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Hush Little Celia, Don't Say A Word - Short Play, Drama, Dramatic Comedy

Hush Little Celia, Don't Say A Word

Joseph Wallace

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Short Play, Drama, Dramatic Comedy

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780874401516

Celia doesn't speak. Her teacher's want to know why. Her father is angry at her. Her psychologist wants to help her. But fellow student Todd only wants to get close to her. And, through persistence, bad poetry, and a bizarre audition for a production of Romeo and Juliet, he does. 

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Description

Short Play

Drama, Dramatic Comedy

Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences, Experimental, Faith-based, Romantic Comedy

60 minutes (1 hour)

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - Various settings suggested by the ensemble and simple scenery, all in Todd's imagination.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Celia doesn't speak. Her teachers want to know why. Her father is angry at her. Her psychologist wants to help her. But fellow student Todd only wants to get close to her. And, through persistence, bad poetry, and a bizarre audition for a production of Romeo and Juliet, he does. A gem of a play about love, psychology, and what happens to kids when they go unheard. The honesty of this play and the manner in which the characters have been brought to life will move audience and participants in a most profound way. Standing ovations at its premier production in a contest setting with a judge stating: "A marvelous play - every single character is a gem."
Hush Little Celia, Don't Say a Word was first produced on March 15, 2001, at Cranston High School East, in Cranston, Rhode Island and was directed by Mark Johnson.
Characters

CASTING

1m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

Plus an ensemble of 6-25

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

TODD
CELIA
NUN (SISTER ROSE)
SISTER JUNE
FATHER
MOTHER
DR. GRIFFIN
DR. CORNERS
MRS. ELDON
P.A.
POET
M.C.
MISS. DUFFY
JOE
KELLY
LISA
BENJAMIN DOVER
STUDENTS, CHILDREN
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VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Joseph Wallace

Joseph Wallace has been writing and directing plays for more than thirty years.  In addition, he has been a teacher of English and theatre for more than 25 years.  His titles with us include: Something's Rotten in the State of Denmark (one-act and musical versions) ; Hush Little Celia, Don't Say a Word; A Wild Boor (farcical adaptation of The Boor); and The Tempest  ... view full profile

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Reviews
Rebekah Dipple 4/26/2014 12:09 PM
joseph wallace 7/25/2013 9:23 AM
     With an increased emphasis on stopping or preventing bullying in the classroom, I have been thinking that the tribulations of Celia, the protagonist, are eerily similar to most instances of bullying before the increased emphasis.  The bullying is ignored by others, and in some cases, encouraged, even by adults. This story has a happy ending, however. One person remains loyal and constant, and this helps her to cope and overcome her condition.  Others realize who the real Celia is, inside, and warm up to her.

     This is an ensemble piece that I am quite proud of, to this day.  Strong characters, a quick pace, many moments of humor, and a chance for a flexible cast to have fun and be creative while telling an important story.  It has won more than a few competitions, and remains my favorite.

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