Jane’s Aria (Opens act 2 scene 1)

Morning on the Withersteen ranch. A church service in the town below is in progress. We hear a hymn:

PARISHIONERS
The sun need never ask to rise
The moon and stars content to share the sky
In Heav’n on earth as it shall be
All God’s plan, eternally

The sage and mountains all surround
Side by side as brothers bound
Sharing all that God has laid
Heaven’s plan in Glory made

JANE’S ARIA

JANE (over the second verse)
Tell me Lord, is my father with you?
May I speak to him, Lord?
May I speak to my father?

Things are happening, father.
Bad things are happening.
And I don’t know where to turn.

The Bishop has told me I must marry Tull
But how can I marry a man I do not love?
Would you want that for me?

Our own people want to steal our herd
and drive me off the land!
All because I won’t marry a man I do not love!

They tried to kill my friend, father.
My best rider, roped and tied and almost killed
by our own churchmen!

Our people are straying from the faith.
They are hearts are filled with greed and lust for power.
And while they preach the Holy word,
their deeds grow blacker every day!
Wandering into darkness!
But I will not go with them, no-I promise you!
I will not follow them down this dark path!
I know that God is love!
I feel Him all around!
And no men with hearts of stone
will draw me from His light!
No men with guns and hearts of stone
will pull me from His light!

Father, you taught me to love this land,
To protect our valley and those who live there,
To respect the teachings of our church,
whose very word is the word of God.
But you taught me more…

“Think for yourself, Jane!”
That’s what you told me, isn’t it?
“Think for yourself!”
That’s what you said.
“Trust your heart and mind
And you’ll be fine “

We’ll, I’m trying, father,
But what am I to do
when the laws of men
go against the laws of God and nature?

I can’t be true to both!
The loving word of God…
And the cruelty of men…
How can they both be true?!
Which is it, father?
Which one is it?
Help me to know!
Help me to know!

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CRAIG BOHMLER e-mail Cbohmler@AOL.com, website Craigbohmler.com Craig Bohmler is a composer/pianist/ conductor whose works have been widely performed in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Primarily a composer for the “singing theatre,” Mr. Bohmler has 3 operas and 10 musicals to his credit as well as numerous concerti, wind ensemble, choral and symphonic works. His works have been performed by the Silicon Valley Symphony, the California Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Billings Symphony, the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra, and the International Symphony, as well as by European orchestras including, the Milan Symphony, Orchestra Haydn, the Belgian Radio Symphony, and the Danish Radio Symphony. In addition, his work has been performed at major music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, SUMUTE in Finland and Opera in the Alps in Australia. Past projects include a long time relationship with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra for whom he has written a HARP CONCERTO, PENTIMENTO and CHIAROSCURO (concerti for harpsichord and strings) and SAINTS AND SINNERS for orchestra, mezzo and baritone (written for Robert Orth). In May 1998, he recorded the world premiere of Michael Ching’s piano concerto written for him for this orchestra’s first commercial CD. Other recent projects include a new musical for the San Jose Repertory Theatre’s 25th anniversary season (THE HAUNTING OF WINCHESTER), THE QUILTMAKER’S GIFT commissioned by the Phoenix Theatre (now having its 8th production here) and a musical based on the Lewis and Clark story (SACAGAWEA) with a large support grant from the NEA. Presently a national tour of his show THE 3 REDNECK TENORS in in its 6th year. Earlier works include his musicals ENTER THE GUARDSMAN and GUNMETAL BLUES both of which had Off-Broadway productions. “Guardsman” also took the grand prize in the International Musical of the Year competition in Denmark and opened in London’s West End in 1998. It was nominated for “best musical” at the Olivier Awards. After opening in the US, it was named the most produced new musical in the regional theatres in the 2001-2002 season by American Theatre Magazine. GUNMETAL BLUES premiered at the Phoenix Theatre after being presented at the O’Neill Center and has had over 120 productions in the US and Canada as well as having a commercial CD produced by the Laguna Playhouse. THE ACHILLES HEEL was commissioned and premiered by Houston Grand Opera and was the first prize winner in the National Opera Association Competition. He has written incidental music for four Shakespeare productions at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada and a pantomime, GRETEL AND HANSEL, for Shakespeare Santa Cruz. His most recent opera, THE TALE OF THE NUTCRACKER was commissioned and performed at Opera San Jose in 2000. His large musical MOUNTAIN DAYS premiered at the Concord Pavilion. An 1100 seat amphitheatre was subsequently built so it could become an annual summer event. It has had 6 productions in its new home and a cast album was recorded. Other prizes include ASCAP, Dramatist Guild, and BMI awards as well as 3 NEA grants, 3 Meet-the Composer grants. His works are published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing and Santa Barbara Music Publishing, as well as recorded by Centaur, Original Cast, and BMS records.
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