Tom and Huckleberry

Tom and Huckleberry is an ideal musical for schools and amateur companies as there are plenty of ensemble songs and no fewer than 23 individual speaking parts. The show was written by Mike Carter and John Lazenby in 1981 and has enjoyed considerable success ever since. The time is approximately 1850; the setting: St Petersburg, a small town basking upon the banks of the great Mississippi River. Tom lives with his Aunt Polly and his brother, Sid, in a small house overlooking the side-walk. It is summer, and Tom’s main preoccupation is playing truant from school, so he joins the homeless outcast, Huck Finn, along the banks of The Mississippi in search of adventure. It is on just such a quest that, one night in the graveyard, the two bays unwittingly witness a horrific murder that is to change their lives for ever. Minimum cast size 25. But the show works very well with a larger cast. Number of individual speaking parts: 23 Suitable for: Amateur companies; Schools Running time: Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes A backing CD of this show is...

The Wind in The Willows

The Wind in The Willows is one of the most popular children’s stories ever written and this musical adaptation captures the simple charm and magic of this enchanting story. Originally written for a professional company, the show can be staged with just six adult actors and six children, but there is considerable scope for those wishing to use a much larger cast. It was first produced at The Gardner Arts Centre in Brighton in 1985 where it ran for 40 performances and broke all previous box office records for a Christmas show there. It has enjoyed numerous productions throughout the UK, Europe and America since. The story follows the adventures of Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger. Toad’s obsession with motor cars, Rat’s river bank picnics, Mole’s adventures in the Wild Wood, and the eventual recapture of Toad Hall under the fatherly guidance of Badger are all included in this delightful musical, which concentrates as much on character as it does on plot. Minimum cast size (with some cast members doubling parts): 6 adults and 6 children. But this show works very well with a much larger cast. Number of individual speaking parts: 9 Suitable for: Professional companies; Amateur companies; Schools Running time: Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes A backing CD of this show is...

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen was first performed by the repertory company at The Palace Theatre, Westcliff, in 1992/3 and has enjoyed many successful performances since. It was commissioned for a cast of just 6 and makes an ideal Christmas show for a professional company. When Kay gets a piece of the Snow Queen’s magic mirror in his eye he starts to behave strangely, and when Gerda wakes one morning to find him gone, she puts on the red shoes that Kay had given to her as a present and sets out to find him. Her journey leads her to The Snow Queen’s kingdom where she discovers Kay locked in her ice cold palace. This enchanting show is full of magic and trickery, and contains plenty of audience participation. To be really successful it does require a stage with a trap door and space beneath it (or a stage with a false floor) and/or an inventive and imaginative director! Don’t be put off! Minimum cast size: 6 + 1 child or acting ASM. (Several cast members are required to “double”.) Number of individual speaking parts: 10 Suitable for: Professional companies; Amateur companies Running time: Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes A backing CD of this show is...

The Pilgrim’s Progress

The Pilgrim’s Progress is a musical adaptation of John Bunyan’s deeply spiritual story; it makes a sensational stage production or concert. The music is very demanding but accessible at the same time, and the adaptation is both challenging and daring. The show was first produced in the summer of 1998 with a cast of 280! So if you are looking for a through-composed musical (no spoken words) in the West End style, full of passion, humour and genuine theatricality, then try this! The story follows the fortunes of a young man, Christian, who leaves the City of Destruction in search of the Celestial City. His journey is one of self-discovery and his encouragements and adversities are vividly personified by the characters he meets. Minimum cast size: 12 (with some “doubling”). But the show works most effectively with a much larger cast. Number of individual speaking/singing parts: 23 Suitable for: Professional companies; Amateur companies; Schools Running time: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes A backing CD of this show is...

The Magnificent Dream Machine

The Magnificent Dream Machine is an original musical fantasy for children. It is ideal for use in schools or by amateur dramatic companies as the show incorporates a large cast and there are plenty of individual speaking parts. The story follows the adventures of three children who discover their eccentric uncle’s latest invention – a Dream Machine – and decide to experiment with it! The show is humorous, fast moving and funny, and deals with the subjects of good and evil in a refreshing and lighthearted way. Minimum cast size: about 25 (but the show works well with an even larger cast) Number of individual speaking parts: 16 Suitable for: Amateur companies; Schools Running time: Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes A backing CD of this show is...