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Plays/Musicals Available for Licensing

The scripts described below are available for licensing. In most cases the casting is flexible in terms of gender. In previous productions some of the roles for older women have been played by men dressed as women. Casts are generally from 4 to 9 actors. Adjustments in cast size have been made by dropping a character or adding a character. In the plays with opera, trained voices are needed. There are some roles specifically for child actors and others best played by a young adult actor who looks young. Licensing is generally per performance. Please contact Rachel. Happy to answer any questions. rachel@fitzandstartzproductions.org.

I Have a Song to Sing O!

a G&S sing-a-long musical

Book and new lyrics by Rachel Lampert

Music by Arthur Sullivan/lyrics by William Gilbert

The Corcoran Family is obsessed with Gilbert & Sullivan. They sing their way through every day and find an appropriate song for every occasion. Unfortunately, not everyone shares their enthusiasm for the music and their new land lords are among the G&S detractors. The Corcoran’s have moved two times already this year and want to figure out how they can co- exist with their music-hating landlords, the Snivells. Many of G&S’s most popular songs are employed throughout the play and finally, in the spirit of G&S, all is resolved. Following each song used in the play, the actors break the fourth wall and invite the audience to sing-a-long in a second go round. The lyrics are projected for everyone to see. Through the course of the play the Snivells reveal why they hate music so much and everyone celebrates with a song.

 

Flexible casting:

9 total actors (can be more)

Corcoran Family:

3 adults–mom, dad, grandma

4 children. Children can be any combination of genders and there can be more. They should be between 8 and 16 years old.

The Snivells: Mr. and Mrs. Could be one man and one woman or two women or two men.

 

Winter Tales

a cautionary tale told in movement and song for a cold winter’s day

Book & lyrics by Rachel Lampert

Music by Lesley Greene

A last-minute school closing forces Rebecca, who is 9 going on 10, “almost double digits”, to be left alone by her mother who must report to work. After lots of instructions, Rebecca’s mom leaves Rebecca and her giant cat, Muriel at home alone. Most important instruction is “to not leave the house under any circumstances.” When Muriel wants more milk and there isn’t any, Rebecca decides that Mr. Ramirez’s grocery is only a little ways away and she can make it there and back without her mother ever knowing. But the snow storm is stronger than she imagined, and she gets lost, ending up in the City of Freezeville where she meets the Ice Man who takes her to his castle of ice. Rebecca discovers she is not the only lost person the Ice Man is hosting. With the help of Muriel, the giant cat, and some quick-thinking Rebecca escapes and returns home just before her mother returns from work. Rebecca confesses what happened and she and her mother confirm that she made a bad decision, but this time she came home safely. Rebecca accepts that rules about safety are important to remember and keep.

 

Flexible casting. Minimum 5

Rebecca – 9 “going on 10”

Rebecca’s Mom – 30s-40s

Muriel the Cat – a dancer with good acting skills

Ice Man – Good singer, the “bad guy”

Narrator – Great story teller

Ensemble can be as many as desired.

Pianist – can join in the singing. There are flute and clarinet parts available.

 

The Mystery of the Magic Flute

an operatic adventure for three young American girls on a visit to Salzburg

Book and new lyrics by Rachel Lampert

Music by Mozart

Three American girls–Bettina age 15, Anna age 12, and Suz age 9–are off to Salzburg, Austria with their Uncle Wolfie to see the sights and experience going to the opera in Mozart’s home town. Uncle Wolfie has told his nieces about a mysterious opera house that is on a street with no name and is not on any map. Can they find it? When Uncle Wolfie turns a corner and disappears and then a mysterious door appears, the girls decide to enter. They find a company of opera singers who have been stuck in time for 125 years! Can Bets, Anna and Suz get them out of their time warp? And, how many times must they perform The Magic Flute before the spell is broken? For lovers of music, mysteries and merriment, The Mystery of the Magic Flute is a delight. Requires trained voices. Great for young opera singers/apprentices

Casting: 11

Bettina (Bets) – age 13 oldest of the three sisters* (played by older singer who looks young)

Anna - age 11 middle sister (played by a real child)

Susannah - age 9 youngest sister (played by a real child)

Uncle Wolfie - Baritone - uncle of Bettina, Anna, and Susannah

Constanza/Queen of the Night - Soprano - oldest of three sisters

Monastatos - Baritone - Leader of the company

Alfonso/Papageno - Baritone - smart and funny

Elvira/Papagena - Mezzo - middle sister to Constanza

Elmira/Pamina - Soprano - younger sister of Constanza and Elvira

Tom/Tamino - Tenor - studious and forthright

Dorabella - Dancer in the company, sings in ensemble

Piano accompanist - score available

Flute part available

 

Adventure in Apartment G#

an introduction to opera for the whole family

Book and new lyrics by Rachel Lampert and Nathan Hilgartner

Music by Mozart, Rossini, Dvorak

Nine-year-old Bernadette is excited to be spending the weekend with her Uncle Howard in Manhattan and especially looking forward to the wonderful desserts he creates especially for her. In fact, a weekend with Uncle Howard would be perfect except that he listens to opera constantly, and Bernadette is not an opera fan. Shortly after Uncle Howard sings her a lullaby, tucks her into bed and tiptoes away, some strange things begin to happen-an operatic dream, or a singing nightmare?

Bernadette is transported back in time to a faraway land where she is mistaken for a servant girl and finds herself sorting out the complicated lives of two sisters, two brothers, and a father who is determined to see at least one of his daughters married to one of those brothers! Lots of zaniness and lots of beautiful singing ensue.

 

Casting: 6 (with doubling)

Bernadette/Despina - 9-years-old, plays Bernadette and Despina in dream

Uncle Howard/Don Horatio - Baritone - plays Howard and in the dream Don Horatio

Carlotta - Soprano - Pushy, arrogant young aristocrat

Rosalina - Soprano - Cousin to Carlotta - sweet and smart

Alphonso - Bari-tenor - Brother of Alfredo. Alphonso is full of himself. Braggart.

Alfredo - Bari-tenor - Shy and inexperienced. Means well, but very timid.

Pianist accompanist - score available

 
 

Emmett & Ella: A Trilogy of Dog Tales

Emmett & Ella: Big Apple Escapade

Book & Lyrics by Rachel Lampert

Music by Lesley Greene

Emmett is a hound, Ella is a retriever. They live in a small town upstate with their human Louella who is an eccentric older woman and an amateur opera singer. Louella has booked a concert for herself in New York City and is excited to be headed to the Big Apple. Emmett and Ella, who go everywhere with Louella, are at first thrilled, but then disappointed to discover that she intends to leave them at home. Determined to not be left out of the trip to the big city, Emmett and Ella jump on the Greyhound Bus and arrive in a few hours. During their adventure they meet the Canine Tour Guide for a bus tour and Park Pooch in Central Park. The Doggie Docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Gramps, the DJ Dog at Roseland. And the Stage Door Dog at Radio City where they have gone to find Louella. Their escapade comes to a halt when they learn that Louella is cancelling her concert because she heard that her dogs were missing. Emmett and Ella have to do some pretty difficult tricks to make everything right.

Flexible casting: Minimum - 5 (with doubling/tripling)

Emmett

Ella

Louella

Tour Guide/Stage Door Dog/Park Pooch (tripling)

Doggy Docent, Gramps (doubling)

Piano accompanist - score available

Emmett & Ella: The Puppy Plot

Book & Lyrics by Rachel Lampert

Music by Lesley Greene

It’s summertime. Louella, Emmett and Ella’s enthusiastic and out-going human, is planning a big talent show to raise funds for a new animal shelter. She is over-the-top involved in making this the greatest event her town has ever seen. She’s also agreed to host her grandniece and grandnephew, Sierra and Adam, for a whole month. Canines Emmett and Ella can’t wait. They remember Sierra and Adam’s last visit three years earlier as the  greatest time in their entire doggie lives! But when Sierra and Adam arrive, it is clear from their first hello that they are  not  the happy kids Emmett and Ella remember. What’s going on? Emmett and Ella race to consult with their doggie pal Rags about what they can do to make Sierra and Adam  happier. But when they find Rags, they discover he has his own set of challenges: Rags has just found two abandoned  puppies. Two unhappy kids, two abandoned puppies! These are the ingredients that set into motion The Puppy Plot. Will Emmett and Ella find a way to help Sierra and Adam have a better summer? Is there a forever home for the two puppies? And, will Louella’s determination result in the “best talent show, and the best animal shelter ever?” You’ll have to come see the show to find out!

Casting: 7

Emmett - a hound dog - played by a young adult

Ella - a retriever - played by a young adult

Louella - Emmet & Ella's "human". Older lady, eccentric and well-meaning. This role can be played by a woman or a man dressed as a woman.

Rags - a dog with street smarts - played by a young adult

Sierra - Louella's grand-niece - 13. Can be played by a young adult or teenager.

Adam - Louella's grand-nephew. Sierras brother - 15. Young adult or teenager.

Georgina - Louella's best friend. Older lady can be played by a woman or a man dressed as a woman. Small role. Is puppeteer to handle puppets in the final scene.

Piano accompanist - score available.

Emmett & Ella: A Doggone Mystery

Book & Lyrics by Rachel Lampert

Music by Lesley Greene

Emmett is a hound dog, Ella is a retriever. Always eager for a new adventure, they are planning a surprise for their “human” Louella. But, things start to go awry, and they find themselves involved in a mystery they must solve before anything else can happen. A new adventure for the popular doggie-duo with a delightful original score by Lesley Greene and Rachel Lampert’s snappy dialogue and lyrics. Songs, dogs, humans and  a mystery! More information soon.

The Sisters Fitz&Startz: A Case for the Classics

a musical, dance and theatrical celebration of Autumn

Book & lyrics by Rachel Lampert

Music by Mozart, Schumann, Beethoven, Donizetti, & more

The curriculum at The Sisters Fitz&Startz School of Music and Dance has not changed in many decades. Focused on the classics, sisters Ashtabula and Phlemena have been training students in the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Tschaikovsky and Chopin. And all their proteges know their ballet steps. But the times they are a-changing. Theres an undercurrent of rebellion as they plan for the Annual Autumn Celebration of the Season recital. Age versus youth, old versus new, generations must learn from each other knowing that theshow must go on! A music, dance and song-filled event for the whole family.

 

Flexible casting:

Ashtabula (one-half of the sister duo) Older person (has been played by a man dressed as a woman)

Phlemena (one-half of the sister duo) Older person (has been played by a man dressed as a woman)

Eddie (10 or 11 years old*) too smart for his own good. Says what he thinks. Likes being the instigator.

Adelaide (10 or 11 years old*) smart and quick. She and Eddie are always competing. Maybe because there is some  affection under it all.

Benno (10 or 11 years old*) a worried pleaser. Great singer coming into his own.

Rhonda (10 or 11 years old*) sweet and confident. Waiting to blossom.

Travis/Roberta (12 or 12 years old**) doesnt say much but an excellent pianist

*These roles have been played by a young-looking adult actor, high school or college age

**Travis is also the music director, so he must be able to play the score. This could be a female actor

 
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