MEET THE CALDWELLS Commissioned by and premiered at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, 2002 Book by Meredith Bean McMath Copyright-free 19th Century Music
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This 40-minute interactive program re-creates a fundraiser held for the Abolitionist cause: an evening of parlor entertainment and news presented in the home of well known New England Abolitionists Josiah and Lucy Caldwell.
Singing Instructor Josiah Caldwell, his wife and niece have invited a few close friends and favored singing students for an evening of 19th c. dance, parlor games, and entertainment. As the evening is a fundraiser, the performers actively engage the audience in dance, games and song.
CAST: Josiah Caldwell (Non-singer) Mariah Caldwell (Non singer) The Caldwell's Niece Mother and daughter freed slaves (sopranos) 4 male guests 1 female guest
MUSIC: Go Down Moses (Spiritual) Oh, No, John (English Folk Song) The Abolitionist Hymn (by William Lloyd Garrison to be sung to the tune of “Auld Lang Syne”) The Spanish Waltz (Dance Music pub. in 1818 attributed to Metz and Julius) The Roger de Coverly (English and Scottish Country Dance tune)
RUNNING TIME: 40 minutes FOR PERFORMANCE RIGHTS AND SHEET MUSIC, contact Meredith Bean McMath by emailing her at 571-209-7386,