First Draft is Done!
Warning: This post contains spoiler alerts about Kearny’s life.
I’m finished … with the first draft. It’s a big step but the show is far from ready. As a matter of fact, even when we go up in October the show will still need work. That is the magic of writing theatre.
Act One covered about 6 years time (1849-1855) in Kearny’s life. Act Two is just one year – 1862. It’s an important year, but just one year. A lot happens to Phil in that year from the loss of his son Archie to fighting with George McClellan and finally Kearny’s death (spoiler alert?).
There are some amazing musical number in act two including Angel In My Heart. This comes as Kearny and Agnes lose their son Archie. It was, obviously, a very sad moment for the couple. Phil was off fighting the Civil War and Agnes was alone with the kids. This powerful duet not only shows the love they have for their child but the love that they have for each other. As I was writing it I had to stop and dry my eyes. I took some of the paid of losing loved ones, most recently my aunt, to find the words to come from these two strong characters.
Here’s a look at Act Two…
Scene 1: Arlington National Cemetery, 1912 (continued)
7 – IN THE U.S. (COMPANY)
Scene 2: Bellegrove, 1862
8 – ANGEL IN MY HEART (KEARNY & AGNES)
Scene 3: Back at War, 1862
9 – IT’S TIME FOR A FIGHT (REPRISE) (KEARNY)
Scene 4: At Camp, 1862
10 – MCCLELLAN’S LETTER (MCCLELLAN & WOMAN #3)
Scene 5: At War/In Bellgrove, 1862
11A – ALL YOUR LOVE WITHIN (PART 1) (KEARNY & AGNES)
11B – ALL YOUR LOVE WITHIN (PART 2) (AGNES)
Scene 6: Arlington National Cemetery
12 – TIME TO SAY GOODNIGHT (COMPANY)
13 – BOWS (TIME FOR A FIGHT) (BAND & COMPANY)