Joshua's Boots
Composer: Adolphus Hailstork
Librettist: Susan Kander
Other Artistic Personnel: Ron Himes (Director)
Stephen Mager (Music Director)
James Burwinkel (Scenic Designer)
Robin Verhage-Abrams (Costume Designer)
Original Cast: Jermaine Smith (Joshua)
Jamilla Upchurch (Sarah)
Cameron Roberson (Abraham)
Dennis Shaw (Natty Green)
Siphiwe McKenzie (Mamma/Sallie Fingers)
Patrick Nigh (Geezer/Frank/Captain Pershing/Cookie)
Johanna Elkana (Miss Pearl)
Jesse Lawder (Frederick)
Rebecca Schaaf (Lucinda)
David Koch (Charlie)
Work Web Site: http://www.presser.com/Composers/info.cfm?Name=ADO
Premiere Date: June 11, 1999
Producing Company: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Description: Set in the late 19th century, Joshua's Boots tells the story of a black teenager who flees barefooted from his Missouri home after his father is killed by a lynch mob. He ends up in Dodge City where, at that time, one in every four cowboys was black. After battling hardship and prejudice, he eventually makes good as a cowboy, a fact symbolized by his handsome, silver-tipped boots, an emblem of top achievement in the cowboys' world.
Character List (Major): Joshua (bar, black)
Sarah (s, black)
Abraham (s, black)
Natty Green (t, black)
Mama/Sallie Fingers (s, black)
Geezer/Frank/Captain Pershing/Cookie (t,white)
Miss Pearl (pop mzo, white)
Frederick (bar, white)
Lucinda (s, white)
Charlie (white)
Bit Parts: 4 Cowboys
Reviews: Wall Street Journal, Heidi Waleson, 6-28-1999
Kansas City Star, Scott Cantrell
RFT Reviews, Harry Weber
American Visions (The Magazine of Afro-American Culture)
Length: 01:05
Total Acts: 1
Chorus: Chorus: 7 boys, fewer girls, all races (black, white, hispanic, etc.)
Orchestration: Fl.(Picc.) Cl. Vln. Vcl. Perc. Pno. (Opt. on stage Vln., Pno.)
Musical Style: Tonal; incorporates spirituals, cowboy folk melodies, and original material
Contact: Theodore Presser Company
Address: 588 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
E-mail Address: promotion@presser.com
Phone: 610-592-1222
Publisher Web Site: http://www.presser.com
Schedule of Performances Listings
Joshua's Boots (Hailstork)
Friday, June 11, 1999 - Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
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