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Joshua's Boots
Adolphus Hailstork
Susan Kander
Ron Himes (Director)
Stephen Mager (Music Director)
James Burwinkel (Scenic Designer)
Robin Verhage-Abrams (Costume Designer)
Jermaine Smith (Joshua)
Jamilla Upchurch (Sarah)
Cameron Roberson (Abraham)
Dennis Shaw (Natty Green)
Siphiwe McKenzie (Mamma/Sallie Fingers)
Patrick Nigh (Geezer/Frank/Captain Pershing/Cookie)
Johanna Elkana (Miss Pearl)
Jesse Lawder (Frederick)
Rebecca Schaaf (Lucinda)
David Koch (Charlie)
June 11, 1999
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Set in the late 19th century, Joshua's Boots tells the story of a black teenager who flees barefooted from his Missouri home after his father is killed by a lynch mob. He ends up in Dodge City where, at that time, one in every four cowboys was black. After battling hardship and prejudice, he eventually makes good as a cowboy, a fact symbolized by his handsome, silver-tipped boots, an emblem of top achievement in the cowboys' world.
Joshua (bar, black)
Sarah (s, black)
Abraham (s, black)
Natty Green (t, black)
Mama/Sallie Fingers (s, black)
Geezer/Frank/Captain Pershing/Cookie (t,white)
Miss Pearl (pop mzo, white)
Frederick (bar, white)
Lucinda (s, white)
Charlie (white)
4 Cowboys
Wall Street Journal, Heidi Waleson, 6-28-1999
Kansas City Star, Scott Cantrell
RFT Reviews, Harry Weber
American Visions (The Magazine of Afro-American Culture)
Chorus: 7 boys, fewer girls, all races (black, white, hispanic, etc.)
Fl.(Picc.) Cl. Vln. Vcl. Perc. Pno. (Opt. on stage Vln., Pno.)
Tonal; incorporates spirituals, cowboy folk melodies, and original material
Theodore Presser Company
588 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Schedule of Performances Listings
Joshua's Boots (Hailstork)
Friday, June 11, 1999 - Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

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