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Summer Stock Murder

This riotous musical mystery's three acts span three weeks at the Sagautasac Playhouse, a typical summer stock theatre.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Comedy

  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Church / Religious Groups

  • Accolades:
  • Joseph Jefferson Awards - 8 Citations including Best New Work
This riotous musical mystery's three acts span three weeks at the Sagautasac Playhouse, a typical summer stock theatre. The company rehearses and presents a new musical in each act-a Friml-esque operetta, a Cole Porter-ish potpourri and a musical drama a la Sondheim. With the pressure on and temperaments soaring, a string of bizarre murders begins taking place. 

Accompanying this high drama of the hilarious sort is the low comedy of visiting stars and sex-crazed apprentices as crisis after crisis threatens each curtain. In a stroke of comic inspiration, one woman plays each of the visiting guest stars who arrive in each act-an ex-diva cum game show panelist, a B-movie sexpot, and a boozing broad from Broadway- making it a tour de force for a lucky singing actress. 

If the time has come to give your audience one they haven't seen, this is it!


"Every once in a while, something comes along to jostle your funny bone, zap your cynicism and remind you that show business is full of surprises...this one has durability and delight stamped all over it...I laughed out entertainment for all seasons."

Chicago Sun Times
  • Casting: 5M, 6F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

  • JULIEANN BARRINGTON - sexy, bitchy leading lady, nearing 30.
    TOBY PATTERSON - genial, easygoing, leading man, older than most of the kids.
    OTTO FRENCH - tyrannical, overbearing, and middle-aged director/producer/owner of the playhouse.
    MAGGIE BURKE - young, innocent, and naive intern.
    CONSTANCE D'ARCHET - aging, embittered character actress.
    MASON HAMLIN - Sagaustac's erudite, eccentric and emotionless musical director.
    MICHAEL HACHMEISTER - flamboyant, aggressive, and gay, an actor in the company.
    CHRISTOPHER VLASKY - sexually confused young male lead.
    DALTON BROOKS - perpetually out of left field member of the company.
    VILMA FRENCH - Otto's mousy, beaten-down wife, costumer and everything else for the playhouse.

    The Three Visiting Stars (played by the same actress):
    DORIS DELANEY - an over-the-hill soprano.
    CINDI SUMMERS - a blonde sexpot B movie star of many years ago.
    MARA MOOREHEAD - a brassy, boozing Broadway star.
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Libretto-Vocal Book
    1 x Piano Vocal Score

    Pre-Production Pack Shipped upon receipt of a signed License Agreement and full payment of all invoices. This is optional.

    1 x Libretto-Vocal Book
    1 x Piano Vocal Score

    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    20 x Libretto-Vocal Books
    2 x Piano Vocal Scores

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    1 x Keyboard (Piano Vocal Score - Piano, Fender Rhodes)
    1 x Reed I (Flute, Alto Sax)
    1 x Reed II (Oboe, Clarinet, Tenor Sax)
    1 x Reed III (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Sax)
    1 x Trumpet
    1 x French Horn
    1 x Trombone
    1 x Percussion (Traps, Vibraphone)
    1 x Bass (Electric, Acoustic)

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm
    Lib/Vocal Book 10 Pack Shipped with (or after) Rehearsal Material. This is optional.

    10 x Libretto-Vocal Books

    $50.00 +$50.00/pm