February 6, 2003
Rain
Composer:Richard Owen
Librettist:Richard Owen
Synopsis
In 1919, on a steamy South Pacific Island, an unlikely party of travelers are stranded due to a cholera quarantine. They are a missionary couple, the Davidsons, a Doctor McPhail and his wife and Sadie Thompson, a free-spirited prostitute fleeing a conviction. She runs afoul of Davidson, a sin-hating missionary who decides to save her soul. Fleeing the police in Honolulu and a prison term in San Francisco, Sadie eventually sees in Davidson the promise of a better life and accepts his teachings, although becoming uncertain and dispirited. Davidson conceives a passion for her as his "Mary Magdalene" and, the night before her deportation, acts on this. In shame and confusion, he commits suicide. Sadie, unaware of his suicide, emerges the next morning as her former spirited self, declaring that all men are "pigs."

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Number of Acts
3

Musical Style
Modern harmonic style expressing the large emotions of traditional Italianate opera; incorporates elements of ragtime from the period (1919).

Vocal & Musical Forces
Singers: 5 principal roles, 3 secondary roles, other small roles and supers; Instruments: (13 pieces) Fl (Pic); Cl; Ob; Bn;Trpt; Fr.Hn; Trb; Perc;Vn 1; Vn 2; Vla; Vc; Cb; plus piano

Original Cast
Lynn Owen, Marc Embree, Catherine Kelly, David Gordon, Adina Aaron, Robert Hoyt and Ronita Miller


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