I want to live. I want to live. I want to paint. I want to paint my life in blazing colors and my hopes in vibrant hues, I want to paint a place where I belong.


SARAH

Hmm, I think about it. Hmm. Oh, Patience, Patience.


PARSON

Oh, Sarah, why didn't I go with you?


SARAH

Hmm. What was the worst thing that could happen to me? I keep thinking every shadow is you.


PARSON

Oh, what had we begun?


SARAH

I keep thinking every shadow is you.


PARSON

I see your face in the glow of the coals. I feel your breath in the wind on my neck.

I hold you in my dreams. I long for your kiss. I would seek your lips again and be calm.


SARAH

Did I hold you too hard? Did I hurt you? Was that a feeling I felt in you?

I want to love. I want to live. Nice, and snug, and free.

PARSON

I want to live. I want to live. I want to paint our lives in blazing colors and our hopes in vibrant hues, I want to paint a place where we belong.


SARAH

I think about it. I think about it. hmm Oh, Patience, Patience.


PARSON

Oh, Sarah, if only you could hear me. Where have you gone my love.



Singer seated and performing with blue aura around them
Still from "O Yemanja" - Pictured: Vivian Stover as Mother

“O Yemanja” from Scourge of Hyacinths

Composed by Tania León

Based on the play A Scourge of Hyacinths by Wole Soyinka



TIATIN

Oh Yemanja, Sister of the clear...

Sister of the once clear waters,

Mover of the undertows...

Your waters are muddied. Your once

clear path, Undertows that suck my

household down to seabed.

I shall not abandon faith...

I Await a sign. Protectress of the

innocent, Let my son be an eel

without scales-ales,

That yet survives both heat and

cold, Flood and drought. Let him

breast these rapids. Let him reach

the calm sanctuary

Of your clear spring waters.

Oh Yemanja, Keep faith with your

faithful servitor.

Don't abandon my frail crafts

In midstream, No, not among the

fulsome hyacinths.

Oh Yemanja, Protectress, seer of

all, Sister...



Shadow puppets against lit backdrop
Still from "The Night Flight of Minerva's Owl" - Animation by Sean Cawelti

Prelude to The Night Flight of Minerva’s Owl

Composed by Guang Yang

Libretto by Paula Cizmar



OWL

Flying, hoping.


ENSEMBLE ("SATELITES")

Shh, Shh…


OWL

Ca - aa - aa - aa – aa…Calling…Ho - o - o - o - o – Hoping…


ENSEMBLE

Shhhhhhhh.


OWL

Through, through, through, through.


ENSEMBLE

Flying through the night flying through the night calling hoping.


OWL

Through the night flying through the night hoping.


MINNIE

Pleiades, Seven Sisters, Ursa Major, Great Big Bear, Cygnus the Swan, Lyra the Harp, Scorpius The down fall of what was that hunter's name? Orion Oh! yes, Orion!


MINERS

Give us a look, Minnie give us a smile, Minnie, give us a kiss, Minnie it's been a

while Minnie.


MINNIE

Pleiades, Seven Sisters, Ursa Major.


MOTHER

Minnie!


MINNIE

Yes, mama.


MOTHER

Back to work!


MINNIE

Yes, mama.


MOTHER

Don't let me catch you staring off into the sky again!


MINNIE

But, Maybe? Could I?


MINNIE

One day I will know all your names.


BROTHER

One day you will finish your chores.


MINNIE

One day I will know how you travel, and what are you made of.


BROTHER

One day oh sure you will be a lady! The lady astronomer. She's the one who cleans

the bar.


MINNIE

That's mine! No! William! Stop teasing!


BROTHER

Great lady!


MINNIE

Give that to me!


BROTHER

Fine lady!


MINNIE

Where is it?!


MINERS

Minnie! Minnie! Minnie!


MOTHER

Minnie! What did I tell you!!??


MIN

No! No! Noooooooo!


ENSEMBLE

Shh... Through the night through the night


OWL

A young girls heart knows...

MIN

I...


OWL

Me


FOOTBINDERS

Through the night, Through the night night, Through the night, through the night night


OWL

A young girls heart calls me


FOOTBINDERS

Min! Min! Min! Bie Pao! Bie Pao!


MIN

Someone! Help! Help!


OWL

A young girl's heart needs me


MIN

We don't really have to do this

And I know you must be busy

So I give you my permission to go on in another kind of way


FOOTBINDERS

Spoiled girl! Why do we always have to fight with you?


MIN

I will truly keep this quiet

And will just go hear the lessons with my brothers who are stupid

oh dear me, I should have said that in another kind of way


FOOTBINDERS

Horrid girl why do you always think that you are so special?

You don't have to follow any rules


MIN

Go away

You are hurting me

I am father's favorite

Go away

Father said to pass a message

You don't have to bind my feet today

Go away


FATHER

Father said?


MIN

I....


FATHER

Father said? What did father say? You bring dishonor to us all


MIN

But it hurts, Father


FATHER

We must endure a little pain. It's important that you try MIN It's just my brothers

Go to school But not I


FATHER

Enough!


MINA

No No one No one must find.. find me Go Go on. Go on Go Go on.

No one must find me find find me

If I disappear If no one can ever see me If I vanish now

Can you really guarantee me?

Will it be a great deal worse than being forced to stay in darkness

Will it be a great deal worse than being forced to live in silence

Will it be a great deal worse than being forced to have a marriage

I want to learn to read the signs on the buildings in a window I want to work inside a shop

It's my own place I can come and go could I offer you mint tea could I offer you tangerines could I sell sumac and saffron fragrant spices for tagines Oh...


[Mina, Min and Minnie singing simultaneously]


MINA

If I disappear If my body turns to dust now in darkness in silence in a in a in the

bondage that they choose I don't choose I don't choose.


MIN

If If I If I disappear in darkness in silence in a in a in the bondage that they choose

I don't choose


MINNIE

If If I If I If I disappear in darkness in silence in a in a in a in a in the bondage that

they choose I don't choose


[MIN, MINA and MINNIE singing simultaneously with OWL]


OWL

Flying Call Call Call-----ling


MIN & MINA & MINNIE

Oh, I , I Oh.... I don't choose


OWL

Dearest girls, you lack pre-thrrrr- cision you can't live in such con fu-thrr- tion We

will set out on a mission off we will go but there's one thing I should thrr caution If

you want to know your options you should hear me now for certain you should

know


OWL

I have what you want, and it doesn't come easy I know what you want, and I don't

take it lightly I have what you want It requires a battle. I have what you want Are

you ready to fight I have what you want


MIN & MINA & MINNIE

It doesn't come easy I don't take it lightly


OWL

I have what you want I have what you want


MIN & MINA & MINNIE

I know what I want I have what I want I know what I want I have what I want I

want I have what I want


OWL

I have what you want, Are you ready to Are you ready to fight


ENSEMBLE

I know what I want I have what I want I know what I want I have what I want I

know what I want


ALL

I know what I want I have what I want Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!

Fight! OWL Fight fight fight Are you ready to fight Are you ready to Are you

ready to Fight Fight Fight Fight!



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