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You can read a summary of the different scenes from our concert here.

THE INHERITANCE OF A YOUNG MILLER

Following the death of his father, a young miller is kicked out of his home, penniless, famished, and with just this one bequest: a paunchy old cat. Immediately he thinks he’ll eat it to stay alive. But this is no ordinary cat – it talks! And by dint of eloquence and skullduggery, he convinces our young miller that he can make him rich. “You’ll be the Marquis of Carabas!” And so the miller gets him what he asks for: a hat, a bag…and boots. Puss-in-Boots has to hurry, because the miller will run out of patience at sundown…

THE DAILY STROLL OF THE KING AND PRINCESS

Not really understanding, the young miller, with two rabbits under his arm, follows Puss in Boots to the neighborhood castle: they bump into the king and princess taking their daily stroll. And all it needs is a few smartly turned phrases from the cat for the king to be captivated by the alleged Marquis of Carabas. This new neighbor, it seems, has replaced the ogre in the chateau next door. But the princess remains unconvinced…

THE MARQUIS OF CARABAS GOES UNDER

The king and his daughter carry on with their walk. Puss-in-Boots asks the miller to undress and pretend he’s drowning. When the king sees what’s happening, he rises to the bait. The king goes so far as to lend his finest suit of clothes to the Marquis de Carabas, who by way of thanks invites him to dinner.

WHOM DO THESE LANDS BELONG TO?

Time is of the essence; the miller must now convince the area residents that the surrounding lands and fields belong to none other than the great Marquis of Carabas.

PUSS IN BOOTS CONFRONTS THE OGRE

While this is going on, at the chateau of the neighboring ogre, Puss-in-Boots attempts the impossible: he seeks to persuade this dreadful figure to make way for him…and turn over his chateau!

THE SUN SETS ON LOVE

The miller is worried to see the king and the princess show up so quickly, he not being ready to welcome them to the ogre’s chateau. But our Puss-in-Boots has pulled it off: The ogre is defeated. Long live the Marquis of Carabas! The princess immediately falls in love with him, and the King happily grants him his daughter’s hand in marriage.

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