The Casket Girls

A GOTHIC ROCK VAMPIRE BALLET

Music and video excerpts from Act 2.

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1. CATHERINE RETURNS

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Nearly a century has passed since the events in the attic of the convent left Catherine husband Jean, dead.

Traveling alone in a self-inflicted exile, she returns to the cemetery in New Orleans for the first time to pay her respects to Jean. Little does she know, visitors are watching her every move...


2. VOODOO CLAN

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Her isolation vanishes when a Vodoo clan, led by the charismatic Mother Ava May, enters the graveyard and begins to dance and worship.

3. CONNECTION

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Catherine feels a true sense of belonging with the Voodoo Clan, and imagines a life where she could be included and welcomed. She feels a spiritual connection to Mother, and an emotional one to her beautiful, young apprentice Séraphine.

4. ENTER LUCIEN

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Lucien and his posse arrive – not to break up the Voodoo clan ritual, but they show their disrespect for it. Mother Ava May knows Lucien is seeking more power, and is not to be trusted. Yet she is benevolent and welcoming.

5. RETREAT

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Catherine senses Lucien has darker motives, and is also a vampire. She quickly changes how she feels about her connection to the clan and to Mother. She must keep moving and retreat to her life of isolation.

6. KINDRED SPIRITS

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At the convent, Séraphine has followed her, and implores her to come back with her. Catherine sees a version of herself that she could have been… and vows to do whatever it takes so Séraphine can have the mortal life she wanted.

7. TRANCE DANCE

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Catherine decides she will stay and help Mother Ava May protect her flock. They dance, and she goes “further” into the Voodoo world - led into a trance-like state by Mother. During her “state” – she reveals her vampire nature- but Mother is not alarmed. As if she already knew…

8. NEED ME, HEED ME

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Lucien returns… and his group interacts with the Voodoo clan. Catherine doesn’t want anything to destroy this idyllic new life. Lucien feigns friendship, he wants them to “perform” and be a part of a large Mardi Gras party at his estate. His plan is to assemble all the influential people of the city, blend these cultures, and appear as a natural future leader.

9. LES IMMORTELS

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Lucien pursues Catherine alone – they dance – here he reveals that he knows Catherine is a vampire, because so is he. He want complete dominance over New Orleans, vampires as ruthless leaders of the city. He wants to vanquish any mortals and voodoo queens that stand in his way. Either Catherine can join him at his side – or he will destroy all she loves. She moves away from him in horror – they are now enemies.

10. BETRAYAL

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Séraphine sees Catherine and Lucien dancing, although doesn’t understand what’s really happening. She feels betrayed or tricked by Catherine. Lucien plays with this – now dancing with Séraphine, entrancing her - and delivers the vampire bite.

11. MOTHER TO DUST

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Mother can sense trouble is afoot, and performs a special circle spiritual ceremony. Lucien crosses the line, and just as Catherine arrives to warn Mother, inflicts a fatal blow.

12. THE LOCALS RIDE AGAIN

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Catherine finds Lucien and crew and appears to vow her cooperation. She will lead the voodoo clan at the Mardi Gras party, a trap for all where Lucien (and now she) can unleash their power. She's buying time to prepare another plan...

13. A WAY FORWARD

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Catherine feels failure, and this new life that seemed so close, is now far away. But – the spirt of Mother comes to her - encourages her to see it through – make a new plan…

14. WELCOME TO THE BALL

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The Mardi Gras party at Lucien’s mansion. Dancing, and intrigue, as Lucien and his crew wait to unleash their vampire violence on all – with Catherine by his side.

15. SPELLBOUND

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Using her new found voodoo spirit, Catherine helps weave a dreamy atmosphere where the party goers - and Lucien – lose track of time as they’re all dancing and reveling and having their own trance-like experiences. Catherine lulls Séraphine into a trance as well, and hides her from the rest of the group.

16. THIS ENDS TONIGHT

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The trance is removed, Lucien stands with Catherine to address the assembled guests. Catherine holds him close - a performance for the crowd – a kiss, an embrace, but really it’s so she can hold him while she opens the curtains of the huge window behind them… and the rising sun pours through.

17. SACRIFICE

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Séraphine awakens and finds the aftermath. She understands the sacrifice Catherine has made. With the spirits of Mother and Catherine overlooking and guiding her, she knows that she is a vampire, but she is also the new voodoo queen. She will embrace both natures.