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The Happy Prince (Dooley/Perkins)

Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  4f, 8m, 4boy(s) or girl(s)

Oscar Wilde, David Perkins, Caroline Dooley

"A bittersweet fable of... self-sacrifice, Oscar Wilde's fairy story is perhaps weighty stuff for a musical comedy. But in their adaptation, Caroline Dooley and David Perkins have mined the story for its moments of satirical humour and sincere humanity…

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 8m, 4boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration
    Duration
    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
Licence details
  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Details

Summary

A touching musical based on the well-loved story by Oscar Wilde... The golden statue of the Happy Prince stands high above the city looking down on the misery and poverty beneath him. Desperate to bring hope and happiness to the poor people, he asks a swallow to distribute his gold and jewels to them. The generosity of the Happy Prince and the courage of the swallow help to overcome the greed of the powerful mayor and we are shown that the most precious things in life are often the least obvious.

The Happy Princehas been specially written for a large cast with a mixed range of agesand abilities making it suitable for schools, youth theatres or amateur groups. The 16 principal roles are augmented by much chorus work which can be adapted according to the size of the company. Helpful and detailed Director’s Notes are included to assist with every aspect of the production. The running time is approximately 80 minutes.

 

History

First performed at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, UK on 4th December 2003

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

HAPPY PRINCE (m/f)
GOD* (m)
ANGEL (m/f)
SEAMSTRESS* (f)
HER SON (m)
WRITER* (m)
MATCH GIRL (f)
TEACHER* (f)
DREAMY CHILD (m/f)
MAYOR* (m)
TOWN CLERK* (m)
THOMAS* (m)
CECILY* (f)
SWALLOW (m/f)
EARNEST (m)
MR SWANN* (m)

CHORUS

*Could be played by older children or adults

  • Time Period Victorian (British and American)
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration 75 Minutes
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions

Media

"When a show opens with God as a natty dresser in a white suit, practising his golf swings while he whistles Heaven, I'm in Heaven, you know you're in for a treat" Surrey Advertiser

Music

Song Samples

Waiting for the Mayor
The Mayor's Song
I've a Long Way to Go
Lullaby of Dreams
How Wonderful the Stars Are
Bird Song
Where's the Play? / How Can I Write?
Matches for Sale
Golden Leaves
When Your Dream is in Sight
1 Piano-Conductor
1 Reed 1 (Flute, dbl. Bb Clarinet)
1 Reed 2 (Flute, dbl. Bb Clarinet & Bass Clarinet)
1 Reed 3 (Oboe, dbl. Cor Anglais)
1 Trumpet (dbl. Flugelhorn)
1 Violin
1 Bass
1 Drums/Percussion (Drum Kit, Glockenspiel, 2-Pedal Timpani, Triangle, Mark Tree (Wind Chimes), Wood Block, Duck Call)

8-Piece instrumentation can be reduced to Piano Only, or Piano, Bass & Drums/Percussion.
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Chorus SizeLarge

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17 Piano-Conductor

1 Reed 1
1 Reed 2
1 Reed 3
1 Trumpet
1 Violin
1 Bass
1 Drums/Percussion
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Authors

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was born in Dublin to Sir William Wilde and his wife Jane. While studying at Oxford, he was fascinated by the aesthetic movement and eventually became a proponent for L'art pour l'art ('Art for Art's Sake'), and wrote the award-winning poem Ravenna. ...
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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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