Karen as Clara

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Clara, Angel of the Battlefield

A musical story of Clara Barton (1821-1912)

Written, staged and performed by Karen Melander-Magoon

Arrangements by Frank Fanning

 1  It's My Birthday
 2  Travel Round the Christmas Tree
3  It's Massachusetts
 4  Why Do the Animals Hurt?
5  I Gathered Three Grasshoppers
6  One Day I Visited the Zoological Gardens
 7  The Animals
 8  Do You Know Clara
 9  My Brothers and Sisters
 10  The World is Full of Sorrows
 11  Protect the Children
 12  Where Are the Children?
 13  Learning to Teach
14  Who, said the Owl
 15  It's All About the Children
 16  Dagmar of Ribe
 17  Heroes Come in Many Sizes
 18  I Taught Again at Jersey
19  The Face of Battle
 20  No One Owns the Sand
 21  I Help the North and the South
 22  Col. Elwell Scene
23  How many ways do I Love you?
24  Old Love
 25  Reveries
 26  The Atlantic Seacoast
 27  When?
 28  My Sister is Ill
 29  Sally Dies
 30  Sally's Death Transition Phrases
31  I Have a House
32  Pansies are for Sale
 33  Kaleidoscope of Memories
34  America Joins the Red Cross
 35  Wars
 36  I Hear Them Speak of Home
 37  This is the Key to My House
 38  If we are to Fight Battles
 39  Thank You, Mr. Rockefeller
40  Are There Ghosts in Galveston?
 41  Remember the Wars
 42  Clara Resigned from the Red Cross
 43  Protect the Children
 44  Random Acts of Kindness
45  The World is full of Christmases
 46  A Tiny Song Takes Wings!
 47  Everyday!
 48  I Remember (finale)
 49  Did I Live Today?
 50  Where do the Geese go Wandering?
51  Love is a Candle in the Dark
 52  The Scissors of Sunshine

Clara Barton was born on Christmas Day into a Universalist family that worshiped at the church of Hosea Ballou, a renowned Universalist minister. Her father loved to play war games with her, using corncob soldiers and horses. When she was 13 she spent two years taking care of her brother, who had become an invalid after a fall; naturally shy, she was encouraged to become a teacher; she and another brother started a school for the indigent and for the children who worked in the mills. After some disappointments and frustrations looking for work in a man's world, she found her true vocation when the Civil War began and spent the rest of her life caring for the injured, founding the American Red Cross and First Aid and fighting for America to sign the Geneva Convention. She was devastated at her sister's death, and sings of her deep sorrow. Throughout this musical portrait, we are reminded of Clara's concern for the vulnerable, be they animals, children or soldiers on the battlefield and of her deep spirituality.

Clara Barton