Turnabout (Sharkey, Easton)

by  Ken Easton, Jack Sharkey

Short Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  6m, 2f

Based on The Book of Esther, Turnabout is a lyrically hilarious tale incorporating the world's first recorded beauty contest and lots of plotting, counter plotting and treachery. How Esther is selected as Queen, foils the villain and saves her people from destruction makes for an inspiring and uproarious theatrical event.

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Turnabout (Sharkey, Easton)

by  Ken Easton Jack Sharkey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography, Docudrama/Historic, Faith-based
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Based on the biblical Book of Esther, Turnabout is a lyrically hilarious tale incorporating the world's first recorded beauty contest and lots of plotting, counter plotting and treachery. Dealing reverently with good guys and irreverently with the bad guys, it offers an entertaining evening that demonstrates the futility of all plotters who dare to scheme against the chosen of God. How Esther is selected as Queen, foils the villain and saves her people from destruction makes for an inspiring and uproarious theatrical event.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: The Royal Palace in Susan, capital city of the Persian Empire - a vast territory encompassing the Mediterranean Countries, Northern Africa, Arabia, and India.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

6m, 2f

ESTHER - obedient niece of
MORDECHAI - a deeply religious Jew
KING - of The Persian Empire
HAMAN - a scheming Persian noble
ZARES - the wife of Haman
MAJOR-DOMO - of the Royal Palace
BAGATHAN & THARES - treasonous eunuchs
MISS ABYSSINIA - and all the following are beauty contestants
MISS SARDINIA
MISS THRACE
MISS PHRYGIA
MISS UR
MISS MACEDONIA
MISS LACONIA
MISS SUDAN
MISS SUMERIA
MISS CRETE
MISS JORDAN
MISS CARTHAGE
MISS CYPRUS
MISS CORINTH
MISS CADIZ
MISS CHALDEA
Plus GUARDS, COURTIERS, TOWNSPEOPLE, SERVANTS, HANDMAIDENS, NOBLES, EUNUCHS, etc.

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

Plus a large Chorus. The 16 beauty contestants, after their two musical numbers, can, of course, fill in as handmaidens, townswomen, courtiers' wives, and so forth.

Resources

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Authors

Ken Easton

Ken Easton

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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