November 11, 2017 | Sarasota Opera
Rootabaga Country
Composer:Rachel J Peters
Librettist:Rachel Peters
Synopsis
Rootabaga Country is an adaptation of selections from Carl Sandburg’s 1922 collection, Rootabaga Stories. Gimme the Ax and his two children, Please Gimme and Ax Me No Questions, sell all their possessions and board the Zigzag Railroad to the Rootabaga Country, a land in the sky. Alelia, Gimme the Ax’s wife, disappeared when the children were very small; the family’s journey to Alelia’s favorite place is their way to connect with her once again. There they meet the Potato Face Blind Man, who stations himself at every town’s post office and leads the family to the land's unique citizens. Gimme the Ax relates each encounter to a touching memory of Alelia. The children discover that a family is “Maybe not four perfect people” but rather “Anybody rooting for each other/When the world is cattywompus.”

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Sarasota OperaRootabaga Country11/11/2017 - 11/12/2017


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