(a bigfoot opera)

Stan's mailbox

\Wood"land\, a. Of or pertaining to woods or woodland; living in the forest; sylvan.

\Ter`a•tol"o•gy\, n. [Gr. ?, ?, a wonder, monster + -logy: cf. Gr. ? a telling of wonders, and F. t['e]ratologie.] That branch of biological science which treats of monstrosities, malformations, or deviations from the normal type of structure, either in plants or animals.


see Woodland Teratology


Launch Event pictures
Epping Hall, St. John's Road



This project is in conjunction with Michael Szpakowski, a multimedia artist in London. Michael is the brains behind this 5 Operas project.
I am working with a few artists on a downloadable cut and fold paper set. See the sketch.
The kids in the chorus have made small figures you can see here.


Here is the libretto-


Woodland Teratology

by Bruce Conkle

Cast of characters:
Lumberjack (plaid shirt and axe)
Scientist (lab coat and binoculars)
Sasquatch (Nine or ten feet tall)

Some say he lives in the fifth dimension
And is a scout for aliens
This peaceful clever vegetarian-
Telepathic communications (with chorus)

You mean to say
Your monster won’t hurt me-
And communicates telepathically?


A light fades up on Sasquatch, previously unseen, at rear of stage
Deep in Shasta*

Orbs are spinning
Giant energy vortex beacon
Shining through the Fifth Dimension
Telepathic communication (with chorus)

I have seen them on several occasions-
These great gentle beings
Astonishing permutations
Civilized and foreseeing

Never seen one
Looked all over
Super skeptic
Four leaf clover
Until I find one Disbeliever

Sasquatch and chorus:
Researcher’s repudiation

Scientist: - (removed)
Incredibly large footed
Mystery creature?
Preposterous distinguishing feature!

Scientist leaves stage, then Sasquatch silently enters and crosses stage.
Pseudo-science condemnation
Telepathic communication


Inspired by Stan Johnson

* Mt. Shasta rumored home to many bigfoot.


See the 5 operas here


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