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Uncle Pirate - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Uncle Pirate

Drew Fornarola, Ben H. Winters

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573600739

Book by Ben H. Winters
Music and Lyrics by Drew Fornarola
Based on the Book Uncle Pirate by Douglas Rees
With help from Uncle Pirate and his faithful talking penguin, maybe, just maybe, Wilson can survive the fourth grade. 
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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Adventure, Theatre for Young Audiences

60 minutes (1 hour)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - Inside Wilson's home; inside and outside of Wilson's Elementary School

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Stage Combat

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Young Children (Age 2 - 5), Children (Age 6 - 10)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Wilson is just your average kid. Then one day he finds out his uncle is a pirate... like, a REAL pirate! With help from Uncle Pirate and his faithful talking penguin, maybe, just maybe, Wilson can survive the fourth grade. Grab yer eye patches and pirate hats, mateys! The adventure begins now!


REVIEWS:

"At heart
Uncle Pirate proves more of a Boy Scout than a buccaneer, but that won't distress theatergoers under 12, this diverting and often funny musical's ideal audience... Theatergoers at a recent performance particularly enjoyed a classroom duel in which Uncle Pirate bravely wields first a pointer, then a ruler and finally a book. Education, it seems, really is the way to win life's battles."The New York Times

"There's a talking penguin and plenty of 'arrrs!' for the young'uns, while elementary schoolers and their parents will appreciate the sarcastic dialogue and clever songs... a whimsical adaptation of the eponymous kids book is Jolly Roger fun." –Time Out New York


RELATED ARTICLES ON BREAKING CHARACTER

Focus on a Playwright: Ben H. Winters
June 1, 2010


Uncle Pirate was first presented by Vital Theater Company at Vital Children's Theater in New York City. The original production opened January 16, 2010 and was directed by Jeremy Dobrish.

Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Room for Extras

CHORUS SIZE

Small

WILSON - a nervous eight year-old with glasses. Very smart, very kind, very scared of the world.
UNCLE PIRATE - a tough-talking, barrel-chested, sword-rattlin', sea-garglin' old salt; eye patch optional, heart of gold required
CAPTAIN JACK - a wise-cracking penguin; played by an actor in a penguin suit
WOMAN 1 (Mom, Carla, various pirates and kids) - Mom is the sensible long-suffering mother of Wilson; Carla is a bullying eight year-old with pigtails and a perpetual scowl
WOMAN 2 (Miss Quern, various pirates and kids) - Miss Quern is a secretary who looks and acts like a librarian; prim and proper, hair in a bun, etc.
MAN (Dad, Principal Purvis, Mr. Twissel, various pirates and kids) - Dad is the sensible long-suffering father of Wilson; Principal Purvis is a shifty-eyed middle-aged man whose great love is making life hard for children; later Purvis is revealed to be a pirate; Mr. Twissel is terrified of everything, especially fourth graders
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

1 Piano Conductor Score
6 Vocal Chorus Books
Song Samples

Done with Fourth Grade

Uncle Pirate's Story

I Wanna Read!

Pirate Lessons

Carla's Song

Pirate and Secretary

Pirate Code

Not Afraid

Author(s)
Drew Fornarola

Drew Fornarola

Drew Fornarola is a composer, lyricist, and playwright living in New York City. His most recent musical, originally commissioned by the New Musical Development Foundation, is now being developed for stage by DreamWorks Theatricals and for screen by DreamWorks Animation. Other theatrical works include COLLEGE The Musical (www.college-themusical.com), Thucydides (Winner of the 34th Annual Samuel ... view full profile

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