Pandemonium (a Greek Myth-adventure)

by  David Perkins, Jenifer Toksvig

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  7m, 4f, 10boy(s) or girl(s)

"an extraordinary assimilation of styles and influences: expressionism, morality, fairy tale, bureaucratic satire, political nightmare" - Guardian

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Pandemonium (a Greek Myth-adventure)

by  David Perkins Jenifer Toksvig

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 4f, 10boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adventure, Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Welcome to Ancient Greece and the wedding of Pandora and Epimetheus! Pandora's a gift from Zeus, the king of the gods. A strange box appears amongst the wedding presents, and curiosity compels Pandora to open it. All manner of evil is released into the world! She grabs the box and runs away. This wasn't part of Zeus's plan! Follow the gods, goddesses, nymphs and mortals in their mad race to find Pandora and the box.

This mythical, fun-packed musical adventure, from the authors of the successful Shake, Ripple & Roll, runs approximately one and a half hours, plus interval. The Greek chorus can involve a cast as large as required. With an exciting up-beat score and copious staging and author's notes, this musical should prove an excellent choice for drama groups of all ages.

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Reviews

"... a simple and brilliantly told narrative with bouncy, jolly music and lyrics ... The quality of the songs, with their precise lyrics and mixture of popular styles, reminded me of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour DreamCoat'; and you know how popular that show became." - Daily Mail

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Youth/Camp Programs

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Duration: 90 minutes

Music

  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Large

Casting

7m, 4f, 10boy(s) or girl(s)

ZEUS* (m)
HERA* (f)
EROS* (m/f)
PANDORA* (f)
HADES* (m)
DAEDALUS* (m)
ICARUS* (m)
ORPHEUS* (m)
EURYDICE* (f)
KING MIDAS* (m)
DIONYSUS* (m/f)
NARCISSUS* (m)
ECHO* (f)
THESEUS, PERSEUS & ODYSSEUS* (m/f)
HERMES* (m/f)
CHARON* (m/f)
CAB DRIVER* (m/f)
2 DAIMONS* (m/f)

GREEK CHORUS

*Could be played by older children or adults

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Cast Attributes

  • Features Children
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children

Casting Notes

LARGE CAST

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Full Package

Piano / Vocal Score

Bass Guitar

Drums

Flute / Clarinet / Alto Sax

Trumpet / Flugelhorn

20 Vocal Books

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Authors

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 lyricis ...

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Jenifer Toksvig

Jenifer Toksvig writes musical theatre for storytellers of all ages. With composer David Perkins, she has written several shows for young people to perform, including The Curious Quest for the Sandman's Sand

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First performed at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, UK on 28th June 2001

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