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Happy Prince, The (Dooley/Perkins)

Oscar Wilde, David Perkins, Caroline Dooley

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Full Length Musical, Drama

8m, 4f, 4boy(s) or girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573662379

"A bittersweet fable of... self-sacrifice, Oscar Wilde's fairy story is perhaps weighty stuff for a musical comedy. But in their adaptation, Caroline Dooley and David Perkins have mined the story for its moments of satirical humour and sincere humanity…

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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences

75 Minutes

Time Period - Victorian (British and American)

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Community Theatre, Youth/Camp Programs

A touching musical based on the well-loved story by Oscar Wilde... The golden statue of the Happy Prince stands high above the city looking down on the misery and poverty beneath him. Desperate to bring hope and happiness to the poor people, he asks a swallow to distribute his gold and jewels to them. The generosity of the Happy Prince and the courage of the swallow help to overcome the greed of the powerful mayor and we are shown that the most precious things in life are often the least obvious.

The Happy Princehas been specially written for a large cast with a mixed range of agesand abilities making it suitable for schools, youth theatres or amateur groups. The 16 principal roles are augmented by much chorus work which can be adapted according to the size of the company. Helpful and detailed Director’s Notes are included to assist with every aspect of the production. The running time is approximately 80 minutes.

 

"When a show opens with God as a natty dresser in a white suit, practising his golf swings while he whistles Heaven, I'm in Heaven, you know you're in for a treat" Surrey Advertiser

First performed at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, UK on 4th December 2003

Characters

CASTING

8m, 4f, 4boy(s) or girl(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Features Children, Flexible casting, Roles for Children

CASTING NOTES

LARGE CAST

CHORUS SIZE

Large

HAPPY PRINCE (m/f)
GOD* (m)
ANGEL (m/f)
SEAMSTRESS* (f)
HER SON (m)
WRITER* (m)
MATCH GIRL (f)
TEACHER* (f)
DREAMY CHILD (m/f)
MAYOR* (m)
TOWN CLERK* (m)
THOMAS* (m)
CECILY* (f)
SWALLOW (m/f)
EARNEST (m)
MR SWANN* (m)

CHORUS

*Could be played by older children or adults

Rental Materials

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

Piano / Vocal Score

Double Bass

Flute / Clarinet

Flute / Clarinet / Bass Clarinet

Oboe / Cor Anglais

Trumpet / Flugelhorn

Violin

Drums / Percussion

Song Samples

Waiting for the Mayor

The Mayor's Song

I've a Long Way to Go

Lullaby of Dreams

How Wonderful the Stars Are

Bird Song

Where's the Play? / How Can I Write?

Matches for Sale

Golden Leaves

When Your Dream is in Sight

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

David Perkins

David Perkins

David works as a composer, pianist, MD and music arranger. His specialization is writing and collaborating on musicals for the youth/schools market and shows aimed at young/family orientated audiences. Published works include Shake Ripple & Roll, Pandemonium! (a Greek Myth-adventure) and Skool & Crossbones with lyricist Jenifer Toksvig. Also adaptations of The Nutcracker, The Selfish Giant, The ... view full profile

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