The Happy Prince (Dooley/Perkins)

by  Oscar Wilde, David Perkins, Caroline Dooley

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  8m, 4f, 4boy(s) or girl(s)

"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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

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

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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.

 

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Reviews

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Victorian (British and American)
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Chorus Size: Large

Song Samples

Waiting for the Mayor
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The Mayor's Song
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I've a Long Way to Go
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Lullaby of Dreams
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How Wonderful the Stars Are
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Bird Song
0:00
Where's the Play? / How Can I Write?
0:00
Matches for Sale
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Golden Leaves
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When Your Dream is in Sight
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Casting

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

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

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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

Flute / Clarinet

Flute / Clarinet / Bass Clarinet

Oboe / Cor Anglais

Trumpet / Flugelhorn

Violin

Drums / Percussion

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Authors

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 Chel ...

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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 4th December 2003

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