My Hamster's a Genius
by Dave Lowe
Short Play, Comedy, TYA, Contemporary
Cast: 4M, 3F, 4M or F
When Ben is given a pet hamster, he's underwhelmed: until the hamster (which he has already unfortunately named 'Stinky') turns out to be a genius - a genius who helps him with his homework.
Ben's sudden improvement at school attracts the suspicion of his family - and the attention of his teacher, the horrible Beardy McCreedy. When Ben smuggles Stinky into school one day, for help with a test, the results are disastrous. But when Ben's house is burgled, Stinky can identify the culprits. And together, one boy and his hamster make a plan to trap the criminals and save the day.
by John Misto
Full Length Play, Drama, 1910s / WWI, 1970s
Cast: 4M, 3F
It began as an innocent game. In 1917, two young British girls experiment with a camera and capture images of themselves with dancing fairies. They are playing a joke – but no one is laughing.
Their photographs attract the attention of the two most famous men in the world – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini.
Here at last is proof that the spirit world exists. In an England devastated by World War I, these fairy photos offer hope that a link to “the other side” is possible and that millions of grieving families can “contact” their lost sons.
Now the girls, Elsie and Frances, find that their joke has backfired with terrifying consequences. Conan Doyle elevates them to the status of living saints while Harry Houdini is grimly determined to expose them as frauds. Soon all four are entangled in a fairy-spun web of gossamer, a web from which there is no escape.
What really happened at Cottingley Glen? Sixty years later an MI6 agent urgently needs to uncover the truth. However not all fairies are as kind as Tinker Bell, and he suddenly discovers that the bottom of the garden can be a dangerous place indeed.
Visit John Misto's here page to download a free script sample and more info about licence enquiries.
Seven Little Australians (Stage Play)
Adapted by David Reeves
Full Length Play, Drama, Australian, 1900s
Cast: 12M, 14F
The new stage play adaptation of Ethel Turner's classic tale is now available to perform!
The timeless classic story of Seven Little Australians is now brought to life as a stage play for young and old, active or passive.
Ethel Turner's uniquely approachable tale is now adapted by David Reeves, creator of the much loved musical of the same name. It tells the story of a few months in the life of the Woolcot family.
Captain Woolcot, recently widowed, has remarried. And his young and beautiful new wife is not much older than his eldest daughter. She quickly provides a seventh mouth to feed.
Judy, the wild member of the Woolcot tribe fully lives up to her antics as in the book. The cast of this play shares the trials and triumphs of this truly Australian colonial family. Laugh, and cry!
It's as relevant today as it was when it first took Australia by storm more than a hundred years ago!
For more information on applying for performance rights or to buy the script, click here.
MILF - The Musical
Written and Created by Sally Knight
Full Length Musical, Romantic Comedy, Australian, Comedy, Present Day, Contemporary
Cast: 3M, 3F
Coming to New York - June 20!
The producers of MILF - THE MUSIC@L, a new musical about a modern housewife, mother and underground fashion blogger whose virtual life and real life collide when she discovers (via FacePage) that her husband is having an affair, will be presenting an industry reading on Thursday, June 20 at 3PM at the Jerry Orbach Theater. MILF features book, lyrics and music by Sally Knight. Produced by Jennifer Francis and Blaine Hopkins, the reading will be directed by Tony Speciale. Featuring a contemporary and totally original score that covers blues, disco, pop and even Latin genres, MILF will inspire any female over 30 who’s ever felt the pressure of juggling work, family and fabulousness!
Sally Knight (Book, lyrics and music) is an Australian singer, writer and mother. After years of performing on stage and writing for commercial radio, Sally penned MILF - THE MUSICAL and along with colleague Jennifer Francis (co-producer) staged MILF in their hometown to resounding success. Co-producer Blaine Hopkin’s storytelling career as a producer and director spans feature film, network news, and more than 3 dozen television series. Together the three have worked to bring MILF all the way from Australia to be produced Off-Broadway this summer.
Read the press release on Broadway World!
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT the musical
is now available for amateur licensing in Australia for performances from 2020.
Following a glittering tour of Broadway, the West End, Europe, Asia and it's return to Australia, PRISCILLA is now available to perform!
Based on the smash-hit movie, PRISCILLA is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they had ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favourites, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!
Full Length Musical, Drama, Australian, Comedy
Casting: 9M, 4F
Click here to apply for a performance licence.
Written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott.
Based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Original Musical Supervision & Arrangements by Stephen "Spud" Murphy.
Developed for the Stage and Original Direction by Simon Phillips.
As a companion to our Stage Door Songbook we have launched “Stage Door Stories of Australia” a new series of stories that will feature Australian authors.
This first story from our Stage Door series was researched and written by Dorian Mode and features the great Peter Stannard composer of Lola Montez and Rosie who sadly passed away last year.
Click here to read the "Stage Door Stories of Australia"
STAGE DOOR SONGBOOK - SONGS FROM AUSTRALIAN MUSICALS
Compiled and Arranged by DAVID REEVES.
ORiGiN™ Theatrical is proud to be an Australian owned and operated company representing great Australian stories and authors.
That is why we commissioned seasoned professional David Reeves to edit and arrange 15 songs from Australian musicals.
The numbers contained in this book come from a diverse group of productions, nine original shows, all with a powerful Australian creative link. They have been chosen on strict criteria including box office success as well as public reception. All the numbers in this volume are written in the style of the traditional musical. Each with a clear melody line, supporting relevant story enhancing lyrics, not necessarily written just for the Australian market.
Encore Theatre Company
15-30 March, 2019
At The Princess Theatre, Launceston
IMAGES by Ross Marsden
"outstanding production boasting high production values and outstanding talent"
"The ballroom scenes were stunning, vibrant and exciting, but the real power was evident in the Paso doble scene – Magnifico. The palmas was extraordinary. The orchestra could not be faulted but the dancing, pared to just rhythm and, ultimately (in the final scene), to silence, exuded a raw power." - Stage Whispers (Anne Blythe Cooper)
stagewhispers.com.au - read the full review here
Costumes and sets were provided by C.L.O.C. Melbourne.
BLAK YAK THEATRE, PERTH (MARCH 2019)
Author Danny Ginges and Composer Philip Foxman have attended the Australian Amateur Premiere of ATOMIC in Perth.
The show opened on 14 March and has received standing ovations, had audiences crying at the end and an outpouring of positive audience feedback.
"You deserve a full house with a standing ovation for every performance"
"Intelligent, thought provoking and entertaining"
Check out Blak Yak's Facebook page for photos and videos.
Also the review on scenestr, click here.