THE NEW MOON
SA Light Opera Society (SALOS)
Tower Arts Theatre
Written By: Music by Sigmund Romberg ; Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd, Frank Mandel and Laurence Schwab .
Directed By: Pam Tucker (Musical Director - Helen Loveday)
1792 - Robert is a young French aristocrat whose revolutionary inclinations force him to flee his country. He sells himself as a bond-servant to planter and ship owner Monsieur Beaunoir and his family in New Orleans.
As the police of Paris are looking everywhere for him, Robert cannot tell Beaunoir or his beautiful daughter Marianne whom he has fallen in love with, that he is of noble blood. Eventually he is tracked down by Vicomte Ribaud, the detective villain, and put aboard The New Moon so that he can be deported back to France. Robert thinks he has been betrayed by Marianne, who has gained her father's consent to travel on the same ship, pretending she is in love with Captain Duval.
There is a mutiny but Robert takes charge and the bond-servants come into power. Everyone goes ashore on the Isle of Pines and a new republic is founded which flourishes under Robert's guidance. But Marianne, her pride hurt, at first refuses to marry Robert. Then Vicomte Ribaud makes a final attempt to conquer the island for the King of France. He is surprised to hear from the French Commander that there has been a revolution in France, and that all aristocrats like himself must die unless they renounce their titles. While he, ever the Royalist, goes to his inevitable doom, there follows a happy reunion for Citizen Robert and Citizeness Marianne.
"The New Moon inhabits a parallel universe where no emotion, no plot point is too small to be sung. Mademoiselle Marianne has a new Paris frock? Let's sing about it! Monsieur Le Vicomte has just arrived at the soiree in his honor? Let's vocalize him a hearty welcome. You're planning an uprising against the repressive swines of the French crown and you need men, stouthearted men, who will fight for the right they adore? First, toss around some half-dozen song cues and then, sing your hearts out." (Theatremania)
Approx. Running Time: 2hr 30m (20min interval)
Suitable for ages: All
April 22, 23, 24 at 8pm
April 24, 25 at 2pm
The Tower Arts Centre,
Cnr Goodwood and Daws Roads, Pasadena.
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