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Enchanted April: a musical

 

Book and Lyrics by Elizabeth Hansen

Music, Lyrics and arrangements by C. Michael Perry

based on the novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim

Appearing here under license from Hansen-Perry Productions.

(For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups. RIGHTS CURRENTLY RESTRICTED[slightly — please inquire if you are interested in this show.]) Leicester Bay Theatricals is acting as AGENT for this musical. It is not considered a PUBLISHED musical, but one that is “in-process”. You will actually be negotiating the rights with the authors themselves, as we at LBT will be referring you to them.)

London, 1922.

It’s a rainy, miserable, dreary day in London and LOTTY WILKINS, a dowdy woman of about 30, is miserable and dreary in it. Longing for a respite from the rain, Lotty finds refuge in her women’s club where she happens upon an ad in the “Agony Column” of the London Times that reads: “To Those who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine. San Salvatore, a small medieval Italian castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let furnished for the month of April.” Lotty longs to be basking in wisteria and sunshine and leave her drab life and tedious husband behind, if only for a month.

Lotty befriends ROSE ARBUTHNOT, a rigid, reserved and sad sort of woman also in her 30s, who yearns for a rest from her stifling duties and distant husband as much as Lotty. But they can’t possibly afford the castle by themselves, so they advertise for companions to share the expense. They find two other ladies: MRS. FISHER a formidable and disapproving woman in her 60s, who can’t possibly be pleased by anything or anyone; and LADY CAROLINE DESTER, a stunner of a woman, lost in the complexities of a changing world and it’s equally changing morés.

The four women agree to rent the castle for a month of blissful privacy. But, instead of bliss, San Salvatore offers stifling heat, suffocating wisteria, and annoying housemates. Except for Lotty, who embraces the beauty and magic immediately, and blooms from the mousey housewife, into a radiant, confident “seer of all things.” Wanting to share this “tub of love” she writes and invites her husband, MELLERSH, an ambitious solicitor, who eventually finds himself charmed, not only by “this place,” but by his wife.

Meanwhile, Rose is tormented by San Salvatore’s beauty, for it only reminds her of the rift between her and her husband, FREDERICK, a middle-aged writer of dirty books. She yearns for the love she used to have before she distanced herself from him after the loss of their only child. While on a book tour, Fredrick serendipitously arrives at San Salvatore to visit Lady Caroline, not even aware that Rose is at the castle.

Amid the blossoms of fragrant wisteria, the hazy heat and sensuous silence, Lotty innocently and lovingly guides each lady through and past their loveless lives to rediscover their hearts as Rose reunites with the husband she adores; Mrs. Fisher embraces the present, along with the love and kindness it affords, and lets go of her past; and Lady Caroline finds a soulmate who sees her for what she finally admits she is: a spoilt, sour, suspicious and selfish spinster, and loves her despite it.

In just a month, one short Enchanted April, the lives and hearts of four women are transfigured by wisteria…sunshine…and a small medieval castle.

The show is about the redemptive power of love and friendship; of believing in the people around us to be able to better their lives through introspection and through the confidence of our belief that they can be happier than they are.


DETAILS:

  •  CAST: 5W 3M
  • LOTTY WILKINS – (early 30s) – in the beginning is a mousey, dowdy, though, becoming woman who is a “seer” of things. She is candid, sincere and guileless, so much so that it both intrigues, charms and annoys. It’s her yearning for a respite from her dreary and loveless life that propels her toward the enchanted April where she blossoms into the confident, strong, desirable woman hidden beneath.ROSE ARBUTHNOT – (mid-30s) – is a rigid, reserved and sad sort of woman constrained by restrictions and duties. She and her husband, whom she is unable to approach, have grown apart since the death of their only child. She longs for a bit of beauty in her life, a rest from her self-imposed obligations.

    MRS. FISHER – (60s) – is a forthright and solid woman ensconced in a world of dark dusty old things and who is on the verge of being a “dusty old thing” herself. She does not “suffer fools gladly” and is intolerant of impertinence, idiocy and youth, and pines for a place she can sit and forget.

    LADY CAROLINE DESTER – (late 20s) – a ravishing, yet melancholy beauty who has sustained her despondency with liquor and men, and only the liquor does she embrace. She is tired of her station, her life, her parents, her…everything and aches for a place she can ponder the existential questions facing her.

    MELLERSH WILIKINS – (mid to late 30s) – is a handsome, distinguished an overbearing solicitor. Used to commanding his wife in all things, he has long since discounted her as a lost cause and had found an acceptable state of tolerance. Meticulous in his appearance and ambitious in nature, success and partnership is what he wants.

    FREDERICK ARBUTHNOT – (early 40s) – is an amiable man hovering on the precipice of middle-age. With a slight paunch and kind face, he is confused by his current relationship with Rose and a bit baffled by her and her “causes.” A successful author of lurid novels, Frederick misses his wife…the wife he remembers from their youth and wonders if she will ever return to him.

    THOMAS BRIGGS – (early 30s) – is a respectable-looking, bespectacled, solitary man. Wealthy, but unassuming, is smitten with Rose upon their first meeting. Assuming she is a war-widow, he wishes for the family and home he’s never had, and sees that possibility in Rose.

    FRANCESCA – (50s) – is San Salvatore’s housekeeper and cook. Long-suffering with visitors to Italy, she does her best to feed and understand these odd English people.

 

  • Unit setting representing several interiors and exteriors, both in England and Italy
  • 1920’s period costumes
  • Running Time — 2:15
  • Order #1001

The rights are available on a slightly restricted basis and the restriction varies per region. Please apply well in advance of any intended production.


REVIEWS

“It was absolutely worth the experience—the story got my mind thinking about the 1920’s and how the experience of the Enchanted April female characters translates to contemporary women in the 2010’s.” —Katie Sullivan Porter, Utah Theatre Bloggers

“Elizabeth Hansen said she wanted to write a show that was beautifully simple and lyrical. With the help of C. Michael Perry, who wrote and directed the music, she succeeded.” —Heather Jones, Backstage Utah

“One of my favorite songs in the show, which is altogether too short is “Solicitors Wife”. It reminds me a bit of “Hymn to Him” from My Fair Lady in tone—a song that shows a very limited point of view and is ripe with sexism, but in a way that the audience knows how very misguided the singer is being. It’s a very clever song, perfectly illustrating Mellersh’s character and I wanted more!” —Kara Henry, Front Row Reviewers Utah

Mellersh…transforms himself, while still keeping the essence of his original character. This is something I was quite impressed with throughout the production, and I praise director Elizabeth Hansen for. It’s not easy to have nearly every one of the characters go through that much of a transformation while not having them seem too different to have it out of bounds for the character. As the writer and the director, Hansen hit this balance well.” —Kara Henry, Front Row Reviewers Utah

“Hansen’s book was quite good too. There were so many unexpectedly funny moments in a show that could have been dowdy and slow.  Overall, I felt this was a solid, solid show and certainly worth seeing.” —Kara Henry, Front Row Reviewers Utah

“Grab a Friend and Go Celebrate the Power of Friendship and Love!” —Kara Henry, Front Row Reviewers Utah


PERUSAL MATERIALS

  • The PERUSAL PAGES file is in PDF format and contains the first 25 pages — EnchantedAprilPERUSALPAGES 
  • Demo Songs: (new recordings, some from the studio and some from live performances)

#2 — Endless Rain:

  #3 — Just Think:

 #4b — Everything Was Changed:

#8 — The Journey (from a live performance):

#9 — In Dreams:

#14 — I Wish:

#20 — Show Me The View:

#21 — This Feeling:

#27 — It’s This Place (from a live performance):

#29 — Finale:

 

(You are also able to listen to ALL these files (and more) at at the official new website: www.enchantedaprilamusical.com)

 

  • EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.

PURCHASE REHEARSAL MATERIALS:

EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.

(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 be mailed to a snail mail address. Do not purchase rehearsal materials or pay for royalties until you have performance clearance.) Again, the properties listed below [except for the Demo CD] will be a part of the negotiation with any interested Producer.

  • Demo CD — Order # 1001f : $10.00 rental (includes media mail shipping and needs to be returned within 15 days)

  • Script in PDF format — Order #1001a : $30.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)
  • Vocal Book in PDF format — Order #1001b : $20.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)
  • Piano-Vocal Score in PDF format — Order #1001c : $35.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)
  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #1001d : Royalty terms quoted on application (Slightly Restricted. Contact for details.)
  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #1001e : Royalty terms quoted on application (Slightly Restricted. Contact for details.)
  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application
  • LBTlicenseapp to download a PDF version of the Performance License Application. (There is also a copy of the application in the Catalog.)
  • Orchestrations — Order #1001h– $300.00 : will include: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Piano, Violin, Viola, Double Bass.

PRODUCTIONS:

  • Staged Readings — Covey Center, Provo & Hale Center Theatre, West Valley CityJuly 2014
  • The Covey Center for the Arts, in Provo — 2013 (Production Photos in PDF [EnchantedAprilCoveyPhotos])
  • Weber State University (Workshop reading ) — 2007
  • Utah Valley University (Workshop Production) — 2006

Banner from the Covey Center production, 2013

 

 


BILLING CREDITS

The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:

Enchanted April
A Musical

Book and Lyrics by
Elizabeth Hansen

Music and Lyrics by
C. Michael Perry

(based on the novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim)

NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play. (In a press release all type, will of course, be the same size.)

ALSO:

THIS NOTICE MUST APPEAR IN ALL PROGRAMS, ON ALL POSTERS AND PUBLICITY MATERIALS AND INTERNET ADVERTISING/WEBPAGES FOR THE PLAY:
Enchanted April: A Musical is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT, www.leicesterbaytheatricals.com”


 

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