THE PENNY DREADFULS - ONE ACT
Type: One Act
Genres: Dark Comedy, Classics
Themes: Crime, Classic Adaptations
Duration: 50 minutes
Speaking Cast: 4-5 females, 5-7 males, 6-10 either (15-22 total cast)
Flexibility: 0-10 extras, doubling possible, gender flexible
The Penny Dreadfuls are orphans and runaways who work as pickpockets and thieves for the dastardly Professor. Their loot ends up at a pawn shop run by two despicable ladies. Business has been very profitable until the mysterious Mad Aggie appears on the scene, seeking revenge. And revenge was never sweeter!
First, the Professor gets a bottle of potion he believes will cure his baldness. It does. There's hair everywhere! Then Scuttlebutt, the leader of the Penny Dreadfuls, gets arrested. Add to this mix, the corrupt Officer Culver and the Professor's demanding girlfriend, and the Professor's about to pull out his hair - all of it! But everything works out in the end, and the villains get their due.
Peterhouse Group of Schools
Marondera, Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Hatton Northwood Drama
Oscar Frommel Smith High School
Turtleford, SK, Canada
If a school or church performance is planned, the vendors in the Market Scene could be performed by adults in the school or church. It is a scene that requires minimal rehearsal time. Also, the scene could be expanded to include a short musical piece, a magic act, jugglers, acrobats, etc. Often students may not want a speaking part but would like to participate in other ways that display their particular talents. If using musicians, it's a great way to start the scene.
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