Winter's Child
Composer: Ellen Reid
Librettist: Amanda Jane Shank
Premiere Date: Not available.
Producing Company: Prototype Music Festival
Description: Set in a Southern gothic landscape, Winter's Child reveals a world of rough earth, quiet prayer, and a mother's fight to change her youngest daughter's fate.  It juxtaposes the worlds of "the House," a quiet and folky space rigidly controlled my 'Mama,' and "The Lake," a lush mystical expanse that holds 'Child's' sisters.  The work includes a 13-member ensemble and a 15-woman chorus who's combined voices unite to represent the voice of "the Lake," with whom Mama has made a Faustian deal.  During each of her four pregnancies, Mama had a terrible craving for the flowers that grew by The Lake.  She was allowed to take them as long as she would one day return what belong to the water.  Years passed and Mama forgot about her promise until each of her daughters were taken before their 15th birthdays -- by bath, wash, and rain.  On the eve of her fifteenth birthday, the last remaining daughter, Child, is visited by the ghosts of her three older sisters.  Child is forced to confront her family's past, her hunger for a future, and a bargain her Mama made long before her birth.
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: Not Available
Contact: Not Available
Composer Web Site: http://ellenreidmusic.com/
Librettist Web Site: http://www.amandajaneshank.com/
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