April 28, 1966 | University of Kansas
Carry Nation
Composer:Douglas Moore
Librettist:William North Jayme
The young Carry Nation and her father decide to take in a boarder at their home in Belton, Missouri. They rent the room to Dr. Charles Gloyd, who has just left the army. The Doctor soon falls in love with Carry, but is denounced by her father as a drunkard. Charles convinces Carry that he has changed his ways and has developed a medical practice. Carry agrees to marry him, against the wishes of her father. Unable to give up drinking, Charles' practice suffers and Carry, pregnant, is in need of money. She sends a letter to her mother asking for financial assistance. The letter is seen by her father, who decides to take Carry away from Charles. Carry agrees and, soon after, Charles dies. Unable to forgive herself for abandoning her husband, Carry decides to devote herself to the cause of Prohibition.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)

Number of Acts
2 + prologue

Musical Style
Lyrical; tonal; melodic patterns reminiscent of American folk songs and hymns

Vocal & Musical Forces
3 Sopranos, 2 Mezzo-sopranos, 4 Tenors, 4 Baritones; chorus

Original Cast
Original Cast: Carry, Beverly Wolff; Charles, John Reardon; Mother, Patricia Brooks; Father, Kenneth Smith

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