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Great Gilly Hopkins, The - Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

Great Gilly Hopkins, The

Steve Liebman, Katherine Paterson, David L. Paterson

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Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

1m, 4f, 1boy(s), 2girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573627682

Book, Lyrics, and Music by David Paterson and Steve Liebman
Based on the novel by Katherine Paterson
"A rare piece of children's theatre that doesn't wear a sugar coat... Rewards in abundance await audiences [of this] excellent, bittersweet play." - The New York Times

"Irresistible... Go - take your parents." - New York Post

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Description

Full Length Musical

Dramatic Comedy

Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences

75 Minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play -

Washington DC

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage, Youth/Camp Programs

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway, From Off-Broadway

A spirited musical about the adventures of a feisty foster child in search of love and her real mother, Gilly captures hearts and garners acclaim with every production. The tale is drawn from one of the most popular novels of all time for young people. Rich with humor, emotion and memorable songs, it hits home with every child and parent.

REVIEWS

"A rare piece of children's theatre that doesn't wear a sugar coat... Rewards in abundance await audiences [of this] excellent, bittersweet play." - The New Yor Times

"Irresistible... Go - take your parents." - New York Post


The Great Gilly Hopkins premiered at Stage One in Louisville, KY in October 1996 under the direction of J. Daniel Herring

Characters

CASTING

1m, 4f, 1boy(s), 2girl(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Ensemble cast, Expandable casting, Features Children, Flexible casting, Multicultural casting, Roles for Children, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

Parts for up to two men, five women, and three children; plus extras

GILLY HOPKINS - an eleven-year-old terror going on thirty
MISS ELLIS - Gilly's social worker (role may also be cast as a male)
MAIME TROTTER - Gilly's new foster mother; very overweight
WILLIAM ERNEST - Trotter's foster son; shy and withdrawn
MR. RANDOLPH - Trotter's neighbor; an elderly blind black man
MISS HARRIS - Gilly's new teacher; an attractive young black woman
AGNES STOKES - Gilly's loud-mouthed classmate
NONNIE - Gilly's grandmother
COURTNEY - Gilly's mother

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

9 Piano/Vocal Scores
Videos
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins film trailer

Author(s)
Katherine Paterson

Katherine Paterson

Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 30 books including16 novels for children and young people. She has twice won the Newbery Medal, for Bridge to Terabithia in 1978 and Jacob Have I Loved in 1981. The Master Puppeteer won the National Book Award in 1977 and The Great Gilly Hopkins won the National Book Award in 1979 and was also a Newbery Honor Book and the recipient of a Christopher ... view full profile

David L. Paterson

David L. Paterson

An Award-winning playwright and screenwriter, David has penned over two-dozen plays, 15 of which are published through Samuel French, Inc. His works have been performed on Broadway, Off Broadway and throughout the world. He is the only playwright ever to have three plays premiere on the New York City stage in one month. David was a Sundance New Play finalist, a two-time finalist for ATL’s ... view full profile

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