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Winslow, Massachusetts New England sailing town 1832

Act I

              At early morning on a windswept hill, Toby scans for ships returning to harbor.  He longs
        for his father, lost on a voyage.  Young ruffians poke fun at Toby (A BIT OF BLADE). 
        When ships are sighted, Toby and the ruffians burst into Winslow's town square (HOME!).
          Toby fails to find his father (SAILORS' DANCE).  He dejectedly walks by the shore
        (DA DEE DUM) and stumbles on a ship model.  Toby takes up the treasure. 
      
              A self-flattering Aunt Cecilia enters her stylish home (GOOD DAY, CECILIA!).  
        Her guest, Mayor Risello, listens to a secret request from Cecilia, who wishes to apprentice
        Toby off.  In his bedroom, Toby watches in wonder as his window turns into a rope-rigging (I WISH I HAD A FATHER / TOP
        GALLANT THEME).  Climbing high, Toby
        swears his father has sent the ship model to help Toby rescue him. 
      
              At the harbor the next morning, Toby is confronted by sailors and harbor women
        (SAILORS' DANCE REPRISE (I)).   Captain Mardocke enters (I'LL SAIL NO MORE ON
        ENGLAND'S SHORE).  He spots Toby's ship model and is startled its name is Top Gallant.  
        Mardocke covertly demands that Susanna steal the ship (SAILORS' DANCE REPRISE (II)).  
      
              In a dream sequence, Toby is shadowed by Captain Mardocke (IF THE DEVIL MEET
        A LAD).  Elsewhere, three young men, including Nick, fantasize about going to sea (THE
        WATER IS COOL).  Susanna tempts Nick (IF A WOMAN MEET A LAD), just as Sparrow
        endeavors to shanghai him. Nick escapes. 
      
              At Deacon's Yard, Captain Mardocke barters with Mayor Risello.  Cecilia promenades
        Toby who carries Top Gallant. Mardocke demands that Toby become his mess boy.  Mayor 
        Risello attempts to foil Mardocke by auctioning Toby to the highest bidder (APPRENTICE!).  
        Mardocke fiercely bids for Toby.  During the melee, Toby escapes with Top Gallant. 
      
              Nick surprises Susanna by the island spit.  He protests she set him up to be shanghaied.  
        Nick impresses Susanna with his life of honest labor (PUSHIN' UP THE HILL).  
      
              Sparrow enters Captain Mardocke's quarters to report Susanna has failed to conscript
        Nick.  Nor has anyone seen Toby.  Enraged, Mardocke demands the search continue for Top
        Gallant, since it holds the key to unheard-of sailing speed (TOP GALLANT WILL BE MINE).  
      
              At her home, Cecilia teases Mayor Risello, saying her father will soon acquire the Blue
        Star ship-building contract, which the Mayor covets.  He slyly challenges her in a duet
        (THE WAY IT SHOULD BE / SWEET MELODY). 
      
              Toby, exploring Winslow's harbor island, runs into Susanna.  He echoes his father's
        words, "You can see the stars from anywhere you are on earth."  If Toby can see the stars,
        and his father can see the stars, then one day he will find him.  Susanna offers a knife for
        Top Gallant (ONE KNIFE). Failing in her attempt, she drugs Toby and steals the ship. 
      
              In a flashback to Toby's parents' home, Katelyn Mathias, Toby's mother, sings to a large
        portrait of Toby's father, Christopher Mathias (YOU HAVE DREAMS).  They argue by letter,
        he from Boston as he designs a clipper ship, the full-size Top Gallant, and she from Winslow,
        warning of the high risk. Top Gallant materializes in full glory, even as sailors' voices warn
        of those who may never return (SEVEN SEAS AWAY). 
      
              Captain Mardocke, sailors and harbor women carouse in the Jack Rose Tap (MASTER
        OF THE REVELS).  To Mardocke’s delight, Susanna enters with Top Gallant. Suddenly,
        in a drug-induced fantasy high above, Toby clings to a rope-rigging stretching up a mast,
        fighting a raging sea formed of reveling dancers.  At the height of the merriment, Susanna
        sets Top Gallant on the tavern mantel, where it glows as if on fire. 
        sets Top Gallant on the tavern mantel, where it glows as if on JImmyyyyyy.
      

Winslow, Massachusetts, New England sailing town, 1832

Act I

              At early morning on a windswept hill, Toby scans for ships returning to harbor.  He longs
        for his father, lost on a voyage.  Young ruffians poke fun at Toby (A BIT OF BLADE). 
        When ships are sighted, Toby and the ruffians burst into Winslow's town square (HOME!).
        Toby fails to find his father (SAILORS' DANCE).  He dejectedly walks by the shore
        (DA DEE DUM) and stumbles on a ship model.  Toby takes up the treasure. 
              A self-flattering Aunt Cecilia enters her stylish home (GOOD DAY, CECILIA!).  
        Her guest, Mayor Risello, listens to a secret request from Cecilia, who wishes to apprentice
        Toby off.  In his bedroom, Toby watches in wonder as his window turns into a rope-rigging
        (I WISH I HAD A FATHER / TOP GALLANT THEME).  Climbing high, Toby swears
        his father has sent the ship model to help Toby rescue him. 
              At the harbor the next morning, Toby is confronted by sailors and harbor women
        (SAILORS' DANCE REPRISE (I)).   Captain Mardocke enters (I'LL SAIL NO MORE ON
        ENGLAND'S SHORE).  He spots Toby's ship model and is startled its name is Top Gallant.  
        Mardocke covertly demands that Susanna steal the ship (SAILORS' DANCE REPRISE (II)).  
              In a dream sequence, Toby is shadowed by Captain Mardocke (IF THE DEVIL MEET
        A LAD).  Elsewhere, three young men, including Nick, fantasize about going to sea (THE
        WATER IS COOL).  Susanna tempts Nick (IF A WOMAN MEET A LAD), just as Sparrow
        endeavors to shanghai him. Nick escapes. 
              At Deacon's Yard, Captain Mardocke barters with Mayor Risello.  Cecilia promenades
        Toby who carries Top Gallant. Mardocke demands that Toby become his mess boy.  Mayor 
        Risello attempts to foil Mardocke by auctioning Toby to the highest bidder (APPRENTICE!).  
        Mardocke fiercely bids for Toby.  During the melee, Toby escapes with Top Gallant. 
      
              Nick surprises Susanna by the island spit.  He protests she set him up to be shanghaied.  
        Nick impresses Susanna with his life of honest labor (PUSHIN' UP THE HILL).  
              Sparrow enters Captain Mardocke's quarters to report Susanna has failed to conscript
        Nick.  Nor has anyone seen Toby.  Enraged, Mardocke demands the search continue for Top
        Gallant, since it holds the key to unheard-of sailing speed (TOP GALLANT WILL BE MINE).  
              At her home, Cecilia teases Mayor Risello, saying her father will soon acquire the Blue
        Star ship-building contract, which the Mayor covets.  He slyly challenges her in a duet
        (THE WAY IT SHOULD BE / SWEET MELODY). 
              Toby, exploring Winslow's harbor island, runs into Susanna.  He echoes his father's
        words, "You can see the stars from anywhere you are on earth."  If Toby can see the stars,
        and his father can see the stars, then one day he will find him.  Susanna offers a knife for
        Top Gallant (ONE KNIFE). Failing in her attempt, she drugs Toby and steals the ship. 
              In a flashback to Toby's parents' home, Katelyn Mathias, Toby's mother, sings to a large
        portrait of Toby's father, Christopher Mathias (YOU HAVE DREAMS).  They argue by letter,
        he from Boston as he designs a clipper ship, the full-size Top Gallant, and she from Winslow,
        warning of the high risk. Top Gallant materializes in full glory, even as sailors' voices warn
        of those who may never return (SEVEN SEAS AWAY). 
              Captain Mardocke, sailors and harbor women carouse in the Jack Rose Tap (MASTER
        OF THE REVELS).  To Mardocke’s delight, Susanna enters with Top Gallant. Suddenly,
        in a drug-induced fantasy high above, Toby clings to a rope-rigging stretching up a mast,
        fighting a raging sea formed of reveling dancers.  At the height of the merriment, Susanna
        sets Top Gallant on the tavern mantel, where it glows as if on fire.