THE FLOWER STORY
an original musical
"...if nature could talk, what would it say?"
Image by Maya Telford
The story is of Goldy, a 13-year old girl, who's coming of age, and concerned about what the “real world” she’s becoming part of really is. Violence, greed, environmental degradation... is this the real world, and if so, is there any place for her in such a world? Distraught, one morning in particular, by all the negative stories she hears via the morning news, she feels she can’t take it anymore and escapes to her beloved backyard garden for solace, asking no one in particular all of her deepest existential questions. Amazingly her questions are met with answers by the nature spirits of the plants in her garden, who appear to her in human form. While never leaving the garden setting, they take Goldy on a magical journey of discovery to the very heart of nature, and of herself.
Jennifer began writing the work in 2004 in a burst of inspiration during a long drive. The title, concept, main characters, and 3 of the songs came to her at that time. And since then she wrote the remainder of the 12 songs, the script and notated all the piano parts. In 2015 she had an amateur middle school theatre group perform the piece. She then went back to school to learn recording software, as well worked on editing the script and wrote and added in one more song to the show in 2018.
This year she created a demo recording of all the songs in her home studio, bringing in many actors/singers to sing the various parts. These recordings give a good representation of all the roles in the show and the ensemble feeling as a whole, and are all found below along with a synopsis of the accompanying scenes. She is now working on orchestrating the piano arrangement, and seeking both theatre or film companies to perform and produce the work, and bring it to its fullest expression.
Cast of Characters:
Janna (Goldy's mother)
Goldy (13 year old girl)
Deva (the overseeing Nature spirit for the garden)
Trollodee (the spirit of the oak tree)
Ilsk (a brownie- nature spirit of the earth)
Calth (a brownie)
Mulk (a brownie)
Rose (nature spirit of the roses)
Jasmine (nature spirit of the jasmine)
Dahlia (nature spirit of the dahlias)
Dakath (an adult male faery)
Faylinn (an adult female faery)
Oraine (a boy faery)
The Flower Story Overture
Goldy wakes up with the alarm clock, and sees her favorite tree through her window. She doesn't want to face another day at a school where she feels no one gets her, and where she doesn't fit in. And hearing the news from down the hall, the state of the world has her feeling hopeless about life in general.
Goldy dresses and joins her mother at breakfast, with the morning news blaring in the background. Goldy is distressed at what she hears, and asks her mother to turn it off. Her mother insists Goldy is old enough to know what the real world is all about.
Goldy escapes to her backyard garden during breakfast, questioning what the "real world" really is in the song "Real World".
Magically the Deva of the garden, and many of the nature spirits or "Elementals" appear and introduce themselves in the song "Introductions". They wish to tell Goldy about the real world, from their perspective.
Trollodee, the spirit of the oak tree, reminds Goldy of their long-time connection in the duet, "Oh, Tree".
The Brownies- the nature spirits of the earth- sing to Goldy about their work with Mother Earth, and the importance of the dirt, in "Brownie's Song".
Trollodee sings of his reverence for Mother Earth/Mother Nature, the creator of all life, in "Mother".
In "Little Seedling", the Elementals sing of what is at the source of all forms of life on earth; the plants, animals, and people.
Oraine, the fairy child, leads the song "Seasons" reminding Goldy of the seasons and cycles of nature, of which she is part of.
Dakath, the male adult fairy, expresses his distress that humans don't act like they're part of nature. He reminds Goldy how her body is completely made up of the elements of nature.
The Flowers (Rose, Jasmine and Dahlia), although agreeing with Dakath that Goldy's body is of nature, also want to remind Goldy of the amazing being she is beyond her body, in "Who You Are".
Goldy, in understanding that the true nature of herself and all beings is inherently good, is grappling with how so many people can yet do so much wrong. She learns about free will and is saddened by the choices so many humans have made. Dakath also laments these choices in "Earth, Mother".
Goldy is overwhelmed with the wrongs of the world, and decides all of a sudden she'd rather live in the elemental realm. She pulls the faeries aside, and asks them if she can go back with them to their world, in the song "Take Me Away With You", sung by Goldy, Faylinn, and Dakath.
Thoughts of the life she needs to return to have filled Goldy's head, and she worries about what will happen once she returns. She also worries she won't remember the magical visit she's had with the Elementals. Deva tells Goldy that she'll always find them, and herself, by being in the moment, in "One Moment".
Goldy is reassured by the Elementals that she will never be alone; that they are always by her side, in "Never Alone".
Artwork by Sophia Van Dyke
All songs and story ©2015 Jennifer Bloomer
Producing! If you are a theatre group or a film company interested in producing this show, please contact Jennifer.
Donating! Donations are gladly accepted to help support Jennifer in orchestrating the work, as well to create her own production of the show. Donate here!