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No Trifling With Love
                 a musical tragic comedy

 cast of 7 (4m,3w)         98-minute running time        16 songs

   Book, Music & Lyrics  by
   Steven W Rodgers

     Based on the play 
On ne badine pas avec l'amour by
  Alfred de Musset

                     Additional Lyrics by 
                       Wendy Christopher &
                       Francois-René de Chateaubriand

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 contact:  Steven W Rodgers     [email protected] gmail.com      703-785-4141

                Selected songs with lyrics:

 It's All Over

                  featured singers: David Merrill & Ian Charles
featured musicians: Paul Bell (guitar)    Andy Hamburger (drums)
    music and lyrics by:  Steven W Rodgers        
                    
                                Bazius
While I was drinking wine
Ostensibly to pass the time
But also to aid in my digestion
 
I saw Dame Pluche pass
Under my window sash
All out of breath and with a face all red was Camille
 
                                Baron
What’s that you said?
Whose face was red?
Was it my niece or Dame Pluche?
 
                                Blazius
It was your niece my lord, she looked agitated
 
                                Baron
Perhaps she had been chasing  butterflies!
 
                                 Blazius
My Lord, that may be true
And normally,  I’d defer to you
But I heard her tell Dame Pluche:
“Go find him now, or it’s all over!”
 
Camille hit her on the head
With her fan, there in the flower bed
And I saw Dame Pluche jump in the clover!
 
                                  Baron
And Just how did the governess reply?

                              Blazius
She said she would not go
Antoine's been pretty busy
flirtin' with the pretty
girls he's come to know
One thing's for certain
with all that flirtin'
He's sunk to a new low
 
                              Baron
I don’t profess to understand
Why nothing’s going as I planned
seducing goose girls and jumping in the clover?
It’s all over!


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Antoine's Dream

                        featured singers:  Julia Nightingale & Ian Charles
                 featured musicians: Paul Bell (classical guitar and bass)
  music by:  Steven W Rodgers         Lyrics by François-René de Chateaubriand
                               
                                    Antoine
I will hasten before the steps of the day
To the mountaintop to seek out my lonely dove
My love has the eyes of an ermine
And the flowing hair of a field of rice
Her mouth is a pink shell, set with pearls
 
                                     Camille
He will seek out his lonely dove among the oaks of the forest
He has hung about me a necklace of shells

                                     Antoine
Three colored shells

                                     Camille (with Antoine)
There are three red beads for our love
Three purple ones for our fears
Three blue ones for our hopes
 
                                    Antoine
May my love blow out this torch, and say she is mine!
 
                                     Camille
Will my true love find me here among the oaks of the forest?
                    
                                     Antoine
Will she blow out this torch and say she loves me?
                 
                                     Camille
Will he love me?  Then the hopes of a nation will lie at our feet
                      
                                     Antoine
And I will smoke my pipe of peace
                      
                                     Camille
By the cradle of our child!


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Charming, Enigmatical Creatures

                 featured singer:  Ian Charles & David Merrill
        featured musicians: Paul Bell (guitar and bass)
    music and lyrics by:  Steven W Rodgers        
                               
                                     
                                Baron
               When she says it’s time to talk
               That’s when you take a walk
               Pack your bags and leave town!
               If you stay
               You’re gonna pay!
               Your head’ll be reeling
               She’ll only want you both to get
               In touch with your feelings
 
               The oldest trick in the book
               Is when she asks you how she looks
               She never wants an honest reply!
               It's a sticky situation
               
                                  Bridaine
               She just wants your adulation
               All you can ever do is lie!
 
                                  Baron and Bridaine
               These charming enigmatical creatures!
               With such enigmatic features
               Tend to drive the average man insane!
 
                                 Baron
               Now for the bad news
               She could have 40 pairs of shoes
               And still not pass up a shoe store
               Try to talk her out of it
               She may just pout a bit
            
                                Bridaine
               And then go out and buy 40 more!
              
                                 Baron
               When she says there’s nothing wrong
               Tou know nothin’s right!
               To figure out what you have done
               You’d be up half the night!
               Instead of tellin’ you
               She’ll yell at you
               For not being smarter
 
                               Father Bridaine
               She won’t solve  the problem, she’d prefer to be a martyr
              
                               Baron and Bridaine
               These charming enigmatical creatures!
               With such erratic features
               Tend to drive the average man insane!
 
               Yet when all’s said and  done
               What am I….without one!?


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 If Love's Flown Away

featured singer:  Julia Nightingale
featured musicians: Paul Bell (guitar)    Erin Snedecor (cello)
    music and lyrics by:  Steven W Rodgers        
                    
                               
                      Camille
Was it a dream?
It’s so real to me now!
I’d never felt so abandoned
 
The moon and the stars
Had all withered away
Soon, only I was left standing
 
In darkness, I clung to the rocks
By a storm-battered shore
I felt the earth, as I knew it, would soon be no more
 
What hellish earth do i find myself on?
If love’s flown away is it any less gone?
 
Time hurries by like the clouds in the sky
Soon, we'll be nothing but ashes
Will it have been worth the remorse that we feel
As we regret our lost chances?
When I am weighed down by heartbreak
It's hard to move on
Should I pretend life is fine
When all meaning is gone?
                       
What hellish earth do I find myself on?
If love’s flown away is it any less gone?


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Games We Used to Play

 Featured singers:  Julia Nightingale & Ian Charles
 featured musicians: Paul Bell (classical guitar and bass)    Erin Snedecor (cello)
    music and lyrics by:  Steven W Rodgers        
                               
                              Antoine
It’s not nice to refuse a kiss
 
                              Camille
I have always been like this
 
                              Antoine
Let’s stroll through the wildwood
 
                              Camille
I have no need to relive our childhood
 
                              Antoine
Let’s float
In a boat
Downstream
It’ll seem just like a dream
Never fear
You can steer
And I will be the navigator
 
                             Camille
I’m too old to amuse myself
With the games we used to play
 
                            Antoine
These mem’ries never fade
 
                             Camille
It’s just a masquerade
 
                             Antoine
Our whole lives once lay here
 
                             Camille
But now it’s disappeared!
                                                        
                              Antoine
Let's throw
Skipping stones
In the creek
I will beat you just as I once did
As a kid

                              Camille
You never did!
I can see your memory's
Not improved with age!                   

I'm too old to appreciate
All the things we used to do

                             Antoine
I feel sorry for you



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 The Letter

featured singers:  David Merrill, Liz Colandene, Ian Charles
featured musicians: Paul Bell (guitar)    Andy Hamburger (drums)
    music and lyrics by:  Steven W Rodgers        
                    
                               
                      Blazius
Most vile go-between
That I have ever seen
You are the cause of my ruin
Dame Pluche, give me that letter

                      Pluche
I don't think so
I know better
This letter surely will be mailed
 
                      Blazius
I'll be in disgrace now
Must find another place now
I am called a lush
Thrown into the underbrush
If I don't get that letter I'm undone
Give it to me, or you're dead!

                    Pluche
I, Dead?

                    Blazius
That's what I said!

                    Blazius and Pluche
Can't take any more of this abuse!

                     Antoine
What is this all about?
Blazius, why are you shouting?

                    Blazius
She's a go-between, My Lord

                   Pluche
I swear my hands are clean, My Lord
Camille wrote this letter
Something must have really upset her
She told me to mail it right away!

                   Blazius
It's a letter to a snake charmer
Nothing but a pig farmer

                   Pluche
You are full of well-ripened manure

                   Antoine
Dame Pluche, give me the letter
I will mail it for you
I think that is the best way
After all, I'm her fiance!

                  Blazius
Now look what you have done!
You may think that you have won
Just wait until the Baron hears about you
 


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Diamonds From Top to Toe

          featured singers:  David Merrill, Liz Colandene, Ian Charles & Julia Nightingale
featured musicians: Paul Bell (classical guitar and bass)   Erin Snedecor (cello)
      Andy Hamburger (drums)   Will Allen (trumpet and trombone)
    music and lyrics by:  Steven W Rodgers        
                               
                                     Master Blazius
Let those who wish to learn some news first bring me a glass of wine
Antoine turned twenty-one today, a better man you’ll never find!
My student’s full of flowery phrases
Traveled to so many places
Half the time you don’t know how to answer him!
 
                                    Dame Pluche
Bring me a glass of water, rabble…why are you so slow?
Know your master’s niece, today, arrives at the chateau
She’s completed her education
It’s a cause for celebration
Never have you seen such purity
 
                                   Master Blazius & Dame Pluche
He’s / she’s a diamond from top to toe
That is what we long to show
It’s to our credit, we're their guardians!
 
                                  Dame Pluche
Her piety and goodness would put a monk to shame
 
                                  MasterBlazius
He can’t see a blade of grass without giving you the Latin name!
 
                                  Dame Pluche
Her beauty makes the angels sigh
 
                                  Master Blazius
If it rains, he’ll tell you why
 
                                  Antoine and Camille
It’s hard to know who has it better,   you….or I
We are diamonds from top to toe
They want everyone to know
It's to their credit
We’re their proteges!
                                
We'd like to think that we don't need
our guardians to succeed
we both have quite shrewd and cunning ways!
We long to be
Living independently
We know we can make it on our own

                                  All
'cuz they (we) are diamonds From top to toe
They (we) want everyone to know

It's to their (our) credit, they're (we're) our (their) guardians!

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Tonight You'll Hear Me

  featured singer:  Julia Nightingale
featured musicians: Paul Bell (guitar)    Erin Snedecor (cello) 
    music  by:  Steven W Rodgers  lyrics by:  Wendy Christopher      
                          
 
 


                                    
                      Rosette
Tonight you'll hear when my soul sings
And gently pulls at your heartstrings
I've changed, become someone new, dear
And it's all for you dear
And that's enough to make me fall in love

I dream you're looking behind you
For love I sent out to find you
A love that glows like fireflies
Cast into the night skies
So maybe you will see it shining too

You'll see a change in me
Then you'll be mine
Things will be fine, you'll see
I'll win your hear, you have nothing to fear
When you are here with me

I'll make you want me somehow, love
Just don't abandon me now, love
I know your heart to be true
I have faith in you, dear
Or is it fear
That keeps me waiting here?

Somehow, I sense you're near me
I just can't see clearly
Through my tears.


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That Noble Chair

                      featured singer:  David Merrill
       musicians: Paul Bell (bass)    Young Devereaux (sax)
    music and lyrics by:  Steven W Rodgers        
                    
                            Father Bridaine
Giving him the chair to the Baron’s right
Must be wrong
I've sat in it for so long!
 
 The butler will pour for him the first glass of wine
 And by the time
 The dishes reach me, they’ll be cold!
 
 The tutor had that place of honor yesterday
 That made perfect sense
 For four long years, he’d been away
 But to continue this affront is more than I can bear
 This is so unfair
 How I'll miss that noble chair!
 
My noble chair and I
Must say 'Goodbye'
It can't be right
When I've been so wronged!

He usurped my place of honor there
It was my chair!
Where I thought I belonged!

The Tutor caught on fast
He learned to play the game
I knew then that things could never stay the same

But to continue that affront
Is more than I can bear
Life is so unfair
How I'll miss that Noble Chair!
 
I will return to my humble home
I’d rather be first in the village
Than second in Rome


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Discombobulated

  featured singers: Liz Colandene, Ian Charles & David Merrill
featured musicians: Paul Bell (bass)    Andy Hamburger (drums)  Will Allen (trumpet)
    music and lyrics by:  Steven W Rodgers        
                          Dame pluche
Camille’s not to blame
 
                          Baron
What?   Are you insane?
 
                          Dame Pluche
Nothing’s in worse taste
Than taking boat trips down the river
She has an obligation
To protect her reputation
Your future daughter
Mustn’t risk herself on open water!
 
It’s best to stay
Far away
From dangerous pursuits
 
                          Baron
Really madam
What could happen?
You’re nothing but a poor, contemptible
Misguided nincompoop!

                          Blazius

My lord it’s been reported
The priest’s words are distorted
He drank wine for hours
Then he trampled on the flowers!
 
                          Baron
This report’s absurd
 
                          Blazius
I give you my word! 
He drank a dozen bottles and what’s more
His speech was slurred
 
                          Baron
 My brain is reeling
 Lord, how I'm  feeling
 My ideas are all discombobulated
 This important day
 Has somehow gone astray
 
                         Pluche and Blazius
And yet we’re here to rectify
Your problems, if you’ll let us try….   
                              
                         Father Bridaine
My lord, a word with you
                                                                                                                Baron
Oh good Lord, not you, too!
 
                         Father Bridaine
Your son is flirting with the peasants
 
                          Baron
What?!  That can’t be true!
 
                          Father Bridaine
I’m absolutely sure
 
                          Dame pPuche
Seems highly immature!
 
                          Father Bridaine
He played “duck,  duck,  goose” with them
A strange way to seduce them!
 
                           All
 My (his) brain is reeling
 Such anguish I’m (he’s) feeling
 My (his) ideas are discombobulated
 
                          Baron
It’s all absurd!
 
                          Father Bridaine
You can take my word!
 
                          Baron
A lawyer cannot flirt with peasants
 
                          Dame Pluche
Take back all the wedding presents!
 
                          Blazius
He once was elated

                          All
Now he’s agitated
He’s a discombobulated man!

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 Here to Stay

featured singer:  Ian Charles
featured musicians: Paul Bell (guitar)    Erin Snedecor (cello)
    music and lyrics by:  Steven W Rodgers        
                    
                               
                      Antoine
I have no dagger in my heart
And I won't cry when we're apart
You must stop believin'
Everyone's thinkin' of you

There's no call to be so vain
And I'm not calling out your name
So you best get it clear
That not everyone's in love with you
 
I don't wanna waste my time
Only to find that I'm not pleasin' you
Or your not pleasin' me

Now, don't think you've caught my eye
But no matter how hard I try
I just can't get you out of my mind
And you may be here to stay

Some things just aren't meant to be
And only God Almighty can see
That I can't get you out of my mind
So I guess you're here to stay



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