The year is 1932. Kai and Gertie are best friends who've grown up together in a traveling circus. Gertie's mom is the famous trapeze artist Lula Lane, Kai is the famous Boy Wonder, whose angelic voice is said to heal any ailment, and Gertie is...not famous. Kai and Gertie both live in terror of the evil boss lady, Ms. Maudie Blackmore, who keeps Kai--an orphan--in indentured servitude, forcing him to...
The year is 1932. Kai and Gertie are best friends who've grown up together in a traveling circus. Gertie's mom is the famous trapeze artist Lula Lane, Kai is the famous Boy Wonder, whose angelic voice is said to heal any ailment, and Gertie is...not famous. Kai and Gertie both live in terror of the evil boss lady, Ms. Maudie Blackmore, who keeps Kai--an orphan--in indentured servitude, forcing him to eat table scraps and sleep with the pigs.
One morning when Gertie goes to find Kai, he is gone. And Gertie's in for another shock: Kai's bunk mate, Sal the Educated Pig, can talk--and so can all the other animals in the circus. Sal believes that Kai has been kidnapped, but he knows that there's only one person in the circus who can find out for sure: Goleta the Snake Charmer. Scared, but determined to help Kai, Gertie and Sal visit Goleta, who sends her snakes out to search the vast snake network for information on Kai's disappearance. After a long night of waiting, Virgil the Snake returns with the news that Kai has, indeed, been taken, and by none other than the world's most nefarious sorceress: The Snow Queen.
Gertie and Sal go on a quest to rescue Kai. Along the way, they are captured (and then befriended) by Lou, the robber kid, who helps them talk their way into another circus where they plan to put Gertie up as a magic kid in an effort to tempt The Snow Queen's henchmen into kidnapping her, too.
But here, things go a little sideways. The henchman does show up, but in a surprising form, and Gertie does make it to The Snow Queen's camp, but she finds something very different there than what she was expecting.
In the end, Gertie learns that there's more than one way to be special and that even the most "unmagical" of us can make a difference in the world.
Note: MARVELOUS is based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen". This version was written to be performed by young actors. I am currently at work on adapting MARVELOUS for adult performers.
Because this play was written to be performed by child performers, I have kept the casting needs as flexible as possible. The idea is that each actor would be cast as one of the primary characters, and then the secondary character parts--those not performed by the two dedicated chorus members--could be assigned in whatever way makes sense for your particular company of kids. In the event that you have a very large group of kids and opt to not double parts, I have also indicated which of the secondary characters have lines.
(*indicates that actor can also participate in chorus/secondary roles)
Fabulista the Seer (aka Myrtle), 80 years old, any gender
Mack, Myrtle’s conjoined twin, 80 years old, any gender
Gertie, 11 years old, female
Kai, 11 years old, male
The Boss Lady (aka Mrs. Maudie Blackmore), female
The Talker, any gender
Sal the Educated Pig, any gender
Octave the Cajun fisherman, ideally male, but flexible
Goleta the Snake Charmer, female*
The Robber Kid (aka Lou), non-binary*
Little Angeletti, any gender*
The Statue Girl (aka"Millicent), female*
The Second Statue Girl, female*
Juniper, the eldest kid in the magic camp, any gender
Lead chorus boy playing The Announcer, Sleeping Pig, Virgil the Snake, Robber Band, Angeletti,
The Giraffe, male
Lead chorus girl playing The Woman in the Crowd, Sleeping Pig, Snake, The Robber Lady, The
Monkey, and Acadia, female
SECONDARY CHARACTERS/CHORUS PARTS
(*indicates that the character has at least one line, italics indicates a chorus role not filled by the
two lead chorus members)
Blackbird chorus, (all except Gertie, Kai)
The Crowd at Boy Wonder's Tent
The Woman in the Crowd*
The Man in the Crowd*
The Talker's Assistant
Someone's Else's Voice*
The Sleeping Pigs
Virgil the Snake
The other snakes
The robber band
The Robber Lady*
The crowd at Angeletti's circus
The Other Statue Girl
The other animals
Acadia, The Snow Queen*
The magic camp kids