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Debbie Does Dallas Comedy/Satire View Details Compare
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"A scream! A saucy, tongue-in-cheek romp" —The New Yorker.

"Hilarious! DEBBIE manages to have it all: beauty, brains and a great sense of humour! The cast is great" —Time Out NY.

"Shamelessly silly, shrewdly self-aware and proud of being naughty. Great fun!" —NY Times.

"Racy and raucous, a lighthearted, fast-paced thoroughly engaging and hilarious send-up" —NY Daily News.

Dick Turpin Drama; Romance View Details Compare
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Specially written for the amateur stage, this is a swashbuckling tale of an attempt by the notorious highwayman and his gang to rob a nobleman and his guests during a party at his stately home. The settings are the Spaniard’s Inn at Hampstead and the ballroom of Burley House. A period show with lots of drama, romantic interest and chorus work.

Dick Whittington Comedy/Satire; Fantasy/Adventure View Details Compare
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London’s streets are paved with gold (oh no they’re not!) and they’re the setting for an action-packed Christmas adventure! Dick Whittington meets loads of colourful characters on his journey from rags to riches - including the horrible King Rat and dotty Dame Sarah the Cook. And where would we be without his trusty cat, Tommy, who sees off an army of ghastly rats single-pawed! With a spectacular sea voyage to Morocco and loads of audience participation, Dick Whittington is the perfect traditional Christmas pantomime for audiences of all ages.

Die Fledermaus (adapted Park/Hanmer) Comedy/Satire View Details Compare
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Composed non-stop in forty-two ‘nights of veritable rapture’ this is the younger Strauss’s most celebrated and popular operetta - intoxicatingly melodious and exuberant. Mistaken identities, flirtations at a masked ball, elegant frivolities and confusions of all kinds provide a hilarious vehicle for some of the most captivating music ever written. A blissful show - especially rewarding for societies with high singing standards. The Overture is one of the most popular ever written, with five of the best tunes woven into a framework of the great ‘Fledermaus Waltz’.

Dinosaur Musical, The Comedy/Satire View Details Compare
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It is the end of the Cretaceous period. A giant meteor collides with the earth and wreaks havoc with the ecosystem. In order to avoid extinction, the Dinosaurs sign a peace pact called the Treaty of Meat. For a time there is peace between the Carnivores and the Herbivores. But when the wise King of the Tyrannosauruses suddenly dies and his none-too-clever thirteen-year-old son, Quincy, rises to power, trouble begins. King Quincy leads the Tyrannosauruses on a terrible rampage. Carlotta Devries, a Parasaurolophus singing star, and her thirteen-year-old daughter, Mindy, narrowly escape Quincy's forces and take refuge at Swifty's Volcano Café, the clandestine headquarters for the Dinosaur resistance. The café is run by Swifty Levine, a Triceratops comedian, and is staffed with a variety of zany, peaceable Dinosaurs. Can the power of goodwill win out over the forces of evil? It's a family show…so yes. THE DINOSAUR MUSICAL is a madcap, jazzy prehistoric musical comedy combining the intrigue and romance of a Hollywood World War II epic with a perky adolescent parent trap. Throw in some Borsht Belt comedy, an erupting volcano and the invention of spaghetti and you've got something for everyone of any age.

"A winning and delightful family show." —Philadelphia Inquirer. "THE DINOSAUR MUSICAL is a rare treat—a family musical that really can entertain the whole family. It's a show written with young children in mind that does not talk down to its audience. It works on several levels—it's a cute story about dinosaurs for youngsters; a 'girl power' story to appeal to teenagers; and a musical comedy with lots of wit to appeal to adults."

—Talkin' Broadway. "A charming, irreverent and highly amusing romp. This show is a trippy little musical comedy, full of visual gags, witty word play and some nice tunes. And it's not like anything else you've seen." —Kansas City Star.  

Direct From Death Row The Scottsboro Boys Drama View Details Compare
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The nine Scottsboro Boys arrive from eternity to the stage of the theater producing the play. They have come to keep alive the story of their arrest and conviction for the rape of two white women in Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931 (despite incontrovertible medical evidence to the contrary). Putting on their own vaudeville show, the Scottsboro Boys use songs, a magic act, a ventriloquist act, skits and soft shoe to convey the tawdry show that their case became, as the Communist Party and the NAACP competed for control of their defense, while the state of Alabama postured to justify its imposition of the death sentence despite the evidence and two Supreme Court rulings requiring new trials. Behind the masks, the question remains—and between the vaudeville scenes the play examines—who were these nine young men?

"Playwright Mark Stein's poignant work has the Boys recount their arduous struggle for freedom, and the conflicts among them that almost derailed their cause. The play is not without humor as the all-black cast, like a modern-day minstrel show, dons masks to portray the various sympathetic and opportunistic white and colored folk involved." —LA Weekly. "…a dazzling array of thought-provoking vignettes." —BackStage West. "…theatrical genius…a perfect mix of comedy and drama. To tell a story involving so much pain and sadness with the flair of vaudeville (complete with comedy, singing, and dancing) without negating its importance, is no less than phenomenal." —LA Sentinel. "…a fascinating juxtaposition between judicial horrors and theatrical absurdities." —Sacramento News & Review. "It is an amazing piece of theater." —Sacramento Bee.

Do or Die Comedy/Satire; Drama View Details Compare
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The boys’ football team is struggling. The girls’ hockey team go from success to success.

Dragon Fire Fantasy/Adventure View Details Compare
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DRAGON FIRE takes its inspiration from ancient Japanese folk tales.

It tells of a village terrorised by a ferocious fire-eating Dragon. Patches, a cheeky child, is the only villager brave enough to make the perilous journey across the mountains to visit the wise Goddess who can reveal how the Dragon can be defeated.

DRAGON FIRE tells the story of her journey, of the strange creatures she encounters along the way, and of her meeting with the Goddess. The story ends with Patches’ triumphant and ingenious defeat of the Dragon.

DRAGON FIRE was written for an all-girl cast, but can equally be performed by boys or mixed groups. The size of the cast is flexible. There are seven main parts, and six groups of other characters, who can double up as necessary. The ideal age range is 9-13.

Drake Fantasy/Adventure; Comedy/Satire View Details Compare
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Sir Francis Drake lives in this light-hearted, decidedly unhistoric romp. Presented in the style of English pantomime, Drake tells the story of the legendary sea captain of the Golden Hind who is credited with circumnavigating the globe, defeating the Spanish Armada and-at least according to this musical charmer-romancing Queen Elizabeth I.

Dreaming, The Fantasy/Adventure View Details Compare
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Based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, THE DREAMING  is another successful collaboration between Goodall and writer Charles Hart.  It translates the original play into a pre-WWI West Country idyll, where a small community moves between village and magical woodland in a score that is fuelled by English folk and choral traditions.

“Tim Rice once said that you need at least ten great numbers to make a successful musical. You more or less have those by the interval in this show.” Daily Mail (Michael Coveney), 2002

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