Gary Edwards

At Gettysburg

SM-000086302
Composer
Gary Edwards
Lyricist
Elisa Brinton, Barbara Brinton, Jessica Taylor
Publisher
Gary Edwards
Genre
Film / TV / Show / Musical
Instrumentation
Piano, Soprano
Scored for
Solo, Accompanying piano
Type of score
Piano-vocal score
Key
D minor
Movement(s)
12 to 12 from 23
Duration
4'30"
Language
English
Difficulty
Medium
Year of composition
2008

Description
This is song #12 from the musical The Price of Untiy. Here is the ptreatment for this musical. Performance royalties are negotiable.


The Price of Unity
A Musical Based on the Book
Courage to Stand
By Elisa Brinton


Act I
Scene I (Prologue): Maria and her husband John are cleaning out her grandmother Anna’s attic following the death of her grandmother and find Civil War uniforms, old photo, period journal etc. Maria remembers the story her grandmother told her when Maria was just 10 years old and begins to read from the journal which sets the stage for the Civil War and Anna’s decision to enlist in the Union army.

Scene II: Song 1: Join Us. Young Anna is enticed by the rallying call of a military recruiter and expresses displeasure to her friend Mary that females are not able to go to war. She wants to fight for the Cause and decides to join the military disguised as a male.

Scene III: Explains how Anna was able to fabricate her own disappearance, disguise herself as a male (“James”), and fools the military during the physical exam, but she was unable to fool her friend Mary for very long. Mary recognizes her, and after a heart wrenching discussion about the impact of Anna’s presumed death, Mary decides to help her train to act more like a male. This plot includes pretending that they are sweethearts while they attend school together each day, and train heavily during their non-school hours for a month before “James” reports for military duty.

Scene IV: Song 2: Double Life. “James” is envied and teased by the jealous boys at school while fighting off the unwanted advances of the girls. After school, Mary trains “James” in the mannerisms and skills of a man which she observed by watching at length the soldiers in a nearby military camp. “James” is desperately confused.

Scene V: Song 3: Trusted Friend. “James” reports to receive “his” military munitions and is transformed into a soldier before the eyes of the audience. It culminates when “he” receives the rifle, “his trusted friend”.

Scene VI: The night before “James” marches off to war, “he” and Mary reflect on their carefree, youthful days and wonder if they will ever happen again. Mary expresses the naïve, optimistic belief that the war will be over in a month or two, and that all will return to normal thereafter.

Act II
Scene VII: “James” is introduced to other soldiers and “his” attraction for a young soldier Jim is immediate. Now, “James” must not only hide “his” gender, but also “his” his growing feelings for this young man that is supposed to be merely a comrade in arms—all while sharing a tent with him!

Scene VIII: Song 4: A Soldier Now. While writing in “his” journal, “James” reflects on the changes that “he” has already experienced since leaving home, especially the feelings “he” is having for Jim. “He” tries to push these growing feelings aside and focus on the war that is looming before them, but as yet unseen.

Scene IX: Song 5: When Will It Ever End? Soldiers are endlessly drilling and digging what they consider pointless trenches while being verbally abused by their commanding officer, Captain O’Brien. In this amusing song, they start out simply questioning his demeanor and rationale, but they grow more angry and disturbed with each verse. By the end of the song, they are plotting revenge against him when they meet him after the war is over.

Scene X: Song 6: The Comforts of Home. Soldiers are sitting around at camp, complaining that they are bored and have nothing to do when a sutler (peddler) comes into camp. The men gather around as he shows them his wares and entices them to buy.

Scene XI: Song 7: Never the Twain Shall Meet. This scene depicts how men and women are often opposites and portrays in a series of comical vignettes situations which could be commonplace among male soldiers but prove uncomfortable for “James” who is really a woman, i.e. chewing tobacco and spitting, appalling

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