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Dandelion Wine
Book by Ray Bradbury
Music and Lyrics by Jeffrey Rockwell
(1981)


John Allee and Robin Beaman


Directors

Musical Direction and Orchestrations
Choreography
Setting
Lighting
Costumes
Technical Director
Special Effect Properties
Production Stage Manager
Production Coordinator
Public Relations
Keyboards/Conductor
Trombones
Woodwinds
Percussion
Guitar/Banjo
Harp
 


Terrence Shank
Todd Nielsen
Tom Groth
Todd Nielsen
Gene Mazzanti
Michael Lincoln
Don Woodruff
Robert J. Parish
John Thomas Clark
Michael David Wadler
Barbara Beckley
Kathryn Kates
Tom Groth
Eric Jorgensen
Steve Kravitz
Mike McNerney
Riner Scivally
Aileen Zevely

CAST (in order of appearance):

Bill Forrester
Junkman
Douglas Spaulding
Townspeople
 

Milkman
Paperboy
Mr. Sanderson
Father
Ann Barclay
Officer Hanlon
Tom Spaulding
Colonel Freeleigh
Miss Roberta

Miss Fern
John Huff
Tarot Witch
Leo Auffman
Lena Auffman
Mr. Tridden
Weezle McGee
Charlie Woodman
Jackie Washington
Jody Miller
Grandma
Grandpa
Great Grandma
 

Thomas Van Buren
Gregory Way
John Allee
Jennifer Susan Lawson
Andrew Marzec
Kathleen McGeever
J. Downing
Larry Moran
John Thomas Clark
Paul Eggington
Barbara Beaman
Robert Budaska
Jim Calvert 
Bradley Della Valle
Rue Knapp (Sunday matinees)
Dixie Neyland Tymitz
Toni Tomei
Michael Sharrett
Theresa Bailey
Don Woodruff
RoZsa Horvath
Wayne Liebman
Pablo Garrahan
Wally Ward
Jason Marshall
Kimberly Alexander
Ivy Bethune
Stuart Lancaster
Norma Ruth
Musical Numbers

ACT I


Prologue
Wake Up, World!

Iím Alive
Dandelion Wine
 
 

Diffírent
Paralitefoot Tennis Sneakers
 

Love Songs
 
 

The Lonely One

Firefly Song
Statistics
Revelations
Memories
Air
Hey Nonny No
A Happiness Machine


Junkman
Douglas
The Company
Douglas
Grandpa
Grandma
Douglas
Tom
John, Douglas
Douglas
Mr. Sanderson
Boys
Forrester
Ann 
(Danced by Jennifer Lawson
and Andrew Marzec)
Miss Fern
Miss Roberts
Tom 
Tom
Douglas
Forrester
Junkman
Tarot Witch
Leo
Douglas
Tom
John
Boys

Act II

Names and Dates

Beat Out, Boy!
 

What Are You Afraid Of?
A Simple Word

Lenaís Song
 

Red Light!
The Fever Dream
A Special Word

Time
 

Grandpa
Douglas
Colonel Freeleigh
Boys
Male Ensemble
Ann
Douglas
Ann
Lena
Leo
Ensemble
Douglas
The Company
Forrester
Douglas
Junkman

The Time: 1928
The Place: Greentown, Illinois


Why Dandelion Wine?

Other people have taught me about myself. Starting some 20 years ago, pieces of music on sheets of score paper or some on records or tape began to arrive in my mail. These were songs, 17 in number, titled Dandelion Wine. Some were sweet, some melancholy, some nondescript, some fine. All were a compliment to my book, published some 24 years ago.

Other folks showed up on my doorstep or in my mailbox with readerís theatre versions of my novel, to be spoken in high schools, colleges, or drama competitions.

I learned from both groups. What? That I was an unintentional dramatist, and that my dramas leaned and fell gently over into musical forms.

I finally decided that everyone was in step with me. I followed my songwriters, and the readersí theatre people onto the stage.

Guided by Burgess Meredith.

He was there somewhere in the parade, introducing me to people, telling me that I should finally go all out and try to make a musical WINE in my literary cellar. Burgess put me in touch with the correct people at Lincoln Center, New York, and Dandelion Wine started its evolution toward what you will see and hear in the next two hours.

Behind Burgess was Charles Laughton who, 25 years back, got me to experiment with dramatic and musical forms.

Dandelion Wine, as it is performed this afternoon and evening, belongs, in part, to them.

 ó Ray Bradbury


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