May 27, 2004
A More Perfect Union
Composer:Victoria Bond
Librettist:Isaiah Sheffer
Synopsis
A More Perfect Union takes a satirical and allegorical look at the 1787 American Constitutional Convention and its impact on today's politics. It is a contemporary piece of music theater, reviving in part performance principles of the baroque opéra-ballet, such as the dramatic equality between singing and dancing actors.

A More Perfect Union currently consists of the following entrees:
Pre-amble: The Dis-United States of America, Fifty-five White Men, The Vow of Silence, The Making of the Presidency, Checks and Balances, The Combat Between "Liberty" and "Homeland Security," Finale: The Constitutional Promenade.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
00:56

Number of Acts
7

Vocal & Musical Forces
Six principal dancing actors (four female, two male), six principal singing actors (S1, S2, CT, T1, T2, BAR), one speaking actor, five instrumentalists (violin, flute, percussion, viola da gamba, harpsichord).

Original Cast
Dancing actors:
Erin Ackert, Tammisha Beckles, Kristina Berger, Tobin Eason, Ruth Priscilla Kirstein, Juan Michael Porter II
Singing Actors:
The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble: Kristina Boerger, Todd Frizzell, Elliot Z. Levine, Gayla Morgan, Richard Slade, William Zukof
Speaking Actor:
Jon Freeman
Instrumentalists:
Renee Jolles, Loren Ludwig, Dongsok Shin, Susan Rotholz, John Tighe


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