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Scheme of the Driftless Shifter, The - Short Play, Melodrama

Scheme of the Driftless Shifter, The

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Short Play, Melodrama

4m, 5f

ISBN: 9780874405729

A Mixed-Up Melodrama, for even greater fun, may be played with an all-women cast. Int. It's all about the efforts of one bumbling cast and crew to produce a serious melodrama, and from the premature opening of the curtain to the completely confused curtain call, everything that could go wrong does.

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Minimum Fee: $45 per performance


Description

Short Play

Melodrama

Farce

40 minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - Scene 1 - Drawing room of the Pompington home, early evening.
Scene 2 - Out in the snow, a few hours later.
Scene 3 - The drawing room, just before midnight.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set, Exterior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

A Mixed-Up Melodrama, for even greater fun, may be played with an all-women cast. Int. It's all about the efforts of one bumbling cast and crew to produce a serious melodrama, and from the premature opening of the curtain to the completely confused curtain call, everything that could go wrong does. The pianist plays the wrong music, the curtain opens too soon, there's an argument in the audience during the show, wrong sound cues, wigs come off, wrong speeches are given, wrong exits Yet, through it all, the players valiantly try to surmount the monumental confusion and create an atmosphere of madcap zeal!
Characters

CASTING

4m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Room for Extras

CASTING NOTES

For greater possibilities of hilarity and fun, the play may be done with a cast of all women (including the male roles).

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

GLADYS - The Pompington maid
HENRY POMPINGTON - A wealthy businessman
MARIGOLD POMPINGTON -His younger daughter
PETUNIA POMPINGTON - His older daughter
ROVER - Petunia's faithful dog
REX HOLMES - A wayfaring stranger
VICTOR STRONGHEART - Petunia's suitor
PIANO PLAYER - Male or female
DIRECTOR OF THE PLAY - Male or female
SCRUBWOMAN - Male or female
STAGE MANAGER - Male or female
MAN BEHIND LADY IN HAT
LADY IN HAT
USHER - Male or female
PROMPTER OF THE PLAY - Male or female
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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Reviews
Bettyann Henderson 7/25/2015 7:41 AM
As a highly entertaining melodrama, this is my go-to script for beginning teens and 'tweens. Just about everything and anything that might go wrong - on stage and back stage - is built into the script. The result is delightfully educational as cast and crew learn to react and maintain character in the middle of a muddle.

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