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O Pioneers!
O Pioneers!
Adapted from the novel by Willa Cather. Book and lyrics by Darrah Cloud. Music by Kim D Sherman.

Cast: 6m., 2w. , 2 children, 8 singers (4m., 4w.) who also play small roles. "Both the epic sweep and the sharp personal focus of Darrah Cloud's musical drama O Pioneers! mirror that of its source, Willa Cather's celebrated 1913 novel about life on the prairie at the end of the last century. O Pioneers! tells the story of Alexandra Bergson, who after her father's death takes charge of his Nebraska homestead. Through harvest, drought, and poverty, she holds her farm and family of three brothers together until they are ready to stand on their own. Cather wasn't the first writer to 'feminize the Western landscape,' but she remains one of the most enduring because Alexandra's story still has meaning. In taming the land, she neglects part of her emotional life—and only just before it's too late does Alexandra allow the woman in her to respond to the man she loves." (The Boston Herald) "O Pioneers! is a resounding musical and dramatic exploration of the immigrant experience on the American frontier...a poignant blend of stirring drama, powerful music and bittersweet romance." (The Stanford Weekly) Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours.

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Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  O07
Cast Size:  18
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  72
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 0871296179
Darrah Cloud's most recent work includes the stage adaptation of Disney's classic Snow White, now playing at Disneyland. Her adaptations of O Pioneers! and The Boxcar Children, with composer Kim D. Sherman, have toured all over the United States. O Pioneers! was filmed for American Playhouse with Mary McDonnell in the lead role. Her play The Stick Wife continues to ...More
Kim D. Sherman grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois, and attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. After graduation from Lawrence, she studied composition, orchestration and opera with Thea Musgrave. Early in her career, Sherman lived in Minneapolis and worked with such companies as Illusion Theater and Theatre de la Jeune Lune. Two of her chamber works, "Sea Changes" and "The ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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