The Pink Siamese
Composer: Seymour Barab
Librettist: Susan Otto
Work Web Site: http://www.boosey.com/pages/opera/moredetails.asp?musicid=3950
Premiere Date: April 10, 1959
Producing Company: Detroit Institute of Arts
Description: Born into an impossibly vain family, the Pink Siamese is shunned from birth. Labelled as a “cat-tastrophe” because he doesn’t resemble his beautiful brown and cream colored kin, his family calls in a doctor. The kitten is immediately diagnosed as a hopeless embarrassment to his family’s pedigree. He is sent forth from his family’s home, in the Forest of Family Trees, to town to live as an outcast. He soon finds employment in the freak show at the circus. Forced to live in a cage and roar at the circus-goers, the Pink Siamese becomes increasingly lonely. All he wishes is to live in a nice warm house and be loved. His circus friends, including the Fat Lady, Tattooed Man, and Acrobats, unsuccessfully try to cheer him. The Pink Siamese is miserable, until one day a young red-headed boy comes to the circus. During the show, the boy declares that the Pink Siamese is no freak, he simply is a uniquely-colored cat. The crowd agrees, and chaos ensues - the circus owner doesn’t want to lose his “freak”. The boy then invites the Pink Siamese to come live in his home where he will be safe, warm, well-fed, and loved.
Character List (Major): The Pink Siamese
Mrs. A, a Cat Matron
Mrs. B, a Cat Matron
May, Mother of the Pink Siamese
Dr. Quack, the Duck
Character List (Minor): Mother
Child
Clown
Fat Lady
Acrobats
Tatooed Man
Red-Haired Boy
Bit Parts: Crowd (people and children at the circus), Other cats
Length: 00:45
Total Acts: 1
Chorus: Chorus
Orchestration: 2 fl, 1 ob, 2 cl, 1 bsn - 1 hrn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn - perc(4):timp/SD/tamb/BD/finger cyms/wdbl/tgl/ susp.cym/slide whistle/xyl/glsp - strings
Musical Style: A musical play for children to perform.
Contact: Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
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Composer Web Site: http://www.seymourbarab.com/
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