Nell of the Ozarks or Tobacco Island Meets Treasure Road

by  Jack Sharkey

Full Length Play, Melodrama  /  4m, 4f

Nell knows where Grandpa Ninny hid a pirate treasure. Seventeenth century pirates, nineteenth century mountain dwellers and a modern day I.R.S. agent make hilarious attempts to get her to reveal its whereabouts in this zany audience pleaser that is full of hand clapping show stoppers. The finale, wh…

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Nell of the Ozarks or Tobacco Island Meets Treasure Road

by  Jack Sharkey

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Nell of the Ozarks or Tobacco Island Meets Treasure Road

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Parody / Spoof, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Nell knows where Grandpa Ninny hid a pirate treasure. Seventeenth century pirates, nineteenth century mountain dwellers and a modern day I.R.S. agent make hilarious attempts to get her to reveal its whereabouts in this zany audience pleaser that is full of hand clapping show stoppers. The finale, which combines a hideous fate for the prime villain and the triumph of true love will have your audience on its feet cheering with delight. Toe tappingly tuneful and very, very humorous, this is excellent comic entertainment for the entire family.
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Keywords

Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • 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: 19th Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The Ninny Estate: A little log hovel on a mountaintop, specifically, "Swamp Mountain," in the Arkansas Ozarks.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Country/Western
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: Small

Casting

4m, 4f

NELL NINNY, a loveable little dope in her late teens

DONALD SNEDDY, a handsome dimwit in his 20s and the 6th grade

GRANNY NINNY, ancient and crusty, with a heart of marshmallow

PUCEBEARD, a totally vile and unscrupulous pirate

LUMBER, his First Mate, whose brain and frame match match his name

KITCHY LaKOO, a sultry seafaring siren

JAY EDGAR HOOPER, a United States agent of the IRS (a.k.a. "revenuer")

BESSIE BODEEN, Donald's teacher and Granny's lifelong chum

CHORUS

Pirates: LONGJOHN, BLACK BRUCE, DIRTY DUDLEY, ROTTEN  REGINALD

Ozarkettes: LULUBELLE, ETHELEEN, DESIREE

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting

Casting Notes

Plus Chorus

Resources

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Full Package

9 Piano/Vocal Scores 


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Authors

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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Nell of the Ozarks had its World Premiere on July 1st, 1988, at the Pickleville Playhouse, just down the road from Sweetwater Resort on Bear Lake, Utah, with the following cast:

NELL NINNY ............................................... Mindi Larsen

DONALD SNEDDY ....................................... Jon Rock

GRANNY NINNY .......................................... Marianne Edwards

PUCEBEARD ............................................... Gene Turner

LUMBER ..................................................... Brad Noble

KITCHY LaKOO ........................................... Melissa Olsen

JAY EDGAR HOOPER ................................... Kiley Walbom

BESSIE BODEEN ......................................... Kendra Kartchner

LONG JOHN ................................................ Mark Sorenson

DIRTY DUDLY .............................................. Steve Merkley

DESIREE ..................................................... Linda Pendleton

LULUBELLE ................................................. Kandi Larsen

ETHELEEN .................................................. Karen Larsen

ORGANETTA ................................................ Nanette Long

ROSELLA .................................................... Shelly Bradshaw

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