Daniel Gryphus The Musical


Estos videitos caseros, grabados por los autores, han sido creados con el ánimo de ilustrar de alguna manera las canciones  del musical; por lo que no siempre representan fielmente el tema de ellas, por ello se ha colocado un resumen explicativo en la parte superior  de cada video. Las conaciones están en orden cronológico según aparecen en la obra. 


Las cumbres de los Andes de la región peruana del Cañón del Colca sirven como escenario a esta historia. En esas montañas atemporales, donde las culturas Incaica y Española colisionan a veces, otras en cambio se  mezclan y  funden, sucede algo prodigioso, el Príncipe de los Andes, el ave excepcional tan esperada por 500 años no solo por los cóndores  sino por todas las especies de la fauna andina, llega.  'HANAN PACHA' sirve como música de fondo para muchas escenas de este musical de teatro. 


Kachitu Gryphus es un joven, apuesto y arrogante cóndor que se gana la vida como aviador acrobático en la Cruz del Cóndor. Estaba corriendo para tomar vuelo y encontrarse con su novia Matilda cuando se cruza con la bella, esbelta y tímida Asiri, quien acepta su invitación a cenar. Ambos se deleitan de manjar hallado mientras conversan sobre la cocina costeña peruana. Cerca de ellos se encuentran los gemelos Oscar y Augusto, dos magníficos ejemplares de los  buitres conocidos como Cóndores de la selva, los cuales intentan por todos los medios "meterle diente" a la sabrosa carroña. 


Chick first makes his appearance at the edge of the Andean cliffs when Asiri, his mother, lays a giant blue egg. His father, Kachitu, is upset because the egg looks nothing like the egg of a "pure Andean condor." He attempts to convince Asiri to roll the egg over the cliff so that they will not become the laughingstock of the condor community. Asiri threatens to take the egg and go to her mother's home if Kachitu continues to rant about the egg. Kachitu says he will keep the egg under one condition: the High Priest Condorcaca "must come and certify that the egg is a NORMAL Andean egg."


Daniel hatches a month after all the other condor baby chicks in the peaks of the Andes in the Colca Canyon have hatched. Kachitu decides to call his son 'Chick' until "he is old enough to choose his own name." Little does his father suspect the great things that Chick Gryphus is destined to do.

               Tiny albino condor
               Descending from royalty
               Today, you’re a ball of feathers
               Tomorrow, Your Majesty


On his first day at school, before the lesson starts, Amauta, the teacher, makes the boys line up and sing the Condorian national anthem.

          Sacred condor of the Andes, angel full of might
           Navigator of the heavens, sorcerer of flight
           From Columbia to Peru we clean this territory
           What is rotten we remove
           We bring light to the Andes


Throughout the musical, Chick has to endure the taunts of his classmates, who pick on him because of his white coloring, his undersized body and his funny name. His own father constantly complains that he looks like "something from the North Pole." Only Asiri, his mother, understands and defends him. 'DESOLATION' is background music that can be heard towards the end of Act I after Chick has left his condor community for the solitude of a treetop in a human village.


While talking with W'achi, Chick laments his albino coloring, which has made him a laughingstock and an unwilling outcast.

I wanna be black
Not white but black
f I were black I would blend in the crowd
If I were black I would make my dad proud


Not only is Chick Gryphus born albino, he is much smaller than the rest of his classmates. Rejected by both his father and the condor community, Daniel decides to plunge full speed down the mountains into a village. There, he befriends W'achi, an Andean boy who consoles Chick by telling him that there is someone who always cares about him.


W'achi not only helps Chick Gryphus to learn how to fly and enjoy life, he helps Chick pick out his new name - Daniel - after they talk about W'achi's hero, Daniel Boone. Without their families knowing it, the characters develop a deep friendship that will help them both survive the challenges they face ahead. 'W'ACHI' is background music that is woven throughout the entertaining and touching scenes between boy and bird.


W'achi instructs his feathered friend how to swim, advising him that the skill may be useful to know. Daniel is not easily convinced that he needs to learn how to swim. During their conversation, W'achi teaches Daniel a phrase that both friends will use when times get hard: ohwashywashylashyyay.

               W'ACHI: C’mon, Daniel, it’s your turn to swim. Take the plunge! Ohwashywashylashyyay!
               DANIEL: What does that mean?
               W’ACHI: Dunno exactly. I just know it’s something good and that it makes you stronger in times of trouble. My
                             grandpa Teco taught me how to say it. It’s from a forgotten language.


At school, Daniel and the young condors ask Amauta, their teacher, why humans and condors do not get along. Amauta states that the relationship between animals and men changed when men became hard-hearted. At this point, the narrator, Aunt Mery, explains to Nano, Esteban and Theo with a song about why it is so important for people to take care of "the hidden garden" in their hearts.
               AUNT MERY
               Inside our heart there’s a garden and an orquestra, too
               Inside us a concert’s playing yet the symphony is new
               This hidden garden has flowers, a colorful kaleidoscope
               We must water it with care but the weeds we cannot spare
               Let’s keep our garden growing


While hunting quail with Gonzalo, his father, W'achi breaks the news that he does not want to participate in his Warachicuy because the rules have changed and now the boys have to capture a live condor for another popular fiesta. W'achi says that capturing a condor, which is an endangered species, is both barbaric and cruel. His father becomes angry and tells his son that the condor is just another bird and that the custom of capturing condors is good for the local tourism trade.
               You just hunted a dozen quail
               How can you speak words so phoney?
               You say condors are sacred birds
               Well now, that is just baloney!
               A dozen quail we are going to eat
               But the condor’s not some parakeet
               It’s a symbol, it is a royal treat


Daniel and all the young condors prepare for their Malku Kuntur - a rite of passage in which the condors have to complete three challenging trials.  At the same time, W'achi and the Andean boys are preparing for the Warachicuy, their own rite of passage in which each boy will attempt to capture a condor feather. It is during these rites when the lives of all the condors and humans in the area become intertwined.
               CONDORS: It’s begun
               BOYS: The Warachicuy
               CONDORS: We’ll fly so high
               BOYS: And we’ll eat guinea pig


Daniel and his classmates are about to embark on the first part of their Malku Kuntur: they must nosedive into the Colca Canyon for at least 3 seconds. In the song 'Yes, I Can Soar,' Amauta, the condors' teacher, lifts up their spirits as they prepare themselves for the first of three dangerous challenges:
                    Sailing high in skies so towering and crystal clear
                     Above all selfishness I’ll soar the stratosphere
                     Darkness and fear are so far below me, it’s a new frontier


For his first test, Daniel Gryphus dives head first into the Colca Canyon with his wings tightly pressed against his body, reaching a speed of 198 kilometers per hour. Upon completing the flight, the High Priest Condorcaca announces that Daniel's dive lasted over 8 seconds: Daniel has set a new record! The jubilant crowd sings about Daniel's feat. Even Aunt Mery, the narrator, and the boys who accompany her join in the song:
               Long live the white condor  who scaled the bluff and jumped the precipice
               Long live Daniel Misty, you faced your fear and then you conquered it
               Now you have a name, a reputation and a destiny
               Like the white Aconcagua, your name is part of history


One of the tests requires the young condors to find a dead or injured animal and send notice to the condor judges; the condor with the largest find will be declared the winner of the test. Daniel sees a spectacled bear in a tree. He swoops down for a closer look and notices she is pregnant. Instead of warning the other condors, he befriends the bear and finds a way to save her.


While the young condors are furiously trying to complete the second part of their Malku Kuntur - they must find the largest dead or dying animal they possibly can in a 6 hour period of time - three hikers, Aldo, Esteban and Alfonso, trek into the region. They begin to argue about the "true" historical identity of the Peruvian people:
               Why do we always need to find our identity
               In achievements that date back to antiquity?
               We should take our pride in today's reality
               We were once an empire, those robbers took our gold!
               South America will not be disgraced or sold!


The third part of the Malku Kuntur is the most dangerous - the young condors have to steal a headband belonging to one of their human counterparts. This challenge becomes even more treacherous when the town's mayor, Don Leoncio Kelley, and W'achi's teacher, Luis, decide to use the condors the young men capture in an upcoming 'Yawar Fiesta' - a supersticious Andean custom in which a condor is tied to the back of a bull, which the locals bullfight. W'achi sings 'No More Y'awar Fiesta' as he desperately tries to stop the other boys from capturing Daniel Gryphus and his condor friends.
               What’s the purpose of a ritual or tradition
               If its purpose is affliction?
               My heart breaks at our condition
Daniel Gryphus The Musical