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Historical Musicals

We have a range of musicals with storylines either centred around events in the past or set at a particular point in history, starting long ago in ancient Greece and finishing relatively recently in the Second World War. Some of the titles are based on true life events, others are dramatised fiction ...

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Paris 

Principals : 9m, 3f;      Support : 7m, 1f, 1m/f (plus Chorus)
Paris is based on an ancient Greek myth : the story of Helen of Troy. It was first produced as a CD/double cassette concept album in 1990, and quickly become the most popular original Australian music theatre recording ever. It is an epic musical with fantastic music and wonderful chorus opportunities. The story is a compilation of Homer's Iliad, Virgil's Aeniad, and various other classics, but essentially it is a love story about the original 'star crossed lovers' : Paris and Helen.

Pride and Prejudice

     (by Jane Austen, adapted by Bernard J Taylor)

Principals : 5m, 10f     Support : 3m, 5f (plus chorus)
The story told in Pride And Prejudice of the Bennet family, centred as it is on the relationship between the proud aristocrat Fitzwilliam Darcy and the high-spirited Elizabeth Bennet, is one of the most enduringly popular novels of all time and has had a far-reaching influence on all romantic fiction right up to the present day. This musical disappoints neither Austen fans nor theatre audiences.

Rush

Principals : 4m, 3f     Support : 5m (with 1m, 1f, 3m/f children, 6yrs to 10yrs and Chorus)
This powerful, professional musical tells the moving story of immigrant gold diggers and their quest for instant fortune. With a strong storyline and a modern score, it demands the resources of a professional, semi-pro or large amateur group to be successful. Three previous profesional productions in the equivalent of the West End in New Zealand.

The White Rose, Sophie Scholl

The White Rose

Principals : 5m, 4f     Support : 6m, 5f, 3m/f (plus chorus)
'The White Rose' is based on the true story of a group of students at Munich University in 1942 who formed a resistance movement to Hitler's regime. It traces the story of Sophie Scholl, her brother Hans, and his friends as they despair of the increasingly totalitarian lives being forced onto the German nation. 'The White Rose' is a musical production both intimate and epic in its portrayal of the story and characters involved, and, though drawn from the pages of history, it is as relevant today as it was when it originally unfolded during the dark days of war.

Threads

Principals : 5m, 3f     Support : 5m, 1f (plus chorus)
A story of the Industrial Revolution, brimming with tragedy, humor and passion. Hardship and hard work were commonplace at the beginning of the 19th Century, but in their attempts to bring improved working and living conditions, the characters living in Oldham in this musical epitomise the wider struggle that was prevalent in the large industrial towns of England. 'Threads' has a strong storyline, some challenging character roles and plenty of chorus work.

Witchfinder

Winner : Best Book & Lyrics, GMDF Festival 2009 (together with four other prizes)
Principals : 5m, 3f adult, 1f junior     Support : 8m, 2f, 1 m/f (plus Chorus)
In 1612 Lancashire, James and Catherine both from different classes, backgrounds and worlds find themselves in a melting pot of politics and suspicion. In newly protestant London, the King, his court and his henchman (the Witchfinder), each with a different vested interest, take up against the innocent Catholic residents of Pendle who they suspect are witches. A powerful story with dominant characters and soaring themes, the musical traces the heart-rending events and their consequences, painting a picture that encompasses life and of loss, but equally tells of love and of hope.

Wuthering Heights

     (by Emily Brontë, adapted by Bernard J Taylor)

Principals : 3m, 4f adult, 1f junior     Support :3m, 1f, 2jnr-m, 1jnr-f (plus chorus)
The haunting image of Heathcliffe searching the moors for the ghost of his beloved Cathy is surely one of the enduringly passionate scenes in English literature. This adaptation has been recognised by the Brontë Society as marking the first time that the true spirit of this masterpiece has been captured in music. Heathcliffe enters the House On The Hill, and the wild boy falls for Cathy, but attracts nothing but hatred from Hindley, her brother.


The White Rose

Principals : 5m, 4f     Support : 6m, 5f, 3m/f (plus chorus)
'The White Rose' is based on the true story of a group of students at Munich University in 1942 who formed a resistance movement to Hitler's regime. It traces the story of Sophie Scholl, her brother Hans, and his friends as they despair of the increasingly totalitarian lives being forced onto the German nation. 'The White Rose' is a musical production both intimate and epic in its portrayal of the story and characters involved, and, though drawn from the pages of history, it is as relevant today as it was when it originally unfolded during the dark days of war.