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Trixie True, Teen Detective - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Trixie True, Teen Detective

Kelly Hamilton

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

4m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573681653

Book, Music and Lyrics by Kelly Hamilton
"A fine night of sly craziness." - A.P.

"A cleverly camp celebration of some of the greatest pulp fiction ever written (the Nancy Drew mystery series)." - N.Y. Daily News.

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Full Length Musical


Adventure, Theatre for Young Audiences, Mystery/Thriller, Period

90 minutes

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - The story takes place during the mid-1940's in the New York offices of Snood Publishing; and in the mythical town of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.


Special Effects

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes


Appropriate for all audiences


Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

Hack writer Joe Sneed has been ordered by his boss, Miss Snood, to grind out yet another mystery about Trixie True, "America's foremost amateur sleuth". Trixie, beloved of America's teens, is able to solve capers that baffle the F.B.I., and Joe is sick of her. So, he begins one last mystery-- which will finish off Trixie for good. The bulk of this clever show, then, becomes "The Mystery of the Tapping Shoes", in which Our Heroine is called on by the F.B.I. to break a Nazi spy ring. Turns out, the spy is Madame Olga, Trixie's tap dance teacher, who tries to blow up Trixie by planting a bomb in her tap shoes. When this fails, Olga puts Trixie in a submarine with a bomb and sets it on a course for the Statue of Liberty. At this point, Joe realizes he has to save Trixie to save his job, and his romantic chances with Miss Snood. Of course, he finds a way for Trixie to save herself. There isn't a theatre audience in America who wouldn't love this show!
"A fine night of sly craziness." - A.P.

"A cleverly camp celebration of some of the greatest pulp fiction ever written (the Nancy Drew mystery series)." - N.Y. Daily News.


4m, 4f


Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


First presented at the Lucille Lortel Theatre De Lys. Directed by Bill Gile.


No Chorus

JOE SNEED - a hard-boiled, rough-hewn, down-on-his-luck hack writer in his mid to late thirties.
MISS SNOOD/OLGA - Miss Snood is a brisk, efficient business tycoon in her early to mid-thirties. Stylish, tailored, she has something tof a Joan Crawford quality, and wears her hair tightly knotted in a snood. Madame Olga is a blonde, Germanic beauty in the height of her sensuality, a Marlene Deitrich type.
AL/WILHELM - Al is a snappy go-getter, Joe's office assistant. As Wilhelm, he is Olga's sinister military aide. Late 20's to early 30's.
TRIXIE TRUE - blonde, America's foremost amateur sleuth; pretty, perky, eighteen.
DICK DICKERSON - boyishly handsome, eighteen, captain of the football team.
LAVERNE - eighteen, a gangling tomboy, the more aggressive of Trixie's chums.
MAXINE - Plump, giggily, eighteen, reluctant when it comes to adventure.
BOBBY - eighteen, bright as a penny, energetic, a go-getter.
Rental Materials



Piano/Conductor Score
Reed (Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
Percussion (Vibraphone, Xylophone)
Bass Guitar/Banjo
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Philip Koufos 6/30/2014 6:53 PM
This is a terrific little musical with a catchy, tuneful score and is a real audience pleaser.  I saw it 25 years ago and can still remember the songs.  It only calls for 8 actors, but the clever plot within a plot gives the impression of a much larger show.  The sets can be as simple or fantastic as the budget allows, and there is plenty of room for invention.  This is also that rarest of things, a sophisticated, adult musical that is completely family friendly, with the universal appeal of "The Wizard of Oz."  This is a perfect show for a theater on a small budget hoping to attract large audiences. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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