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Space Opera, written in 1998 by Cambridge Massachusetts composer David Bass, is based on a familiar science fiction tale of heroes and villains, robots and aliens, unlikely adventures and supernatural nonsense. Space Opera is non-stop singing and non-stop action in two acts and features lyrical music in a variety of popular and classical styles that appeals to audiences of all ages.

[SYNOPSIS with demo MP3s]
Presented by an inter-generational cast in English with side titles.

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All performances were at the Peabody School 70 Rindge Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140
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The synopsis below is accompanied by photos and audio from performances on the afternoon of April 7, 2019 at the Peabody School, 70 Rindge Avenue, Cambridge, MA. The 1:00 performance (Gold Squadron) is on the left, the 5:30 performance (Red Squadron) on the right. All photographs by David Rabkin, except as noted.

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Principal Soloists

Gold Squadron (left) Red Squadron (right) Role
Hannah Erickson Katarina Dvornik   Luke Skywalker
Hanna Carney Kerry LaRose   Princess Leia
Tess Carney Nyx Bigler   Han Solo
Rob Carney Jeff Bigler   Obi-Wan Kenobi
Glenn McElhoe Jason Merrill   Darth Vader
Eloise Botka Fiona O'Loughlin   C-3PO
Leetka Katzenblickstein Maya Agam   R2-D2
Chris Edel Bert Dvornik   Chewbacca
Julia Teller Kathy Lindsay   Jabba the Hutt
Eoin Rogers Ilan Balzac   Uncle Owen
 Emma Adler
Addie Kelsey
Sara St. Antoine
Megan Morse
 Emilija Baksys
Ruth Hertzman-Miller
Aimee Yermish
Jeff Moore
  Droid Quartet
 
 

 

SYNOPSIS

Act I, Scene 1 - A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... [Listen to Gold Squadron / Red Squadron]


Princess Leia, leader of the Rebellion against the evil Galactic Empire, leads the crew of a Rebel blockade runner, which is under attack from an Imperial Warship as they orbit the desert planet Tatooine.

Gold Squadron - Rebels Are We 1
Photo by Jill Crittenden

Red Squadron - Rebels Are We 1
Listen to Rebels Are We 1, with The Rebels, Princess Leia and additional solos by Danny Scibelli and Caitlin Anderson Listen to Rebels Are We 1, with The Rebels, Princess Leia and additional solos by Keiara Hunter and Susan Lane

Leia loads stolen Death Star plans into her robot, R2-D2, and sends him off to the planet surface to find Obi-Wan Kenobi, an old Jedi knight.
Gold Squadron - Dear Obi-Wan 1 Red Squadron - Dear Obi-Wan 1
Listen to Dear Obi-Wan 1, with Princess Leia and additional solo by Grace Gillig Listen to Dear Obi-Wan 1, with Princess Leia and additional solo by Karis Galea

R2-D2's beleaguered sidekick, C-3PO, frantically accompanies him to Tatooine.
Gold Squadron - Oh Dear 1 Red Squadron - Oh Dear 1
Listen to Oh Dear 1, with C-3PO Listen to Oh Dear 1, with C-3PO 

Leia's ship is captured and boarded by Imperial Stormtroopers.
Gold Squadron - Rebels Are We 2 Red Squadron - Rebels Are We 2
Listen to Rebels Are We 2, with The Rebels, Stormtroopers, and solos by Vivianna Jones Tandon and Louis Jones Tandon Listen to Rebels Are We 2, with The Rebels, Stormtroopers, and solos by Popi Kokkinogenis and Rozi Galea

Darth Vader interrogates Leia. When she won't betray the Rebellion, Vader orders her home planet destroyed by the Death Star.
Gold Squadron - The Interrogation Red Squadron - The Interrogation
Listen to The Interrogation, with Princess Leia, Darth Vader, The Rebels and Stormtroopers Listen to The Interrogation, with Princess Leia, Darth Vader, The Rebels and Stormtroopers 

Princess Leia and the Rebels grieve.
Gold Squadron - Our Darkest Hour Red Squadron - Our Darkest Hour
Listen to Our Darkest Hour, with The Rebels, Stormtroopers, Princess Leia and additional solo by Oriana McKanan Listen to Our Darkest Hour, with The Rebels, Stormtroopers, Princess Leia and additional solo by Nicci Stamos

 

Act I, Scene 2 - The Home of Luke Skywalker on Tatooine [Listen to Gold Squadron / Red Squadron]


Luke Skywalker is an orphaned teenage boy who yearns for adventure, but he is stuck on Tatooine with his aunt and uncle.
Gold Squadron - Tatooine Red Squadron - Tatooine
Listen to Tatooine, with Luke and the Droid Quartet Listen to Tatooine, with Luke and the Droid Quartet

Luke and his Uncle Owen purchase two droids from a group of Jawas.
Gold Squadron - The Purchase Red Squadron - The Purchase
Listen to The Purchase, with Uncle Owen, Luke and additional solos by Julianna Jones Tandon and Lorraine Erickson Listen to The Purchase, with Uncle Owen, Luke and additional solos by Luka Dvornik and Autumn Lane

The droids turn out to be R2-D2 and C-3PO, who tell Luke all about how they came to Tatooine. R2-D2 runs away after Luke goes to bed.
Gold Squadron - Dreadful Red Squadron - Dreadful
Listen to Dreadful, with C-3PO and an additional solo by Margot Kelsey Listen to Dreadful, with C-3PO and an additional solo by Beth Hocking

The next morning, Luke and C-3PO head off into the desert looking for R2-D2.
Gold Squadron - Good Morning / Oh Dear 2
Listen to Good Morning / Oh Dear 2, with C-3PO, Luke and the Droids Listen to Good Morning / Oh Dear 2, with C-3PO, Luke and the Droids

Darth Vader and the stormtroopers arrive looking for the droids. Vader orders the destruction of the Skywalker home and the murder of all inside.

Gold Squadron - Vader's Orders 1
Photo by Jill Crittenden

Gold Squadron - Vader's Orders 1
Listen to Vader's Orders 1, with Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers, with additional solos by Tom Gould, Theo Gillig, Eliza Weinberger and Joanne Nicklas Listen to Vaders Orders 1, with Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers, with additional solos by Melanie Cohn-Hopwood, Marleigh Norton, Yifei Sun and Yongting Wang

 

Act I, Scene 3 - The Tatooine Wilderness [Listen to the scene sung by the Gold Squadron / Red Squadron]


R2-D2 searches for Obi-Wan in the desert.
Gold Squadron - In the Wilderness Red Squadron - In the Wilderness
Listen to In the Wilderness, with R2-D2 and the Sandpeople, with an additional solo by Ayumi Batra Listen to In the Wilderness, with R2-D2 and the Sandpeople, with an additional solo by Sue Holcomb

C-3PO and Luke find R2-D2. They are attacked by Sandpeople, but Obi-Wan Kenobi appears and frightens them off.
Gold Squadron - To the Rescue Red Squadron - To the Rescue
Listen to To the Rescue, with C-3PO, Luke, R2-D2 and the Sandpeople Listen to To the Rescue, with C-3PO, Luke, R2-D2 and the Sandpeople

Obi-Wan leads Luke and the droids to his home.
Gold Squadron - What Brings You Here? Red Squadron - What Brings You Here?
Listen to What Brings You Here, with Obi-Wan and Luke Listen to What Brings You Here, with Obi-Wan and Luke

R2-D2 plays Leia's message to Obi-Wan, imploring him to take R2-D2 to Alderaan; Luke is smitten by her image.
Gold Squadron - Dear Obi-Wan 2Photo by Jill Crittenden Red Squadron - Dear Obi-Won 2
Listen to Dear Obi-Wan 2 , with Leia and Luke Listen to Dear Obi-Wan 2 , with Leia and Luke

Obi-Wan tells the story of Luke's father, Anakin, who was killed by Darth Vader. Obi-Wan gives Luke his father's light saber and asks him to accompany him to Alderaan.
Gold Squadron - Anakin Red Squadron - Anakin
Listen to Anakin, with Obi-Wan and the Sandpeople Listen to Anakin, with Obi-Wan and the Sandpeople

Luke accepts Obi-Wan's invitation.
Gold Squadron - Destiny 1 Red Squadron - Destiny 1
Listen to Destiny 1, with Luke and the Sandpeople Listen to Destiny 1, with Luke and the Sandpeople

 

Act I, Scene 4 - Mos Eisley Spaceport [Listen to Gold Squadron / Red Squadron]


Luke, Obi-Wan and the two droids travel to Mos Eisley Spaceport in search of transport to Alderaan. They meet Chewbacca, who knows someone who can help them.
Gold Squadron - At the Spaceport Red Squadron - At the Spaceport
Listen to At the Spaceport, with Obi-Wan, Luke and Chewbacca, with additional solos by Ben Jerome and Kostas Jerome Listen to At the Spaceport, with Obi-Wan, Luke and Chewbacca, with additional solos by Walter Hopwood and Sophie Hopwood

In the local cantina, Chewbacca introduces Obi-Wan and Luke to Han Solo, a smuggler who boasts of considerable piloting skills.
Gold Squadron - I'm the Best Red Squadron - I'm the Best
Listen to I'm the Best, with Han and the Aliens, with additional solos by Jill Pelavin and Abbe Cohen Dvornik Listen to I'm the Best, with Han and the Aliens, with additional solos by Katie Leiserson and Eli Grigsby

Obi-Wan and Han agree to terms, but before Han can slip away, Jabba the Hutt, an old creditor, enters.
Gold Squadron - It's a Deal / Jabba Jive Red Squadron - It's a Deal / Jabba Jive
Listen to It's a Deal / Jabba Jive, with Obi-Wan, Han, Jabba and the Aliens Listen to It's a Deal / Jabba Jive, with Obi-Wan, Han, Jabba and the Aliens

Jabba threatens Han with dire consequences if he cannot pay his debt.
Gold Squadron - The Little Chat
Listen to The Little Chat, with Han and Jabba Listen to The Little Chat, with Han and Jabba

Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers arrive at the cantina too late to stop Han's ship from taking off.
Gold Squadron - Vader's Orders 2 Red Squadron - Vader's Orders 2
Listen to Vader's Orders 2, with Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers, with additional solos by Tom Gould, Theo Gillig, Eliza Weinberger and Darius Silva Listen to Vader's Orders 2, with Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers, with additional solos by Tom Hamill, Aytan Hamill, Anastasia Miller and Alice Merrill Hunter

 

Act II, Scene 1 - On the Millenium Falcon [Listen to Gold Squadron / Red Squadron]


Han Solo deftly avoids the Imperial fleet as he leaves Tatooine orbit.
Gold Squadron - Light Speed Red Squadron - Light Speed
Listen to Light Speed, with Han and Luke Listen to Light Speed, with Han and Luke

In transit to Alderaan, Obi-Wan gives Luke his first lesson in the Force and being a Jedi.

Gold Squadron - Use the Force
Photo by Jill Crittenden

Red Squadron - Use the Force
Listen to Use the Force, sung by Obi-Wan Listen to Use the Force, sung by Obi-Wan

Obi-Wan is suddenly stricken as he perceives a great disturbance in the Force.
Gold Squadron - Something Terrible Red Squadron - Something Terrible
Listen to Something Terrible, with Luke, Obi-Wan and the Ghosts of Alderaan Listen to Something Terrible, with Luke, Obi-Wan and the Ghosts of Alderaan

When they arrive at Alderaan, they find the planet has been destroyed by the Death Star. Their ship is taken aboard the Death Star.
Gold Squadron - Alderaan Red Squadron - Alderaan
Listen to Alderaan, with Han, Luke, Obi-Wan, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO Listen to Alderaan, with Han, Luke, Obi-Wan, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO

 

Act II, Scene 2 - The Hangar Bay of the Death Star [Listen to Gold Squadron / Red Squadron]


The Stormtroopers on the Death Star are unsure how to proceed when the ship they've just captured appears to have no crew. Two Stormtroopers stay to guard the ship.
Gold Squadron - What Do We Do? Red Squadron - What Do We Do?
Listen to What Do We Do?, sung by the Stormtroopers, with solos by Chloe Duggan, Birikti Kahsai, Charles Leiserson and Bill Laskin Listen to What Do We Do?, sung by the Stormtroopers, with solos by Alice Merrill Hunter, Verity Gould, Meredith Gast and Sara Verrilli

Emerging from hidden compartments in the ship, Chewbacca overcomes the guards, and Han and Luke put on the Stormtrooper uniforms. Obi-Wan sets off to deactivate the tractor beam, which would allow them to escape the Death Star.
Gold Squadron - Secret Compartments
Listen to Secret Compartments, with Han, Obi-Wan, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Luke Listen to Secret Compartments, with Han, Obi-Wan, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Luke

 


Knowing he will not return, Obi-Wan says goodbye to Luke.
Gold Squadron - Goodbye Red Squadron - Goodbye
Listen to Goodbye, sung by Obi-Wan Listen to Goodbye, sung by Obi-Wan

The others discover that Princess Leia is held prisoner on the Death Star and devise a plan to rescue her.
Gold Squadron - He Found Her / The Plan Red Squadron - He Found Her / The Plan
Listen to He Found Her / The Plan, with C-3PO, Luke and Han Listen to He Found Her / The Plan, with C-3PO, Luke and Han

 

Act II, Scene 3 - The Detention Cells of the Death Star [Listen to Gold Squadron / Red Squadron]


Han and Luke, dressed as Stormtroopers, march their apparent prisoner Chewbacca to the cell block where Leia is held.
Gold Squadron - Prisoner's Lament Red Squadron - Prisoner's Lament
Listen to Prisoner's Lament, sung by Chewbacca and the Stormtroopers Listen to Prisoner's Lament, sung by Chewbacca and the Stormtroopers

Chewbacca, Han and Luke overcome the prison guards, and Luke rushes in to free Leia.
Gold Squadron - Prisoner Transfer Red Squadron - Prisoner Transfer
Listen to Prisoner Transfer, with Luke, Chewbacca, Han, Rebel Prisoners, and additional solos by Laima Jerome and Sylvia Crittenden Listen to Prisoner Transfer, with Luke, Chewbacca, Han, Rebel Prisoners, and additional solos by Erin Gast and Razi Youmans

Luke is moonstruck by Leia; the feeling is not mutual.
Cast X All the Way from Oklahoma Cast Y All the Way from Oklahoma
Listen to Destiny 2, with Luke, Leia and Rebel Prisoners Listen to Destiny 2, with Luke, Leia and Rebel Prisoners

Han and Chewbacca join Luke and Leia as Stormtroopers close in; with their escape route cut off, Leia blasts a hole in the cell block wall to create a new one.
Gold Squadron - Some Rescue Red Squadron - Some Rescue
Listen to Some Rescue, with Han, Leia, Luke, the Stormtroopers and Rebel Prisoners Listen to Some Rescue, with Han, Leia, Luke, the Stormtroopers and Rebel Prisoners

 

Act II, Scene 4 - The Corridors of the Death Star [Listen to Gold Squadron / Red Squadron]


Having deactivated the tractor beam, Obi-Wan confronts Darth Vader and demands to know why Vader turned to the Dark Side.
Gold Squadron - Waiting for Obi-Wan Red Squadron - Waiting for Obi-Wan
Listen to Waiting for Obi-Wan, with Obi-Wan and Vader. Listen to Waiting for Obi-Wan, with Obi-Wan and Vader.

Having waited years to face Obi-Wan, Vader figures he can wait another five minutes, and so he provides a long-winded answer to Obi-Wan's question.
Cast X All the Way from Oklahoma Cast Y All the Way from Oklahoma
Listen to The Dark Side, with Vader and the Stormtroopers Listen to The Dark Side, with Vader and the Stormtroopers

Obi-Wan battles Vader. Obi-Wan is struck down as the others escape in their ship and head for the secret Rebel base on Yavin 4.
Gold Squadron - The Titans Red Squadron - The Titans
Listen to The Titans, with Vader, Obi-Wan, Han, and Luke Listen to The Titans, with Vader, Obi-Wan, Han, and Luke

 

Act II, Scene 5 - The Rebel Base on Yavin 4 [Listen to Gold Squadron / Red Squadron]


Death Star plans in hand, the Rebels strategize. The Death Star appears to be vulnerable to a small fighter firing a missile into a small reactor vent.
Gold Squadron - Rebels Are We 3 Red Squadron - Rebels Are We 3
Listen to Rebels Are We 3, with the Rebels, Leia and additional solos by Craig Kelley, Ruth Rogers and Alec McKinney Listen to Rebels Are We 3, with the Rebels, Leia and additional solos by Rachel Cooper, Mary Penniston and John Kernochan

With the Death Star approaching Yavin 4, Luke prepares for battle. Han, however, opts instead to return to Tatooine to repay his debt.
Gold Squadron - Take Care of Yourself Red Squadron - Take Care of Yourself
Listen to Take Care of Yourself, with Luke and Han Listen to Take Care of Yourself, with Luke and Han

The initial Rebel assault on the Death Star is unsuccessful. Only Luke Skywalker still has a clear shot at the Death Star's vulnerability.
Gold Squadron - The Battle 1
Listen to The Battle 1, with the Rebels and solos by Dan McKanan, Oriana McKanan, Julie Viens and David Weinstein Listen to The Battle 1, with the Rebels and solos by Anya Miller, Katie Hamill, Liz Morse and Tricia Saxler

Luke approaches the target, but Vader's fighter is right behind him. Just before Vader can fire at Luke, Han's ship appears from nowhere and knocks Vader off course.
Gold Squadron - The Battle 2 Red Squadron - The Battle 2
Listen to The Battle 2, with Luke, Vader and Han Listen to The Battle 2, with Luke, Vader and Han

As Luke prepares to fire, he hear Obi-Wan's voice urging him to use the Force instead of his targeting computer. Luke's missiles hit their mark.
Gold Squadron - The Battle 3 Red Squadron - The Battle 3
Listen to The Battle 3, with Luke, Leia, Obi-Wan, Han and the Rebels Listen to The Battle 3, with Luke, Leia, Obi-Wan, Han and the Rebels

The Death Star is destroyed and the Rebels rejoice.
Gold Squadron - Grand Finale Red Squadron - Grand Finale
Listen to Grand Finale, with Leia, R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Han, Luke and the Company Listen to Grand Finale, with Leia, R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Han, Luke and the Company