A Girl Called Opal

by  Robert Lindsey-Nassif

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 9f, 1girl(s)

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A Girl Called Opal

by  Robert Lindsey-Nassif

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 9f, 1girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences, Period
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

The lone survivor of a shipwreck, little Francoise is adopted by a lone woman in an Oregonian town to be a farm hand. Yet the little girl, renamed Opal, is given to flights of fancy and takes it upon herself to bring happiness to everyone in the town. Once she has set the town to rights, she is convinced her Angel Mother and Father will return to her.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: A small town with a lumber mill in Oregon in 1904
  • Additional Features: Animal spot, Mime, No intermission, Puppetry
  • 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

4m, 9f, 1girl(s)
OPAL – a little girl, speaks French
MAMMA – a middle aged woman running a farm by herself
NECKTIES – in love with Thought Girl
THOUGHT GIRL – in love with Neckties, the daughter of the mill owner
SELENA – a blind young woman
GOSSIP SISTERS – two elderly sisters who always speak in unison
SADIE – a kind, elderly washing woman
STORE OWNER, SCHOOL TEACHER, & OTHER EXTRAS
4 MALE NARRATORS
3 FEMALE NARRATORS
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

Animals are mimed or created with puppets. They are not intended for humans. The smaller roles and extras (Store Owner, School Teacher, Students, etc.) may be played by the narrators.

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Authors

Robert Lindsey-Nassif

Robert Lindsey-Nassif composed the score for the Broadway production of Hollywood Arms by Carol Burnett and Carrie Hamilton, directed by Harold Prince. Off-Broadway: Wrote the book, music and lyrics for Opal (Richard Rodgers and AT&T Awards) and music, lyrics and additional dialog for Honky-Tonk Highway (Backstage and ...

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