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Dreadful Doings At The Cider Mill - Full Length Musical, Melodrama

Dreadful Doings At The Cider Mill

Don A. Mueller

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Full Length Musical, Melodrama

6m, 5f

ISBN: 9780874409475

By Don A. Mueller
The women of Sorghum City threaten to withhold Ovaltine from the men until they are elected to the town council. They call it Ovaltine to protect the innocence of little Imogene. Though they make it to the council, they are forced into passing the Great Cider Ban, which will put Lily Ann's cider mill out of business!
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Description

Full Length Musical

Melodrama

Period

90 minutes

Time Period - Wild West

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre

The women of Sorghum City threaten to withhold Ovaltine from the men until they are elected to the town council. They call it Ovaltine to protect the innocence of little Imogene. Even though they make it to the council, they are forced into passing the Great Cider Ban, which will put Lily Ann Drivensnow's cider mill out of business! And who holds the mortgage on the mill? Silas Slither, of course, who is planning to send Lily Ann to a cidery grave under her own Apple Crusher! Will Ned Nobleheart be able to save her? It's doubtful - he can't tell a safety lever from a pump handle! Will Silas catch Georgie and Clem plotting and hiding under Goldie Gottalot's skirts? And what will happen to our heroine, Lucy Sweet? In between the campaigns, threats and flirtations are nine great songs, all easily within singing range. Even the staging is clever, with a machine lever that looks like a drain plunger held in place by a hand from offstage!
"A highly singable score with wonderful lines. We scheduled extra performances, thanks to word of mouth publicity!" - Mark Clark, Director, Baldwin Community Theatre (KS)
Characters

CASTING

6m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Local Celebrity Cameo, Roles for Children, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

SWEET LUCY SWEET - Sweet and canny, and has set her sights on a new, improved Sorghum City, and an improved marital status. Sings beautifully.
LILY ANN DRIVENSNOW - Has a grown child somewhere. Has a lot of trouble with pronouns and prepositions. Has several solos and a duet with Lucy.
CLEM - Has a wonderful sense of humor, and could possibly be Lily Ann's grown son. He sings.
NED NOBLEHEART - Very virtuous, sings sweetly, and speeks well, except for those spoonerisms.
SILAS SLITHER - A great villain, as villains go. He leers and sneers at his victims and describes himself in song as a "Gay Deceiver."
GOLDIE GOTTALOT - A larger-than-life character. Shrugs off references to her amplitude because she always gets what she wants.
AMY - Believed to be only thirty-two. On the side of Lucy and civic improvement.
IMOGENE - Supposedly only twelve years old, and takes very grown-up interest in Clem, and Silas Slither.
GEORGIE - Youngster of the cast, a loyal friend to Ned. He does not have to sing.
MAYOR DUDLEY - Typical popmpous small-town mayor. Also president of the bank and willing to use that position as he seeks reelection, with Lucy as his opponent. Does not need to be a singer.
THE STRANGER - Comes from nowhere, silently surveying the strange proceedings in Sorghum City.
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SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Country/Western

VOCAL DEMANDS

Easy

Piano Score
11 Vocal Score
Author

Don A. Mueller

When a fellow pastor made a suggestion to Rev. Don A. Mueller, then serving a small methodist church in Oakland, CA, Mueller liked the suggestion; Instead of seven dusty sermons on the last words of Jesus from the cross, what about seven playlets. Each reflection one of the sayings of Jesus. Mueller began to write, thus was born not only "Eyes Upon the Cross" but Muellers career as a playwrite ... view full profile

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