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No Opera at the Op\'ry House Tonight (or Too Good to Be True)
No Opera at the Op'ry House Tonight (or Too Good to Be True)
By Tim Kelly.

Cast: 5m., 6w. An old-fashioned melodrama written with a fast, contemporary flair. The Salami Opera Company is about to fall apart in the dusty hamlet of Desert Rat in the Arizona Territory. And that foul villain, Baron Wolfgang von Wolfpack, knows that the prima donna, Alma Pumpernickle, is about to inherit a fortune in gold mines. He'd force her to marry him at once except that she has no title, and the family pride prevents him from marrying a commoner. To solve his dilemma, he enlists the aid of a notorious confidence woman, Lily Liverspot. It is she who discovers that the young nobleman, Count Omitt, is living incognito as Billy Bright, a composer so poor he cannot afford a piano, so he hums. Lily, through shady means, schemes to have the young people married so Alma will have a title. After an annulment, Wolfpack will be able to marry her and claim her unsuspected wealth. Lily arranges a hilarious marriage, but before Wolfpack can claim his prize, he must reckon with the outrageous Madame Violetta (whose operatic performance "must be heard to be depreciated"). The action climaxes with a performance of Billy's opera, "Il Pistachio." Multiple simple sets.

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  N19
Cast Size:  11
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  53
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  70 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre
Genre: Comedy | Melodrama
ISBN (10): 0871291592
Tim Kelly ( 1931-1998) was one of our finest and most prolific playwrights. His first stage mystery was published in the 1960s—at the same time he had plays opening in Boston, New York and Hamburg. Since then, he kept up a steady flow of works for stage and screen stage, including adaptations of M*A*S*H and Murder by Natural Causes. His ...More
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