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Full-length musicals for children

 

THE GREAT FAIRYTALE ROBBERY
A children's musical with original score. Lyrics by Eric Scott and, music by John E Regan. First performed in 1993 at Brisbane Arts Theatre to sell-out audiences and reprised in 1997. Also in 1994 at the Centenary Theatre. A very successful play. Professionally produced at The Metro Arts Theatre (1995) and StageDoor Dinner Theatre in Brisbane (2004) . The children's book of the same tittle, published by University of Queensland Press, was based on the play.

CAST:
Mixed cast of all ages. 18 speaking, and several singing roles. There is room for as large a chorus of toys as wanted.

RUNNING TIME: 120 Minutes.

SYNOPSIS:
A pair of sisters discover that the fairytale characters are disappearing from their books. They see them on TV and dissolve through the screen to join them. They discover that the manager of a TV station is stealing familiar objects from the fairytale people, objects that spoil their story and threaten their existence. With the aid of a scarecrow with a brain, the children help to save the lives of people like Cinderella, Puss in Boots, Aladdin etc.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID:

"Children sat glued to their seats as familiar fairytale characters from well-worn bedtime story books come to life on stage. It is a tightly written and often very funny script."
Teresa Adamson, THE CATHOLIC LEADER.

"The young audience seemed to enjoy the show, in fact a busload of children was singing one of the songs, “We Gotta Save Cinderella” loudly as the bus drove away from the venue"
Spectrum radio show, 4EBFM.

 

THE ISLAND OF LOST DOLLS

A children's musical with original score. Lyrics by Eric Scott, music by John E Regan.

This play won $1000 first prize in a national playwriting competition under a pseudonym in 1993. Performed at Brisbane Arts Theatre in 1994.

CAST:
Mixed cast of all ages. 14 speaking and several singing roles. Room for chorus of dolls.

RUNNING TIME: 120 Minutes.

SYNOPSIS:
Kellie and her friend Gregory have their favourite toys stolen a quartet of rap-singing trolls. David, a Dragon made from a painted branch from a tree comes to life and lead the pair on an adventure the Island of Lost Dolls, a magical place with all lost toys live. On the island Serina, a doll turned bad had made life miserable for the inhabitants by enslaving them and making her servants "find toys before they are lost". Withe aid of the mysterious Nirvana and her two helpers, a clown doll and a nurse doll, Kellie and Gregory rescue the imprisoned dolls and make Serina see the error of her ways.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID:

"Queensland playwright Eric Scott has done it again with a splendid little musical just for children. The Island of Lost Dolls gets the thumbs up."
Shane O'Connor, THE CATHOLIC LEADER

 

santa.com

Children's musical with original score, lyrics by Eric Scott and music by Deanne Scott, was first produced in October-December, 1997 at the Brisbane Arts Theatre. The final nine performances, with an extra performance, were sold out.

CAST:
Mixed cast of all ages. 12 speaking roles and several singing roles. Room for chorus of elves.

RUNNING TIME: 120 Minutes

SYNOPSIS:
Natalie is extremely upset when her brother Jake threatens to expose Santa as a myth over the internet on Christmas Eve. He also has evidence to debunk the myths of the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy too. Oberon Moody, a Halloween mask maker encourages him so that the festivals will be ruined, leaving only Halloween left on the gift giving calendar. With the help of Santa, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny, Natalie foils his plot and saves Christmas.

 

ALADDIN AND HIS REALLY COOL LAMP
A children's musical, commissioned by the Brisbane Arts Theatre for production in January 2000. Original score, lyrics by Eric Scott, music by Deanne Scott.

CAST:
Mixed cast of all ages. 15 speaking roles and several singing roles. Room for chorus of Arabian market stall holders.

RUNNING TIME: 120 Minutes

SYNOPSIS:
The plot sticks basically to the traditional story, with Aladdin as a street kid who falls in love with the princess. The King's prime minister tricks Aladdin into fetching the magic lamp from underground, but leaves him with the ring. After all his adventures Aladdin gains his riches and the princess and foils the bad guys. The characters are modern, zany, cool kids and speak modern teen speak, which contrast well with traditional costumes.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID:

"If the kids are complaining of being at a loose end over the holidays there are many worse things could do than be entertained for two hours by this eccentric Aladdin."
Paul Gellatly, THE CATHOLIC LEADER.

"Brisbane's brightest young talent brings local playwright Eric Scott's contemporary musical version of Aladdin under the direction of Eric's wife Deanne. Together they have created seven foot-stomping songs geared to win over audiences of all ages."
Helene Stacey BRISBANE SUNDAY MAIL