The Jungle Book

This version of The Jungle Book was originally written for a professional company who staged the show with just 6 adults and 6 children. The production ran for 50 performances at The Bryanston Arts Centre and The Gardner Arts Centre in 1995/6. However, companies wanting to use a much larger cast can do so: there is plenty of chorus work for the wolves and the monkeys, and no fewer than 22 speaking parts. The show was recently staged by a school with over 150 children! This adaptation follows the story of Mowgli, who is brought up by a pack of wolves, and is taught the laws of the jungle by his dear friend, Baloo the bear. A particular feature of the show is the audience participation, but the strong plot is not ignored and the element of danger is never far away: Shere Khan has made a vow that he will kill the man-cub before he grows up and The Chief Monkey threatens to eat Mowgli for breakfast for refusing to explain the mystery of fire to him! Minimum cast size (with most cast members playing several parts): 6 adults and 6 children. But the show works very well with a larger cast. Number of individual speaking parts: 22 Suitable for: Professional companies; Amateur companies; Schools Running time: Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes A backing CD of this show is...

Pinocchio

Pinocchio is a circus musical to rival “Barnum!” It was first performed at The Bryanston Arts Centre and The Gardner Arts Centre in 1996 by a cast of 5 actors/actresses and a small circus troupe. It ran for 50 performances. The story follows the fortunes of the lovable toy maker, Geppetto, whose puppet, Pinocchio, comes to life only to be abducted by the wily Mr Fox and sold on to Fire-Eater, the flamboyant but cruel circus leader. When Pinocchio finally escapes from the circus and is reunited with Geppetto, the two heroes embark upon the perilous task of rescuing Fire-Eater’s daughter and the other circus performers who live in daily fear of their leader. Minimum cast size: 5 + a circus troupe, some of whom need to be children. Number of individual speaking parts: 6 and 2 children – but this show can work really well with a much larger cast. Suitable for: Professional companies; Amateur companies; Schools Running time: Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes A backing CD of this show is...

Oh Rats!

Oh Rats! is a musical adaptation of Robert Browning’s much loved poem, “The Pied Piper of Hamelin”. It is through-composed (no spoken words) and is similar in format to “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in that it makes use of many different musical styles; in this case from Rapping to the Charleston! It was first produced with a cast of 254 and is ideal for companies wanting to incorporate large numbers in the chorus, making this show a firm favourite with schools and amateur groups. It’s fun, funny and fast-moving. Minimum cast size: About 20, but the more the better! Number of individual speaking/singing parts: 5 – but the Narrator’s part could easily be shared by any number of Narrators, providing lots of opportunities for the whole company. Suitable for: Amateur companies; Schools Running time: Approx. 1 hour 15 minutes A backing CD of this show is...

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel was first performed by the repertory company at The Palace Theatre, Westcliff, in 1993/4. It was commissioned for a cast of just 7 and makes an ideal Christmas show for a professional company. Hansel and Gretel, cast out of their home on Christmas morning by their cruel stepmother, are lured to the Witch’s cottage by the Troll. It is Gretel’s quick thinking which enables both children to escape, but only back into the forest where more dangers await them. The show is lighthearted, fast-moving and funny, and contains plenty of audience participation. At the same time it has an important message about the dangers of taking sweets from strangers. Minimum cast size: 7 (2 cast members are required to “double”.) Number of individual speaking parts: 9 Suitable for: Professional companies; Amateur companies Running time: Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes A backing CD of this show is not...

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland was first produced at The Grand Opera House (York) in 1989 and has enjoyed over 2,000 performances since, making this adaptation one of the most successful versions of Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s story ever written. It can be staged with just 8 actors/actresses (that involves most of the cast playing 3 or 4 characters), but it does lend itself equally well to much larger companies; in fact there are no fewer than 24 speaking and singing parts. This adaptation draws out all the humour and magic of the original story and creates an exciting and challenging musical, ideal for professional companies as well as schools. Audience involvement and participation is a particular feature in this show! It was first performed at The Bryanston Arts Centre and The Gardner Arts Centre from November 1993 to January 1994 and ran for 53 performances. Minimum cast size (with most of the cast playing several parts): 8 But the show works very well with a much larger cast. Number of individual speaking parts: 24 Suitable for: Professional Companies;  Amateur Companies;  Schools Running time: Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes A backing CD of this show is...