Walking the Winds
American Tales
walking the winds

Conceived by Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas
Book & Lyrics by Calleen Sinnette Jennings, Mary Hall Surface, and Eric Wilson
Music & Lyrics by Deborah Wicks La Puma

Synopsis

Walking the Winds: American Tales  tells seven American folk stories from varied cultures: Native American, Cajun American, Chinese-American, Mexican-American and African-American. The pieces range from the comic to the inspirational in this unusual blend of traditional storytelling and musical theatre.

History

“How the Land Came to Be” at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC

Walking the Winds: American Tales was commissioned and premiered in 1996 by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, under the direction of Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas, and toured around the DC area for two seasons. In 2000 it was performed at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage to celebrate the CD release.  The recording won a 2002 Parents’ Choice Award , and the show has since enjoyed numerous productions throughout the country.

Musical Numbers

1. HOW THE LAND CAME TO BE - an Iroquois Creation Myth

2. PECOS BILL - a Cowboy Tall Tale
2. PECOS BILL - a Cowboy Tall Tale

3. EVANGELINE - a Cajun Romantic Legend
3. EVANGELINE - a Cajun Romantic Legend

4. SIS RABBIT, BR'ER TIGER & THE BIG WIND - a Gullah Trickster Tale

5. THE IRON MOONHUNTER- a Chinese-American Ghost Story

6. PICHILINGIS! - a Mexican-American Comic Tale

7. THE PEOPLE WHO COULD FLY - an African-American Legend
7. THE PEOPLE WHO COULD FLY - an African-American Legend

BONUS TRACK
BONUS TRACK

 

Listen to the cast album on Apple Music or Spotify.
Featuring Scott Leonard Fortune, Klaude Krannebitter, Debra Tidwell Peters, Stevie Peters, Andrew W. SmithLynn Sharp SpearsLynne Streeter, Steven Tipton, Bonnie Waggoner, Gordon Waggoner,  Tamarin K Ythier, and the composer.

Production Elements

Cast: An ensemble plays multiple roles. Minimum: 8 actors
Music:  Wide range of musical styles  – from Cajun to Jarocho to Gospel – to fit within the cultural context of each story.  Accompaniment tracks available.
Musical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Requirements: Minimal (ideal for touring)
Suggested Audience: All Ages

Authors

DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA (music) – see her bio page

Purchase

Listen to the cast album on Apple Music or Spotify.

Buy the CD from Amazon.com
2002 Parents’ Choice Award Winner
Featuring Scott Leonard Fortune, Klaude Krannebitter, Debra Tidwell Peters, Stevie Peters, Andrew W. SmithLynn Sharp SpearsLynne Streeter, Steven Tipton, Bonnie Waggoner, Gordon Waggoner,  Tamarin K Ythier, and the composer.

Vocal Work Out! CD

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