The Alto Part

by  Barbara Gilstrap

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  5f, 1girl(s)

"A fine slice of life about romance, dreams, illusions, facing reality and finding reality as good as daydream." - A.P.

"Gilstrap has written such likable people ... that it's a pleasure to join them all in the final chorus of their triump…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5f, 1girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

In 1956 in a small town in East Texas, the mother of an adolescent girl seeks to keep her dreams of a singing career alive. Her fantasies are disrupted by her cantankerous landlady and her tough talking, practical sister. The arrival of a pretty, young music teacher ignites the daughter's singing ambitions and brings mother and daughter into conflict. The child's only ally is her elderly neighbor, a whimsical spinster who fancies herself to be a painter. Forced to deal with one reality after another including a tornado the mother finally grow up and abandons her visions of a dream existence in favor of establishing a favorable future for her daughter.
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Reviews

"A fine slice of life about romance, dreams, illusions, facing reality and finding reality as good as daydream." - Associate Press

"Gilstrap has written such likable people ... that it's a pleasure to join them all in the final chorus of their triumphant song." - New York Post

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Sparta, a small town in East Texas. 1956.
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: Easy

Casting

5f, 1girl(s)
MRS. FLORENE KING
WANDA KING
MISS OLA BELLE ARCHER
MRS. HATTIE EATON
MISS ETHYL ROBERTS
MISS ALTHEA LOCKWOOD
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Features Children
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Barbara Gilstrap

Barbara Gilstrap

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