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SPECIFICATIONS 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 




REPRESENTATION:
JEAN DIAMOND

www.diamondmanagement.co.uk

 


SHOW REQUIREMENTS (minimal)
Setting 
A bare stage, showing either the actual back wall or a representation of it. Scenes in the dressing room take place in abstract space, or by employing a truck with dressing room furniture. When performed in a theatre without a proscenium arch, there are sufficient references in the script to the beauty of the San Carlo to allow the audience to use their imagination.

Costumes

The British officers, Captain Mander and Lieutenant Brown, wear army battledress appropriate to their ranks and the period (1943) as do the enlisted men: Wilks, Brightwell and Owen. All except Mander appear in typical, if not exaggeratedly comic, 19th century opera costumes at various points in act two.

Salvatore wears the same costume throughout: black trousers, open-necked white shirt and an unbuttoned waistcoat, like a pit musician who has removed his jacket and tie.

Fabio/Fabia looks as much like a boy as it is possible to make him/her - an urchin look. She, Deborah and Mariangela also wear 19th century costumes at the end of the play. In act one all three of them wear clothing typical of the period but showing signs of wartime privations.

Lucia wears exquisite clothes but it is clear that, like their owner, they are a little out of date and past their best. In act two she wears a glorious operatic costume of the 19th century.

O'Leary wears a kilt and tam o'shanter in act one, the costume of an American army major in act two, reappearing in his kilt, or a ghostly version of it, at the end of the play.

Musicians
The musical is available in two orchestrations:

5 players: piano, bass, guitar, percussion and violin.

11 players: Piano, bass, guitar, percussion, two reeds (flute and clarinet doubling on sax), trumpet, trombone and three strings: two violins, and cello.

Cast (11) and vocal ranges
Salvatore 50-ish
A violinist (ideally who plays).
Bass.

Fabio/Fabia 17
Apparently a mute, actually a girl masquerading as a boy. Mezzo soprano (belt range).

Captain Brian Mander
Early 30s, the senior British officer.
Tenor.


Lieutenant Michael Brown
Late 30s, Mander’s deputy.
Baritone.

Private Tom Wilks
About 18, a handsome, naïve cockney dreamer.
Also plays a Singer.
High baritone/tenor.

Private Donald Brightwell
Early 20s, cheeky and confident, a Scot.
Tenor.

Corporal Fred Owen
Early 20s, willing but stubborn and not very bright, a Yorkshireman. Plays thepiano.
Baritone.

Lucia Tivolini
Mid 40s, a former star of the San Carlo.
Soprano.

Deborah
18, Lucia’s daughter. Also plays a Singer.
Soprano.

Mariangela
40-ish, wardrobe mistress and dresser to Lucia.
Mezzo soprano.

Major Carl O’Leary
Mid-30s, an American soldier.
High baritone.