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From the Sea to the Sky

by Rainbow Puppet Productions

400 years of American history come to life from the story of Jamestown to NASA's exploits in space. told with original songs. narrated by Tuskegee Airman Ezra Hill and Grammy winner Bruce Hornsby.
Genre: Kids/Family: Children's Storytelling
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1. From the Sea... / Powhatan and Pocahontas Rainbow Puppet Players
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2. The voyage begins / Christopher Newport Rainbow Puppet Players
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3. The Lost Colony Rainbow Puppet Players
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4. A Brand New World / Christopher Newport and the settlers Rainbow Puppet Players
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5. Pocahontas and John Smith / John Smith and Bruce Hornsby Rainbow Puppet Rainbow Puppet Players and Bruce Hornsby
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6. Take Me Back to England / The settlers Rainbow Puppet Players
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7. The Importer and his Assistant Rainbow Puppet Players
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8. Patrick Henry and the Revolution Rainbow Puppet Players
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9. A New Nation is Born / Patrick Henry and Ezra Hill Rainbow Puppet Players and Ezra Hill
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10. The Great Debate / the Debaters and Ezra Hill Rainbow Puppet Players and Ezra Hill
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11. The War Begins / Benjamin Butler, Abe Lincoln, and Ezra Hill Rainbow Puppet Players and Ezra Hill
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12. The Battle of the Ironclads Rainbow Puppet Players
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13. Contraband Slaves / John Cary, Benjamin Butler, the Contraband S Rainbow Puppet Players
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14. When You Can Read / Mary Peake, students, and Ezra Hill Rainbow Puppet Players and Ezra Hill
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15. I See Ships / Collis P. Huntington and Bruce Hornsby Rainbow Puppet Players and Bruce Hornsby
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16. Pearl and Ella / Bruce Hornsby Rainbow Puppet Players and Bruce Hornsby
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17. ... to the Stars / John F. Kennedy, Astronauts, Bruce Hornsby Rainbow Puppet Players and Bruce Hornsby
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18. Finale / David Messick, Ezra Hill, Bruce Hornsby, cast Rainbow Puppet Players, David Messick, Ezra Hill, Bruce Hornsby
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Special guest narrators
Grammy-Winner Bruce Hornsby
and
Tuskegee Airman Ezra Hill

Historic Musical Themes performed by the
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band at Fort Monroe

(Please note that Bruce Hornsby gratiously agreed to help narrate this production. He DOES NOT play the piano or sing on this CD. We are very thankful to Bruce Hornsby, Ezra Hill, the TRADOC Band, and all of the other artists who donated their performances to this project.)

In 1607, Captain Christopher Newport and John Smith set sail from England searching for riches and adventure. What emerges is a new nation that struggled to find freedom and opportunity for all people. This story is told within the borders of the Virginia Peninsula.

There's Pocahontas and Powhatan who see strangers take over the land of their ancestors. There's the settlers struggle to survive in Jamestown and the eventual move to Williamsburg. Patrick Henry helps us understand the reason for the Revolutionary War. After victory in Yorktown, the country struggles with slavery. That struggle explodes in Hampton where the first land battle of the Civil War is fought at Big Bethel. The Monitor and the CSS Virginia fight off of Hampton's shores and warfare changes forever. Benjamin Butler frees slaves in Hampton

In Newport News, Collis P. Huntington's shipyard connects the United States with the world through industry while Ella Fitzgerald and Pearl Bailey touch the world through the arts. NASA Langley Research Center explores the sky and eventually helps America land on the moon.

This is one of Rainbow's most ambitious productions and one that we have wanted to present for many years. While we haven't stopped yet to count the puppets and props we know that we have never had so many speaking parts in a single show... 25 actors were brought in to portray four centuries of historic characters.

Grammy-Winning Bruce Hornsby assists in narrating the story of his hometown and surrounding area. It is especially appropriate that he introduces the sequence on Ella Fitzgerald and Pearl Bailey. Bruce was inducted into the Virginia Legends of Music Walk of Fame at the same time as both Ella and Pearl.

We are equally fortunate the have the kind assistance of the U.S. Army TRADOC Band provide traditional music to our telling of the Revolutionary War and Civil War segments. How appropriate, since so much of our Civil War portion of the show is told in and around Fort Monroe.

The Civil War segment of the program is narrated by Tuskegee Airman Ezra Hill. A life long Peninsula resident, he recently was honored at the White House where he presented President and First Lady Bush a copy of his children's book about the exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen.

The show officially opened on December 9, 2006 at the Williamsburg Library Theater.

Credits:
Rainbow Puppet Productions
Presents

"From the Sea to the Sky"

a new musical
written and staged by David Messick, Jr.

guest narrators
Bruce Hornsby
Tuskegee Airman Ezra Hill

Sound engineer and musical arrangements by Steve Scheffler

Traditional military music performed by
The US Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, commanded by Captain Tod Addison

Conducted by Executive Officer, Second Lieutenant Sharon Leopold.

Cellist Elizabeth Yohn

Vocal performers (in order of appearance)
Robin Welch, Powhatan
Kara Dennison, Pocahontas
John Ericson, Captain Christopher Newport
Tim Tharrington, the First Mate / Captain John B. Cary
Steve Scheffler, the Tailor, additional narration
Don Bartlett, John White, Settler from the Lost Colony / NASA flight commander
Chris Bartlett, Eleanor Dare, Settler from the Lost Colony
David Messick, Jr. Captain John Smith / the Importer
Jim Stensvaag, the assistant to the Importer / the Northern Debater
Mark Tiller, Patrick Henry
Jason Wiedel, the Southern Debater
Craig T. Adams, Benjamin Butler
Norm Otto, Abraham Lincoln
Peter Natale, commander of the USS Monitor
James Spruill, commander of the CSS Virginia
Gerri Hollins, Mary Peake
Marvin Sylvest, Collis P. Huntington

Sidnee Gamble, Kevin and Kavon Harrington, Joshua McQueen as Mary Peake’s students


Native American Puppets by Craig T. Adams
Wooden puppets and props painted by Kathie Davis
Wide mouth puppets by Jill Harrington
Sculpted human puppets by Laura Huff
Eagle puppet by Frank Lakus

Props and set pieces by David Messick(Sr. and Jr.), Stephanie Messick, Anna Moyer

Costumes by Regina Smith


Rainbow Puppeteers
Kathie Davis, Carrie Cavin, David Messick, Jr., Sarah Castle


Historic Advisors
Gerry Hollins, founder of the Contraband Slave Historical Society
Anna Holloway, Chief Curator USS Monitor Center at the Mariner’s Museum
Dr. James Horne, Director of the Rockefeller Library at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, author of "A Land as God Made It"
Powhatan Red Cloud-Owen (Chickahominy), Tribal Council Member and Visiting Specialist, Jamestown 2007
Dr. Jim Stensvaag, historian (retired) Casemate Museum of Ft. Monroe, editor of "From the Sea to the Stars"
Karenne Wood (Monacan), Tribal Council Member and Chair, Virginia Council on Indians

Special thanks to Laura Pass Barry, MSG Mark A. Hayward, Stephanie Heinatz, Wayne Pooley, Melissa Reagan

We wish to thank the City of Williamsburg, York County, James City County, the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission and the York County Arts Commission for their generous support of this project.


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