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Music by Philip Glass
Dramatic Composition by Beni Montresor

Originally commissioned by the Teatro alla Scala with additional commissioning support by the Fondazione Musica per Roma (2009).

© 1995, 2009 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc. Used by Permission.

How far would you go to find a true friend?

The King and Queen of Venice always wanted a child, but when two fairies grant their wish by giving them a magical plant that sprouts them an heir, they are repulsed by the thought of having a plant-boy as their son. The plant-boy lives a lonely life in the royal garden, until one day he hears that there is a little girl - very much like him - living in the Witch's Grand Palace. Feeling unwanted and unloved, the plant-boy escapes and sets off on a wild and whimsical adventure. He soon finds himself narrowly escaping captors, fleeing monsters, and ultimately finding a friend.

Glass brings this touching and charming story of adventure and friendship to life through inventive songs and exhilarating dances. It is one of his most creative scores, featuring fantastical music portraying skeletons, orgres, fairies, and of course... witches!

Featuring members of Armitage Gone! Dance, Karole Armitage Artistic Director; and the Capital District Youth Chorale, Diane B. Warner, Artistic Director.


Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Monday, July 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm


Oliver Nathanielsz  The Plant Boy

Oliver Nathanielsz
The Plant Boy

Jarrett Porter  The Ogre

Jarrett Porter
The Ogre

Dominick Corbacio  The King

Dominick Corbacio
The King

Courtney Miller  The Wind

Courtney Miller
The Wind

Emily Spencer  The Maid

Emily Spencer
The Maid

Viswa Subbaraman  Conductor

Viswa Subbaraman

Keely Futterer  The Witch Mother

Keely Futterer
The Witch Mother

Karole Armitage  Director & Choreographer

Karole Armitage
Director & Choreographer


Conductor: Viswa Subbaraman
Director and Choreographer: Karole Armitage
Scenic Designer: Caite Hevner
Costume Designer: Martin T. Lopez
Lighting Designer: Josh Epstein



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