Mak the Sheep Stealer
Not a W11 Opera commission, published by Universal Edition
Synopsis: Based on the Second Shepherds’ pageant — one of the Towneley Mystery plays
|Music Director||Nicholas Kraemer|
|Soloists||Mak, Gill, Jim Parker, John Horner, Fred, Angel, Mary, Joseph, Ass, Ox|
|Groups||Shepherds, Hedge, Sheep, House|
|Orchestra||2 Violins, 2 Violas, Cello, Celeste, Piano, 3 Percussion|
Notes on Production: Not a W11 Opera commission.
On the first Christmas Eve, on a cold winter’s night, Mak is up to his usual tricks. He is offered shelter by some shepherds but betrays their trust and steals one of their lambs. Despite his cunning, their suspicions take them to his house where the stolen lamb, disguised as a newborn baby, reveals itself. Mak’s excuses are in vain, but he is saved from the gallows by the Miracle of Christmas.