Charades

'In one word, WOW!'

Who's performed this show?

Alice Springs High School, NT Apollo Bay College, VIC Ararat College, VIC Balaklava High School, SA Balmoral High School, VIC Bentleigh Secondary College, VIC Birdwood High School, SA Bream Bay College, NZ Bundaberg State High School, QLD Calrossy Anglican School, NSW Carlingford High School, NSW Carwatha Secondary College, VIC Catholic College, VIC Coolum State High School, QLD Daylesford Secondary College, VIC (twice) Edenhope Secondary College, VIC Findon High School, SA Geilston Bay High School, TAS Gin Gin State High School, QLD Gloucester High School, NSW Grafton High School, NSW Greenwood Senior High School, WA John Wycliffe Christian School, NSW Kadina High School, SA Kerang Technical High School, VIC Kingscliff High School, NSW Kyneton Secondary College, VIC Kyogle High School, NSW Lake Bolac Secondary College, VIC Launceston Christian School, TAS Lockyer District State High School, QLD Lyndale Secondary College, VIC Mackay High School, QLD MacKillop College, VIC Mansfield State High School, QLD Marist College, QLD Marsden High School, NSW Monivae College, VIC Moorebank High School, NSW Moss Vale High School, NSW Mount Eliza Secondary College, VIC Mt Carmel College, TAS Mt Clear College, VIC Mullauna Secondary College, VIC Mullumbimby State High School, QLD Murgon State High School, QLD Narrandera High School, NSW Newhaven College, VIC Nhill Secondary College, VIC Northholm Grammar School, NSW Oberon High School, VIC Otamatea High School, NZ Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, NSW Oxley College, NSW Parkwood Secondary College, VIC Proserpine High School, QLD Rosebank College, NSW Sale College, VIC Salesian College, VIC Scots PGC College, QLD Seven Hills High School, NSW Solway College, NZ South Otago High School, NZ Southport State High School, QLD St Arnaud Secondary College, VIC St Catherines, NSW St Clare's High School, NSW St Dominic's Priory College, SA St Helens District High School, TAS St Patrick's Marist College, NSW St Peter's Catholic College, ACT St Ursula's College, QLD Sunbury Downs Sec. College, VIC The College Club, VIC Waimate High School, NZ Wanganui Park Secondary College, VIC Wanniassa High School, ACT Warracknabeal Secondary College, VIC Warragul Regional College, VIC Warrnambool College, VIC Wee Waa High School, NSW Westport High School, NSW Wodonga Senior Secondary College, VIC Yass High School, NSW

Synopsis

The year is 1963. Wally Pop is a music producer with his own studio, but no immediate prospects for success on the charts. Wally 'steals' the idea of establishing an all-girl group as a vehicle for marketing merchandise, from Veronica. He enlists the financial help of Sir Ralph, a weapons dealer. His faithful assistant, Jenny, puts The Charades together, but unfortunately Sir Ralph insists that his daughter, Lulu, is to be included in the group. But Lulu can't sing. In the 1960's, and dare we suggest, even now, clever sound engineers, like Gyro, overcame this problem by getting singing groups to mime during concerts.

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Two Russian Spies Olga and Dirmtri are trying to steal Sir Ralph's bag of secrets, by gaining employment in Wally's studio. A hapless reporter, Clark Kent, who is trying to live down his unfortunate name, inadvertently foils the Russians twice in hilarious scenes.

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The desperate Russians decide to kidnap Lulu to ransom her to her father. Two scenes of riotous fun ensue when they lock themselves, and their hostage, in their own dungeon, where they expect to starve to death. However they are rescued by the unintelligent intelligence agent Ray Abbotson, who has been posing as a songwriter in Wally's studio.

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The final make or break concert for the Charades is about to start when Gyro discovers that the all important tape to which the girls would mime, has been stolen by Veronica, exacting her revenge on Wally. Jenny is persuaded to step into the breach and of course the concert is a success and the Charades are on their way. But there is a twist in the tale which leaves audiences literally gasping.

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Written by John Mawson and Rob Smith, music by Roslyn Jennings

Sample the music

Character Details (Word document)

Singing Schedule (Word document)

Rehearsal Schedule (Word document)