Hans Christian Andersen's The Flea and the Professor
Full Length Musical, Comedy / 4m, 3f
Adapted from the last story by master author Hans Christian Andersen, this new musical odyssey celebrates friendship, whimsy, and the excitement of the unknown.
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- Winner! 2011 Barrymore Awards, Best Production of a Musical and Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Official Selection! The Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices Festival
"Exciting, funny, and creatively imagined." - Philadelphia Inquirer
"Splendid entertainment, boasting eye-popping design, a witty script, and marvelous performances. The Flea and the Professor is a lot of fun, thanks largely to its style and showmanship. Satisfies the adults in the audience without talking down to the children." - Talkin Broadway
"The musical is full of comical moments, touching scenes, adventure and delightful music." - Delaware County News
"The Flea and the Professor is the kind of entertainment capable of forcing young children to lift their sagging heads up out of their laps while also filling their tiny hearts with a wonder available nowhere but on a stage." - Out With the Kids
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- Time Period: Victorian (British and American), Not Applicable
- Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
- Setting: A 19th century circus theater.
- Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
- Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes
- Musical Style: Classic Broadway
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Piano Only
- Chorus Size: No Chorus
THE PROFESSOR - played by a little man
THE CANNIBAL PRINCESS - played by a woman of any size; big voice
THE CANNIBAL KING - her father; later he plays HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
THE CANNIBAL QUEEN - her mother
THE SEA CAPTAIN - also plays THE LOYAL SUBJECT
THE STORYTELLER - whose real name is Livia
- Ensemble cast
- Non-Traditional casting
- Expandable casting
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
Very important: The Cannibals should not be depicted as a 19th-century European’s idea of natives. I think of them instead as a brash, nouveau-riche suburban California family with all the comforts money can buy. With a few strange twists to suggest that they are from some civilization heretofore out of contact with ours: Maybe they wear their clothes backwards, maybe they drink with their noses.
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