Footlight Frenzy

by  Ron House, Alan Shearman, Diz White, Bud Slocumb, Mark Blankenfield, Brandie Kemp, Mitchell Kreindel

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 2f

In a desperate attempt to save their bankrupt "School for Unusual Children", an inexperienced PTA group valiantly mounts an ambitious benefit play, written by a has been Broadway director. His near hysterical direction and the group's questionable talent turn the production into a shambles. The scen…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

In a desperate attempt to save their bankrupt "School for Unusual Children", an inexperienced PTA group valiantly mounts an ambitious benefit play, written by a has been Broadway director. His near hysterical direction and the group's questionable talent turn the production into a shambles. The scenes shift back and forth from the real tribulations of the performers to the play they are "performing", and it is hard to tell which is sillier. This is fast and furious theatrical fun of the first order, with us watching the fun from the "back" of the stage! This fast moving slapstick farce is from the creators of Bullshot Crummond and El Grande de Coca Cola!
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Reviews

"The Gags Keep Working...It's like watching a man pull a rope of scarves out of his sleeve, you can't believe there's more." - San Francisco Chroncile

"The show is Funny...Heartily recommended viewing" - San Francisco Weekender

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, 1930s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

4m, 2f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting

Casting Notes

Each character plays an "offstage" parent or teacher and an "onstage" (play within a play) actor, director or stage manager.

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Authors

Ron House

Ron House started his theatrical career as member of the 2nd City Company in his native Chicago. He then moved to Europe where he lived in Rome followed by Barcelona and finally London, where he founded “Low Moan Spectacular”, the London underground Theatre Company that was responsible for Off Broad ...

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Alan Shearman

Alan Shearman

Diz White

Diz White

Bud Slocumb

Bud Slocumb

Mark Blankenfield

Mark Blankenfield

Brandie Kemp

Brandie Kemp

Mitchell Kreindel

Mitchell Kreindel

Footlight Frenzy -was first produced and performed by the Low Moan Spectacular, Theatre company at the Marines Memorial theatre in San Francisco, CA on 20th October 1980 under the direction of Douglas Johnson.

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