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  • Taking Up Serpents

Taking Up Serpents

Music by Kamala Sankaram

Libretto by Jerre Dye

 

Chamber Opera in One Act

For voice and chamber orchestra 

  • Characters

    KAYLA (soprano) - a daughter of The Churh, a lost soul, a wanderer

     

    NELDA (mezzo-soprano) - Kayla's mother, anointed, a Preacher's wife

     

    DADDY (baritone) - Kayla's father, a Holiness Preacher, a snake handler

     

    REBA ( mezzo-soprano) - Kayla's co-worker / PASSENGER - a young mother / HOLINESS CONGREGATION MEMBER

     

    CUSTOMER (soprano) - Sav-Mart Customer / PASSENGER - a queer kid / HOLINESS CONGRATION MEMBER / PREACHER

     

    YOUNG KAYLA (supernumerary) - a memory of Kayla as a child

  • Instrumentation

    Flute/Piccolo

    Oboe

    Clarinet

    Bassoon

    French Horn

    Electric Guitar/Acoustic Guitar - With volume pedal, tremolo, distortion, wah and reverb. Will also need a tuning pedal to tune to Drop D. 

    Percussion - Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Triangle, Glokenspiel, Large Suspended Cymbal, Whirly Tube, Crotales, Waterphone, Junk Metal (3 different pitches)

    Piano

    2 Violins

    Viola

    Cello

    Bass

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