The Garbage Cantata

by  Barry Keating, Jon Lonoff

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  2m, 1f

"Children will delight in this creative production of song, dance and folklore!" – Dr. Noel Brown, UN Environment Program
A hilarious musical comedy that brings a garbage dump to hip hopping, finger popping life.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

The three R's used to be Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic, but today everyone must learn Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. That is what audiences discover in this hilarious musical comedy that brings a garbage dump to hip hopping, finger popping life. Designed for high school and community players, the cast can be expanded and sets, puppets, and props can be created out of recyclables.
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Reviews

"Children will delight in this creative production of song, dance and folklore! –Dr. Noel Brown, UN Environment Program

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: Here. Now. It is very effective if most or all of the props and puppets and as many as possible of the costumes are made from recycled, thrown away, or found materials.
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Puppetry, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

2m, 1f
OPENING "OPERA" SINGER
PERFECT HUBBY
PERFECT WIFE
PERFECT CHILD
LANDFILL MONSTER - a set piece operated by actors
NEWSCASTERS
ASHLEY DEBRIS
NIMBYS
THE BRAVEST NIMBY
SILLY-ANN MOUND-OF-DRECKY - a puppet
STINKY - a puppet
GARBAGE "PARADE" PUPPETS
THREE BABY POOPERS
CAN-DO - a puppet
EMILY COMPOST
LITTERBUG
M.C. TRASH
M.C.'S GIRLFRIEND
WRAPPER CHORUS - puppets and people
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Casting Notes

Can be performed by a company of two men and one woman or with a large sized company. The script will recommend the ideal role breakdown for three, but feel free to use as many performers as desired. Additionally, the puppet scenes tend to play more effectively if the puppeteer/actors operate in full view of the audience.

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Full Package

4 Piano/Vocal Scores
(No Chorus Books available.)

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Authors

Barry Keating

Barry Keating wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book for the Broadway musical Starmites. The show was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and is published in several versions by Samuel French. His gospe ...

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Jon Lonoff

Jon Lonoff's writing credits range from an adaptation of Aesop’s Fables for marionettes to a training film for Sunoco gas station attendants. His theatrical and film writing has included The Garbage Cantata (with Barry Keating), a musical about recycling, commissioned and produced by Riverbarge Productions, published b ...

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The Garbage Cantata was commissioned and first produced by Jon Burt & River Barge Productions, Inc. at the Edgewood Resort in Alexandria Bay, New York, on July 29, 1991.

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