The Scheme of the Driftless Shifter

by  Carolyn Lane

Short Play, Melodrama  /  4m, 5f

A Mixed-Up Melodrama, for even greater fun, may be played with an all-women cast. Int. It's all about the efforts of one bumbling cast and crew to produce a serious melodrama, and from the premature opening of the curtain to the completely confused curtain call, everything that could go wrong does.

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The Scheme of the Driftless Shifter

by  Carolyn Lane

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A Mixed-Up Melodrama, for even greater fun, may be played with an all-women cast. Int. It's all about the efforts of one bumbling cast and crew to produce a serious melodrama, and from the premature opening of the curtain to the completely confused curtain call, everything that could go wrong does. The pianist plays the wrong music, the curtain opens too soon, there's an argument in the audience during the show, wrong sound cues, wigs come off, wrong speeches are given, wrong exits Yet, through it all, the players valiantly try to surmount the monumental confusion and create an atmosphere of madcap zeal!
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: Scene 1 - Drawing room of the Pompington home, early evening.
    Scene 2 - Out in the snow, a few hours later.
    Scene 3 - The drawing room, just before midnight.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 5f
GLADYS - The Pompington maid
HENRY POMPINGTON - A wealthy businessman
MARIGOLD POMPINGTON -His younger daughter
PETUNIA POMPINGTON - His older daughter
ROVER - Petunia's faithful dog
REX HOLMES - A wayfaring stranger
VICTOR STRONGHEART - Petunia's suitor
PIANO PLAYER - Male or female
DIRECTOR OF THE PLAY - Male or female
SCRUBWOMAN - Male or female
STAGE MANAGER - Male or female
MAN BEHIND LADY IN HAT
LADY IN HAT
USHER - Male or female
PROMPTER OF THE PLAY - Male or female
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Cast Attributes

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Casting Notes

For greater possibilities of hilarity and fun, the play may be done with a cast of all women (including the male roles).

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Authors

Carolyn Lane

Carolyn Lane

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