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...

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...

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, Treasure Island, has been a favourite with children as well as adults for several generations. There have been many stage adaptations of this story, each one offering a slightly different approach. This musical adaptation combines humour and some audience participation with a powerful and, at times, quite frightening story. I think the balance works well. The original production was staged at the Gardner Arts Centre in Brighton with a cast of 7 adults, 1 child (Jim) and a chorus of 6 teenagers. It ran for 45 performances from December 2001 to January 2002 and played to over 14,500 people. If you ignore the suggested “doubling” the show offers considerable scope for companies wanting to use a larger cast as there are 11 speaking parts and plenty of opportunities for chorus work with the pirates and sailors. Minimum cast size (with 3 cast members ‘doubling’): 8 + plus a chorus of sailors and pirates. However, the musical works very well with a much larger cast as there is plenty for the sailors and pirates to do. Number of individual speaking parts: 11 Suitable for: Amateur companies; Schools Running time: Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes A backing CD of this show is...

The Rock Shop

The Rock Shop is a ridiculous, outrageous romp which explores the highly improbable antics of a Dentist and his son, a Grocer and his son and a Council Worker and her daughter.  It was first staged in 2000 with a cast of over 250 and has enjoyed many revivals since.  It’s saucy and stupid – but great fun! Minimum cast size: Well, you need a large cast for this one!  At least 30! Number of individual speaking parts: 12 Suitable for: Amateur companies; Schools Running time: Approx. 2 hours A backing CD of this show is...