October 10, 1986 | National Endowment for the Arts
The Ransom of Red Chief
Composer:Robert Xavier Rodriguez
Librettist:Daniel Dibbern
Synopsis
Sam and his partner Bill, two Yankee con men, kidnap the son of a small-town banker, hoping to hold him for ransom. The boy is more than a match for these two, and they quickly realize they have their hands full. Johnny talks incessantly, asking thousands of questions and obviously having a wonderful time. As the men write the ransom note, Johnny stages a mock attack as the Indian warrior “Red Chief." After “Red Chief” inflicts further terrors and humiliations on Sam and Bill, they agree to pay his father money just to take him back.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
00:55

Number of Acts
1

Vocal & Musical Forces
Baritone, Boy Soprano, Tenor

Original Cast
Kathy Weiss-Smith
Landon Bowie


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