Trixie True, Teen Detective

by  Kelly Hamilton

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  4m, 4f

"A fine night of sly craziness." - A.P.

"A cleverly camp celebration of some of the greatest pulp fiction ever written (the Nancy Drew mystery series)." - N.Y. Daily News.

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Trixie True, Teen Detective

by  Kelly Hamilton

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adventure, Theatre for Young Audiences, Mystery/Thriller, Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Hack writer Joe Sneed has been ordered by his boss, Miss Snood, to grind out yet another mystery about Trixie True, "America's foremost amateur sleuth". Trixie, beloved of America's teens, is able to solve capers that baffle the F.B.I., and Joe is sick of her. So, he begins one last mystery-- which will finish off Trixie for good. The bulk of this clever show, then, becomes "The Mystery of the Tapping Shoes", in which Our Heroine is called on by the F.B.I. to break a Nazi spy ring. Turns out, the spy is Madame Olga, Trixie's tap dance teacher, who tries to blow up Trixie by planting a bomb in her tap shoes. When this fails, Olga puts Trixie in a submarine with a bomb and sets it on a course for the Statue of Liberty. At this point, Joe realizes he has to save Trixie to save his job, and his romantic chances with Miss Snood. Of course, he finds a way for Trixie to save herself. There isn't a theatre audience in America who wouldn't love this show!
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Reviews

"A fine night of sly craziness." - A.P.

"A cleverly camp celebration of some of the greatest pulp fiction ever written (the Nancy Drew mystery series)." - N.Y. Daily News.

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Performing Groups

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

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The story takes place during the mid-1940's in the New York offices of Snood Publishing; and in the mythical town of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
  • Additional Features: Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

4m, 4f
JOE SNEED - a hard-boiled, rough-hewn, down-on-his-luck hack writer in his mid to late thirties.
MISS SNOOD/OLGA - Miss Snood is a brisk, efficient business tycoon in her early to mid-thirties. Stylish, tailored, she has something tof a Joan Crawford quality, and wears her hair tightly knotted in a snood. Madame Olga is a blonde, Germanic beauty in the height of her sensuality, a Marlene Deitrich type.
AL/WILHELM - Al is a snappy go-getter, Joe's office assistant. As Wilhelm, he is Olga's sinister military aide. Late 20's to early 30's.
TRIXIE TRUE - blonde, America's foremost amateur sleuth; pretty, perky, eighteen.
DICK DICKERSON - boyishly handsome, eighteen, captain of the football team.
LAVERNE - eighteen, a gangling tomboy, the more aggressive of Trixie's chums.
MAXINE - Plump, giggily, eighteen, reluctant when it comes to adventure.
BOBBY - eighteen, bright as a penny, energetic, a go-getter.
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

First presented at the Lucille Lortel Theatre De Lys. Directed by Bill Gile.

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Piano/Conductor Score
Reed (Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
Percussion (Vibraphone, Xylophone)
Bass Guitar/Banjo

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Kelly Hamilton

Kelly Hamilton

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