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Cast Size: Flexible Cast Size
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
Dance Requirements: Heavy

Character Breakdown

The Poet
A poet who dresses in rags and has a sense of tattered handsomeness. He needs and wants everything and every woman, but has never quite lost his sense of humor.
Gender: male
Age: 40 to 60
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: G2
Wife of Wives to the Wazir of Police, born a princess in her own right in a neighboring kingdom. Rich, bright, and bored with her life. She takes a romantic interest in the Poet and works to bring him to power.
Gender: female
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: F#3
The Poet's beautiful daughter. She has lived her life in the streets but has maintained her innocence and retains a sense of humor. She falls in love with the Mansa. Hungry and ragged.
Gender: female
Age: 15 to 25
Vocal range top: B5
Vocal range bottom: C4
The Mansa
The newly acceded leader to the throne. A handsome and romantic youth who falls in love instantly with Marsinah, but hides his identity.
Gender: male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: C3
Wazir Of Police
The new Commander of the Royal Camel Corps and appointed executioner in Timbuktu. Androgynous, murderous, and corrupt.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: A2
M'ballah Of The River
A king among pirates and brigands. He has traveled to Timbuktu to undo a curse that lost his son. Imposing, tall, fierce.
Gender: male
Age: 55 to 70
Chief Policeman
An ambitious and imposing officer. Momentarily loyal to the Wazir and his second-in-command.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 50
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: F3
Citizens Of Timbuktu; Vendors And Merchants; River Pirates; Guards; Antelopes; Birds In Paradise; Council; Courtiers