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Little Women — a musical

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in Coming Soon, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Musicals, Women Playwrights and Composers

Book and Lyrics by R. Rex Stephenson Music by Emily Rose Tucker   UNDER CONSTRUCTION   PLAY DETAILS: Order#...

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The Cricket On The Hearth — Staged Radio Play

Posted on Aug 22, 2018 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Classics, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast, Women Playwrights and Composers

Adapted from the Charles Dickens story by R. Rex Stephenson & Jody D. Brown (For performance by any amateur, educational or professional theatre group.) Dickens’ heartwarming Christmas tribute brings a genial spirit into the festivities as Mr. Tackleton, much like Ebeneezer Scrooge, is changed through the course of the story, into a better person. With great plot points of suspense, intrigue, and mistaken identity along the way, this brisk adaptation allows the audience/listener to wonder if it will turn out all right. Published in 1845, this story of love at Christmastime, the tale of John and Dot Peerybingle, Caleb and Bertha Plummer, May Fielding and––well, that would be spoiling it––has long been a popular ‘sequel’ to Dickens’ holiday favorite, “A Christmas Carol,” originally published in 1843. This show is a great alternative for those tired of seeing the endless...

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Patricia Mew — Author

Posted on May 23, 2018 in Authors, Women Playwrights and Composers

Patricia Mew’s short plays have been produced at the Maine Playwrights Festival (2012, 2013, 2014), PortFringe (2015, 2016), and King of Crows II (2014), all in Portland, ME. Her play All the Wrong Moves was produced at the 2018 New Works Festival, the Long and Short of It in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Her play Cock Fight won Best Play at the Crowbait Death Match in October 2013. Edna and Furber was a semi-finalist in Little Black Dress INK’s 2015 Female Playwrights ONSTAGE project. She has also had her plays produced at Keene State College, Keene, NH; Smith College, Northampton, MA; and Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA. She lives in South Portland, ME where she is a member of Playwrights’ Circle.     SHORT PLAYS: ALL THE WRONG MOVES (published by Leicester Bay Theatricals) COCK FIGHT EDNA and FURBER HE TOUCHED...

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All The Wrong Moves — a ten minute play

Posted on May 23, 2018 in Ten Minute Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Patricia Mew For production by Professionals, Amateurs, Colleges/Universities and High Schools. Two millennial couples meeting at a restaurant for an evening out encounter difficulties communicating with one another, producing hilarious results. The physicality of this 10 minute play is reminiscent of Samuel Beckett’s only slightly longer, “Act Without Words”; but this show is funny!   PLAY DETAILS: 2m 2f 1either 1 interior About 10 minutes Contemporary costumes Order #3148 Now available! PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: AllTheWrongMovesPERUSAL REHEARSAL MATERIALS Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us. 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 will...

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Merry Gentlemen — a play inspired by “A Christmas Carol”

Posted on Feb 22, 2018 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Sheila Rinear Tired of the same old Christmas Carol? This may be exactly what you are looking for! (Perfect for Professional, Community, College/University and High School production.) Merry Gentlemen is a full-length play heavily inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Ben Dickens lost his wife, Isabelle, in a car crash on Christmas Eve. That was seven years ago. Since then Ben has focused only on his job, forcing his teenage son, Tim, to fend for himself. Isabelle appears to both her husband and son urging them to reach out to each other and mend their relationship…and it needs to happen by this soon-to-arrive Christmas when her Spirit must depart from their sphere for eternity. In this full-length play, Ben and Tim Dickens’ paths mystically cross those of various characters who lead Ben and Tim out of their bleak,...

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The Skeleton In The School — An Elementary Musical

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Elementary School Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Short Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

Book & Lyrics by Linda Britt Music by Colin Britt When four students at the Richard Scarry School in Lewburn, Maine, (location can be changed) discover a skeleton in the boiler room, rumors fly. Is it a former janitor? Is it their old principal, who retired (or so they thought)? Is it the teacher no one liked? And should they even tell anyone? After all, the boiler room is off limits to students, so if they tell, won’t they get in trouble? Will the truth about the skeleton ever come out? Produce this delightful short musical for your school or youth group at Halloween, or any time of the year! It’s easy to cast and stage with 5th and 6th Grade students and only 5 songs. No huge dramatic structure, just a simple premise, and your students will be...

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Who’s Running The School – an Elementary Musical

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Elementary School Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights and Composers

Book & Lyrics by Linda Britt Music by Colin Britt The premise is simple: What if you came to school and couldn’t find your teachers? Not a single one! Would you go home? Demand to be the Teacher? Bully your way through it all? Do anything you want to, without the teachers in the way? Would chaos ensue? The answer: Yes! A fun show that gives young performers a great chance to sing six songs, and dance, without the threat of playing a character they are not familiar with, as they may simply play themselves. No huge dramatic structure, just a simple premise, and your students will be feeling good about themselves and their friends as they tackle this fun little show. A great introduction to theatre and performing! PLAY DETAILS: At least 8 girls and 6 boys, the...

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Mirrors and Memories — play

Posted on Dec 22, 2017 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, Monologs, New Releases, Seniors in Cast, Short Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

a two act play by Linda Britt (An evening of five short plays inspired by the paintings of Norman Rockwell) (Perfect for Professional, Amateur, College/University groups) A somewhat contemporary take on Americans and American life, inspired by five classic Norman Rockwell paintings: “Girl At The Mirror”, “Thanksgiving”, “Playbill”, “The Interloper”, and “Attic Memories”. The playwright has an uncanny knack for seeing inside the people in the paintings and pulling out contemporary issues, struggles, and observations, that could very well have been in the mind of the painting’s subjects, and which most certainly live today in our minds, as well as being from the mind, brush and heart of one of America’s greatest artists. These five short plays are alternately funny, touching and truthful, in an emotional sense, and serve to remind us of the good things that make us...

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Chosen: Stories On Adoption — play

Posted on Dec 19, 2017 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, Monologs, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast, Women Playwrights and Composers

a two act play by Linda Britt (Perfect for Professional, Amateur, College/University groups) What would you do if you found out at age 45 that you were adopted? If you found yourself pregnant and alone at age 19? What if being a dad had been a dream of yours since childhood, but circumstances prevented it? What happens when adoptees meet birth parents? “Chosen: Stories on Adoption” features 23 monologues about adoption, sensitively told from the perspectives of adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, foster families, and more. There might be a couple of monologues that may be over the heads of the children. They may remain unused. PLAY DETAILS 15f 10m (Doubling of roles is possible. The show has been done with as few as 17 performers. Really creative casting could reduce that number further.) Contemporary costumes Props used About...

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Linda Britt — Author

Posted on Dec 2, 2017 in Authors, Women Playwrights and 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,” “Mirrors and Memories,” and “Chosen: Stories On Adoption,” along with her ten-minute play “If Only in My Dreams”. She has also written two musicals for students in Elementary Grades, “The Skeleton In The School” and “Who’s Running The School?” Her current project is a series of monologs focusing on immigration.         PLAYS AUTHORED: American Dreams: Immigration Stories Mrs. Smith Goes To Washington I Smile, Of Course, And Go On Drinking Tea Chosen: Stories On Adoption Mirrors and Memories: Five short plays inspired by the paintings of Norman Rockwell What If… Billionaire Vegans (MUSICAL) Let Me Count The Ways (MUSICAL) The Skeleton In The School (CHILDREN’S MUSICAL) Who’s Running...

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Mrs. Smith Goes To Washington — One Woman Play

Posted on Dec 2, 2017 in Latest, Monologs, New Releases, One Person Shows, Plays, Senior Theatre, Seniors in Cast, Women Playwrights and 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 The KINDLE ebook is available below for perusal purposes REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us...

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

Posted on Sep 21, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Elementary School Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Musicals, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Barbara Howe Hogan and Tim Caverly 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 rich...

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Challenging Athena — TYA

Posted on Sep 20, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, NHTP Young People's Playscripts, Women Playwrights and 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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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 and 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 and 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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Five Children and It — The Musical

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

by Angela and Andrew Scullin This musical is inspired by the enchanting book by E. Nesbit, who also authored the classic, “THE RAILWAY CHILDREN”  (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. PERUSAL MATERIALS PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of 1/2 of the script is available: SOON SONG LIST:  mp3...

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Jennifer Reck — Author

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

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 and Youth Audiences, CTHR Playscripts, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Women Playwrights and 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 and Youth Audiences, CTHR Playscripts, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Women Playwrights and 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 and Youth Audiences, CTHR Playscripts, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights and 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 and 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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Jenifer Nii — Author

Posted on Aug 16, 2017 in Authors, Women Playwrights and 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 and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays, Women Playwrights and 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 and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Women Playwrights and 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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The Zenith Escape — a short musical TYA

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 in Award Winners, Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights and 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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Christmas On The Blue — A New Musical for Christmas

Posted on May 12, 2017 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Hansen-Perry Productions, Latest, New Releases, Premiere Musicals, Women Playwrights and 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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Toad! — A “Wind In The Willows” Musical

Posted on May 3, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Beverly Warner, Mimi Bean & Wes Wright (Perfect for Colleges/Universities, Community Groups, Children’s and Youth Theatres, High Schools, and Professional Theatres that can handle 15 characters + chorus) A lively and sprightly version of Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind In The Willows”.  This adaptation is packed with fast-paced, non-stop action from lights up to lights down. All of the wonderful characters are waiting for you in this Broadway style adaptation: Mr. Toad, Ratty, Moley, Badger and a delightful story of reckless abandon. The dialogue is witty and the script is cleverly devised to portray the foolishness of the self-centered, egotistical Mr. Toad and his warmhearted, well-meaning friends. Great opportunity for the use of creative animal makeup and costumes! Plenty of chances for good, exciting choreography. PLUS a well hidden yet, discernible moral is entertainingly presented. A first class score!...

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The Wind in the Willows — Short Musical

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Classics, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights and Composers

Book, Music and Lyrics by Meg Phillips Crespy Suitable for Professional, Amateur and Educational theatres for Children and Youth, TYA Written in melodrama style — in keeping with may of the theatricals of the period in which the original novel was written and the story set — the script encourages audience participation. It chronicles the adventures of Toad and his friends with a fast-moving storyline, lots of humor, and a nod to Kenneth Grahame’s beautiful prose. Although the primary audience is children, the script also contains references for adults, in the vein of the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons.   PLAY DETAILS 1M, 4 actors of either gender. Several fluid settings. Running Time: 40 mins Order # 3195 Available! REVIEWS and COMMENTS: SOON PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File available WITW PERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of...

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Before Nevermore: A Poe Adventure — Short Musical

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights and Composers

Book, Music and Lyrics by Meg Phillips Crespy Suitable for Professional, Amateur and Educational theatres for Children and Youth, TYA BEFORE NEVERMORE is a mashup of Poe tales including The Gold Bug, The Purloined Letter and The Pit & The Pendulum, with references to others. Aided by a raven named, Nevermind, Poe investigates a mysterious paper that was found in a bottle, creating history’s first detective fiction along the way. With a dash of audience participation, a bumbling villainous duo, jokes for young and old, and four delightful songs, this show points to many of the masterworks created by Edgar Allan Poe, and gives a humorous look into the process of how a story is discovered. The SFX clips are included with the rental of the script/show, but they should still be ordered below PLAY DETAILS 1M, 1F and...

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EUntitled — a short play

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 in New Releases, Religious Titles, Short Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Kristen Ellis Giles A male a female fetus — twins — are preparing to be born. They learn and grow inside the womb. They become human. But they are not born; not given a choice in their own future. They are not even allowed to struggle for themselves as they might have been able to breathe their first breath of air. This play is for all the Entitled and Untitled children in the world.   PLAY DETAILS Cast of 2 (1male-1female) Simple space setting Contemporary costumes About 40 minutes Order # 3171 Now Available! REVIEWS and COMMENTS: SOON PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File available EUntitledPERUSAL (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 anticipated performance dates and the address of...

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Lifelines — A Play

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Sheila Lynch Rinear Perfect for High Schools, Youth Theatres, Colleges/Universities, Community, Church and Professional theatres. Lifelines is the story of a grief counselor (Nell Hennessey) who has a reputation as an expert in helping others get through the pain of losing loved ones to suicide. Her assumed expertise lies in the fact that she herself has lost a brother to suicide. But when Nell recognizes her own signs of depression and that she is merely handing out platitudes and text book answers to her hurting patients’ quests for help and peace, Nell must decide to seek help herself. By working with some sincere and relentless teens who push the counselor with deep and searing questions, Nell realizes that she still has to go through the pain of her own loss in order to be effective in helping others....

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Jes Marbacher

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 in Authors, Women Playwrights and Composers

Jes Marbacher is a writing and communications professional and freelance theater artist working in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She first came to NHTP through an artists in residence program more than 15 years ago. Jes performed with New Hampshire Theatre Project’s Youth Repertory Company for many years and served as a technical intern before earning a degree in English from Colgate University in 2013. Following graduation, Jes returned to the seacoast and to NHTP. In addition to her work with New Hampshire Theatre Project, Jes now works in market research and moonlights as a stand-up comedian. Her original script about the women’s suffragist movement, Well-Behaved Women, written for NHTP’s Junior Repertory Company, premiered in April 2016 and is now published by Leicester Bay Theatricals. PLAYS Authored Well-Behaved...

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Well-Behaved Women — A Play for TYA

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, NHTP Young People's Playscripts, Plays, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Jes Marbacher (TYA, Children’s Theatre, Amateur, Professional, Educational) From the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, and the launch of the women’s right’s movement, women worked tirelessly for their right to vote. After 72 long years the 19th Amendment was passed, and women were legally allowed to cast their ballots for the first time in the 1920 election. This movement spans decades and involves many women. Playwright Jes Marbacher deftly crafts a work in two Acts, the first focusing in on Susan B. Anthony’s attempt to vote and subsequent arrest in 1872, and the second on Alice Paul and the suffragettes of the 1910’s. Women’s suffrage was a complex issue for a lot of people and students of today have a hard time wrapping their heads around why. Even more difficult to understand is why many of these issues...

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Sheila Rinear — playwright

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 in Authors, Women Playwrights and Composers

Sheila Rinear is a San Antonio-based, award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and teacher. Her work has been commissioned, developed and produced throughout the United States but especially in Texas where The Playhouse San Antonio, The Classic Theatre, and The Overtime Theatre have been her artistic homes. Commissioned six times in the past 8 years by the City of San Antonio to produce performance pieces for Luminaria, Rinear has also taught theatre for many years in NEISD San Antonio and Playwriting at Trinity University, as well as serving The Dramatists Guild as Regional Rep for Austin-San Antonio. ALSO VISIT HER WEBSITE: HERE Plays listed with Leicester Bay: A Day Without Palestine — A one-act Counter Intelligence — a one-act The Ransom Note (or Sweet Lily’s Peril) — a melodrama with songs Lifelines — a full-length Merry Gentlemen  Other plays: (some of these...

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Counter Intelligence — One-Act

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 in Latest, New Releases, Short Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Sheila Lynch Rinear (Perfect for College/University, Community, Church, High School and Professional Groups.) A Brooklyn diner’s business has fallen off in the days following 9/11. When a customer implies that the “Saudi Arabian-American student who works behind the counter might be the cause, the student counters with a very personal “pledge of allegiance.” Sheila was inspired and supported in writing the play because of the visually emotional effect that 9/11 had on the students of her school district; she calls it “a monstrous violation on the young people of the world. These young citizens seem to want to reclaim the world in the name of peace. I believe the character of Zan, (the Saudi-Arabian/American student), knows how to start the reclamation process.” This is a beautiful play about viewing the God of all the nations of the Earth...

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