September 8, 2014

THE WOODEN SPOON for female voice, narrator, actor & 10 instrumentalists

PROGRAM NOTE
THE WOODEN SPOON (1997-1998) is a short music theater work that chronicles the events of an unfortunate incident between a small child and her father. An eclectic mixture of serious and popular music are the backdrop for the emotional, dark stage action.

PLOT SYNOPSIS
Little Lila is at home playing with her doll.
Her father sits in a chair reading, occasionally watching her.
A seemingly normal, happy home.
Unexpectedly, Lila smashes her doll.
Angered by this, he reprimands her with a ferocious spanking.
In pain, hurt, and withdrawn, Lila hides.
A terrible verbal attack ensues.
Miraculously, she finds deep within herself,
the courage to take a stand against her father,
once and for all.

Due to attention received by spanking fetish websites and blogs, The Wooden Spoon has garnished nearly 50,000 viewings on YouTube and 10,000 viewings on myspace, as welll as some serious “analysis” on discussion boards. It is often complimented as “spanko.” Not sure what that means exactly, but thanks!

PERFORMANCE HISTORY
• April 21, 1998 (premiere) | Recital Hall, Austin, TX | Larisa Montanaro, Neil Flory & Tim Girardot,
—–with member of the University of Texas New Music Ensemble, conducted by Brent Baldwin
• March 22, 2000 | Recital Hall, Austin, TX | Larisa Montanaro, Neil Flory & Tim Girardot,
—–with member of the University of Texas New Music Ensemble, conducted by Brent Baldwin