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Perchance to Dream

Ivor Novello

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  13f, 10m

Perchance to Dream (libretto)
by Ivor Novello

Perchance to Dream features some of Novello’s most popular songs including Love is My Reason, When I Curtsied to the King, A Woman's Heart and We'll Gather Lilacs.

Perchance to Dream

by  Ivor Novello

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    13f, 10m
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Description

One of Ivor Novello’s most beloved and successful musicals, Perchance to Dream spans three generations of inhabitants of the country house Huntersmoon.

In 1880, Huntersmoon’s first owner, Sir Graham Rodney, is impoverished and living off the charity of his aunt, Lady Charlotte. Meanwhile, Sir Graham's hated cousin William Fayre covets Huntersmoon and wishes to take the house for his own. 

To pay his debts, Sir Graham disguises himself to become a highwayman, "Frenchy” and robs a coach but finds that the coach contains Lady Fayre and her ward Melinda. They soon meet at Huntersmoon, and he falls in love with Melinda. He later dies in Melinda's arms, telling her that they will find each other again in another life. 

More than three decades later, William's son, Valentine Fayre, owns Huntersmoon. He is a composer to Queen Victoria and marries Veronica Lyddington, the illegitimate daughter of the late Sir Graham and his lover Lydia. Valentine meets Melanie, Sir Graham's niece; they fall in love and plan to run away together, but Veronica reveals that she is pregnant. Valentine is in despair when Melanie commits suicide.

In 1945, Valentine's grandson, Bay Fayre, wins the hand of Melody, the girl who represents the love that he had lost in earlier generations. The romance finally lays the ghosts to rest and all ends happily. 

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  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

13f, 10m
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
Casting Notes

M10 F15, with doubling

Music

  • Vocal Demands: Difficult
  • Orchestra Size: Large

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20 Vocal Scores

1st Violin Desk A (Leader)
1st Violin Desk B
1st Violin Desk C
2nd Violin Desk A
2nd Violin Desk B
Bass
Cello
Flute 
Clarinets 1 & 2
Horn 1 & 2
Harp
Oboe
Trumpets 1 & 2
Trombone
Percussion 

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Ivor Novello

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