Fogies Scrubbers Shakespeare the Musical Fairy Tales Jukebox
The Originals Cobbers Dinkum Poppies Toys Sherlock, Stock and Barrel
Don Bradman Lives Next Door Moving On
Backing CDs and lively band parts for each musical
Piano/vocal scores have many tips for the MD, full piano accompaniment, chords and vocal cues
Scripts have many stage directions and set plan if director is looking for ideas
Free production notes covering set, costumes, lighting, props, special effects, etc
Free lyric sheets for chorus members
Free publicity material and activity sheets
Heaps of wonderful reviews from successful productions in various countries
Easy access to the composer/playwright for further ideas, requests, etc
19 roles [7M and 9F] One set
The musical was extremely well received by the audiences. It was an outstanding success. Scarborough Senior HS
Fogies ran for four nights and was an outstanding success. It genuinely entertained four packed houses with catchy songs and memorable characters. Braybrook HS
Congratulations on your script. Fogies is a wonderful show. Gemco Players
Fogies is a top show, not to be missed. South Grafton HS
Fogies was sensational! Cast and audience had a fantastic time. Singleton PS
The show was a huge success and the kids did a great job. The performances were even better than those in Rat Race. The crowds loved it. Thanks for all your help. Dimboola Memorial HS
Thanks for Fogies. We had a great time performing the show and it was very much a success in building teamwork and morale amongst our staff. NRHS
We thoroughly enjoyed performing Fogies. Helena College
Fogies was sensational! Cast and audience had a fantastic time. Singleton PS
A comic but serious treatment of old age. One magnificent set. It's Smileaway, the retirement home for a group of elderly folk. Yes, nearly all your cast are 80 years of age. Even older. What a challenge. Your cast have to walk, talk and even dance as 'seniors'.
Matron Iris Blatt is not your average nice person. She treats the elderly residents with contempt constantly reminding them that no-one ever visits. This is particularly sad for Gloria who always asks if her son is coming to see her today. The local politician, Mayor Horace Oleganious lives up to his name. He too has grand designs on making money out of the old folk. But some of the fogies refuse to bow to the bullies. The fogies attend their weekly get-fit classes and plan to fight back. The gardener's a strange one. He talks to the plants bu there's plenty of depth to what seems a simple character.
Then suddenly Smileaway is up for sale. The fogies panic then despair when the Matron and Mayor decide to buy the place. The estate agent arrives when the fogies have gone on a picnic but dear old Freda is asleep in her chair. She produces her ancient cheque/check-book and buys Smileaway.
The fogies return and are delighted. Matron is fuming. But horror. Freda's account was closed twenty years ago. Brilliant. Matron and Mayor swoop. They will buy it themselves. "We're on the fiddle ..." But a happy ending is definitely required. You're only as young as you feel. A very special new owner appears and a family reunion occurs to melt your heart.
Fogies runs about 110 minutes, has 19 principal parts of mixed gender, a chorus as big as you like, one gorgeous set and has enjoyed great success with adults and teenagers. Some experienced children have even staged this bouncy musical. Fogies has a sparkling script, score, band parts and backing CD.
Comedy/drama, musical play
5 females roles, one set
An awesome script that delighted every audience. The music was fantastic, complemented by the backing tracks that came with the show package. The further into rehearsals we got, the more we appreciated the depth of the show. It had just the right amount of drama combined with some excellent humour. The cast, crew and audiences all came away buzzing at the experience. Heretaunga Players
Scrubbers is gritty, then challenging, then heart-warming and finally triumphant. We had a very successful two-week season.
Riverlea Theatre, Hamilton NZ
Scrubbers was a resounding success. This fabulous musical was thoroughly enjoyed by the audiences at all four venues and we have received many compliments for the show and the cast. Scrubbers was hilariously entertaining and brought many people to theatre who had never been before. Maryborough Players Inc.
A strong point for me in this show is multi-talented Cenarth Fox's terrific lyrics and music. The songs deserve to be enjoyed by audiences beyond this show. Cheryl Threadgold, Melbourne Observer
Scrubbers is a fabulous show, both heartwarming and funny, besides where else would you find a playwright/director who bakes cupcakes for the show. Marie Ryan Inner FM
Five women work as cleaners at night in a large office complex. The play takes place mainly in their small tea-room before and after their shifts. Their working lives are pretty dull - washing floors, cleaning toilets, dusting, vacuuming and emptying rubbish bins. And their home life is just as bad, perhaps worse.
Each woman has a story to tell; a sad story. But one woman has hopes for a better life away from scrubbing floors. Her dreams affect the others to the extent that their lives are changed dramatically and forever.
18 roles plus chorus, one main set
A fantastic, lively, jam-packed musical. An historically accurate musical about Shakespeare's life and times presented in a lively, fun way. For all ages. A great introduction to Shakespeare. Gemco Players
Shakespeare the Musical was excellent and both students and staff enjoyed producing and performing this musical. It was brilliant. We were absolutely thrilled. The show had history, entertainment and toe-tapping tunes.
Goulburn Valley Grammar School
Your play Shakespeare the Musical is lively and entertaining
John Bell The Bell Shakespeare Company
I am so thrilled to tell you that Shakespeare the Musical went exceedingly well. Everyone asked about the show and had great praise for the great script and fabulous music. St Joseph's School Malta
William Shakespeare is the world greatest playwright. We know about his plays but what of the man? And what was life like in his day? Shakespeare's England had spies, persecution, murder, barbaric public entertainment, plagues, executions, love, romance, poverty, wealth and danger. His plays reflected the times.
Shakespeare the Musical reveals the schoolboy, the teenage father and then the actor and playwright in licentious London.
16 roles [8M and 8F], one main set
We just finished our show and it went great!! We had a lot of great comments from the audience, everybody, cast and crew included, loved your show. Thank you!! Lutheran HS, San Diego
Fairy Tales has been a great time. It was a treat to observe the students 'pick up' the humorous parts of the play even after reciting them for over two months. Once again thank you for another fantastic play and may there be many more! St Brendan's PS
Fairy Tales is a delightful musical. Moonee Ponds Central School
We really enjoyed performing Fairy Tales. It came out very well with most people pleasantly surprised at how much fun and how interesting it was. Thanks again for all your help and support.
Derby Stock Theatre Company Vermont USA
I was so very impressed with our production of Lollies last year and thought no school production could be better. How wrong I was! Fairy Tales this year was superb. David Jenkins, Principal, Traralgon Primary School
Fairy Tales was a huge success with both evening performances being sold out. Extra performances were scheduled to enable everyone to see the show. It was a great experience and a lot of fun for all involved.
Fairy Tales is a great show. We loved the music and we had a great time doing it. Matthew Players, Baltimore MD
It was a great performance. Thank you so much for a great script for the kids who had so much fun doing the show. We had close to 50 in the cast. Thank you again for a wonderful script, the kids had so much fun!
River City Players Ohio
Hilarious and dramatic events unfold as the fairy tale characters try living in someone else's fairy tale. But does being someone else make you happy? The whacky witch and the grumbling giant are ever present. Then when the threat of censorship or even a total ban on some fairy tales because they are politically incorrect looms large, what can be done? The answer comes from a very surprising source with the full company singing the hit song Fall In Love.
Your costumes are stunning, your set enchanting, the music toe-tapping and the comedy and drama just keep on coming. Fairy Tales is an adult musical for children and vice versa. Terrific songs and loads of pantomime characters. Use a chorus of fairy tale characters - as few or as many as you like. Two bouncy acts with a total running time of about 100 minutes.
Fabulous backing CD, snappy band parts to accompany this wonderful family show. Ideal for Christmas or as your "new" panto. The finale is definitely a "happily ever after" celebration of life. Fairy Tales is a heart-warming, thought-provoking show.
Your set is an enchanting forest with a gorgeous cottage. It's home to Red Riding Hood's grannie, Snow White's hideaway, Cinderella's step-mother, Hansel and Gretel's witch, Jack and the Beanstalk's mother and Beauty and the Beast's castle. We're at the annual convention of the Fairy Tales Association. It's a who's who of famous fairy tale characters. Curtain opens on your picture-book set as the famous folk sing.
But things are not okay. This is not an all sweetness and light story. There's trouble in Fairy Tale City. Cinderella is unhappy about her footwear at the ball, Snow White queries the male/female roles in fairy tales, Jack is desperate for economic recognition, Wolf is really a sheep in wolf's clothing and Hansel and Gretel would like a serious chat with the brothers Grimm.
In fact unhappiness is everywhere. That is until someone comes up with an amazing proposal. Let's swap roles. Not forever of course - just for the day. Just here at the Convention.
16 roles [7M and 9F], one main set
The SHOWBIZ Musical!
The action is set in an old cafe in the quiet country town of Sleepy Hollow. A gift arrives - an old jukebox which doesn't play songs, but people! When the buttons get pushed Sleepy Hollow gets the surprise of its life.
The famous artistes were amazing; Natasha as Judy Garland, Tom as Al Jolson and Paul as the one and only Elvis.
Dengie Hopes and Dreams Stage Company
Georgie has inherited her late grandfather's old cafe in the quiet country town of Sleepy Hollow. Georgie likes her cafe and the peace of the rural environment. But when the local Council support a development proposal, everything is under threat. The town will be flooded with tourists and concrete. Worse still, Georgie's cafe will be demolished. But just when things look really bleak, Georgie gets a surprise gift from an old timer. What a gift. It's a jukebox. But no ordinary jukebox. This one has magic written all over it. The jukebox doesn't play songs, it plays people. Famous people, entertainers who've thrilled generations. Broadway stars, movie greats - they're all inside this magic jukebox. So when the buttons are pushed, Sleepy Hollow gets the surprise and prize of its life. Great character roles and a remarkable set that comes alive!
16 roles [8M and 8F], 3 sets
A bright show with catchy tunes and an interesting story.
An ideal choice. The Originals looked good and sounded good.
Ballarat and Clarendon College
All connected with The Originals were amazed by the enthusdiasm and vitality of the show. North Rockhampton SHS
The Originals was a perfect foil for the talents of the students. Proserpine SHS
History comes alive. A strong company musical with meaty principal roles and heaps of work for your chorus. The story involves people in and around Sydney, Australia in the early 1800's. The free settlers are represented by two families - the Campbells and the Broadsides - the Convicts are led by Stephen Blackmore and Governor Macquarie is represented by a member of his regiment - Corporal Daniel Brash.
The people and events are ficticious but the settings, characters and battles are very real. The Originals is a story about the first European Australians and how they encountered the indigenous people. The early days in Sydney were rugged and exciting, matched only by the fascinating people who lived there.
Performed by adults and secondary schools with great success.
14 roles [7M and 7F], one main set
cobber - noun used in Australian English meaning friend, mate or companion. In days past in Suffolk England, to cob meant to form a friendship. The word cobber first appeared in The Bulletin in February 1895.
Three young English siblings [two sisters and their brother] set sail for Australia in 1897. They land in Sydney to live with their aunt. At the time, Australia is in the grip of Federation fever. The three English travellers discover what it's like to live Down Under at a time when there was turmoil in the colony. Some Aussies want to cut the ties with Mother Britain. Queen Victoria enters and sings, "Cut those apron strings".
In 1897 Australia was a series of independent colonies with their own border posts, postal and railway systems and no national defence force. Countries such as Italy and the USA engaged in a civil war or wars before establishing federation. Australia avoided civil war but had its fair share of skirmishes, squabbles and struggles along the down under federation way.
Cobbers is at times a serious and then light-hearted look at Australia and Australians just before and after Federation. It was a time to win or lose your cobbers. Includes the stirring anthem Australia.
Cobbers was an exceptionally good musical for a large cast of kids as everyone was involved. There were lots of speaking parts and singing groups with great roles for boys and girls. Everyone loved the songs - they were catchy, easy to learn and taught heaps of information without them realising it. These kids are now in year 11, still remember their songs and think very fondly of the play. Parents really loved it and laughed at all the appropriate places. Teachers thought it was a terrific way to teach Aussie history. It was fun to do. Timboon P-12 School
The play was a huge success and the kids did a fantastic job. The audience loved the historical approach the play took and most commented that they found out more about Australian history than at school. Sacred Heart School, Corryong
16 roles [8M and 8F], one main set
It is with pleasure that we report the success of Dinkum Poppies. The three performances were well supported by parents and friends of the school and all were enthusiastic in their praise of the show. In particular they liked the fluid presentation of Australia's heroes and enjoyed the participation it allowed for a large cast of students. We thoroughly enjoyed the production. A magnificent concert!
Maroochydore State High School
A frolic through Australian history. Enjoyed by everyone. Dinkum Poppies is a superb show. Whittlesea Technical High School
Dinkum Poppies was very successful. Yeppoon State High School
Dinkum Poppies is a fast-moving musical full of life, laughter, joy, sadness and hope. Kew High School
We did have fun performing Dinkum Poppies. Thanks for your sense of humour. Dinkum Poppies helped the students recognise themselves as Australian and recognise that they have a part to play in the future of this country too. Alphington Grammar School
Dinkum Poppies is a delightful musical. Grey Street Primary School
Dinkum Poppies was a great success and we are still singing the tunes in our head! Boronia Heights PS
dinkum - true, honest, genuine or excellent example of its kind
tall poppy - someone with outstanding status
Dinkum Poppies is a musical salute to thousands of people who've had something to do with Australia. Statesmen, shearers, squatters, soldiers, social-workers, singers, sporting stars, sheilas, strikers, suffragettes, swindlers and swaggies. Struth!
The setting is a modern sideshow in a fairground. A family tour the country performing their showbiz fairground routines. Business is bad. When someone suggests they 'spin a yarn', something magical occurs. In stroll the actual stars. The heroes and heroines from yesterday arrive to tell their tall tales but true. Fair dinkum.
There is always something delightful about a group of performers who obviously enjoy acting as much as the audience likes watching. Toys is a treat for young and old alike. Toys is a show not to be missed.
Shepparton Theatre Arts Company
A lot of fun with some serious messages, Toys tackles issues of prejudice, justice, love and life.
Methodist Ladies College
A highly entertaining production with an underlying message of care and co-operation. Audiences were delighted by the witty script and the singing and dancing. Toys is a visual delight that captured audiences of all ages. KooWeeRup HS
This enchanting musical is truly a family show. It operates on different levels with entrancing entertainment for children but many serious and topical issues for adults. Alpha Theatre
A wonderful musical, our best ever production. Port Pirie Youth Theatre
14 roles, 8F and 7M plus chorus
In pure entertainment terms Toys is hard to beat. It was a high energy, fast-paced production and the obvious enjoyment of the actors proved infectious to its appreciative opening night audience. Fine, family entertainment.
South Grafton HS
Another successful production thanks to the script! Toys went extremely well. 'The best ever' was one comment. Thanks again for a great show.
But the other toys come alive and defiantly oppose the plan but eventually agree and creep off into the huge house to look for provisions. Raggy is alone and wants to know why her friend Golly has been ignored by Teddy. She decides to ask Santa with the moving ballad Dear Santa.
Suddenly disaster. Ted falls down the stairs and is seriously ill. He needs a stuffing transplant. But Ted E. Bear is outwardly aggressive and certainly prejudiced. He doesn't want Golly to escape because Golly's black and everyone knows [or so says Ted] that black toys show off. But when the toys examine their stuffing to see who has the same, only Golly's stuffing is suitable. The toys sing "It's what inside of you dear old Teddy that the world outside can see. What counts is what's inside." The stuffing transplant is successful. Part of Golly saves Ted E. Bear and everyone learns a valuable lesson The escape plan now involves all the toys!
But surprises keep coming. In the corner there's a toy box and out come the hand-me-down toys. They know all about life and pass on some excellent home truths. "Our heart's still in the right place even though we've lost some stuffing." The cowboys/girls and indians come out of hiding during the Saloon-Bar Rag and the party just keeps growing. The escape is about to happen until disaster.
Everyone is shattered when a note is found. It's written in toy writing and addressed to Santa. Oh no. There's a traitor in their midst. One of the toys has betrayed them. Who wrote the note? A wonderful and hilarious art class and exhibition follows and the traitor is revealed. What a shock!
But time is running out. We must escape now. A toy steam train roars into the lounge and the toys climb on board. Off they go waving to the hand-me-down toys. The escape is flying. Crash! Ted steers into the broom cupboard. The toys limp back and despair as a huge storm erupts. They can't possibly escape in this weather. But with the odds against them, with everything looking hopeless, Ted rallies the troops for one last assault.
"You've got to have a go, you owe it to yourself, come on and see it through
You've got to soldier on, anon or out on show, you've got to have, you've got to have a go."
Toys runs for about 100 minutes, has 14 roles and scope for a wonderful chorus. There are solos, duets, trios and big chorus numbers. The costumes are stunning and the songs are delightful. It's truly an adult musical for children and vice versa.
5 roles [3M and 2F], one non-existent set
This almost vaudevillian covers many of Holmes' greatest adventures with 73 characters performed by 5 actors. It's a very enjoyable piece and the audience on opening night caught on to the stories and performance style right from the start. It's a bright show, a crowd pleaser and would be a great way to finish off a theatre year.
John Gunn Curtain Up
This fast-moving comedy is particularly a wonderful feast for all Sherlock Holmes fans. Cheryl Threadgold
A non-stop comedy, a hansom cab gallop through 25 of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, a night of mystery, mayhem and mirth, a wonderful script and some very catchy tunes. Brian Amos
Hugely enjoyable, it works beautifully. If the Reduced Shakespeare Company were to tackle Sherlock Holmes the result might be something like this, but it would probably lack Cen Fox's profound knowledge of the Holmesian Canon. It is dramatic, tuneful, ingenious, and above all very funny. Sherlock Holmes Society of London
There are 60 stories about Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This musical play performs 25 including The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Speckled Band, The Valley of Fear, The Empty House and The Sign of Four. The five actors play more than 70 characters with Mrs Hudson constrantly urging Mr Holmes and Dr Watson to move to the next tale. A great challenge for the actors and some catchy songs with the Reichenbach Falls being introduced with Oh It's Swell to Swim in Switzerland. A great way to introduce Sherlock Holmes to your audiences. There is a radio play adapataion of this show complete with songs and the CD can be ordered here.
Don Bradman Lives Next Door
2 roles [M], one simple set
"Play up, Pay up and Play the Game"
A comedy in cricket heaven today. Two residents, one the world's greatest batsman and the other the world's greatest showman are next-door neighbours. Don Bradman and William Gilbert Grace set the world of cricket alight. Enter Fred Ashley-Cooper, the cricket world's most prolific writer. Fred wants to write a warts 'n all book about Doctor Grace and his suspect activities. Grace tells all.
Bradman plays his piano.
Has cricket changed?
Today we have gambling, sledging, chucking, cheating, controversial umpiring, strange pitches, media beat-ups, apartheid, one-day cricket, loud music at games, sponsors, crazy spectators, players' wage demands, fiery bowlers and scuffles and fantastic finishes
YES BUT ALL THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE 19th CENTURY!
How The Ashes began
W.G. Grace changed the game of cricket forever
He now wants copyright on 'The Ashes'
He made a fortune from cricket
He was the world's greatest shamateur and cricket's first superstar
But what does the Doctor really think of the Don?
Don Bradman Lives Next Door has toe-tapping songs.
The umpires sing Sir Donald Bradman and the players The Doctor went in on Tuesday. There are strokes, appeals and declarations. A bishop gives praise to the Lord of Lords. Don Bradman Lives Next Door is full of drama and comedy with cricketing myths, maidens and merriment. Only the facts and batting order have been changed.
One female performer, one set
All women become like their mothers. Oscar Wilde
This enchanting musical is truly a family show. It's been staged by children, teenagers and adults for audiences of all ages. It operates on different levels. Entrancing entertainment for children but many serious and topical issues for adults. One amazing set. A giant chair - three actors can easily stand on it - huge presents and a box of pencils to simply amaze.
It's 2am on Christmas morning. Santa's been but the house is asleep. Moonlight streams in the darkened room. A present moves. Ted E. Bear emerges and unwraps Cowboy. They have a plan to secretly escape to the North Pole to tell Santa that some humans are mistreating their toys. How will they travel? How will they survive?
A most engrossing piece which I’m sure many will be able to relate to. It has a strong script which probes, enabling the highs and lows of this family to emerge and Moving On has music and lyrics which form an integral part of the story … it’s a compelling piece. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and I think come away totally satisfied. In other words, it’s a winner. It’s highly recommended.
John Gunn – Curtain Up
A terrific production. In Moving On, Maggie has some truly thought-provoking material and the songs are fantastic. Cheryl Threadgold
Moving On is a moving musical.
The Leading Dramatic Society
A compelling one-woman musical where memories of the past come flooding back. Wanganui Arts Festival
Moving On is moving. It's a wonderful musical with its share of surprises and sadness. The story and songs may well have you laughing out loud or shedding a tear. Waverley Theatre Inc
Maggie is middle-aged. She returns to her childhood home to 'go through' her recently-deceased, widowed-mother's estate. Maggie's mother, Edna, lived there for half a century. Longer. The house is full of 'things'. Maggie's memories flood back. There are long-forgotten photos, toys, newspapers, and knick-knacks. Edna was a hoarder. Who gets what? What do you keep? What will Maggie discover? She discovers a hat she wore as a child in a song and dance eisteddfod. Can Maggie still remember the routine 50 years later? A photo album has snaps of relatives with names like Horace, Doris, Millicent and Claude. Then the great 'what if' question as she sings, What if I'd married Donald? Then she discovers a childhood Teddy and sings a beautiful and tender song. This leads to a photo she never wanted to see. Her heartache is real. There are highs and lows and the show is a great challenge for a talented singing/dancing actress.
His work is universally known and acclaimed being rich in language and in the study of 'the human condition'. His life was like his plays, full of adventure, grief, triumph, romance and danger. He wrote tragedies, comedies and histories and led a mysterious and fascinating life. Snippets of his plays appear seamlessly as we move though the great man's life. Appreciate the plays. Appreciate the playwright.