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 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...