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Linda Britt — Author

Posted on Dec 2, 2017 in Authors, Women Playwrights/Composers

LINDA BRITT is a Maine playwright who has had plays produced on both coasts. Recent works include “What If…”, “I Smile, Of Course, and Go On Drinking Tea,” and “Chosen: Adoption Stories,” along with her ten-minute play “If Only in My Dreams”. Her current project is a series of monologs focusing on immigration.   PLAYS AUTHORED: Mrs. Smith Goes To Washington I Smile, Of Course, And Go On Drinking Tea What If… Chosen: Adoption Stories Attic Memories Billionaire Vegans (MUSICAL) Let Me Count The Ways (MUSICAL) Skeleton In The School (YOUTH MUSICAL) Book, Sledgehammer, Fencepost (SHORT) Thanksgiving (SHORT) The Girl In The Mirror (SHORT) If Only In My Dreams (10 min) Who Then Will Speak For The Common Good? (10...

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Mrs. Smith Goes To Washington — One Woman Play

Posted on Dec 2, 2017 in Latest, New Releases, One Person Shows, Plays, Women Playwrights/Composers

An Evening with Senator Margaret Chase Smith by Linda Britt (Perfect for professional, amateur and educational production.) This wonderful  show is all about Maine’s long-time Representative and Senator.  A powerful, funny, timely take on politics in a polarized era.  Senator Margaret Chase Smith, a woman of firsts, from her election to both houses of Congress, to speaking out against Joe McCarthy, to her nomination for President at a national convention, comes back when we need her most.   PLAY DETAILS 1 simple setting — an office 1 semi-contemporary costume 70 minute ORDER #3043 PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of 1/2 of the script is available: MrsSmith Goes PERUSAL REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account), EMAIL us. CDs...

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Robin Hood: Legend of the Sherwood Bandit — play with songs

Posted on Nov 24, 2017 in Family Audiences, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Seniors in Cast

Book & Lyrics by Ed Farnsworth Music by Anthony Buck (Perfect for Community Theatres, Youth Theatres, High School and College/University theatre departments)   This tale of Robin Hood is told to the audience by a band of medieval troubadours, led by the character playing Alan-a-Dale, and centers on the evolution of Robin Hood from a playful noble to a selfless hero.  Instrumental in this transformation is Maid Marian, a childhood friend who expects a different type of nobility from Robin than he is initially willing to uphold.  Robin is surrounded by his traditional band including Will Scarlet, Little John, and Friar Tuck, and is opposed by Prince John, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and Sir Guy of Gisbourne.  But it takes more than just the expected characters to effect a change in Sir Robin of Locksley.  Legend of the Sherwood...

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Harley Marshall — author

Posted on Nov 9, 2017 in Authors

Harley Marshall has a long list of theater credits, stretching from the Midwest to Off-Broadway and Maine. He was nominated for Best Actor by the Kansas City theater critics, and was co-founder of a critically acclaimed avant-garde theater there. He created the Asner Showcase and directed its namesake, Ed Asner, in the first production; spearheaded the renovation of an abandoned stable in Kansas City into a performance center; and wrote and performed three one-man shows. In the past year, Marshall has written two comedies and a drama: Murray and Juliet or All’s Swell That Ends Swell, and Sammy’s The Greatest College Bar in the History of Mankind. His latest script, Billy Goes to War premiered in August of 2017. Marshall is a member of The Daytime Players, a troupe of senior actors, directors and playwrights.   Plays Authored Billy...

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Billy Goes To War — a Play to End All Wars

Posted on Nov 9, 2017 in Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast

a play by Harley Marshall (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community and High School productions) A PLAY TO END ALL WARS! (ARE ALL WARS THIS WEIRD?!) Billy Bunders is the luckiest or unluckiest boy who ever lived. From his birth, on the 4th of July 1900, in Kansas––the son of a German immigrant––Billy survives catastrophic event after catastrophic event: The War to End All Wars; World War II; even the presence of The Korean Conflict, horrifies him; as did the Spanish-American War that haunted his father and affected Billy second-hand. With pointed pathos and barbed politicism, “Billy Goes To War” becomes an intensely involving history lesson as seen through Billy’s eyes and lived through Billy’s actions and with his point of view: “War is …weird!” Dark humor permeates this unsettling play for these darkening times. A small cast makes this...

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Deen Ferrell — Author

Posted on Oct 2, 2017 in Authors

It all started when… Deen Ferrell  began writing in Junior High, where he wrote his first “novel,” which consisted of 59 hand-written pages about a time-traveling antagonist who has psychic abilities. He continued to churn out songs, poems, and story treatments through High School. At Brigham Young University, where he studied film, he won several awards for his plays, and had one THE ARCHER WHO WENT I KNOW NOT WHERE TO FETCH I KNOW NOT WHAT toured across the western states to over 30 performances. His other play CINNAMON STICK was also produced.  His senior film project, “More Bull than Dozer,” which he wrote and art-directed, was selected as the Western Region Finalist by the Academy of Motion Picture and Television Sciences, and competed in Los Angeles for a Student Academy Awards. “Cryptic Spaces” is his first published series,...

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An Allagash Haunting: The Story of Emile Camile — play with songs

Posted on Sep 21, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Family Audiences, Musicals

by Tim Caverly and Barbara Howe Hogan A play with songs adapted from Tim Caverly’s book “An Allagash Haunting” The woods of Northern Maine are full of a rich history and the tales that go with that history. Lumberjacks, small communities, fishermen, hunters, the Spirits of the forest – and the Spirits of those who were taken from their beloved land too soon, populate this play based on Tim Caverly’s novel, “An Allagash Haunting”. This play with music recreates life in the not-so-long-ago lumber camps of the 1920s––specifically Churchill Dam––the story centering around Emile Camile, who died in a logging accident in 1925. When a family goes camping, the family based on Caverly’s own, the children do not merely enjoy the Maine Woods, but become witness to some of it’s stranger stories, becoming a part of its history and...

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Challenging Athena — TYA

Posted on Sep 20, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Family Audiences, Latest, New Releases, NHTP Young People's Playscripts, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Genevieve Aichele (for Professional, College/University, Community TYA groups) A whimsical journey through Greek mythology with story theatre, music, movement, and puppetry! And it all begins with a bet between Arachne and Athena over who is the best weaver — of stories! A New Hampshire Theatre Project Young People’s Playscript.   PLAY DETAILS: 5f +ensemble of 24m 9f 11either (all ensemble characters may be played by performers of either gender) Arachne Goddess Athena Calliope (Muse of Music) Clio (Muse of History) Terpsichore (Muse of Dance) Plus the following ensemble players (doubling not essential if you have a large group): Phaeton, Epaphus, Cygnus, Apollo, Zeus, Sun Hawk, Odysseus, Eurylochus, Warriors (3 or more), Circe, Hermes, Midas Golden, Danae, Perseus, Danae’s Father, Soothsayer, Island People, Evil King, Perky Everlasting, Marygold, The Voice, Hermes, Orpheus, Eurydice, Hades, Charon, Cerberus, Persephone, Shades, Hunters...

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One Night With Fanny Brice — The New York Cast CD

Posted on Sep 16, 2017 in Cast Albums & Demo CDs / DVDs

by Chip Deffaa THE NEW YORK CAST ALBUM CD starring Mary Cantoni Johnson Fanny Brice worked her way up from singing on street corners for pennies as a kid, to burlesque, to Broadway… to becoming America’s highest-paid singing comedienne. She fell for a dashing confidence man, Nicky Arnstein–and when she introduced her immortal “My Man,” the whole country knew she was singing about him. The show was originally produced Off-Broadway in New York at St. Luke’s Theater; it has subsequently been revived twice in New York by The 13th Street Repertory Company. It has been equally well-received in productions at the American Century Theater, Arlington, Virginia; the Rosen Theater, Wayne, New Jersey; and at the Phoenix Stage, Naugatuck, Connecticut. It will be produced next at the Open-Eye Theater, Margaretville, New York. Everyone loves a good rags-to-riches story. DEMO CUTS...

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The Scarlet Letter — a play

Posted on Sep 15, 2017 in Award Winners, Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays, Women Playwrights/Composers

Adapted for the stage from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel by Jenifer Nii (For Professional, College/University, and Community theaters.) Evil, sin, nature, a scarlet letter, a punishing scaffold. Adulteress Hester Prynne must wear a scarlet A on her chest as a constant reminder of her shame. Her illegitimate daughter is truly the Pearl purchased at great price. Her lover remains unidentified and is wracked with guilt.  Her husband seeks revenge. Highly theatrical, this play uses only four characters to completely capture the center of the story of inequality, prejudice, judgment. Nominated for the 2012 American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best New American Play Produced Outside New York. PLAY DETAILS 75 minutes 2f 2m Hester Prynne, late 20s. Wearer of the scarlet letter. Arthur Dimmesdale, perhaps a bit older than Hester. The town man of God. Roger Chillingworth, older than...

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SUFFRAGE — a play

Posted on Sep 14, 2017 in Award Winners, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays, Women Playwrights/Composers

a play by Jenifer Nii (For Professional, Educational and Amateur theaters.) SUFFRAGE is an exploration of late 1800s Utah, the second territory in the Union, by 1870, to grant women the right to vote. Wyoming had previously granted that right in 1869. That right was stripped 12 years later when suffrage became a whip for Washington politicians who wanted to end polygamy. The two issues became entwined in a strange, more-than-a-little-malicious way. During the two decades portrayed in the play, Utah women found themselves being called upon to stand strong on two equally threatening fronts. And they did. The story of Ruth and Frances, conveys a bit of what women—particularly polygamous women—faced. The attack was on their way of life, which in so many ways must have felt like an attack on their God and family. The overhanging threat...

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Storm Boy – A Devastating Tale of Brotherhood, Love, and Loyalty

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 in Family Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Religious Titles

a play with music by Steve Eaton Evans with Tim Laycock (Perfect for all theatres, professional, amateur and educational.) One of the finest true stories to come out of the lives of the Life Boat Crews in the southwest corner of England: Lynmouth in Devon. Set in 1899, the play is inspired by the famous “Overland Launch” of the Lynmouth Life Boat, which was dragged in a terrible storm by its crew for 14 miles over Exmoor to launch at the more sheltered Porlock Weir. This award-winning play has a variety of lively and sombre songs, from haunting sea chanties to Exmoor folk songs–mixed in with original tunes, that punctuate the comic and tragic moments of this inspiring story. Twin brothers, Alfie and William Teale, have grown up wanting nothing more than to become lifeboat men. As they near...

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MY LIFE: The Musical — a musical

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Family Audiences, Musicals, Women Playwrights/Composers

By Angela and Andrew Scullin PERFECT FOR AMATEUR THEATRES, YOUTH THEATRE GROUPS AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS When emotion gets to be too much…burst into song! A celebration of all things Musical Theatre. What could be better than living in a world where everyone punctuates even the most mundane activity with a song? Tony Anthony is an average New Yorker but he is stuck in a musical. At first he is blissfully unaware of the supporting cast who provide the musical enhancement. As his suspicions grow, the chorus does what they can to keep the secret and it is only when the self-important choreographer breaks the action that Tony realizes what is really going on. Tony feels that he can’t trust anyone ever again, especially his new love, Jennifer. Is she for real or was she sticking to the script? Tony...

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5 Children & It — The Musical

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Classics, Family Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Angela and Andrew Scullin This musical is inspired by the enchanting book by E. Nesbit  (Perfect for Educational, Community, Church and Youth groups) “A Psammead, a Sand Fairy, a wish granter extraordinaire!” A group of children travel from London to stay in the country and naturally, they start to explore. They discover a Psammead in a nearby gravel pit and the strange little creature promises to grant their daily wishes. Can they wish for something that does not end in disaster? NEW and straight from the U.K.! PLAY DETAILS: 10 Male, 8 Female, 10 Either (Doubling recommended) Imaginative indoor and outdoor settings Period Edwardian, or Contemporary costumes ORDER #3208 Available for licensing immediately. Rehearsal/Performance materials will be available in October 2017. PERUSAL MATERIALS PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of 1/2 of the script is available: SOON DEMO SONGS:  mp3...

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Jennifer Reck — Author

Posted on Sep 4, 2017 in Authors, Women Playwrights/Composers

Photo soon Jennifer Reck has had plays produced for the Maine Playwrights Festival, PortFringe, and the Crowbait Club.  The Little Mermaid’s Little Sister, her first full-length production, was commissioned  and produced by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in collaboration with A Company of Girls, and premiered in April 2017. PLAYS AUTHORED The Little Mermaid’s Little...

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Cinderella’s Miss-Adventures — TYA

Posted on Sep 4, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, CTHR Playscripts, Family Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Women Playwrights/Composers

a delightful TWIST by Alexandra Grace Gaver (For Professional, Educational an Amateur. Tours well) Gather around young princes and princesses, for the story of Cinderella… but this isn’t the fairy tale you remember! Due to a fairy godmother mix up, Cinderella’s magical trip to the ball does not go as planned. Join one of your favorite princesses as she helps her friends (with some assistance from the audience) get their Happily Ever After and make it home before midnight. An exciting and interactive show that’s great for boys and girls of all ages. The twists and updates to this classic will have your audiences in stitches, and yet learning all about themselves at the same time.  A Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads Playscript. This play has a slight restriction on its performance. The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads is...

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The Not-So-Scary Nightmare Adventure — TYA

Posted on Sep 4, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, CTHR Playscripts, Family Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Alexandra Grace Gaver This thrilling new play follows Bri, a young tooth fairy on the adventure of a lifetime. Desperate to prove herself, she starts off on a daring quest to save the world from bad dreams. Bri’s quest takes her from the home of the Boogeyman, to the kingdom of trolls, even all the way to the moon! As with all quests, by their vary nature, Bri learns things she did not know––about herself and the world around her. This wacky, heartfelt show is extremely interactive and a hit with children and adults alike! A Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads Playscript. This play has a slight restriction on its performance. The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads is the only company that many perform the play in the following cities in Virginia: Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport...

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Freedom Song — A Story of Hope — TYA

Posted on Sep 4, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, CTHR Playscripts, Family Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Alexandra Grace Gaver “Freedom Song — A Story Of Hope” takes a young, present-day student, Anne, on a journey through time with her guide, the incomparable Harriet Tubman. As her history unfolds around her, Anne discovers just a few of the different challenges and many triumphs of African-Americans, and meets a variety of individuals, including Ellen and William Craft and Martin Luther King, Jr. Join Anne on a journey through African-American history: the immense challenges, vital contributions, and unwavering courage. This play is educational, interactive and engagingly moving; a witty and exciting script to entertain and inspire both children and adults! A Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads Playscript. This play has a slight restriction on its performance. The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads is the only company that many perform the play in the following cities in Virginia: Virginia Beach,...

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Alexandra Grace Gaver — Author

Posted on Sep 4, 2017 in Authors, Women Playwrights/Composers

Alexandra Grace Gaver studied theater at the University of Virginia and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with a focus in Shakespeare. She is a co-founder and current board member of The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads and is currently attending the William & Mary Law School.       PLAYS AUTHORED: Freedom Song — A Story of Hope (a CTHR Playscripts title) Cinderella’s Miss-Adventures (a CTHR Playscripts title) The Not-So-Scary Nightmare Adventure (a CTHR Playscripts title) Visit The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads at...

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Coming Home: A Christmas Story — Musical

Posted on Aug 24, 2017 in Christmas Shows, Coming Soon, Family Audiences, Musicals, Premiere Musicals, Religious Titles

Book & Lyrics by George G. King Music & Lyrics by C. Michael Perry (Perfect for Professional, Community, College/University, and Church groups.) On the night of the great blizzard of 1953 a young couple find their way to the Herstoller Hotel, a mountain inn. She is pregnant. Their car has broken down just outside. They are looking for a room. The innkeeper’s wife is leaving; she has had it. As her husband enters they begin to air their personal laundry in front of these young strangers. But a busload of entertainers is on their way, and though the inn is all booked up––the beds aren’t made, yet! The wife leaves. The young couple is turned away. The daughter of the innkeeper, and her boyfriend, arrive. The innkeeper’s wife re-enters with the young couple in tow, and she needs a...

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Jenifer Nii — Author

Posted on Aug 16, 2017 in Authors, Women Playwrights/Composers

Jenifer Nii has had five plays produced at Plan-B Theatre Company. They include THE SCARLET LETTER and SUFFRAGE, which garnered back-to-back nominations for the American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best New American Play Produced Outside New York, and RUFF! a play for young audiences. THE WEIRD PLAY will premier at Plan-B in 2018. PLAYS PUBLISHED: RUFF! The Scarlet Letter...

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RUFF! by Jenifer Nii — TYA

Posted on Aug 16, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Jenifer Nii (For grades K-3 performed by Teens through Adults for Child Audiences) RUFF! is a metaphorical “tail” of two shelter dogs – Axel and Buddy. Together they discover what’s possible when dogs and their people learn to see past stereotypes and summon the courage to be the best they can be. It explores the issues of self-confidence, prejudice, and overcoming fear. RUFF! received its world premiere in 2015 as part of Plan-B’s third annual Free Elementary School Tour. A Plan-B Theatre Company Play PLAY DETAILS Anthropomorphic costumes, or simple suggestion Simple setting About 35 minutes 1M1F ORDER #3203 Available now! COMMENTS: FROM THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS WHO SAW THE PLAN-B TOUR “On many levels RUFF! gave us discussion topics. One tiny reference to making the dogs’ experiences apply to humans caused my students to do just...

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The Little Mermaid’s Little Sister — TYA

Posted on Aug 10, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Jennifer L. Reck (Perfect for any professional, amateur or educational group performing for children or young people.) The Little Mermaid gives up her voice to become human for the Prince, but the Prince wants to be a fish. Nothing makes sense on land or sea until the Little Mermaid’s Little Sister takes on the Sea Witch to make things right. Along the way she is helped by her sea dog, Finn, held hostage by a mischievous swarm of eels, and plays a friendly game of Hearts. PLAY DETAILS 8 females, 4 males, 1 either The Little Mermaid: A teenage mermaid ready to risk it all to become human for a human who wants to become a fish The Little Mermaid’s Little Sister: A wily girl with a strong sense of how to look out for herself and those...

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A Playwright’s Potential to Excellence — August 10, 2017

Posted on Aug 10, 2017 in PLC BLOG

Apply this to you, the Playwright (Composer, Lyricist) and to each of your characters. It sort of goes along with what I wrote last time, but since humans have been talking about this for at least 2000 years, I thought it would be good to mention it again. “Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore give yourself FULLY to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character [yours and those in your play] through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. Remain steadfast…and one day you will build something that endures; something worthy of your potential.” –Epectitus, Roman teacher and philosopher — 55-135 AD I think Epectitus should have been a playwrighting teacher. This advice is perfect for creating characters in your plays and musicals...

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Why Do You Write For The Theatre? — July 27, 2017

Posted on Jul 28, 2017 in PLC BLOG

Why do you write for the theatre? A Playwright, a Lyricist, a Composer? What gets you up in the morning to begin? What keeps you up at night, because the words or melodies in your head won’t leave you alone? What can interrupt any moment of any day, just so you can jot something down? Why won’t they leave you alone? What have you done to insure that you will always want to write? Can you define why you write? What drives you? If you can you will be on the road to a long and satisfying career, whether amateur or professional––or somewhere in-between. If you cannot, then don’t bother. Dedication and commitment are the two things that are necessary for any writer, let alone a writer of theatre. (Or should that be a ‘wrighter’ of theatre?) Your answers...

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Conflict — July 20, 2017

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 in PLC BLOG

You know — many playwrights struggle over conflict. Some even wonder if they can do without it. Some think it is fine, but how do they use it? Some don’t like conflict, so they try to avoid it. Others prefer to just let their characters talk things out. In just trying to decide if you want, need or should write conflict, you have proven that conflict is essential and inherent in every story, in every relationship, in every thought process. You cannot do without conflict. Every scene, every ‘moment’ must have some level of conflict in it; some relationship to the story of the play. If we look at the acting system distilled from the Stella Adler school of acting, we come up with: Objectives, Obstacles, Tactics. (Which, of course, is based in The Method of another great acting...

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The Zenith Escape — a short musical TYA

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 in Award Winners, Child/Youth Audiences, Family Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights/Composers

by David Crespy Music and Lyrics by Meg Phillips Crespy (Perfect for TYA companies with Professional, Amateur, College/University or High School aged actors.) In this madcap interactive children’s musical comedy, Hank & Cici Hunter are two kids sucked into the mysterious land beyond the TV screen: Zenith! Unless they save their Mom from the evil game show host, Neato Keen and his henchmen, the Couch Potatoes, they’ll be turned into couch potatoes themselves! Many opportunities for the audience to be coached into the action onstage through Creative Drama techniques. PLAY DETAILS Either 6 actors: 2m, 2f, 2either OR 7 actors: 2m, 2f, 3either HANK HUNTER — overweight ten-year-old boy CICI HUNTER — his sister, bespectacled and undernourished eleven-year-old girl MOM — their mother COUCH POTATO 1– a Creature of Zenith COUCH POTATO 2– a Creature of Zenith NEATO KEEN —...

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The Saga of Sasquatch C’lone

Posted on May 25, 2017 in Family Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Premiere Musicals

Doc Holliday’s Electronic Medicine Show (or The Battle of the Bottles) Book by Jon Robert Howe Lyrics by C. Michael Perry & Jon Robert Howe Music by C. Michael Perry Two competing Medicine Shows: “Doc Holliday’s Electronic Medicine Show” vs. “Slickery Q. Slidey’s Toilet Water Tableaux”. They both sell Sasquatch C’lone, which they both claim to manufacture from a secret recipe. Doc sells bottle after bottle. Slickery sells … well, less than that, at least not at Doc’s price. Slickery is jealous, too jealous, because he is, after all, the bottler of all the C’lone ever made. He just can’t sell much of it to anyone but Doc, because Doc has the machine to distribute it: The Buckskin-Talky-Picture-In-A-Box, broadcast on the Saddle-light Broadcasting System, to cabins and fine homes across Pioneer America. Doc suspects something as Slickery carefully hides...

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Character Arc What and Why – May 25, 2017

Posted on May 25, 2017 in PLC BLOG

What is a Character Arc and Why is it necessary? A Character Arc is the journey that a character takes through his or her life in the play. It encompasses backstory, yes, but it’s biggest focus is what happens to the character during the course of their two hours on stage, and maybe secondarily, what their future might hold after the play ends. I believe each character has an arc. Others would disagree. Some arcs are huge, covering a lot of ups and downs, plenty of emotional shifts, wide changes in behavior and/or thought. Others may have very little movement; but no character is entirely static. If you have a completely static character, why have them in the play at all? Their interruptions, distractions – conflicts with others – might best be handed by another character. Each character has...

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PINOCCHIO — A FAMILY MUSICAL

Posted on May 24, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Christmas Shows, Family Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

A Family Musical Book and Lyrics by Max C. Golightly Music by Neil K. Newell  (Suitable for performance by large cast Community, University/College, High School and Youth Theatre) Inside each of us is a child–a little frightened, a bit unsure, wanting very much to find somewhere, someone to love. This is the story of a bond between a lonely woodcarver and a little wooden marionette who wanted so much to be a real boy. Through this story we learn that dreams are necessary–that love and belief are keys that open the doors to happiness. A new and delightful adaptation of Collodi’s classic. “A Broadway Quality Musical!”   A wonderful feature of this script is that it has two endings for TWO different times of the year. There is a Christmas Ending (the original ending), but there is also an...

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The Sideshow — Concept CD

Posted on May 23, 2017 in Cast Albums & Demo CDs / DVDs

a musical about young people (and the grown-ups who teach them) by Mark Ogden WHAT ABOUT JOE AVERAGE? WHERE DOES HE FIT IN? Perfect show for Middle Schools, Junior Highs, High Schools and Youth Groups using age-appropriate casting,  or for College & University, Community and Professional Groups where older actors can play the younger roles, or casting can be age-appropriate. Joel Barker, looking back on his childhood, when he was just Joe Average, interacts with the memories of his past. Younger Joey was competent, fun, and talented in ways that don’t regularly stand out. His father was the principal of The Institute for Gifted Children, and after a divorce, young Joey goes to live with his dad and go to school there. He meets the other kids of varying ages, who are all genius at something. He doesn’t fit...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (edited)

Posted on May 16, 2017 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Religious Titles, Shakespeare Plays

by William Shakespeare Adapted by C. Michael Perry Shakespeare’s delightful comic romp of highborn, lowborn, Faerie, Human, magic, common sense, and sheer hilarity has been edited to under 2 hours as well as including an original Elizabethan-type music score set to Shakespeare’s lyrics. It is not a musical, any more that the original play was during Shakespeare’s time — but it does have songs in it.  Perfect for High School and College Theatre Departments, and Youth Theatre Groups. PLAY DETAILS 13M   8W + fairies, attendants Doubling possible 3 major locations — Court, Forest, Faerie Glen Playing time is about 1 hour and 50 minutes Order #3200 PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File available MSND PERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of the play along with all background information.) EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us...

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Julius Caesar: A Confederate Conspiracy

Posted on May 16, 2017 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Religious Titles, Shakespeare Plays

by William Shakespeare Adapted by C. Michael Perry Shakespeare’s tragedy of political intrigue set in the South of the American Civil War. The lines of the Bard have been edited, not rewritten. Think of the parallels between the South of the Confederacy and the falling Roman Empire–the upper-class driven government, the overwhelming slave issue, the unpopular yet popular military effort, the plots and ploys concerning political power. For these reasons the play has been set during the Civil War. No dialog has been changed to accommodate this, but the play has been shortened and edited for archaic language. One song, SHENANDOAH, has been inserted as sung by Lucius in the tent, accompanied by his guitar. Perfect for High School and College Theatre Departments, and Youth Theatre Groups.   PLAY DETAILS 32M 9F + extras Doubling possible Six settings Playing...

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Christmas On The Blue — A New Musical for Christmas

Posted on May 12, 2017 in Christmas Shows, Latest, New Releases, Premiere Musicals, Women Playwrights/Composers

Licensed by Hansen-Perry Productions to Leicester Bay Theatricals Book by Elizabeth Hansen Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry PERFECT FOR PROFESSIONAL, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY, AND COMMUNITY GROUPS TO PERFORM DURING THE HOLIDAYS. Christmas Eve in 1943. The war still rages in Europe and the Pacific, as, outside of Cleveland, Ohio, WCCR, a small radio station, struggles to survive not only the worst blizzard in 100 years, but with the fact that it’s pretty near broke. “Christmas On The Blue” centers around Doris Irving, the woman who runs the station, who has not heard anything about her MIA husband, Morris, since July of 1943. Suspecting the worst, she may be forced to close the station as WCCR, a member of the “Blue Network”, (which has struggled since its separation from NBC) has lost nearly all of its advertising to stations still...

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Winterblum — A New Musical

Posted on May 10, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Family Audiences, Premiere Musicals

Book, Music & Lyrics by Mark Ogden  (Perfect for Professional, University/College, Community, High School,  Youth groups, TYA) An older youth must have freedom. He or She, depending on which version you choose, is ready to leave Foster Parents and find the origins that he/she has left behind, and head to a land that is no longer filled with light. A past that has been kept hidden out of fear is what is waiting to be discovered by the questing youth. But so many things stand in the way of the quest, including the leader of this forgotten land who has magical powers. But there are many things besides memories that need to be awakened in our hero or heroine. A musical as FROZEN as the recent film delight! This is available now for PREMIERE production. And you get to...

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