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Drama (Classic or Costume)

 Musical Theatre: 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens. Adapted by Eric Jones

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Adapted by Eric Jones

Principals : 6m, 3f, 1m/f, 1 child male    Support  : Large (Adult/Youth Chorus/Cameos)
A relatively easy to stage, musical version of the Dickens classic tale. Some interesting principal roles and lots of chorus work combine to make this an ideal choice for groups that produce a Christmas fund-raiser in between their main shows, or maybe taking the place of a panto as an alternative piece of traditional Christmas theatre.

Musical Theatre: 'Gulliver's Travels' by Chris Chambers & Andy Rapps

Gulliver's Travels by Chris Chambers & Andy Rapps

Principals : 9m, 7f, 1m/f   Support : 10m, 4f, 3jr-m, 1jr-f plus chorus
NOTE : All Principal and Support roles can be doubled except for Gulliver, Mary and Don Pedro.
A colourful, fun and inventive adaptation of Swift's novel bringing out the deeper side of Gulliver's character set to stunning music. The Lilliputians (tiny people) and the Brobdingnadians (huge people) are well known to most, but the musical also covers two not so well known parts of the original book : the lands of Laputa (the flying island) and Houyhnhnm (the land of intelligent horses). Whilst this musical is enjoyable in its spectacle to children, it is most definitely a musical for all ages.

Musical Theatre: 'Jane Eyre' by Jay Richards

Jane Eyre by Jay Richards

Principals: 4m, 6f adult, 3f junior  Support:1m, 3f (plus chorus supplying cameo roles of: 3m, 8f adult, 1m, 2f junior)
This new musical adaptation captures the passion, struggle, and eventual hope and forgiveness of Charlotte Brontë's magnificent classic novel. This beautiful musical journey takes us through the life of the orphan, Jane Eyre, as she rises above the tragedies of her youth to find redemption and renewed hope.

Musical Theatre: 'Little Women' by Jay Richards

Little Women by Jay Richards

Principals : 4m, 6f adult,     Support :1m, 1f (plus chorus)
This soaring new musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved American classic novel follows the sacrifices, struggles and triumphs of the March Family during the American Civil War. Delightful characters bring to life all the loves, laughter, and heartaches of one unforgettable family. It “captures the heart in a way that won’t let go!”.

'Paris' - an epic musical

Paris by Jon English and David Mackay

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.

Musical Theatre: 'Quasimodo' by Steve Humfress and Andy Rapps

Quasimodo by Steve Humfress & Andy Rapps

Principals : 3m, 2f    Support : 2m, 1f, 1m/f    plus chorus
Quasimodo is an exciting and dramatic musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s tragic tale of the unfortunate hunchback and his unrequited love for the beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda. Set amidst the fear, poverty and superstition of 15th century France this show has an epic quality that is hugely satisfying for principals, chorus and audience alike.

Musical Theatre: 'Rush!' by David John & Kevin Lynch

Rush by David John & Kevin Lynch

Principals : 4m, 3f   Support : 5m (with 1m, 1f, 3m/f children, 6yrs to 10yrs and Chorus)
This powerful musical tells the moving story of immigrant gold miners and their families in 1862 and how their quest for instant fortune brings heartache, hope and (eventually) happiness. With a strong storyline and a modern score, the musical just fizzes with raw emotion. Three full-scale professional productions in the equivalent of the West End in New Zealand followed by successful UK amateur productions praised by two NODA Councillors stand testament to the quality of this musical.

Musical Theatre: 'Threads' by John Fletcher & David Chapman

Threads by John Fletcher & David Chapman

Principals : 5m, 3f     Support : 5m, 1f (plus chorus)
A story of the Industrial Revolution, brimming with tragedy, humour 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.

Musical Theatre: 'Witchfinder' by Martin P Roche & Ian Crabtree

Witchfinder by Martin P Roche & Ian Crabtree

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.