Hope for the Best

by  Dave Reiser, Jack Sharkey

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 3f

"Haute Couturiere" Hope Chapman and her pessimistic assistant. Deslie, are about to file bankruptcy for their business when a great opportunity comes by. Can they turn a millionaire's daughter from ugly duckling to swan in three days, to attract the attention of rich Gregory Tarlton? But daughter An…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Haute Couturiere Hope Chapman and her pessimistic assistant. Deslie, are about to file bankruptcy for their business when a great opportunity comes by. Can they turn a millionaire's daughter from ugly duckling to swan in three days, to attract the attention of rich Gregory Tarlton? But daughter Angela, is a real project-- almost irretrievably unattractive, totally wrapped up in her hobby, fish survival, and madly in love with the family butler. Then Gregory mistakes Hope for Angela and, Hope not realizing who he is, they fall madly in love with one another. But Gregory and Angela are set for a mutually unwanted marriage-- and everybody else is equally unhappy. Complications mount until finally true love unites the proper parties-- at least they hope it's proper-- because everybody may be related to everybody else! Some twenty hilarious and/or romantic musical numbers add to your audience's enjoyment.

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Keywords

Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The Fairbanks mansion on Long Island.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

3m, 3f
RICHARD FAIRBANKS, a middle-aged millionaire
MORGAN, the Fairbanks family butler
DESLIE DUNSTEDDER, world-weary assistant of ---
HOPE CHAPMAN, a well-known couturiere
ANGELA FAIRBANKS, Richard's drab daughter
GREGORY TARLTON, the Catch of the Century

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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7 Piano/Vocal Scores

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Authors

Dave Reiser

Dave Reiser

Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey (1931-1992) was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in th ...

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