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The Canterville Ghost (Quilter)

Oscar Wilde, Peter Quilter

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

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

ISBN: 9780573081194

The Canterville Ghost (libretto)
Adapted from the original story by Oscar Wilde
Book and lyrics by Peter Quilter
Music by Charles Miller

Musical adaptation of the story by Oscar Wilde.

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Description

Full Length Musical

Dramatic Comedy

Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Christmas/Holiday, Fables/Folktales

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play -

Rooms within Canterville Chase, an old mansion house.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music, Special Effects

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Elementary School / Primary, Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage, Church / Religious Groups

Charming, funny and tuneful family show for all ages.

Reviews

"Great humour and tuneful music that consistently hits the spot." The Stage
"Contagious fun ... Miller has written fine, superbly rousing feel-good songs and Quilter's lyrics are pacy and crisp ... sure to raise your spirits ... a perfectly formed piece of genuine family entertainment." Time Out
"It has everything for a real family show ... a strong story, vigorous action, memorable tunes and enough charm to see it through many generations to come ... excellent." Western Gazette

"Great humour and tuneful music that consistently hits the spot" - The Stage

"Contagious fun ... Miller has written fine, superbly rousing feel-good songs and Quilter's lyrics are pacy and crisp ... sure to raise your spirits ... a perfectly formed piece of genuine family entertainment"           - Time Out

Following a hit run on the London Fringe, the show was presented on a national tour of the UK, starring Ron Moody.
Characters

CASTING

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

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Expandable casting, Features Teens, Flexible casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

M4, F3 plus Chorus. Or M2 F5 (the roles of Junior and Washington can be played by females) plus Chorus

CHORUS SIZE

Small

The Ghost: the dead Simon de Canterville 1525-1585
Hiram Otis: American millionaire
Lucretia Otis: Hiram's wife
Virginia Otis: their daughter; 16
Junior Otis: their son; 13
Washington Otis: Junior's twin brother; 13
Mrs Umney
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

Piano/Vocal Score
Videos
  • A song from the show

Author(s)
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was born in Dublin to Sir William Wilde and his wife Jane. While studying at Oxford, he was fascinated by the aesthetic movement and eventually became a proponent for L'art pour l'art ("Art for Art's Sake"), and wrote the award-winning poem Ravenna. After he graduated in 1879, he moved to Chelsea in London to establish a literary career. Upon graduating in 1879, he moved ... view full profile

Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter's plays have been presented in major theatres in 38 countries around the world and translated into 27 languages. He has had a hit show on Broadway and three successful plays in London's West End. Peter has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award (Best New Play 2011 and Best New Comedy 2006) and his Broadway debut was nominated for three Tony Awards. view full profile

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