The Boy Who Grew Too Fast
Composer: Gian Carlo Menotti
Librettist: Gian Carlo Menotti
Work Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com/default.aspx?TabId=2420&St
Premiere Date: September 24, 1982
Description: A nine-year-old boy who has just moved to town is mocked by his classmates because of his immense size and his name, Poponel Skosvodomonit. Miss Hope, his new teacher, tells the boy of Dr Shrink, who has invented a shrinking machine. The mother takes the boy to the doctor, who says he will be able to help Poponel reach a normal size but at a price – the boy must conform to everyone else’s actions. When Mad Dog, a terrorist, comes to the school and demands a hostage, only Poponel volunteers. His act makes him grow until he overwhelms the terrorist.
Character List (Major): MISS HOPE (s)
POPONEL (t)
MRS. SKOSVODMONIT (mz)
DR. SHRINCK (t)
MAD DOG (b-bar)
MISS PROCTOR (mz)
LITTLE POPONEL (boy soprano)
LIZZIE SPENDER (girl soprano)
POLICEMAN (non-singing role)
Length: 00:40
Total Acts: 1
Chorus: CHILDREN: Treble chorus
Orchestration: fl + pic, ob, cl, bsn - hrn, tpt, tbn - timp, perc - pf, syn - str
Contact: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Address: 257 Park Avenue South, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10010
E-mail Address: pm@schirmer.com
Phone: 212-254-2100
Composer Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com/default.aspx?TabId=2419&St
Publisher Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com/
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