This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes
for the world.
Cedar Village Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
John Donahue, director Conductor: Philip Brunelle Company: Center Opera Company
A Lady with a Hand Mirror, (also an Operetta Singer)
A Lady with a Cake Box
A Lady with a Hat Box (also a Foreign Singer)
A Man with Old Luggage (also 1st Puppet and an Operetta Singer)
A Man with a Paint Box
A Man with a Shoe Sample Kit (also 2nd Puppet)
A Man with a Cornet Case (also a Puppet Maker)
Time and Place
around 1914- a railway station
A small group of people wait in a railway station. One of them sings about the hand mirror she carries. The passengers ask Mr. Owen, a man with a paint box, what he does; before answering, they are distracted by a puppet show. One of the passengers talks about his luggage. Another man has a cornet case, but will not open the case. Another traveler makes hats for the movies, but is misunderstood by the rest. One passenger reveals that he is a shoe salesman, but also refuses to open his case. Mr. Owen is asked about his painting. One of the ladies has a cake box, in which she says she keeps her lover. Mr. Owen talks about a magical ship he imagined when he was younger. A puppet maker appears, talking about all of the things that go into puppet making. Mr. Owen is asked to paint the passengers’ portraits. As they wonder about his paint box, they bully him into place to paint them. His box falls open, revealing that it is empty. The puppet show concludes, and everyone but Mr. Owen leaves. He sings about the ship of his childhood dreams.