The Canterville Ghost (Kelly)

by  Tim Kelly

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 14f

An average American family acquires historic old Canterville Chase - complete with ghost! Sir Simon, the sporting spirit, succeeds in making life miserable. Then the Americans strike back. Pam and Wendy, daughters of the new owners, attack the poor ghost with cans of hairspray and deodorant...

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The Canterville Ghost (Kelly)

by  Tim Kelly

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 14f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

An average American family acquires historic old Canterville Chase - complete with ghost! Sir Simon, the sporting spirit, succeeds in making life miserable. Then the Americans strike back. Pam and Wendy, daughters of the new owners, attack the poor ghost with cans of hairspray and deodorant! Sir Simon feels this is hardly fair, so he enlists the aid of some friends: Hester the Horrid, Lady Joan the Graveless, the Vampire Duchess, and other things that go bump in the night. Life is hectic and fantastically funny around Canterville Chase until the real solution to the problem of the galloping ghost is discovered.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: An old English manor house. The present. 

Music

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

Casting

6m, 14f

JENNIE - a maid at Canterville Chase. 
MRS. UMNEY - the housekeeper. 
LADY CANTERVILLE - the former owner. 
WEEDS - the gardener. 
PAM - American teenager.
WENDY - her sister. 
MRS. OTIS (LUCY) - new owner of Canterville Chase. 
MR. OTIS (HORACE) - her husband. 
VIRGINIA - Lucy's younger sister. 
SIR SIMON - "The Canterville Ghost."
VICAR - village clergyman. 
LORD CECIL - Lady Canterville's nephew. 
MRS. DAMPIER - vicar's wife. 
MADAM BALAKLAVA - a "psychic researcher."
MARTIN THE MANIAC - a ghost. 
HESTER THE HORRID - another ghost. 
LADY JOAN THE GRAVELESS - a ghost, too. 
VAMPIRE DUCHESS - still another ghost. 
MRS. MIDWINTER - a villager. 
MRS. MUSGRAVE - another villager. 

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

Tim Kelly

Kelly was born in Saugus, Massachusetts on October 2, 1932. He graduated from Emerson College with a bachelor's degree and received a masters degree in play-writing from Yale University. His first stage play was Widow's Walk, published in the 1960s. At the same time, three of his plays opened: A Darker Flo ...

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