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Beggar's Opera, The (Jeffries/Knight) - Short Play, Comedy

Beggar's Opera, The (Jeffries/Knight)

John Gay, Charles Jeffries, Jerry Knight

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Short Play, Comedy

8m, 7f

ISBN: 9780874400717

Adapted from John Gay by Charles Jeffries and Jerry Knight
A ragtag company of beggars in Victorian London tell the bitter tale of the predatory outlaw known as Macheath. He secretly marries the daughter of an underworld boss, but is soon betrayed by his sinister in-laws and sent to prison. After being freed by the police chief's daughter, he is again betra…

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

Adaptations (Literature)

40 minutes

Settings Of Play -

An open stage with misc. props.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Stage Combat

UIL Approved, Competition or audition material

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Church / Religious Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

State Winner - UIL Texas

A ragtag company of beggars in Victorian London tell the bitter tale of the predatory outlaw known as Macheath. He secretly marries the daughter of an underworld boss, but is soon betrayed by his sinister in-laws and sent to prison. After being freed by the police chief's daughter, he is again betrayed -- this time by a prostitute -- and sentenced to death. In a witty epilogue, the actors protest this unhappy ending and as an alternative finale, the players set Macheath free and into the hands of his many angry wives. "So think of this maxim, and put off your sorrow: the wretch of today may be happy tomorrow!" This is a perfect showcase for directors and actors alike and has done exceedingly well in competitions.

The Beggar's Opera was originally produced by MacArthur High School in San Antonio, Texas.

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CASTING

8m, 7f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

It is a "company of players"....it has been done by all female...and all male....

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Gem Baker 11/3/2014 10:52 AM

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