Category Archives: Part Two

Scene 09 – Returned

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Featuring: Laura Pudwell as The Witch, Linda Hendry as Grungella, Thomas Sharpe as Jaren, Kesia Whonder as Jorinda, Sarah Boyer, violin, with midi orchestra

Synopsis

The Witch is delighted when Jorinda is returned to her. Jaren, listening outside a window, wonders how he can free Jorinda from the spell. Suddenly Grungella bursts in to inform the witch that they have company. For a second, Jaren thinks that he has been discovered, but, no, Grungella informs the Witch that two succulent children have wandered by! Grungella leads in a boy and girl – looking suspiciously like Hansel & Gretel. The Witch is gleeful and soon raises her eye-patch to transform the girl into a bird and the boy into a pig. She waxes eloquently – mainly for her own enjoyment – about the importance of gobbling up children without delay. The girl is fated for a bird cage or to be a tidbit for Blott, but the boy will surely provide tomorrow’s feast!

The moon is rising and abruptly the witch becomes melancholic. With Jorinda in a cage, she sends the rest away. Jaren watches as she covers the cage with a cloth and places her magic eyeball in a small casket beside her bed. The Witch grows sleepy and a birdsong from Jorinda speeds her on her way until she is fast asleep.

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Returned libretto

 

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Scene 10a – Fragile Moment

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Featuring: Kesia Whonder as Jorinda, Thomas Sharpe as Jaren with midi orchestra

Synopsis

Jaren reaches in and opens Jorinda’s cage so that she can escape through the window. They go off to a clearing where Jorinda is bathed in moonlight and regains her human form. Without a doubt, their destiny is to be together.

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Fragile Moment libretto

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Scene 10b – The Challenge

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Featuring: Kesia Whonder as Jorinda, Thomas Sharpe as Jaren, with midi orchestra

Synopsis

Jaren wants to steal and destroy the witch’s eyeball, but Jorinda tells him that they first must free the other prisoners. Otherwise, when the enchantment is lifted, they will be trapped in their cages. The brief reprieve by moonlight ends and again Jorinda becomes a bird. Jorinda motions to Jaren to conceal himself while she enters the aviary.

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The Challenge libretto

 

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Scene 11 – Scherzino

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Featuring: Maria Pelletier, flute, Jerry Robinson, bassoon, Sarah Boyer, violin, with midi orchestra

Synopsis

In pantomime (the flute personifying Jorinda and the bassoon Grungella), we see Jorinda flying out of the aviary with Grungella, waving her net, in hot pursuit. Every time Grungella gets close, Jorinda taunts her and flits away, gradually leading her pursuer farther and farther away into the woods, away from the aviary.

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Scene 12 – Be So Quiet

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Featuring: Thomas Sharpe as Jaren, Guelph Youth Singers as the Flock, with midi orchestra

Synopsis

In the aviary, Jaren begins freeing the birds. Each freed bird helps to open other cages. Taking the cue from Jaren, “Free another with your freedom!” becomes the motto of the Flock. The effect is exponential and soon Jaren is not needed. He must face the challenge that awaits him…

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Be So Quiet libretto

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Scene 13a – Jewel Thief

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Featuring: Laura Pudwell as The Witch, Thomas Sharpe as Jaren, Linda Hendry as Grungella, Kesia Whonder as Jorinda, with midi orchestra

Synopsis

Jaren climbs in the Witch’s window and slowly creeps across the floor. When he touches the casket, he falls under a spell, powerless to move. The Witch rises from her bed, like Nosferatu rising from his casket. She berates Jaren for thinking he could steal her ‘jewel’. She calls for her servant, angry that Grungella would have let this intruder enter her room.

Grungella spills into the room, breathless, still holding the net from her wild goose chase. She stammers that a bird escaped. The Witch is furous – and then distraught. She pulls back the sheet covering the cage and learns that Jorinda has escaped once again. Her anger is intense. She swears that revenge will be imminent. She removes the eyeball – her moonstone – from the casket and holds it aloft, taunting Jaren.

Presently, Jorinda flies into the room and plucks the glowing orb from the Witch’s hand. This time though, Grungella is alert and captures Jorinda. The eyeball rolls across the floor and the witch pounces upon it, regaining her precious ‘jewel’.

She restores the moonstone to her eye socket, raises the eye-patch and transforms Jaren into a buck. Grungella returns Jorinda to her cage. The Witch resolves to carve Jaren into roasts without further delay. But Grungella – who seems to have developed a peculiar affection for Jaren – halts the Witch at the critical moment, reminding her that she always makes sure that her knife is sharp. Always proud to show a sense of good form and all, the Witch determines that the knife’s edge is certainly not up to her standards. Off she goes to the other side of her hut. She sings a little ditty to herself and begins pumping the treadle of her sharpening stone…

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Jewel Thief libretto

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Scene 13b – The Last Straw

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Featuring: Kesia Whonder as Jorinda, Thomas Sharpe as Jaren, Laura Pudwell as The Witch, and Guelph Youth Singers as the Flock with midi orchestra

Synopsis

Jorinda sings to distract the Witch, who goes off into a dreamy trance. The song, though, is really a call to the Flock for help. Soon, the freed birds join in this R & B ensemble with a reprise of their ‘Be So Quiet’ material. Jaren senses the excitement that something is going on out there, somewhere outside of the Witch’s hut. As the song ends, so does the Witch’s preoccupation and she goes back to sharpening her carving knife, again humming to herself with great self-satisfaction.

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The Last Straw libretto

 

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Scene 13c – Raze the Roof

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Featuring: Laura Pudwell as The Witch, Kesia Whonder as Jorinda, Thomas Sharpe as Jaren, Linda Hendry as Grungella and the Guelph Youth Singers as the Flock, with midi orchestra

Synopsis

The witch’s ditty is interrupted by a rustling noise. At first, she gives it no importance, but the sound continues, so she sends Grungella outside to investigate. Grungella returns alarmed and reports that all the birds have escaped and are picking away at the thatched roof!

The noise is getting seriously loud. The witch is panicky. She orders Grungella to stop them, but the toad is powerless against 7000 birds. The witch has to take care of this herself but recoils when she realizes that the moon is coming out. Regardless of what happens, she decides to take revenge on Jaren. As she brandishes her knife, a shaft of light suddenly appears in front of her. She feels a stab of pain from her magic eye. More and more shafts of light appear. Then Jaren gives a post a mighty kick and the roof comes down. Chaff and twigs rain down on the witch as she is engulfed in moonlight. She screams and clutches her smoldering eyeball. The witch crumbles into a pile resembling the stuff in the bottom of your toaster.

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Raze the Roof libretto

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Scene 13d – Glory Be

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Featuring: Kesia Whonder as Jorinda, Thomas Sharpe as Jaren, Linda Hendry as Grungella and the Guelph Youth Singers as the Flock with midi orchestra

Synopsis

The triumphant flock of children, along with Jorinda and Jaren, celebrate the demise of the witch with a joyous ode to freedom. Even Grungella is pleased to free from the tyranny.

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Glory Be libretto

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Scene 13e – Dance Finale

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Featuring: Maria Pelletier, flute, Jerry Robinson, bassoon, Laura Pudwell as The Witch with midi orchestra

Synopsis

The evil spell has been banished to once upon a time, once and for all. Everyone dances. Abruptly, though, the celebration is interrupted with the return of the witch – but only for a curtain call.

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Dance Finale libretto


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