Candide (Hunter)

by  Voltaire, Scott Hunter

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  12m, 16f, 20boy(s) or girl(s)

The story of Voltaire's Candide, as adapted in 2 hilarious hours by a quirky amateur theatre group. Candide, the unlucky innocent, is lead through a series of outlandish, side-splitting misadventures that span nine countries, in order to be reunited with his childhood love. Along his journey he enco…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    12m, 16f, 20boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Adventure, Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

The story of Voltaire's Candide, as adapted in 2 hilarious hours by a quirky amateur theatre group. Candide, the unlucky innocent, is lead through a series of outlandish, side-splitting misadventures that span nine countries, in order to be reunited with his childhood love. Along his journey he encounters shipwrecks and pirates, war, passion, riches beyond the comprehension of mortal man, death by fire, hanging and impalement, Inquisitions, earthquakes, volcanoes, revolution, slave traders, brothels, and sheep - lots of sheep. Throughout his Job-like escapades, he is forced to question his optimistic outlook: is life a cruel or kind expedition? In the end, optimism and good prevail. Candide discovers that the best of all possible worlds is a simple life along-side his true love, and the best example of optimism is a farmer who plants his garden and trusts that it will grow. The play is narrated by Pangloss, the philosopher of Optimism, Paquette, the generous chambermaid, and the Old Woman with No Name and Only One Buttock, who has only one buttock. Each lends their unique perspective to the activities. Candide is a play for directors who like big casts and small budgets. A unit set with simplified, cartoon-like designs best suits the fast paced action. Of the many parts, all but seven can be doubled, and nearly all the parts are gender neutral, thanks to a convenient disclaimer in the prologue.
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Reviews

“Phew, what a romp! The sheep had me crying with laughter” -  ALRA @ALRADrama

 “.... a delightful romp through a seven-country, multiple continent expedition, alive with a jaunty cast of wacky individuals, and brimming with a slew of side-splitting pop culture references... 'Candide's' cast of distinct, hilarious characters flawlessly delivers this comedy. With a spot-on crew and infectious energy, San Juan Hills wows in this modern tale of a classic hero's journey ...” - Orange County Register

Keywords

Death, Love, Politics, Religion, War

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 18th Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: In Beautiful Westfalia, Or Thereabouts.
    In Unlucky Portugal.
    In The Port Of Cadiz And Bound For The New World. 
    Across The Ocean In Buenos Ares.
    Deep In The Jungle Of Paraguay And Even Deeper In El Dorado.
    In The Lawless Port Of Suriname.
    Among The Wildlife In France.  

  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

12m, 16f, 20boy(s) or girl(s)
In Beautiful Westfalia, Or Thereabouts
CANDIDE - the Optimist
CUNEGONDE - the Ingenue
DR. PANGLOSS - the Philosopher
PAQUETTE - the Chambermaid
THE OLD WOMAN WITH ONE BUTTOCK
HEINRICH - the Noble Man
CACAMBO - the Servant
BARONESS THUNDER-TEN-TRONCKH
BARON THUNDER-TEN-TRONCKH
VOLTAIRE - the Philosopher
BEN FRANKLIN - the Founding Father
THE BULGARIAN DESERTER
THE HEAD BULGARIAN SOLDIER
THE BULGARIAN SERGEANT

In Unlucky Portugal
JAMES THE ANABAPTIST
THE INSPECTOR GENERAL
THE GRAND INQUISITOR
THE VICEROY OF THE INQUISITION
THE INEPT EXECUTIONER
THE OTHER EXECUTIONER - just as inept
THE MAN WHO MARRIED HIS GODMOTHER
THE HOT GODMOTHER
THE MERCHANT WHO HATES BACON
DON ISSACHAR - the Happy Person
THE UNIVERSITY SURGEON

In The Port Of Cadiz And Bound For The New World
THE LUCKY NUN
THE UNLUCKY BEGGAR
THE DRILL SERGEANT
THE FIRST CANNIBAL
THE SECOND CANNIBAL
THE THIRD CANNIBAL

Across The Ocean In Buenos Ares
DON FERNANDO - the Ladies' Man
DON FERNANDO'S FIRST LADY
DON FERNANDO'S SECOND LADY
THE MESSENGER FROM THE JUNGLE
THE BUENOS ARES TOWNSWOMAN
ANOTHER TOWNSWOMAN

Deep In The Jungle Of Paraguay And Even Deeper In El Dorado
THE REVOLUTIONARY COMMANDER
THE REVOLUTIONARY GUARD
THE QUEEN OF THE AMAZON
THE AMAZON PRINCESS
THE OTHER AMAZON PRINCESS

In The Lawless Port Of Suriname
THE SLAVE AUCTIONEER
THE SLAVE BIDDER
THE PIRATE KING
MARTIN - the Hyper-Active Pessimist

Among The Wildlife In France
MISS RATTOLI - the French Guide, a Mime
MADEMOISELLE CLAIRON - a Madame
THE FRENCH INSPECTOR
THE FRENCH IMPOSTOR
MADEMOISELLE MIMI
MADEMOISELLE YOUYOU
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

 Voltaire

Voltaire

Scott Hunter

Scott Hunter

Candide was first performed in November, 2007 by Hesperia High School in Hesperia, California, under the direction of Paula Hunter. 

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