Victoria Bond

Everyone Is Good For Something

Year: 1986

Duration (in minutes): 40'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: opera, young audiences

Description: Samuel French, Inc. Represented by Tonda Marton Agency
Libretto: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
Prem: 3/3/86; Stage One, Louisville, KY
A musical for young audiences
This is the story of a boy trying to find his sense of self-worth in a difficult world. His mother continually scolds him and a mocking chorus taunts him that he is a failure and good for nothing. He is constantly making a mess of every job he is asked to do. One day a stranger gives him a sack to throw in the river. He opens the sack to discover a magical cat who speaks to him. She takes him on a journey to the land of good-for -nothings where he learns how to help others and by doing so, his own value. He returns to his mother a hero.
“A tuneful pastiche of ragtime, blues and gospel traditions with a dash of modern dissonance” The Courier-Journal

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