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Chaps! - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Chaps!

Jahnna Beecham, Malcolm Hillgartner

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

5m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573633997

"Combine Monty Python and Tex Ritter, and you get a bloody funny singing buckaroo!" - Herald News

"Beautiful harmony...sparkling energy...exquisitely timed...an endearing production." - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Farce, Period

90 minutes

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - The year is 1944. The setting — Studio B at the BBC in London.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TAGS

Friendship, War

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Shoestring Budget

Whoa, Brittania! Panic at the BBC! The year is 1944, America's favorite singing cowboy Tex Riley and his troupe are late for a special broadcast at the BBC in London. Out of desperation, Mabel, their tour manager, and Miles, the frantic young producer, grab whomever they can — a snobby announcer, an amiable sound man, a passing soap opera actor — slap them into costume, hand them scripts (after all, it's radio!) and shove them in front of the studio audience. The resulting performance is one England will never forget.

"Combine Monty Python and Tex Ritter, and you get a bloody funny singing buckaroo!" - Herald News

"Beautiful harmony...sparkling energy...exquisitely timed...an endearing production." - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, One of 2005's Top 10

"...ropes in the audience with plenty of laughs." - The San Diego Union-Tribune, Critics Choice

"Winning performances!" - Los Angeles Times

"...a rootin' tootin' good time... as wholesomely western as a festival of Gene Autry movies." - North County Times

"Just the ticket to take away the blues." - KPBS, San Diego

"Opening night standing ovation!" - The San Diego Reader

"...a hoot...entertaining hoedown." - Seattle Times, Critics' Pick Best Bets

"...rustles up a stampede of old-time radio nostalgia and campy humor." - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"… you’ll find yourself humming along and laughing as sagebrush and longhorns join forces with a spot of tea and a stiff upper lip.” - Seattle Times

"… madcap comedy, serious drama, high adventure and wistful romance …”
 - The Weekly Herald

”Lassos the audience [and sends them] howling with laughter”
 - City Living Seattle

"We produced CHAPS! (at the Milwaukee Rep) to enormous success! Sold out the entire run, and if it had not been in a subscription series, we could have extended that show for months!" — Sandy Ernst, former Associate Artistic Director, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre

"Directing Chaps! at PCPA Theaterfest was not only a riot in the rehearsal hall, but a lovefest in performance. Audiences found the story engaging, the characters hilarious, and the music infectious. Chaps! is clever and inventive. A very good time was had by all – on both sides of the footlights." — Paul Barnes, Artistic Director Emeritus, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival

"What a hoot of a show! CHAPS has it all - suspense, romance, music, a wild sound effects table and a human puppet. Joyous, moving and very, very funny. We look forward to doing another production in the not too distant future.” — Deborah Gilmour Smyth, Associate Artistic Director, Lamb's Players Theatre

Chaps! had its world premiere at the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Holland, Michigan, in May 1995
. Artistic Director, David Colacci. Producing Director, Mary Schakel. Directed by Jahnna Beecham & Malcolm Hillgartner. Musical Arrangements by Malcolm Hillgartner & Chip Duford.

 

Characters

CASTING

5m, 1f

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

ARCHIE LEITCH - Cockney sound engineer, down-to-earth and quick with a quip. Plays the guitar, loves cowboy songs — and knows quite a few of them.
MILES SHADWELL - Intense young producer responsible for bringing the Singing Cowboys to Great Britain. If this holiday broadcast doesn’t come off, he might as well kiss his job good-bye. If he wasn’t so neurotic, he’d be a nice guy.
LESLIE BRIGGS-STRATTON - Imperious, arrogant snob of a BBC announcer á la George Sanders. Loathes cowboy songs. Is convinced he is civilization’s last line of defense against the rise of vulgar populism on the radio. Nobody knows he was once a featured performer in music hall pantomime.
CLIVE COOPER - A radio personality of sorts, Clive IS the “Saltey’s Fish ‘n’ Chips Man.” An old school tie kind of guy, he really thinks of himself as a great AC-tor.
MABEL CARTER - Tex Riley’s stage manager. Mabel is used to being a behind-the-scenes wallfower. But once she steps up to the mike, she’s a rose in full bloom.
STAN - The sound effects man. Like Buster Keaton, this shell-shocked veteran is a man of few words.
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Country/Western, Folk

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

10 Full Scores containing Rhythm (Guitar, Glockenspiel), Bass and Fiddle
Song Samples

Wahoo!

Jingle Jangle Jingle

I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart

Curley Joe from Idaho

Cattle Call

Tumblin' Tumbleweeds

Come 'n Get It

Gunslinger

Ride Cowboy Ride

White Cliffs / Texas in the Spring

Ragtime Cowboy Joe

Cool Water

Sioux City Sue

Cigareets and Whusky

Duelin' Divas

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Author(s)
Jahnna Beecham

Jahnna Beecham

Jahnna Beechamis the co-writer of the musicals Chaps! and Chaps! A Jingle Jangle Christmas, Dogpark the Musical (all published by Samuel French) and They Came From Way Out There and Holmes and Watson Save The Empire.Under the pen name Jahnna N. Malcolm she has co-written with Malcolm Hillgartner more than 130 books for young adults and children including The Jewel Kingdom, Bad News Balletand Love ... view full profile

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Malcolm Hillgartner

Malcolm Hillgartner

Malcolm Hillgartner is the co-writer and arranger of the musicals Chaps! and Chaps! A Jingle Jangle Christmas, and the co-writer and composer for Dogpark the Musical,They Came From Way Out There, and Holmes and Watson Save The Empire. Under the pen name Jahnna N. Malcolm he and partner Jahnna Beecham have written more than 130 books for young adults and children including The Jewel Kingdom, Bad ... view full profile

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