Turkey in the Straw

by  Jack Sharkey

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  9m, 7f

How can a trapped troupe of performers on the straw hat circuit salvage a Broadway bound turkey without the producer author discovering they're changing the show behind his back? And how will the lovelorn set painter make the egotistic leading man fall for her? He has a passion for his co star, a mo…

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Turkey in the Straw

by  Jack Sharkey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Science Fiction, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

How can a trapped troupe of performers on the straw hat circuit salvage a Broadway bound turkey without the producer author discovering they're changing the show behind his back? And how will the lovelorn set painter make the egotistic leading man fall for her? He has a passion for his co star, a movie queen, he finagled into the show without the producer's knowledge. And how can a heavy handed "message" musical about tolerance and love for aliens from other planets be turned into a smash hit in the show with in the show? A bright, tuneful show you'll enjoy doing with sprightly dialogue and lyrics.
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Keywords

Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The action of the play takes place at various locations in the northeastern U.S. on the straw hat theater circuit.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: Small

Casting

9m, 7f

BRENDA GILBERT - Jill-of-all-backstage-trades
HARRISON FLINT - theatrical producer/dramatist
TED HOSKINS - almost-fully-risen young actor
CYNTHIA WENTWORTH - film-star-turning-legitimate
MIKE McCHESNEY - musical comedy lyricist
HERB TRAVIS - musical comedy composer
RAOUL DEVENANT - temperamental set-designer
VANESSA GLINSKY - even more temperamental dancer
MAGGIE - wardrobe mistress
CONDUCTOR/BUS DRIVER/STAGE HAND/WITCH DOCTOR - multiple role for one man
BILL, PHIL, & GIL - men of the chorus
AMY, MAMIE, & JAMIE - ladies of the chorus

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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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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