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Beach Blanket Tempest

by Dennis Watkins & Chris Harriott


     

 
"... a real twist and shout of a musical ..."
'The Australian'
"A high energy, wild and wacky rock spectacular with lots of razzle-dazzle. The energy spills out over the stage and grabs your attention from the start.
You'll love this fun musical!"
'Sun Herald'
 

Please Note : This musical is only available from us to customers in UK and Europe.
If you are outside this area, please go to David Spicer Productions

     

Synopsis

Beach Blanket TempestIn the early 1980’s, Dennis Watkins tried to imagine what the most ludicrous update of Shakespeare you could think of would be, and, being brought up on the ‘schools out for summer’, incy-wincy bikini movies of the 1960’s (his favourite being ‘How To Stuff A Wild Bikini’), he naturally arrived at the beach party movie genre.

After Dennis met Chris Harriot, ‘Beach Blanket Tempest’ was born in 1984, and it became a major hit in Australia. It toured all over Queensland, the Northern Territory, Adelaide and finally Sydney. It was revived in the early 1990’s and again received great reviews. One described it as “… a nicely rounded pop musical, but apart from a few cracks of lightning and a bit of a storm at sea, it has little in common with Shakespeare”. Dennis Watkins begs to differ. In ‘The Tempest’ proper, Shakespeare examines the relationship between a Duke, called Prospero, and his evil and jealous brother. The brother steals Prospero’s fortune and casts him and his daughter onto an island. While marooned there Prospero practices magic, raises his daughter and meets and releases a spirit from a tree. He also meets another ‘resident’ of the island, who is the mis-shapen son of a witch.

In ‘Beach Blanket Tempest’, the central character is Vince Prospero; he is the Duke Of Rock ‘N Roll, a superstar of Elvis proportions. He too is marooned on an island with his gorgeous daughter, Annette. Their ‘spirit’ is Gidget, a genie released not from a tree, but from a bottle. She wants to be free and ride the wild surf of the world. The ‘other resident’ is Moondoggie, a delinquent teenage punk biker. Just as in Shakespeare’s tempest, a wild storm is whipped up in ‘BBT’ to bring the evil brother and his cohorts to the island, with Vince Prospero setting up a series of tests, designed to reveal Tony Prospero’s true evil character.

In the modern age, the most entertaining ‘tests’ are of course quizzes on television. So, true to form, the last part of BBT takes the form of a Giant Quiz Show where Tony Prospero and other contestants are invited to ‘come on down’! The chorus sings, “Will you take the great temptation?”, as the evil brother’s true character is laid bare.

Much in the vein of ‘Return To The Forbidden Planet’, ‘Beach Blanket Tempest’ is a stupendous show that is jam-packed with thumpingly catchy ballads and tunes, beautiful love duets, thrashing sixties rock, and even a visit from The Supremes.

The show was originally cast for a minimum of eight, but this new edition for schools and amateur groups has a chorus that becomes part of the tempest; spirits on the island; more Supreme Beings look-alikes; party animals, and members of the TV Studio audience.

Beach blankets by the way, are made from two normal-sized beach towels sewn together so that two people can sit or lie on them.

Vince in Beach Blanket Tempest Gidget in Beach Blanket Tempest Tony and Sebastiane in Beach Blanket Tempest

Characters

Principals (4m, 5f)
  Vince Prospero – an ex-rock ‘n roll superstar with a teenage daughter
  Annette – his daughter, a sweet and innocent teenager
  Gidget – a magic genie out of a bottle who likes to surf (female)
  Moondoggie – a delinquent punk biker (male)
  Frankie – the perfect guy (male)
  Regine – a queen of fashion, Frankie’s mother
  Sebastiane – Regine’s nerdy younger sister
  Tony Prospero – Vince’s evil brother
  Rev Ian Harpy – an evangelical game show host
 
Support (5f)
  The Supreme Beings – a 60’s singing group (minimum of three females)
  Karen & Sharon – two game show hostesses / backing singers (sing, but no speaking lines)
  Chorus :
    Spirits of the Island – spirits of Earth, Wind, Fire and Water
    Additional Supreme Beings – look-alikes of the singing group
    TV Studio audience

Songs

      Overture The Band
  1) Beach Blanket Tempest Annette & Spirit Chorus
  2) Tame The Cruel Sea Vince, Regine, Sebastiane, Tony, Frankie, Annette & Chorus
  3) Vince’s Recitative Vince
  4) To The Ends Of The Earth Gidget & Chorus
  5) The Rebel In Us All Moondoggie
5a) The Rebel In Us All (Reprise) Moondoggie
  6) Attraction Frankie
  7) Don’t Rush Into Love Vince & Chorus
  8) Tame The Cruel Sea (Reprise) Tony, Regine, Sebastiane
  9) He’s Gone Regine
10) Murder In Your Heart Tony & Sebastiane
11) Get Up And Dance Gidget & Chorus (with Sebastiane, Tony & Regine)
12) Teen Goddess Moondoggie
13) The Isle Of Avalon Moondoggie, Tony, Regine, Sebastiane & Chorus
~~ Interval ~~  
      Entr’acte The Band
14) My Guy Annette
15) Prisoner Of Love Frankie & Annette
16) Love That’s Passed The Test Vince
17) Tower Of Love The Supreme Beings
18) Dreams (I Had A Dream) Vince
19) The Ends Of The Earth (Reprise) Gidget
20) Temptation Rev Harpy, Regine, Sebastiane, Moodoggie, Tony & Chorus
21) The Duke OF Rock ‘N Roll Vince & Chorus
22) Brave New World Vince, Regine, Sebastiane, Tony, Moondoggie & Chorus
23) Brand New Woman Annette, Frankie, Vince, Regine, Gidget & Chorus
24) Beach Blanket Tempest (Reprise) Company
25) Curtain Calls (Beach Blanket Megamix) Company
      Playout  The Band

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Backing Tracks
Not available.
Orchestrations
These are available for a 7piece band as below, for hire to production companies only, who hold a valid, unexpired, licence to perform.
 
  • Bass Guitar
  • Guitar
  • Tenor Sax
  • Trumpet
  • Keyboard 1 / MD
  • Keyboard 2
  • Drum Kit
Royalty Type
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Video Licence
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  • 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)

     

Please Note : This musical is only available from us to customers in UK and Europe.
If you are outside this area, please go to David Spicer Productions

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