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The Mystery Of Dumsey Meadow

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  8f, 8m, 1m or f

David Perkins, Caroline Dooley

When the pupils of St Winifred’s and St Albert’s arrive for a camping trip at the beautiful Dumsey Meadow, deep in the heart of the English countryside, they find themselves in a spot of bother – there has been a double booking and only one school may camp there.

Whilst trying to decide which of them should stay, they become aware of some mysterious things happening around them: What is the peculiar smell in the air? Why is the Farmer always singing? Why do the cows and sheep appear to be laughing? Why did the Dumsey apple harvest fail for the first time in 300 years? And who is the hooded woman with the horrible cackle? With sleuth-like commitment the children attempt to find answers to these puzzling questions.

Set in the 1930s with a cast of colourful characters, this is a musical play for mystery lovers everywhere with a flexible performing age range of 8 to adult.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    8f, 8m, 1m or f
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Theatre for Young Audiences, Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
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  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

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Summary

When the pupils of St Winifred’s and St Albert’s arrive for a camping trip at the beautiful Dumsey Meadow, deep in the heart of the English countryside, they find themselves in a spot of bother – there has been a double booking and only one school may camp there.

Whilst trying to decide which of them should stay, they become aware of some mysterious things happening around them: What is the peculiar smell in the air? Why is the Farmer always singing? Why do the cows and sheep appear to be laughing? Why did the Dumsey apple harvest fail for the first time in 300 years? And who is the hooded woman with the horrible cackle? With sleuth-like commitment the children attempt to find answers to these puzzling questions.

Set in the 1930s with a cast of colourful characters, this is a musical play for mystery lovers everywhere with a flexible performing age range of 8 to adult.


History

First performed at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, UK on 7th December 2006

Cast Attributes
  • Features Children
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
Performing Groups
  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Youth/Camp Programs

FARMER BILL* (m)
LADY DUMSEY* (f)
HOODED WOMAN / MARY* (f)
PC GREEN* (m)
VICAR* (m)
DOROTHEA* (f)
AGNES* (f)
JOURNALIST* (m/f)
MISS FEATHERSTONE* (f)
GERALDINE (f)
SYLVIA (f)
MILLY (f)
MR NOBLE* (m)
JENNINGS (m)
PORTER (m)
ALEC (m)

CHORUS

*Could be played by older children or adults

  • Time Period 1930s
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions

Music

  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra SizeSmall/Combo
  • Chorus SizeLarge

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Authors

David Perkins

David works as a composer, pianist, MD and music arranger. His specialization is writing and collaborating on musicals for the youth/schools market and shows aimed at young/family orientated audiences. Published works include Shake Ripple & Roll, Pandemonium! (a Greek Myth-ad ...
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Caroline Dooley

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