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Mark Twain’s timeless tale about look-alike boys who change places – and the destiny of a nation – is transformed into a swashbuckling musical. Enter medieval London and meet the young, protected Prince who gazes from his window at a world he is not allowed to explore, while a destitute boy dreams of escaping the thievery and filth that surround him. The Prince and the Pauper dazzled audiences of all ages in its multi-year run at the Lambs Theatre in New York City. It overflows with the thrill of adventure, the power of youth, magical sword fights, and enchanting songs.
"Soars on the wings of theatrical fun!" - The New York Times
"Light and lively!" - New York Daily News
"A remarkable score [is] sure to delight the young and young at heart!" - AOL Reviews
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- Time Period: 17th Century
- Duration: 105 Minutes
- Setting: London under the reign of King Henry VIII.
- Additional Features: Stage Combat
- Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes
- Musical Style: Classic Broadway
- Vocal Demands: Easy
- Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
- Chorus Size: Medium
Casting6m, 3f, 2boy(s)
ACTOR #1 (Male) - Prince Edward, 10-12 years old. Strong unchanged voice, belt and boy soprano, strong actor, moves well.
ACTOR #2 (Male) - Tom Canty - the Pauper, 10-12 years old. Strong unchanged voice, belt and boy soprano, strong actor, moves well.
ACTOR #3 (Male) - Miles Hendon and other roles, 30-40 years old. Lyric baritone/tenor, likable hero, charming and good-looking, strong actor, moves well. stage fight experience a plus, should have Errol Flynn-like qualities.
ACTOR #4 (Male) - Chancellor Hugh Hendon and other roles. 30-40 years old. Lyric bass/baritone, an obvious villain, strong actor, moves well. stage fight experience a plus.
ACTOR #5 (Female) - Lady Edith and other roles. 30-40 years old. Contemporary soprano, physically beautiful, a mature ingenue, strong actor, natural warmth.
ACTOR #6 (Male) - Father of both boys, John Canty and King Henry VIII, and other roles, 35-40 years old. Baritone, strong comedic character actor, moves well, stage fight experience a plus.
ACTOR #7 (Female) - Lady Jane, Nan Canty, Jamie the street urchin boy and other roles. 10-12 years old. Strong actor with good comedic skills, moves well.
ACTOR #8 (Male) - The Dresser, the Hermit, Grammer Canty, and other roles. 25-45 years old. Strong baritone/tenor, strong character actor/comedian, moves well.
ACTOR #9 (Female) - Mary Canty and other roles. 30-35 years old. Strong belt/contemporary soprano, strong actor, moves well, earthy, physically beautiful.
ACTOR #10 (Male) - John Canty's nemesis Pike, Father Andrew, Richard and other roles. 30-40 years old. Strong baritone/tenor, imposing character actor, versatile, moves well, stage fight experience very important.
ACTOR #11 (Female ) - Annie, Floozy, Damsel in Distress and other roles. 20-30 years old. Belt/soprano, petite, skilled actress who can play both adults and children, moves well, strong comedic skills.
- Ensemble cast
- Expandable casting
- Features Children
- Flexible casting
- Roles for Children
- Room for Extras
Plus optional ensemble to appear as the Employees of the Crown, Pike's ruffians, members of the court, and residents of Offal court. If a larger cast is desired doubling is not required for the roles of Grammer Canty, the Hermit, the Dresser, King Henry VIII, John Canty, Miles Hendon, Patch, Hugh Hendon, Stache, Father Andrew, and Pike.
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The Prince and the Pauper was first presented at the Lamb's Theatre in New York City. It was directed by Ray Roderick.