Herbert Hoover High School
Presents . . .
Cyranose! the Musical!
As the lights come up on Panther City, modern-day Fort Worth converts to the dusty, bedraggled cowtown it was in 1876. To the sounds of the opening number—Lasso A Dream—the dreamers who built Fort Worth invite those of us who love it today to come learn about its yesterday.
We meet many real characters from Fort Worth’s colorful past and a few more besides. Becky Daggett is the heart of the town, fighting to keep it alive even as the railroad backs out on plans to come in—a sure death sentence. John Cowart, a reporter from Dallas, is interested in a story about Fort Worth. He’s heard it’s so sleepy a panther was seen drowsing on Main Street. But he’s growing interested in Becky as well. In Borderline, she shows what keeps her hoping against all odds.
Local residents such as B.B. Paddock, editor of Fort Worth’s first newspaper, and K.M. Van Zandt, who founded the first bank, take time to educate John on the rivalry between Fort Worth and Dallas. Their feelings? Aptly summed up in the song’s title—To Hell With Dallas!
The dream that Becky Daggett dreams seems out of reach for some of Fort Worth’s citizens. Gabe and Glory, two freed slaves, and their friend, Antonio, sing out their frustration in Freedom Doesn’t Mean Your Free.