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Happy Prince, The (Dooley/Perkins) - Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

Happy Prince, The (Dooley/Perkins)

Oscar Wilde, David Perkins, Caroline Dooley

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Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

8m, 8f

ISBN: 9780573662379

Adaptation, Book, and Lyrics by Caroline Dooley and David Perkins 

"A bittersweet fable of... self-sacrifice, Oscar Wilde's fairy story is perhaps weighty stuff for a musical comedy. But in their adaptation, Caroline Dooley and David Perkins have mined the story for its moments of satirical humour and sincere humanity…

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Description

Full Length Musical

Dramatic Comedy

Theatre for Young Audiences

A touching musical based on the well-loved story by Oscar Wilde... The golden statue of the Happy Prince stands high above the city looking down on the misery and poverty beneath him. Desperate to bring hope and happiness to the poor people, he asks a swallow to distribute his gold and jewels to them. The generosity of the Happy Prince and the courage of the swallow help to overcome the greed of the powerful mayor and we are shown that the most precious things in life are often the least obvious.

The Happy Princehas been specially written for a large cast with a mixed range of agesand abilities making it suitable for schools, youth theatres or amateur groups. The 16 principal roles are augmented by much chorus work which can be adapted according to the size of the company. Helpful and detailed Director’s Notes are included to assist with every aspect of the production. The running time is approximately 80 minutes.

 

"A bittersweet fable of... self-sacrifice, Oscar Wilde's fairy story is perhaps weighty stuff for a musical comedy. But in their adaptation, Caroline Dooley and David Perkins have mined the story for its moments of satirical humour and sincere humanity. T Music by David Perkins

Adaptation, Book, and Lyrics by Caroline Dooley and David Perkins 

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, 2003.
Characters

CASTING

8m, 8f

CASTING NOTES

Plus Chorus

HAPPY PRINCE

GOD

ANGEL

SEAMSTRESS

SON

WRITER

MATCH GIRL

TEACHER

DREAMY CHILD

MAYOR

TOWN CLERK

THOMAS

CECILY

SWALLOW

EARNEST

MR SWAN

TOWNSPEOPLE

SCHOOL CHILDREN

COUNCILLORS

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SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Medium

17 Piano/Conductor Scores

Reed I (Flute / Bb Clarinet)
Reed II (Flute / Bb Clarinet / Bass Clarinet)
Reed III (Oboe / Cor Anglais)
Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Violin
Bass
Drums
Song Samples

Waiting for the Mayor

The Mayor's Song

I've a Long Way to Go

Lullaby of Dreams

How Wonderful the Stars Are

Bird Song

Where's the Play? / How Can I Write?

Matches for Sale

Golden Leaves

When Your Dream is in Sight

Author(s)
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was born in Dublin to Sir William Wilde and his wife Jane. While studying at Oxford, he was fascinated by the aesthetic movement and eventually became a proponent for L'art pour l'art ("Art for Art's Sake"), and wrote the award-winning poem Ravenna. After he graduated in 1879, he moved to Chelsea in London to establish a literary career. Upon graduating in 1879, he moved ... view full profile

David Perkins

David Perkins

David works as a composer, pianist, MD and music arranger. His specialization is writing and collaborating on musicals for the youth/schools market and shows aimed at young/family orientated audiences. Published works include Shake Ripple & Roll, Pandemonium! (a Greek Myth-adventure) and Skool & Crossbones with lyricist Jenifer Toksvig. Also adaptations of The Nutcracker, The Selfish Giant, The ... view full profile

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