A Time for Singing
A Time for Singing
Book and Lyrics by Gerald Freedman and John Morris | Music by John Morris | Based on the novel by "How Green Was My Valley" by Richard Llewellyn
A lost treasure from the 1960s, A TIME FOR SINGING is based on How Green Was My Valley, Richard Llewellyn’s classic novel of a Welsh mining village. Librettist Gerald Freedman and Oscar-nominated composer John Morris weave a spirited and sentimental tale of the Morgan family and their struggles of love and labor at the turn of a century. Excellent for a large ensemble cast, A TIME FOR SINGING asks, “Do we ever know what we have, till we no longer have it?”
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In 1966 A TIME FOR SINGING opened at the Broadway Theatre for a run of 41 performances. The first one hundred ticket buyers were treated to folding chairs and a catered picnic lunch, in keeping with the show's pastoral theme of life in a Welsh mining village.
In 1966 A TIME FOR SINGING closed on Broadway after 41 performances.
The birthday of Gerald Freedman, theater director whose shows included the original premiere of HAIR. Freedman wrote book and lyrics for the musical A TIME FOR SINGING.

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"One of the wonderful shows now playing on Broadway;quot; — Ed Sullivan
"[A] frequently beautiful score… the richness of which points directly to the pop operas of a decade or two later… the Warner Brothers cast album is a great listen. Little known but strongly deserving of reissue." — Ken Mendelbaum, Playbill.com

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PRONUNCIATION OF WELSH NAMES

Huw - Hue

Gwillym - Gwíl-um

Dai Bando - Die Báhn-do

Cyfartha - Kah-várr-tha

Ianto - Yán-toh

Angharad - Ang-háh-rahd

Iestyn - Yes-tin

Clydach - Klúd-ach

Clynnogg - Klín-ig

Llanrwst Thláhn-rist - Llangollen Thlahn-gólen

Portmadoch - Port-ma-dáwk

Roch - Rawk

Criccieth - Krih-kíth

Carrog - Kéh-rrawg

Glamorgan - Gla-mórgan

Rhyl - Ruhl

Abertyl - A-bur-túhl

Dioch, Dioch! - Dioch ahn vawr! Di-óch (like Scottish Loch) ahn-vówer


PRODUCTION NOTE
Written By: Gerald Freedman

The production scheme for A TIME FOR SINGING is very fluid in its concept.  There is never a curtain except possibly at the beginning and end of an act.  Whatever props or set pieces are used should be simple, appropriate and honest.  Light and projections must be used freely and imaginatively to create a scene and its mood.
The transitions between scenes often occur by fading out on a scene while staying with a character in limbo, and fading up in another geographical location indicated by a change of set piece, prop, or a new set of characters previously established in a fixed geographical location.


Often characters in different settings are singing the same song simultaneously and for different reasons, but for dramatic effect the juxtaposition of their emotions is appropriate to the moment.


In other words, there is a fluid, non-stable interplay of time and place for dramatic effect.
The whole piece takes place in Old Huw Morgan’s memory.  The other characters never see or hear Old Huw although he may move freely about the stage picture to reappear when indicated.  He is often observing the action with emotional comment as when we all “remember.”


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  • A TIME FOR SINGING - Orchestration (15 Books/16 Players)
    • 1 – Piano Conductor Score
    • 1 – Woodwind 1
    • 1 – Woodwind 2
    • 1 – Woodwind 3
    • 1 – Horn
    • 1 – Trumpet
    • 1 – Trumpet
    • 1 – Percussion
    • 1 – Keyboard 1
    • 1 – Keyboard 2
    • 1 – Violin 1
    • 1 – Violin 2
    • 1 – Viola
    • 1 – Cello
    • 1 – Bass
  • Rehearsal Set (20 L/Vs, 2 P/Cs)
    • 20 – Libretto-Vocal Book
    • 1 – Logo CD
    • 2 – Piano Conductor Score
    • Digital Logo

ADDITIONAL

  • Libretto-Vocal 10 Pack (10 L/Vs)
    • 10 – Libretto-Vocal Book
  • A Time For Singing - PRE-PRODUCTION PACKAGE
    • 1 – Libretto-Vocal Book
    • 1 – Piano Conductor Score

Cast Requirements for A Time for Singing

PRINCIPALS
2 Women
2 Men

FEATURED
1 Women
8 Men
1 Boy

ENSEMBLE
Large Singing and Dancing Ensemble with many small roles

CHARACTERS
Old Huw Morgan – the narrator
Gwillym Morgan (Dada) – a miner, head of the Morgan Family
Beth Morgan – his wife
Ivor Morgan – their oldest son
Bronwen Jenkins – a young lady who works for the Morgan family
Mr. David Griffith – a minister
Dai Bando – a miner
Cyfartha Lewis – a miner
Paymaster – works at the mine
The other Morgan Brothers, miners:
Davey Morgan
Owen Morgan
Ianto Morgan
Evan Morgan
Huw Morgan
Angharad Morgan – their sister, 17 years old
Tom Dylan – a miner
Mr. Christmas Evans – owner of the mine
Iestyn Evans – his son, about 24
John Williams – a miner
Mrs. Tom Dylan – a miner’s wife
Villagers, Miners and Children of the Valley

Set Requirements for A Time for Singing

A TIME FOR SINGING takes place in Wales during the reign of Queen Victoria.

SPECIFIC LOCATIONS
A mountain overlooking the valley
The mines
The paymaster’s window
The village
The Morgan family cottage, kitchen, rooms, and backyard by the wash shed
Entrance to the mine shaft
Mr. Griffith’s cottage
A mountain
A room at Mrs. Benyon’s boardinghouse
The Chapel
Ivor and Bronwen’s Cottage

Production Note: The production scheme for A TIME FOR SINGING is very fluid in its concept. There is never a curtain except possibly at the beginning and end of an act. Whatever props or set pieces are used should be simple, appropriate and honest. Light and projections must be used freely and imaginatively to create a scene and its mood. The transitions between scenes often occur by fading out on a scene while staying with a character in limbo, and fading up in another geographical location indicated by a change of set piece, prop, or a new set of characters previously established in a fixed geographical location. Often characters in different settings are singing the same song simultaneously and for different reasons, but for dramatic effect the juxtaposition of their emotions is appropriate to the moment. In other words, there is a fluid, non-stable interplay of time and place for dramatic effect.

Materials Notes

Trap Set (including Snare, 2 Tom Toms {high & low}, Hi-Hat, Bass Drum and Suspended Cymbal), 2 Tymps (A & D), 2 Woodblocks (high & low), Xylophone, Bells, Chimes (optional), Big Cymbal (Piatti), Tambourine and Sleigh Bells (jingling coins effects)

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