The Return of Halley's Comet (Musical)
by Andrea Green
Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy / 15boy(s), 15girl(s)
In the year 1910, a friendship was born in the town of Centuryville, between non-verbal, bizarre-looking aliens, "Halien" beings, and a young girl, Jenny Pontillo. Seventy-five years later, the Haliens return, looking for their friend…
The Return of Halley's Comet
Themes: Bullying, Alienation, Communication, Cooperation and Acceptance of Self and Others.
The Return of Halley's Comet musical presents a metaphorical story about the alienation of people who appear different. Arrival of strangers causes people in a small town to react fearfully. It is only through communication and then understanding that acceptance is achieved.
Take a journey through time with this touching musical. It tells the story of aliens or “Haliens” who return to Earth to find their old friend. When they arrive, they find that Mayor Maggie Banks and her cronies want to capture and sell the Halien’s to the circus. Some humans in the community band together to try to understand and save the Halien’s and stand up to the bullying and the prejudice views.
Andrea Green was given a 2015 special award from the United Nations for her work exemplifying the ideals and mission of the organization, for fostering empathy, understanding, acceptance and unity between people.
Directors - have flexibility determining the time period this musical takes place (time span) AND they can (with actors/student participation) and with permission from the playwright, design the look of the 'Haliens' for their own production.
"Andrea's music and lyrics are timeless, beautiful and artistically created! You will find no more talented composer and lyricist in children's or adult's musicals! I highly recommend you consider 'THE RETURN OF HALLEY'S COMET' and her body of work and guarantee you will enjoy working with each and every script you select" - Bruce A. Curless, Producing Artistic Director, Ritz Theater Co., Westmont, N.J.
"Thank you for creating such great music for the middle school age. It's very hard to find literature for them to take seriously and they appreciate the maturity you have brought to the musical theater community". - Elizabeth Nelson, Music director, Millhopper School, Gainesville, Fla.
"The playwright's message is clear and kids embrace her material with enthusisam and sensitivity. Her songs are meaningful, melodic and written in a range for children to execute well. Andrea puts her heart and soul into her work. Looking forward to our next "Green" production." - Robert D. Nation, Theater director, Cherry Hill Summer Theater, Cherry Hill, N.J.
"I loved 'The Return of Halley's Comet' very much. The idea is great. All over the world are problems of intolerance, specially among youngsters in schools. Here, in Estonia, we don't have problems of racism, be cause we were a part of the Soviet Union for 50 years and there iare mostly white people in this country. But, we do have conflict between Estonians and Russians. Good relations and love between people is very-very important to me." - Franka Vakkum, Director of Theater for NGO Group, Estonia
ON BREAKING CHARACTER
The Return of Halley's Comet: Finding Acceptance
by Eric Walden
June 5, 2019
- No Special Cautions
- Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.
- Time Period: The Future, 1980s, 1910s / WWI, Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
- Duration: 90 minutes
The town of Centuryville. In the town center and inside the Centuryville Court house.
- Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Mime, Play w/ Music, Special Effects
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes
- Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock, Jazz
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
- Chorus Size: Medium
HISTORIAN - elderly gentlemen, who recounts the story of Halley's Comet
JENNY PONTILLO - young girl with braided hair, from the year 1910
DAWN DEFENSTER - defense attorney for the Haliens
PETE PAYBACKLE - attorney representing Maggie Banks and the town of Centuryville
MRS. WISEMAN - teacher, who discovers the news article from 1910
SHERIFF JOE LAWLESS - ignorant official, who oversees deputies
BAILIFF BOB - tough courtroom bouncer, who stands next to Judge and guards the courtroom
JESSE HEISTER - magnetic, travelling salesman
LORETTA LORY - comic, nasal stenographer, who types and transforms into a Latin dancer
MRS. MARY MERRIWEATHER - president of the Centuryville's Women's Social Club
REGINALD DAVIS III - chairman of the Centuryville Savings and Loan Bank
MAGGIE BANKS - ruthless, ambitious, Mayor of Centuryville and mother of six
MELVIN BANKS - nerdy, bullied husband to Maggie Banks
PROFESSOR I CURIO - eccentric, brilliant professor, who is running for Mayor in the new election
SWEENEY - adorable, spunky campaign manager to Professor Curio
ANGIE - governess to the Mayor's children
CLARA – 18, oldest daughter, who attends private, Bestview High and is a snob
NELLY – 16, second oldest daughter, who is looking for love from her mother; supports Professor I Curio’s efforts to stop the divide in town; also develops a relationship with Sweeney and with the Haliens; is interested in dance and astronomy
JANE GENEVA - 14, loud mouthed, spoiled brat daughter of Mayor
SAMANTHA – 12, quiet, book worm daughter of Mayor
LYDIA - 10 , frilly and feminine daughter of Mayor
DALE – 8, tom-boy daughter of Mayor
HENRY – 6, only son of Mayor, who looks and behaves exactly like Melvin
BABY MAY – 5, youngest child of Mayor, who is the spitting image of her
JUDGE FAIRVIEW - oversees courtroom and the trial
FRANKIE - Centuryville Gazette reporter
LEE - Centuryville Gazette photographer
OLD JENNY PONTILLO - old friend, with braided hair, whom the Haliens are looking for
FANNY - young woman who runs local flower stand in the center of town
SUNNY - fanny's daughter, who is deaf and uses sign language; sensitive to Haliens
MAX - working girl or boy, who has had enough of Maggie Banks
PAT - working girl or boy, who has had enough of Maggie Banks
LITTLE GIRLS WITH BRAIDED HAIR
DEPUTIES - Homer, Alex, Sly, and Jed
HALIENS - creatures who are fed by positive energy, which is their life force
HALLEY - main Halien who befriends Nelly and who is looking for Jenny Pontillo
TWINKLE - bright and light, flittery side-kick to Haley (like Tinkerbell)
STARDUST - calm observer, who is surprising in how sensitively she moves around people
ASTEROID - bouncy, acrobatic and comedic alien, who moves in sync with Galaxy
GALAXY - quick sprinter (hard to catch) somersaulting alien, who moves in sync with Asteroid
COURTSTERS - dancing stenographers and court staff
CITIZENS OF CENTURYVILLE - additional singers and dancers for chorus numbers (more can be added by director, depending on cast size)
OTHER HALIENS - in addition to Halley, Twinkle, Stardust, Asteroid, and Galaxy, a larger ensemble may be featured
Click Here to view a trailer of the Estonia production of The Return of Halley's Comet.
WHAT A STRANGE SIGHT - the Haliens arrive in the town of Centuryville. Photography by Franka Vakkum.
THEY DON'T BELONG HERE - the town of Centuryville is in conflict over what to do with the Haliens. Photography by Franka Vakkum.
YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A FRIEND - the Haliens are reunited with their friend. Photography by Franka Vakkum.
WE'VE GOTTA FIND A WAY - Communication leads to understanding and love. Photography by Franka Vakkum.
LOOKIN' - Maggie Banks and her daughter Nelly sing about the need to be loved. Photography by Franka Vakkum.
Andrea Green at the piano with the 'Generation' Theater Company - Photograph by Henry Nevison
The Return of Halley's Comet by Andrea Green
Performed by Estonia's 'Generation ' Theater group,
under the direction of Franka Vakkum,
choreographer Sirli Mangus and musical director Maire Pedak
- Ensemble cast
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Features Children
- Roles for Teens
- Flexible casting
- Local Celebrity Cameo
- Roles for Children
- Room for Extras
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
- Parts for Senior Actors
Cast includes 30+ characters flexible casting. Additional Chorus and Dance ensemble can be added. The majority of roles can be played by women or men, depending on cast size and director's vision. And adult cast could be cast in the same way (expandable cast with chorus or reduced).
Music Material Rental Packages
30 Piano/Vocal Score
Comprehensive Production and Resource Guide
Orchestrated rehearsal and performance CD
NGO Theater Group - Tallinn, Estonia, DLO Musical Theater Company, Danville, Ill., Mainstage Center for the Art, Blackwood, N.J., Katz JCC of Southern New Jersey, Cherry Hill, N.J., Westminister Choir College, Princeton, N.J., The Ritz Theater, Westmont, N.J., The Voorhees Middle School Summer Theater, Voorhees, N.J., Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, HMS School for Children with Cerebral, Philadelphia, Pa., The Widener School, Philadelphia, Pa.