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Complete List of Characters

Parts for Casting

PATRA

Cleopatra - Pharaoh of Egypt
Mezzo - Soprano

IRAS

Trusted Lady-In-Waiting
Soprano

CHARMIAN

Senior Lady-In-Waiting
Mezzo - Soprano

MARCELLUS

Centurion in Roman Army
Tenor

OCTAVIAN

Roman Consul and General
Bass - Baritone

DANCER

Optional Numbers

With permission From Cairo With Love and Khedr

SYNOPSIS

The last days of Cleopatra are filled with daring, intrigue, and romance.  When the villainous Octavian lands in Egypt to assert his victory over Antony and Cleopatra, Patra will do most anything to save her children and herself.

She disguises herself as a hag, foretells Octavian’s future, takes a drug to commune with the dead, seduces Centurion Marcellus - whom her drugged mind thinks is Antony, meets with Octavian, and initiates a dangerous encounter with a cobra.

When Octavian tries to take advantage of her, she sings of love.

Octavian exits without a word.  He has fallen in love but tragically does nothing.

The love-struck Marcellus offers her a way to escape.  Yes, she dies but not how you think.

Her death changes Octavian from lead to gold.  As he dons the name Augustus Caesar, he makes one last vow to her.

Highlights of PATRA

Descriptive Tags

#Strong Role for Leading Lady   #Strong Role for Leading Man   #Minority Casting   #Operatic/Opera Comique   #Opera in English   #Musical Drama   #Period Piece/Historical    #Egypt   #Roman Empire   #Original Libretto   #Social Themes    #Melodic/Romantic/Classical

Other Information

Cast Size: No Chorus   Small (1-10)    Medium (5-21).

Vocal Demands: Moderate   Challenging.

Dance Requirements: Extensive   Minimal.

Good For: High School    College/University   Amateur/Community   Professional Theater   Religious Organizations

Complete List of Numbers

Songs in English

Act I

Prologue

1. Like The Phoenix ....................  Patra

Act I: Scene 1

2. Hear My Humble Prayer...........  Patra

3. Hags in Rags............................. Patra, Charmian, Iras

4. Careful Careful ........................ Patra, Charmain, Iras

 

Act I: Scene 2

5. What Shall I Do......................... Octavian

6. The Sword of Antony ............... Marcellus & Octavian

7. Welcome ................................... Hags with Octavian

8. The Tarot Cards......................... Hags and Octavian

9. Why Am I So Restless............... Octavian

10. Octavian’s Plan ........................Octavian, Marcellus, Hags

 

Act 1: Scene 3

11. Looks Like I Won A Race..........Marcellus

12. Iboga Bark ............................... Patra with Spirits

13. A Voice In The Air................... Patra, Charmian, Iras, Marcellus

14. To Bed .....................................Iras, Charmian, Patra, Marcellus

15. Come To Me.............................Patra and Marcellus

16. Octavian’s Surprise..................Octavian

17. Go Now ....................................Iras, Charmian, Marcellus

18. In The Darkness......................Marcellus

Act II

Act 2: Sc 1. Part 1

19. She Wakes..................................Iras, Charmian, Patra

20. The Ambush.............................. All

21. A Beautician’s Air..................... Iras

22. Octavian’s Doubts..................... Octavian

23. The Face Off ............................ All

24. Encounter With A Cobra.......... Dance/pantomime

 

Act 2: Sc 1. Part 2

25. Aftershock.................................. All

26. What Do You Wish To Ask....... Octavian, Patra

27. Oh I Have Lived For Love......... Patra

28. Her Arrow Pierced......................Octavian

29. The Plan .................................... Marcellus, Iras, Charmian, Patra

30. I Am Egypt................................ Patra and Charmian

 

Act 2: Scene 2

31. Go Back...................................   Marcellus, Octavian, Iras, Charmian

 

Act 2: Scene 3

32. Like The Phoenix Montage....... Patra, Iras, Charmian

33. The Discovery Montage.............Marcellus, Octavian

34. Lead To Gold............................ All

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