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.
- Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
- 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
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
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
- Room for Extras
For greater possibilities of hilarity and fun, the play may be done with a cast of all women (including the male roles).