See You in Bells

by  Edie Claire

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 6f, 1boy(s), 2girl(s), 1m or f

The mother of the bride has every reason to panic. Three generations of Bower family weddings - three inexplicable disasters. But peacemaking brother Brian is determined to end the family curse.

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See You in Bells

by  Edie Claire

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 6f, 1boy(s), 2girl(s), 1m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Faith-based
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

The mother of the bride has every reason to panic. Three generations of Bower family weddings - three inexplicable disasters. Now, with the church building falling down, half the wedding party AWOL, and the bride’s sisters still fighting over what happened at the LAST family wedding, daughter Jenna’s nuptials seem hopelessly doomed. But peacemaking brother Brian is determined to end the sisters’ feud - and the family curse. All he needs is to stage a rip-roaring intervention… and pray it turns divine!
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Open Flame Open Flame

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, 1980s
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: The play is designed to be performed in a church sanctuary and requires only minimal special lighting, props, and setup.
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Local Celebrity Cameo, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

6m, 6f, 1boy(s), 2girl(s), 1m or f

Leading Roles:
DICK BOWER, MD - father of the Bride, 60ish, a devoted father and Husband; but the women in his life drive him nuts
BARBARA BOWER - mother of the Bride, 60ish, a born worrier; all she wants is for everything to be perfect, and for no one to be hospitalized
BRIAN BOWER - brother of the Bride, early 40s, the longsuffering peacemaker of the family; will risk anything to stop his sisters’ feud, including hospitalization
DEB BOWER - sister of the Bride, early 40s, a successful, careerdriven, take-no-prisoners businesswoman who HAS NO SISTER other than the bride
CAT BOWER - sister of the Bride, early 40s, a willful, mischievous, and sometimes irrational free spirit; is strangely unrepentant at ruining Deb’s entire life

Supporting Roles:
JENNA BOWER - the Bride, mid-late 20s, the beloved baby of the Family, whom everyone wants to protect, and whom everyone underestimates
SCOTT SANDERS - the Groom, mid-late 20s, honest and patient; he can tolerate any number of insane in-laws, but would prefer to skip straight to the honeymoon
NADINE APPLEBY - wedding coordinator, 60ish, Barb’s longtime Friend; quirky, sentimental, devoted, meddlesome…and just a tad bit malicious
PAUL MYERS - Best Man, late 30s/early 40s, uncle of the groom; intelligent, witty, dryly sarcastic and—unlike everyone else—not intimidated by Deb
YOUNG BRIAN - a flashback to the late 70s/early 80s, teenager
YOUNG DEB - a flashback to the late 70s/early 80s, teenager
YOUNG CAT - a flashback to the late 70s/early 80s, teenager

Opportunities with Lesser Time Commitment:
JIM SANDERS - father of the Groom, 50ish; just wants to get back to his workshop—and away from Dolores
DOLORES SANDERS - mother of the Groom, 50ish; LOVES weddings, and thinks Jim should too KEVIN STILLS - Deb’s erstwhile fiancé, a.k.a. pond scum; 40ish
THE MINISTER - non-speaking cameo in the Finale

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Features Teens
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Boy and girls are teenagers. Non-gender adult is a cameo role for a minister.

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Authors

Edie Claire

Edie Claire is a novelist and playwright, a veterinarian, a childbirth educator, and a mother of three who delights in writing six genres of fiction: cozy mysteries, romantic suspense, women's fiction, humor, YA romance, and comedic stage plays. An avid fan of theater from the time she and her high ...

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See You in Bells was first performed by the Acts of God Drama Ministry at Ingomar United Methodist Church on October 25, 2007.

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