Sunday, January 15, 2012

libretto - the start of the Marina Scene from Helissa, Queen of California

ACT I SCENE 2

AT THE MARINA. QUEEN HELISSA, MELODY, OTHER COURT MEMBERS AND ASSORTED TOWN PEOPLE ARE DOING MORNING EXERCISES, MEDITATION AND YOGA AT THE BEACH, WHEN A SHIP ARRIVES.

(singing to the melody ”The Ship Arrives”)

SAILOR: This morning as the sun was rising o’er the ocean we arrived.
ALL: Arrived! Arrived!
SAILOR: This morning when the sun is shining o’er the ship and in our eyes. We’ll tell you of our lives, of souls and wolves and wives. Say, do you also fear to lose your freedom, reason, taste and love?
ALL: And love? And love?

SAILOR: This morning as the sun is rising o’er a foreign land in peace.
ALL: In peace! In peace!
SAILOR: This morning when the sun is shining o’er the hills and roofs and trees. In Darwin we believe, and free speech is our creed. Our captain and the boys are coming forward here to say ”Ahoy”!
ALL: Ahoy! Ahoy!

(recitative)
MISS MELODY: My God! Who are these people, landing here at such an early hour? What a sorry ship! What strange clothes and shoes! The sailors! The captain! The tall woman at his side! The white dwarf! They look like Europeans, poor souls…

(spoken dialogue)
CAPTAIN YUSTA: Ahoy! Hallo! Hey-hey! Ya commer fron at fremmonde land. Ya tror på leevat ock Darwin! Vee comm uver havat, ock seigledde fron Skandinavien till Panama fur enn monadd senn. Vee viller stanna ee Los Angeles Santa Monica men cunnde inte fo platts ee marinan. Hjelp oss! Air detta San Fransisko? Vem regerar stadun? Har nee demokrati? Har nee sossialfursaekringer?
MISS MELODY: Hello, strangers! Greetings! You have entered the city where Helissa the Wise and Wonderful is the Queen President of All People! I am her friend and servant. You can call me Miss Melody.
QUEEN HELISSA: Welcome in the name of peace, dolphins and oranges! We speak English if you don’t mind.

(recitative)
YUSTA: Sorry! I will translate for you now. Greetings to Queen Helissa, Miss Melody and all people! My name is Captain Yusta. I am the owner of this ship here. This is Jeanette, my assistant. Here is Blondel, a friend and musician from Paris. My crew is from England: Will, Dill and Jill. We sailed from Scandinavia a month ago, through Panama, and were not allowed to stay in Los Angeles. Please help us! We are good people. We believe in Darwin, in life, in peace, and freedom of speech. Thank you.

(I think I'm writing an opera, but I'm not sure yet)


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