It’s hard to believe that it’s almost time to start planning the last theatrical offerings for the year…With that in mind, here are some delightful Christmas musicals and end of year shows to choose from that are perfect for celebrating the festivities in your community.
With theatre groups around Australia already thinking One Act Play seasons, our selections this month are absolute crackers – perfect for the Festival circuit – and great vehicles for your group to impress adjudicators with. All are audience pleasers, and ideal for a season of fresh one acters at your theatre.
Stumped for a theme? There’s the usual murder, love and mystery plays, and plenty more to choose from in our range. You’ll find all our titles to peruse here and we’re happy to help with ideas, so feel free to contact me anytime.
Meanwhile, here are my recommendations for plays that we’re confident your group will have a hoot with – happy reading!
A newly published festival comedy that’s spot on for four actors, and already popular with audiences. An uptight control freak plans a relaxing afternoon for a few friends, but as the wine flows… secrets, lies and betrayals threaten to turn it into the lingerie party from hell. Read more
A slice of life dramatic comedy that explores themes of family, love, marriage – and boobs. Read more.
This is another just published comedy by Debra Chalmers. Upon receiving the news that her dear brother Victor has passed, Dotty, a woman of advancing years, now finds herself the owner of the family business. A business that her daughters want to offload before they all end up in the headlines of the local paper. Read more.
Golf, Marriage and Other Murderous Matters
One definition of farce is that it’s all about ordinary people put into extraordinary situations – and then watching them lie, cheat and claw their way out of it. Read more.
Here’s the Thing
Amanda didn’t expect to have much more than a blinding headache after her big night out on the town with her newly divorced sister. Read more.
Hugh O’Brien’s plays are always popular. Here are three of his most contemporary comedies that would provide a fabulous season for any theatre group. Feral Husbands, Feral Cats and Feral Gas – Australia’s most pressing issues!
Husband Murderers Support Group
A group of long suffering wives meet weekly to help each other quell their desires to murder their dull, obsessive or cheating husbands. A one act, two murders, three women comedy! Read more.
The Traveller’s Table
Mayhem erupts when erotic Asian massage, a fake priest and feral cats collide! This fast moving, hilarious comedy poses the question “Why be yourself when it’s more fun to be someone else?” Read more.
The Deep Well of Loyalty
Set against the controversial backdrop of drilling for coal seam gas, this fast moving one-act drama proves that mining fractures more than the earth. Read more.
Here are small cast dramas and comedies suitable for any theatre group aiming to travel the Festival circuit with ease.
All My Love Paul
Touching and beautiful, All My Love Paul is a moving musing of the fragility and joy of life. Whilst the subject matter deals with terminal illness, the tone is never sombre. Poignant but at no time pretentious, this is a play sure to leave the audience discussing – “what would you do in the same circumstances? Read more.
This one act play was winner of 23 awards – 2002. Read more.
At One Act Festivals, productions can sometimes blur into one, especially so after several sessions of plays. That’s not a dilemma your company will face if they stage Boxing Day – here’s a play that everyone, including the adjudicator will remember, and for all the right reasons. Read more.
Garbage, three homeless drifters find a place that offers a little shelter and seclusion. Read more.
Winner of the 2010 Noosa Playwriting Competition ‘Best Play of the Festival’ this intense drama will have audiences on the edge of their seats. Ideal for senior teens and drama groups and a sure Festival choice – 2 strong female roles. Read more.
Into the Mist
Into the Mist looks at comedy actress Margaret Rutherford’s later life, after the applause had faded, and the shadow that has hauntetd her life. Read more.
The people in this play know each other extremely well. The three friends, very relaxed in each other’s company, soon find what inhibitions they may have had washed away by a healthy sluicing of booze! Read more.
It’’s one thing to have a plan but another thing entirely to know what to do with it. Chaos reigns supreme in an undercover world of guns, espionage and hairy women. Read more.
A great choice for a festival play – at the 2013 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers One-Act Play Writing Competition The Bench was awarded both Best Play and the Audience Choice awards, garnering further awards at festivals since. Read more.
The Knock on the Door
This play explores how Australians, particularly women, have attempted to cope with the anxiety of loved ones fighting overseas. Read more.
Three Chairs! is a very funny and skillfully written show especially suited to those with a love of precise timing. With its minimal requirements in terms of props, setting and lights, Three Chairs! is an ideal vehicle for touring, whilst its running time and cast size make it a most attractive Festival play. Read more.
Top Ten Tips to Woo Your Wife
Sean is desperate to reignite the romantic flame with his wife Janice. Unfortunately, the only romance Janice seems interested in after fifteen years of marriage is within the pages of the romance novels which she reads avidly. Read more.
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With many more plays to choose from in our range, we hope you enjoy browsing our samples packages and find that perfect show for your group. Please contact me for a chat or send us an email about what you really need – and we’ll try our hardest to find you the right script!
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It’s an exciting time in school drama halls at this time of year. The pile of scripts, CD’s, and weird and wonderful costumes grows as musical packages are put through their paces in the search for The Next Big Show.This month we are featuring Maverick’s classics – hugely entertaining school musicals that are loved by students, teachers and audiences around the world. Incredible plots, great leads, chorus groupings and unforgettable scores are their hallmarks. If you don’t have a school band, why not take the Performance Backing CD’s available? Here are some tried and true favourites – and all available for browsing first at the samples menu. If you’d like a recommendation, just contact me about what you’re looking for. Meantime, happy reading! Gail Denver
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland is probably regarded as the greatest children’s book ever written. Its extraordinary blend of humour and mystery combines to make compulsive reading for children of all ages. Read More
Have a monster time with this loveable, large cast of creepies and fun characters! This laugh a minute musical is accompanied by vibrant, foot-tapping music and your students will love playing it. Read More
Set in Ancient Rome, this relevant musical cleverly takes the audience back and forth from Rome to present day. It is full of surprises and highly entertaining. Oh, and did we say, it is a very funny show? Read More
How the West Was Warped
All the glamour, pace and sense of adventure that you’d expect from the Wild West is packed like a six shooter into this fabulous show. The great characterization that typifies Simon Denver’s action packed scripts is at its best in this cowboy comedy. Read More
The all-girl musical! This innovative, sparkling comedy-musical shows that things can happen to anyone? and often do in a supermarket, with hilarious results. Behind the “Have a nice day!” façade, the battlelines are drawn as two groups give service with a smile and a few under the counter dealings. Read More
Man of Steel
Man of Steel is Australia’s all time most popular school musical – an action-packed musical spoof, a parody of the most famous comic book super hero and a spectacular show of heroically super proportions! Read More
Oh Rats! is a musical adaptation of Robert Browning?s much loved poem, ?The Pied Piper of Hamelin?. Read More
Sheik, Rattle ‘n’ Roll
Welcome to a timeless, musical adventure on desert sands, beneath the desert moon and all its charms?. Set in the mystic land of colour and romance, The Prince of Araby leads an exotic cast of princesses, harem girls, legionnaires, bandits and many, many more! Read More
The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling?s classic The Jungle Book has been a children?s favourite for several generations, indeed, the Disney film version is one of their most loved films.Read More
The Three Musketeers
This swashbuckling hilarious musical is based on Dumas’ classic tale of intrigue and adventure but you’ve never seen Porthos, Athos, Aramis and D’Artagnan quite like this?. Black Adder meets Monty Python! Read More
The Wind in the Willows
A recent survey conducted by the British National Foundation for Educational Research revealed that The Wind in The Willows was one of the most popular books read by children today. Read More
This show-within-a-show is set in two romantic and evocative locales. There?’s parts galore for all ages and abilities, with both challenging lead roles (great female characters!) and substantial chorus work. Read More
Get out the leather jackets, bobby sox and swingy skirts; brush up the pony tails and the D.A’s, you’re ready for the exciting world of milk bars, juke boxes and real motor bikes. Read More
Wonder in Aliceland
Since 1865, when it was first published, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has enchanted young and old, in books, on films and cartoons and in many kids’ stage musical adaptations. Read More
As the night drums beat out the rhythm of this evocative song, follow the zombie-trail in this intriguing comedy-action-mystery-musical where not anything but everything happens! Read More
Still looking for your 2016 school musical? With so many to choose from, we thought we’d lend a hand by selecting a range of titles for you that are tried, tested and terrific! All have garnered great reviews from teachers, schools and directors around the globe.
These hand-picked titles include rehearsal CD’s with vocals, comprehensive band-parts crisply printed for your school, and other resources. Don’t have a school band? You also have the choice of fantastic backing CD’s for performance.
With secure and streamlined ordering facilities, your script and license will be in your online account immediately – and your music package winging its way to you same day you order, no matter where you are.
Why not take a look at these titles that are being produced so often? Sample packages are available online for all our musicals to assess with your production team first. With so many titles to choose from, if you’re still unsure, please feel free to contact me for advice or recommendations. Meantime – happy browsing!
Have a monster time with this loveable, large cast of creepies and fun characters! This hilarious musical is accompanied by vibrant, foot-tapping tunes and your students will love playing it.…
Battle of the Bands
Battle of the Bands is everything your school wants in a 2016 school musical – a self-contained story with original songs – and it’s easy to stage. Give your cast the chance to live out their own dreams of stardom! Read More.
Man of Steel
Written especially for young people, it’s full of fun, with fast-moving action, larger than life characters and really spectacular chorus numbers.High school musical scripts don’t come any better than this! Read more.
Compass Rose & the Birdnesters
Written by Timothy Tuck is a thrilling musical adventure set on Easter Island. This exciting, colourful and large cast escapade of exploration has been produced especially for junior to intermediate students to perform! Perfect 2016 school musical material! Read more.
Radio Active is nostalgia as we’d like to remember it. Opportunities for a multi-media approach. This musical heads back to the ’40s with jitterbug and jive, with your choice of band-parts or performance CD. Read more.
A great new rock’n’roll musical – perfect for senior primary to lower and middle high school students. Follow the behind the scenes story of five finalists (and their neurotic parents) as they compete in the national singing competition seeking the next … Little Star! Read more.
With an 11-track original musical soundtrack, and a chorus of vampires, werewolves, zombies and witches, Creepytown is a fun and action packed show which is sure to bring the house down! Read more.
When a nerdy teenager turns a portable classroom into a time machine, a mischievous detention class is sent hurtling back through history! You’re History! will be a smash hit with the young, the old and the ancient! Read more.
Set in Ancient Rome, this relevant musical cleverly takes the audience back and forth from Rome to present day. It is full of surprises and highly entertaining. Oh, and did we say, it is a very funny show? Read more.
The Pirate Queen
Set in Ireland and based on the exploits of Grace O’Malley, the original Pirate Queen, this sparkling new musical is a rollicking show. Loads of colourful characters give this musical variety and appeal, 2016 school musical material. Read more.
We’re Here to Help
With many more 2016 school musicals to choose from in our range, we hope you enjoy browsing our samples packages and find that perfect show for your school or group. Please contact me for a chat or send us an email about what you really need – and we’ll try our hardest to find you the right production!
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If you have enjoyed the services of Maverick Musicals, we’d love to hear about it. Read what others have said about Maverick Musicals service and titles and leave your own comment at the bottom of this page www.maverickmusicals.com/reviews/.