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Hold onto your seats -- youre in for a ride through time -- 100
years into the past. Your TV emcee, Felix, would like to tell you
about Russias most famous bogeyman. But whose story is this really?
Who can you trust? Who can really tell the story? Singer:
A peasant village in Siberia comes alive with debate and dancing.
Listen to the old traditions contesting the new ideas from the West.
The village is the home of Rasputin, a place of wooden houses, muddy
streets and perennial streams. What has come to disturb this eternal
peace? THE CHORUS: Sarah Bierstock; Sarah Carmody;
Mike Curran; Greg Dinger; Lynn Malkine; Sarah
Nelson; William O'Neill; David Rossiter; Chuck Snyder;
WHAT I SEE
Is the boy (Rasputin) in the barn a simpleton or a saint? He talks
to horses and imagines scenes from the Bible. His neighbors wonder
- but mostly taunt him. Only the horses listen to his dreams of
joy and revelation. Singer:
Grigori Rasputin returns home after years of wandering as a pilgrim
across Russia. He is lucky to have a wife as understanding as Praskovye,
who is learning to live with a very different kind of husband. His
own words, taken from his writings, expose their shared need for
hope, tenderness and sympathy. The question is -- can they prevail?
& Paul Tomasko
Rasputin finds a suggestion of his own boyhood dreams in the young
Tsarovich. The Tsarovich, crippled by illness, and Rasputin, deformed
by oddity -- are united in their capacity for vision. But what price
will the visionary exact? Singers:
Paul Tomasko & Stephen Scarpulla
I CAME TO LEARN
The Second Act begins with Matriona's wistful but confident thoughts
about her future -- as St. Petersburg reveals itself to her adolescent
imagination. What will she REALLY learn before the show is
The Tsar paid detectives from his secret police to watch over Rasputin
-- both to protect the self-styled holy man, and to guard the Tsar
from scandal. The detectives became fond of their ward, and often
played games with him as he arrived, drunk, back at his small apartment.
Singers: Gordon Cook, Richard Morton, Andy Robinson
THE WORLD OUTSIDE
Near the end of the show, after death and destruction, the Tsarovich
sings of a world that he hopes one day to rule. This melancholy
song, with its childlike lyrics, sum up his aspirations -- and his
touching innocence. Singer:
of the entire score is available to interested theatres and directors.
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