Five Soliloquies (2005)
1. The Garden on the Moor
2. Wishes
3. Just Suppose
4. I'll Wait for You
5. The Ballad of Anne Bonny


soprano, cello, piano
Lyrics: Leanna Kirchoff, Jerry Seifert, Mark Rosenwinkel, Randy Latimer
Arrangement of five songs from The Secret Garden, Making the Team, A Little Princess and Anne Bonny, The Pirate Queen (see Musicals category)
Duration: 15 minutes

Premiere: MB Krueger, soprano; James Fittz, cello, Nanette Shannon, piano; Metropolitan State College of Denver, February 15, 2005

Other performances: 
Melissa Malde, soprano; James Fittz, cello; Vergie Amendola, piano; University of Northern Colorado, March 1, 2006
Megan Buness, soprano; Richard VonFoerster, cello; Nan Shannon, piano; Colorado College, July 14, 2009, Colorado Spring, CO

Program notes:
Five Soliloquies is a medley of ballads from several musicals Kirchoff composed during 1998-2002.  Although derived from different musicals, in their original context, each ballad is sung by a female character at a significant point of self reflection.  Performed together, the five ballads relate a feminine perspective on issues of growing up, growing old and saying goodbye.

1.  The first two songs of the set come from a musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book, The Secret Garden.  In “A Garden on the Moor,” the Ghost of Lilly tells about her frequent visits to her favorite garden and the accident that claimed her own life, but left behind her only child, Colin.

"The Garden on the Moor"
Lyrics by Leanna Kirchoff and Jerry Seifert
Music by Leanna Kirchoff
Originally commissioned and produced by Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins, Minnesota

It happened a long time ago in a secret place, a secret garden.
The place I found what gave me joy,
with a bit of earth, a little seed, a gentle rain and the warm sun

And love, love I planted
 Hope, hope I planted
Life, life I planted in the garden, the garden on the moor.

When my life ended suddenly in a secret place, a secret garden,
I left behind what gave me joy,
in a bit of earth, with a little seed, and a gentle rain and a lot of sun

And the love, the love I planted
Hope, the hope I planted
Life, the life I planted
Love, love I planted
Love, love is blooming
Love, love waits there for you forever and ever and ever
in the garden on the moor.

2.   The main character of The Secret Garden, Mary Lennox, comes to live with her recluse uncle in England.  Her parents had died in India during an outbreak of cholera.  Alone and in strange new surroundings, she sings about her deepest desires for belonging in the song, “Wishes.”

"Wishes"
Lyrics by Leanna Kirchoff and Jerry Seifert
Music by Leanna Kirchoff
Originally commissioned and produced by Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins, Minnesota

            I’d wish for a dream instead of a nightmare
            I’d wish for a lullaby Mummy would sing to me
            I’d wish for a kiss instead of an angry stare
                        That’s what I’d wish for.

            I’d wish for a home, a home to call my own
            A family to hold me and tell me I belong
            And for sisters and brothers to play with and laugh with
                        That’s what I’d wish for.

            Or just someone to love, something to do and something to hope for
                        That’s what I’d wish for
                        That’s what I’d wish for
                        That’s what I’d wish…

3.  “Just Suppose” comes from a musical adaptation of the book, Making the Team, by Minnesota author Nancy Carlson.  In the story, LouAnne tries to discover where her talents lie as she auditions for ballet, theatre, choir and the cheerleading squad.  Unsuccessful in being accepted into any of these groups, LouAnne raises the question to herself if she’ll ever find the place where she belongs.

"Just Suppose"
Lyrics by Mark Rosenwinkel
Music by Leanna Kirchoff
Originally commissioned and produced by Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins, Minnesota

It’s not too hard to know that everyday you grow a little older, a little wiser too, maybe.
But can it be so wrong to stay where you belong and like it, the simple things you see?
I need no more than my own back door familiar and always new.
Something tells me that it’s just not possible and I really don’t know why.

Suppose that I could just stay here with my little toys and my little shoes and nothing more that I could lose.
Just suppose?
Suppose the trees would never change, sturdy and green and standing tall, what if their leaves would never fall?
Just suppose.
Would it be so bad if this is all I ever have to call my own?
I could live here all alone
Just suppose.

Sometimes I’d wake at night all shivering with fright at some dream I can’t remember anymore.
And my mother on my bed, she’d hold my little head and sing a song of seabirds flying to the shore.
If they go, they come back you know, to the place they left behind.
Something tells me that it’s better in the end to never leave home at all.

Suppose I let the years go by, the snow and rain would come and go whichever one I wouldn’t know.
Just suppose?
I’d stay beneath my little tree with my little swing going here and there and never going anywhere.
Just suppose
that there’s no place for me in the world beyond my happy little home,
If I pretend I don’t need a soul
Just suppose
Just suppose?

4.  Sara Crewe, the lead character from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book, The Little Princess, will have to wait for her father to return from India.  In a poignant opening scene from a musical adaptation, Sara says goodbye to her father and remains at a London orphanage.  The song “I’ll Wait for You” is perhaps even more sobering in knowing Sara will never see her father again.

"I’ll Wait for You"
Lyrics by Randi Latimer
Music by Leanna Kirchoff
Originally commissioned and produced by Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins, Minnesota

I’ll wait right here for you
I’ll be waiting to see your face
I’ll stay right here for you
You’ll find me waiting in this place.

Each day I’ll think of you and I’ll wait here
Each day I’ll pray for you
Each day I’ll feel that you are near.

Oh how my heart breaks, I feel the pain
Oh how my tears fall
They fall like heavy drops of rain
You are my heart beat
You are my breath
And I will love you darling Papa.

I’ll wait right here for you
I’ll be waiting to see your face
I’ll stay right here for you
And it will seem like just a day.

5.  According to historical documents, female pirate, Anne Bonny grew up in Ireland around 1700.  In her teens she joined Calico Jack Rackham’s band of pirates sailing in Caribbean waters.  After being captured by the Royal Navy in 1720, Anne was tried in Port Royal, Jamaica, but given amnesty due to being pregnant.  At this point in her story what happened to Anne Bonny is a matter of legend.  One theory, as suggested in the song “ The Ballad of Anne Bonny” is that she left a pirate way of life, married and came to colonial America.  As the last piece of Five Soliloquies, Anne reflects with the conviction that her life has been just as good as any dream.

"The Ballad of Anne Bonny"
Lyric and music by Leanna Kirchoff
Originally commissioned and produced by Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins, Minnesota

From the shores of good ol’ Ireland to the Caribbean seas
I sailed across the ocean to American colonies,
And in all my days of travel and in everything I’ve seen
My life has been just as good as any I could dream.

I’ve lived a man’s adventures
I’ve led a pirate band
I’ve killed for stolen treasure with a swift sword in my hand,
And all this time as a woman I’ve been more than I seem
My life has been just as good as any I could dream.

And I’ll follow my dreams when the sun rises
Follow my dreams when the sun sets
I’ll follow my dreams in the good times
In the bad I’ll never regret
I followed my dreams like a pirate steals her treasure then sails away
I’ll follow my dreams far beyond the end of my days.

Now my love came a callin’
Like a bird in the morning sky
And to deeds of wreck and plunder
it was time to say goodbye.
As a wife, a mother, and grandmother give me joy to this very day
But thinkin’ back on all my life
I wouldn’t have it any other way.

And I’ll follow my dreams when the sun rises
Follow my dreams when the sun sets
I’ll follow my dreams in the good times
and in the bad times I’ll never regret
That I followed my dreams like a pirate steals her treasure then sails away
And I’ll follow my dreams far beyond the end of my days.

I’ll follow my dreams when the sun rises
Follow my dreams when the sun sets
I’ll follow my dreams in the good times
And in the bad times I’ll never regret
That I followed my dreams like a pirate steals her treasure then sails away
And I’ll follow my dreams far beyond the end of my days.

I’ll follow my dreams far beyond end of my days,
I’ll follow my dreams far beyond the end of my days.

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