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Nosferatu

by Bernard J Taylor


     
Now playing : 'Wild Talk Of Vampires'

"Nosferatu is dark and sombre yet with an inherent beauty - eerie, ethereal and passionate. The real fascination proves
to be the depth and grandeur of the abundance of
haunting melodies ... Bernard J. Taylor has once again displayed his exceptional talent."

Masquerade Magazine

 

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If you are outside this area, please click here www.bernardjtaylor.com

     

Synopsis

A sung-through rock opera inspired by the classic black and white silent film of the same name - the first movie ever made of the Dracula story.

While following the general storyline and feel of the first ever Dracula movie, the vampire in this adaptation is a much more tragic figure than the creature generally portrayed in the countless Dracula films and other cinematic portrayals of vampires that followed. Bernard J Taylor has taken two basic elements - the tragic and the redemptive - and embroidered on them considerably, taking the story as far as possible from the Dracula that most people have come to know, deliberately avoiding any reference to 'Dracula'. The creature is referred to only by the name 'Nosferatu', an old Romanian word meaning 'undead'.

The most significant difference between this version and others of this tale is that the vampire dies because, like Galahad discovering the Holy Grail in the Arthurian legend, he wants to die at this point, for life no longer holds anything more for him. In effect he is redeemed by the purity of Mina, who is willing to sacrifice herself for the sake of others.

Nosferatu has here been given the background of a man who began his adult life as a scientist and philosopher, the product of a noble household, who became cynical and disillusioned when he failed to find any meaning to his life.


Characters

Principals (4m, 2f)
  Nosferatu - a man with bat-like ears and long tapering fingers with extended fingernails
  Jonathan Harker - young, handsome, idealistic
  Mina - young, sweet and innocent, but strong-willed underneath
  Renfeld - middle-aged, paunchy
  Van Helsing - intellectual
  Lucy - Mina's friend
 
Support (5m, 8f, 5m/f plus chorus)
  Innkeeper - fat and jovial
  Sirens x3
  Prioress, Sister of Mercy - small solo with Jonathan
  Inn Guest - baritone, one song with chorus
  Gossips x 5 - (m/f), one group song together ('Ship of the Dead')
  Woman #1 and Men #1 & #2 - small solos in 'Pestilence'
  Women #2, 3 & 4 and Men #3 & #4 - one song with chorus ('Waiting for the Light')
  Chorus of townsfolk, people at inn

Songs

  1) Overture & Prologue Orchestra
  2) Wild Talk Of Vampires Van Helsing
  3) Somewhere At The Edges Of Creation Nosferatu
  4) Unspoken Thoughts Jonathan & Mina
  5) Mixed Feelings Mina, Jonathan &Lucy
  6) Opportunity Renfeld & Jonathan
  7) Disturbed Mina & Jonathan
  8) Night Nosferatu
  9) Wherever You Are Mina & Jonathan
10) And Sheep Shall Not Safely Graze Renfeld
11) The Miller's Song Inn Guest & Chorus
12) Don't Go! Jonathan, Innkeeper & Chorus
13) Nosferatu's Welcome Nosferatu & Jonathan
14) So Young Nosferatu & Jonathan
15) I Cannot Sleep Mina & Lucy
16) Temptation Sirens, Mina & Jonathan
17) Blasphemy Lucy, Mina & Chorus
18) Nature's Symmetry Renfeld
19) Excuse Me While I Disappear Van Helsing & Nosferatu
~~ Interval ~~  
20) A Lot To Fear Van Helsing
21) Ship Of The Dead Gossips x 5
22) Seduction Nosferatu & Mina
23) What Is Happening To Me? Nosferatu
24) Am I Awake? Mina
25) Pestilence Woman #1, Men #1 & #2, Van Helsing & Chorus
26) Contempt Renfeld & Nosferatu
27) Sacrifice Van Helsing & Mina
28) If I Do It ... Mina
29) Refuge Jonathan & Prioress
30) Come To Me Nosferatu
31) Poor Wretched Man Mina & Nosferatu
32) Worms Feed On My Brains Renfeld
33) Waiting For The Light Women #2, #3 & #4, Men #3 & #4
34) The Point Of Singularity Nosferatu
35) The Girl I Left Behind Mina & Jonathan
36) Reconciliation Mina & Jonathan
37) The Coming of The Light (Finale) Mina, Jonathan & Chorus

Information for Production Administrators

Here's a list of all the supporting material available and some other information you might need. Pricing for the production materials is supplied automatically with a Perusal Set. Royalty pricing can only be provided as a formal quotation.

Available now (see below) ...
 
Preview Script/Libretto
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Perusal Set
These are available for customers in European Union countries only to borrow free of charge (but you have to pay the postage to return the set to us). The set contains ...
 
  • Printed Libretto
  • Printed Piano/Vocal Score
  • Studio Recording Double CD Sampler
Available after Perusal ...
 
Libretti/Vocal Scores

Available to purchase in this form ...

  • Rehearsal Master Set on a Data CD (Cast). This contains the script and piano vocal score for your cast and crew provided as A4 pdf files. No problem about possible loss of deposit, as they are yours to print out and mark up as required. The price includes a multiple copying licence allowing you to copy the Data CD itself (enabling you to give or sell copies to your cast for them to make up their own rehearsal books) or to make multiple prints of the pdf's on the Data CD for your production company to organise and provide to your cast or crew.

To order this, create account with us, then go to the 'Ordering for Musicals' page

Please note that we do not sell printed copies of libretti, nor do we hire sets of printed rehearsal libretti or scores.

Available after Rights Obtained ...
 
Backing Tracks
For use in support of your rehearsal pianist.
Orchestrations
These are available for an 11 piece orchestra as below, for hire to production companies only, who hold a valid, unexpired, licence to perform.
 
  • Bass
  • Cello
  • Clarinet/Oboe
  • Flute
  • Harp
  • Horn
  • Keyboard
  • Oboe
  • Percussion
  • Timpani
  • Trumpet
  • Violin 1
  • Violin 2
  • MD's Full Score
Royalty Type
Royalties for this title are 'variable fee, post paid', and will be calculated on a percentage of your box office income once your production has finished. See our pricing policy for details. We work on a quotation system for royalties, based on information you supply to us. Complete a printed application form or create account with us, and use the online version.
Video Licence
We have secured the rights to video productions of this title from the Author, and we manage them on his behalf. Once a 'Licence To Perform' has been granted, and then on payment of a fee, we will be able to issue a 'Licence To Record'. There are some strings attached to this, but these are far outweighed by the benefits.
 
  • Record one or more live performances and mix down to a single video
  • Give or sell copies to your cast and crew
  • Sell copies to your audiences (take advance bookings on the night)

     

Order your free preview script or perusal material now ...
  • Preview E-Script (Nosferatu) A4
    £0.00 Preview E-Script (Nosferatu) A4
    A free preview script containing a significant part of the full script and provided as a pdf file sized for A4 paper.
  • Perusal Set
    £0.00 Perusal Set
    PLEASE NOTE : We operate a FREE Perusal Service, but due to the cost of postage/shipping, we regret that Perusal Sets are ONLY available to customers who reside in the United Kingdom (inc Channel Islands and Isle Of Man)...
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