The Mystery Of Dumsey Meadow

by  David Perkins, Caroline Dooley

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  8m, 8f, 1m or f

When the pupils of St Winifred’s and St Albert’s arrive for a camping trip at the beautiful Dumsey Meadow, deep in the heart of the English countryside, they find themselves in a spot of bother – there has been a double booking and only one school may camp there.

Whilst trying to decide which of them should stay, they become aware of some mysterious things happening around them: What is the peculiar smell in the air? Why is the Farmer always singing? Why do the cows and sheep appear to be laughing? Why did the Dumsey apple harvest fail for the first time in 300 years? And who is the hooded woman with the horrible cackle? With sleuth-like commitment the children attempt to find answers to these puzzling questions.

Set in the 1930s with a cast of colourful characters, this is a musical play for mystery lovers everywhere with a flexible performing age range of 8 to adult.

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The Mystery Of Dumsey Meadow

by  David Perkins Caroline Dooley

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 8f, 1m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences, Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

When the pupils of St Winifred’s and St Albert’s arrive for a camping trip at the beautiful Dumsey Meadow, deep in the heart of the English countryside, they find themselves in a spot of bother – there has been a double booking and only one school may camp there.

Whilst trying to decide which of them should stay, they become aware of some mysterious things happening around them: What is the peculiar smell in the air? Why is the Farmer always singing? Why do the cows and sheep appear to be laughing? Why did the Dumsey apple harvest fail for the first time in 300 years? And who is the hooded woman with the horrible cackle? With sleuth-like commitment the children attempt to find answers to these puzzling questions.

Set in the 1930s with a cast of colourful characters, this is a musical play for mystery lovers everywhere with a flexible performing age range of 8 to adult.


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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

8m, 8f, 1m or f

FARMER BILL* (m)
LADY DUMSEY* (f)
HOODED WOMAN / MARY* (f)
PC GREEN* (m)
VICAR* (m)
DOROTHEA* (f)
AGNES* (f)
JOURNALIST* (m/f)
MISS FEATHERSTONE* (f)
GERALDINE (f)
SYLVIA (f)
MILLY (f)
MR NOBLE* (m)
JENNINGS (m)
PORTER (m)
ALEC (m)

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

Double Bass

Drums

Flute / Clarinet

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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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Caroline Dooley

Caroline Dooley

First performed at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, UK on 7th December 2006

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