2M/2W & 1 young girl
- LINDA: a disorganized college student with a term paper deadline,
she hastens to complete it. She listens to the Mozart
Requiem for the first time,
hoping to find inspiration.
- MOZART: The Ghost of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wants to tell his
story to the world, but has to get Lindas attention and confidence.
- GRETCHEN: Nannerls maid, a wide-eyed, innocent teenager, has
a more polished manner and speech pattern than one would expect of a servant. She is a
chatterbox, though, and often speaks without thinking.
- SUESSMAYR: Mozarts composition student, 25, has the daunting
task of finishing the Requiem.
Nervous, unsure of himself, and a heavy drinker, he
tries to give the impression of aggrandizement.
- NANNERL: Maria Anna Walpurgia Mozart von Berchtold du Sonnenburg,
40, Mozarts older sister, resembles her brother. Married to an aristocrat 15 years
her senior, she plays the part of the good wife and mother to her own child and 5
stepchildren. As society of the time dictated, she was taught to be subservient to men.
However, her musicianship cannot be hidden, although she must practice it in relative
secrecy. Her suppressed desires and memories of being the child prodigy are the impetus
behind her outward anger and bitterness toward her brother and his genius.
Linda is in a panic. She has left her term paper about the
Mozart Requiem until the last minute. As she looks to the Internet, the Ghost of Mozart
appears, promising her an A for the course if she writes the story that he has
been trying to tell for centuries. Mozart claims that his sister Nannerl, not his student
Suessmayr, completed the Requiem, contrary to all research. After telling his story to
Linda, thus accomplishing his mission, a satisfied Mozart takes his leave. He is now
certain that the world will learn the truth. But, will his story ever reach the music
lovers of the world? It is in Lindas hands.
The stage is divided into two playing areas: Lindas
study Stage Right, and Nannerls parlor Stage Left. The Ghost of Mozart must be able
to cross between the two playing areas.
SR Lindas study: computer desk and chair, computer CPU,
keyboard, mouse, monitor, printer, CD player (may be part of computer)
SL Nannerls parlor: porcelain heater, coat rack, pianoforte (or clavier,
or harpsichord) placed with keys facing upstage, bench, wooden music stand, small table
next to music stand, upholstered chair, loveseat, occasional table and 2 chairs, portrait
of Mozart family on wall over piano
Sandra McNiff is a speech-language pathologist, actress, and
soprano who has a passion for writing. She has been involved in some aspect of theater or
music for more than 40 years. During her career, she has produced and directed a
childrens summer theater, worked as a professional puppeteer, performed in musical
and non-musical theatrical presentations, staged chancel dramas and pageants, and served
in various technical capacities, from stage hand to sound technician. In addition, she has
written grants and volunteered as an officer and board member of several artistic
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