Take Twelve

by

David Overton & John Arnold

 
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“Amid its comedy there is fantasy, tenderness and
poignant comment on the human condition”

“A merry pillaging of pop culture and music ranging in style
from Elizabethan madrigal to soft jazz to Broadway”
“Arnold and Overton have matched some memorable tunes to
some very clever lyrics” CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Based around Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', this light comedy drama is a mixture of Shakespeare, pop culture, movie making and romance. It pays homage to the original strory, but David Overton has updated it for a modern audience. Set in modern California, tender love songs, mistaken identites and a vaudeville-style soft-shoe shuffle all combine to deliver an outstanding musical feast.

Jason Berry, the cult movie director, is on location in Buffalo Creek, California, when disaster strikes: an earthquake cuts him and his two assistants, Oscar and Nanette, off from the outside world. Jason despairs not only for his movie (he’s lost his leading man), but also because, Libby Richardson, the BBC Arts Reporter sent to interview him, isn’t interested in him romantically.

The earthquake has also separated the twins, Martin and Marion Net, (formerly a singing duo known as the Tunettes), who have arrived separately at the film location, both dressed alike.

From here on, it’s a series of disguises, mistaken identities and improbable love triangles as the twins, each thinking the other is dead, stumble into Buffalo Creek and wind up playing the same lead in the same movie and being pursued by the same would-be lovers.

Naturally it all ends happily, but along the way there are comic reversals and discoveries that mean that none of the characters can be the same, but allows them to grow and discover the healing power of love.


 
Principals (3m, 3f)
Oscar -30-45, an assistant movie director
Nanette - 30-45, another assistant movie director
Marion Net - 25-45, Martin’s twin sister, one half of the singing duo ‘The Marionettes’
Martin Net - 25-45, Marion’s twin brother, other half of the singing duo ‘The Marionettes’
Jason Berry - 35-55, a cult movie director
Libby Richardson - 35-55, a BBC Arts reporter on assignment
Support (1m, 1f, 1m/f)
Stage Manager - unseen, an offstage voice
Actor - unseen, an offstage voice
Actress - unseen, an offstage voice
NOTE : No Chorus is required for this musical

Click on a title to hear a Windows Media clip.
 
  1) Opening  
  2) Spreadin’ Armageddon Nanette & Oscar
  3) We’re The Tunettes’ Marion & Martin
  4) Empty Fields Marion
  5) Back To The Sixties Jason, Nanette & Oscar
  6) Working For The BBC Libby, Oscar & Nanette
  7) The Audition Marion
  8 Empty Fields (Reprise) Martin & Marion
  9) Catch The Plague Marion & Libby
10) Body Snatchers Oscar & Martin
11) Marion’s Song Marion & Jason
12) Out The 401 Jason
13) In Love With Dreams Marion, Jason, Libby, Marion
~~ Interval ~~  
14) In Every Night Nanette, Oscar, Libby & Martin
15) Catch The Plague (Reprise) Martin & Libby
16) Wonder What’s Happening To Me Martin
17) Top Banana Nanette & Oscar
18) My Heart’s Like The Sun Martin & Libby
19) The Explanation Marion & Jason, Nanette & Oscar, Libby & Martin
20) Finale Company
21) Curtain Calls Company
22) Encore Company

Orchestration / Band Parts
These are available for hire as follows :-
  • Keyboard (Synthesizer)
  • Guitar/Bass (Electric)
  • Wind/Flute/Sax
  • Percussion
Please note that these are the handwritten results of the original performance and may require modification for subsequent use.

Printed Libretti (Paperback, A4, 32 pages, 110g)
Order a rehearsal quantity of 9 libretti to provide one each to the principals, one to the Director, one to the MD and two for Backstage staff.
Price : 6.50      

Printed Piano/Vocal Score (Paperback, A4, 350g)
Price : 14.00      

Rented Rehearsal Material
Rehearsal Material is available to hire in various sets. These are supplied for a fixed hire period of six months. Choose a combination of Set A alone, or Set A plus any combination of Sets B and/or C. Please enclose a deposit cheque to be lodged with us for £110.00 made payable to 'Plays And Musicals' to guard against damage or loss. This will be cashed, and then either fully refunded to you, or a partial refund will be made, following inspection of the returned material. We expect you to return the material at your cost within 5 working days of your last performance.

    Set A - for Principals, Director, MD, SM and LX

  • 10 x Libretti
  • 10 x Vocal Scores
Price : 45.00  
 

    Set B - Additional Libretti

  • 5 x Libretti
Price : 11.25  
 

    Set C - Additional Vocal Scores (for Chorus etc)

  • 5 x Vocal Scores
Price : 11.25  

Rented Performance Material
A full set of hired Band Parts costs £35.00 for a fixed period of two months. Please enclose a deposit cheque to be lodged with us for £110.00 made payable to 'Plays And Musicals' to guard against damage or loss. This will be cashed, and then either fully refunded to you, or a partial refund will be made, following inspection of the returned material. We expect you to return the material at your cost within 5 working days of your last performance.

  • 4 x Band Parts (see above)
Price : 35.00  

Perusal Service
Rent a script, piano score and a vocal sampler CD. Max of three titles on any one occasion. See Perusal Service for further details. UK Customers only.
Price : 2.50      


Duration : 100 mins
Acts : 2
Principals
: 3m, 3f
No chorus required
Sets : 5
 
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