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  • 1.  Fun historical adventure show?

    Posted 05-08-2024 08:55

    Hi all,

    I'm on the hunt for next year's show. The students have expressed an interest in doing something about pirates, but they'd also be open to steampunk or other fun adventure genres. I should have 15-20 students, so flexible casting and opportunities for creative staging would be great. Also swordfighting. I'd rather not do a Robin Hood adaptation since some neighboring schools have recently done them. One sticking point is that I have a student who is a Jehovah's Witness, so we can't do anything with ghosts, vampires, witches, etc. Some things I'm looking at currently include The Twelve Huntsmen, a girl-power revision of Around the World in 80 Days, and a couple versions of Treasure Island. But I'd love to hear any other thoughts!



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    Cassy Maxton-Whitacre
    Theatre, Film, and Communications Instructor
    Shenandoah Valley Governor's School
    Fishersville, VA
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  • 2.  RE: Fun historical adventure show?

    Posted 05-09-2024 06:18
    Take a look at Shakesplosion" by Andrew Geha. There are brief bits with the witches and the ghost of Hamlet's father, but might pass in context. Plenty of sword fighting and very funny. We had a cast of 15. Min is 13 but can accommodate as large a cast as you want.





  • 3.  RE: Fun historical adventure show?

    Posted 05-10-2024 08:43

    I second Shakesplosion! It even has a brief pirate scene, and I had about 50 kids in it. Also check out A Simpler Time. It is a series of connected one-acts, and you can do the ones you prefer.



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    Laura Butchy
    BASIS Independent McLean
    VA
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  • 4.  RE: Fun historical adventure show?

    Posted 05-20-2024 11:26

    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll take a look at those. I'm hoping to find something that, while fun, is also challenging and has some meaning behind it as well.



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    Cassy Maxton-Whitacre
    Theatre, Film, and Communications Instructor
    Shenandoah Valley Governor's School
    Fishersville, VA
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  • 5.  RE: Fun historical adventure show?

    Posted 06-04-2024 12:44

    Here's some other ideas:

    Broadway Licensing has CALL ME SHAKESPEARE, which has up to 29 people.  It starts like a college lecture, but then literary figures enter to discuss the questions raised.  https://www.dramatists.com

    TRW has a new comedy called JOURNEY TO THE POLES OF INACCESSIBILITY, which has up to 15 characters.  It's a Odyssey-like quest around the world to all the most remote places on Earth in search of the last remaining magic.  https://trwplays.com/journey-to-the-poles-of-inaccessibility/

    and Concord has an adaptation of Jason and the Argonauts called ARGONAUTS: JASON & THE QUEST FOR THE GOLDEN FLEECE. https://www.concordtheatricals.com/p/9126/argonuts-jason-the-quest-for-the-golden-fleece



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    Max Kaplan
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  • 6.  RE: Fun historical adventure show?

    Posted 06-10-2024 21:50

    For a pirate-themed show without supernatural elements, "Treasure Island" or a steampunk adaptation of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" could be great choices. Both offer flexible casting, creative staging opportunities, and potential for swordfighting scenes. You could also consider creating an original steampunk pirate adventure tailored to your students' interests. Best of luck with the production!



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    Avery Jones
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  • 7.  RE: Fun historical adventure show?

    Posted 28 days ago

    I was on the same hunt a few years ago. And Around the World in 80 Days was my pick...the problem was none of the scripts I found really fit my group.  So I grabbed the original text and adapted it myself.  I centered the story around Fogg and Detective Fix, and of course my Passepartout ended up stealing the show.  The text is very limited on girls, so I actually wrote Fix's part pretty neutral so it could be played by my leading female.  Then, we played the many many other parts like a small cast 39 Steps style show, (swap a jacket, slap on a mustache, and voile you're a new character!).  But there are so many characters, we still had a large cast and did this! 80 Days in 55 minutes...It was a rush, but so much fun....  I did independently publish it, but don't want to come off as if I am advertising, so let me know if you want a copy and I will send you a link.



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    Analiese Hamm
    ECS Performing Arts Director
    Echols County High School
    Statenville GA
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