The Romancers

Play #: 2280
Pages: 42 pgs
Cast: 5 m, 4 w, 4 flexible, extras

Dreamy young lovers Lelio and Silvia must keep their love a secret from their fathers, who are fierce rivals. Will a scheme featuring the loveable Arlecchino (whose main occupation is taking money from others) and a quartet of bumbling bandits save the day? Middle and high school actors will revel in this fast-paced, uproarious one act complete with screwball antics and a cast of madcap characters including two saucy servants, a lovable miser, and a host of zanies. It is this type of slapstick humor that makes the performance style of commedia dell'arte a perfect match for young actors.

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Productions

MILES HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
MILES, TX 3/23/2019
GATES COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
HOBBSVILLE, NC 3/16/2019
WISD - BURNETT JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
WYLIE, TX 11/2/2018
BURNETT JUNIOR HIGH THEATRE 2 Performance(s)
WYLIE, TX 11/2/2018
PEACHTREE RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SUWANEE, GA 11/7/2015
PEACHTREE RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
SUWANEE, GA 10/16/2015
WARRIOR THEATRE 2 Performance(s)
SERGEANT BLUFF, IA 4/17/2015
FLINT HILL SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
HERNDON, VA 4/17/2015
WILDWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1 Performance(s)
MARBLE HILL, GA 8/18/2014
EVELETH GILBERT SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
EVELETH, MN 5/7/2014
ST. MARYS HIGH SCHOOL 5 Performance(s)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 4/10/2014
HOLDREGE HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
HOLDREGE, NE 11/26/2013
SALEM HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SALEM, VA 10/30/2013
REGIS HIGH SCHOOL 5 Performance(s)
EAU CLAIRE, WI 10/7/2013
WALDORF SCHOOL OF CAPE COD 1 Performance(s)
COTUIT, MA 5/24/2013
SALEM HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SALEM, VA 5/15/2013
MANTIOU SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
MANITOU SPRINGS, CO 2/4/2012
NEBRASKA LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WACO, NE 12/8/2011
NEBRASKA LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
WACO, NE 11/21/2011
SSSAS MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ALEXANDRIA, VA 11/18/2011
NEBRASKA LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WACO, NE 11/7/2011
STAGE RIGHT THEATRE 4 Performance(s)
LONGVIEW, TX 10/27/2011
TABIONA HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
TABIONA, UT 4/15/2011
TABIONA HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
TABIONA, UT 4/1/2011
STURGIS BROWN HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
STURGIS, SD 1/27/2011
GUNN JR HIGH 1 Performance(s)
ARLINGTON, TX 3/15/2010
ST AUGUSTINE HIGH 1 Performance(s)
ST AUGUSTINE, FL 4/17/2009
ST AUGUSTINE HIGH 1 Performance(s)
JACKSONVILLE, FL 4/15/2009
SALEM HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SALEM, VA 2/5/2009
ORTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ORTONVILLE, MN 12/15/2008
NORTHWEST GUILFORD HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
GREENSBORO, NC 10/30/2008
VICTORY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1 Performance(s)
JACKSONVILLE, FL 4/12/2008
TERRY MIDDLE SCH 2 Performance(s)
MESQUITE, TX 3/28/2008
VICTORY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1 Performance(s)
JACKSONVILLE, FL 3/14/2008
BISHOP MACHEBUF HS 3 Performance(s)
DENVER, CO 11/16/2007
PICKENS HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
JASPER, GA 11/1/2007
THACKERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
THACKERVILLE, OK 5/8/2007
THOMAS COUNTY CENTRAL HIGH SCH 1 Performance(s)
THOMASVILLE, GA 2/15/2007
JOHNSON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SAINT PAUL, MN 1/24/2007
ST PETER HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
ST PETER, MN 11/16/2006
MARATHON HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MARATHON, WI 4/21/2006
FRANCIS JOSEPH REITZ HIGH SCH 3 Performance(s)
EVANSVILLE, IN 4/20/2006
NORTH PORT HIGH SCH 2 Performance(s)
NORTH PORT, FL 1/21/2006
MORGAN CO MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MADISON, GA 12/2/2005
MORGAN CO MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MADISON, GA 11/4/2005
THOMASTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
THOMASTON, ME 5/13/2005
CHIPOLA COLLEGE 3 Performance(s)
MARIANNA, FL 5/12/2005
MAINE CENTRAL INSTITUTE 2 Performance(s)
PITTSFIELD, ME 3/11/2005

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHTS LORRAINE THOMPSON

AND JENNY NEWELL COOK TALK ABOUT

"THE ROMANCERS"

 

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

 

THOMPSON: We are always looking for good material for our middle school and upper school students. We love plays with humor and lots of action. We are also quite fond of commedia. When what we are looking for is hard to find -- we begin writing!

 

COOK: As I began looking for our middle school play for the year, I knew I wanted our students to experience the performance style of commedia dell'arte. During my search, I came across Edmond Rostand's "The Romancers." The plot was great, but the language, the pace, and the small cast posed problems. So we began to create what we wanted for our production inspired by Mr. Rostand's original!

 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

 

THOMPSON: I love the characters. They are easy for students to understand and make their own.

 

COOK: I love the references to literature found throughout the play. My favorite part of the production is Arlecchino's "death" scene. A similar scene can be found at the end of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

 

Q: WHERE DO THE CHARACTERS COME FROM?

 

THOMPSON: The characters come straight from the character list of a commedia. There are always stock characters in these plays: the miser, the doctor, the lovers, the servants, the zanies.

 

Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

 

THOMPSON: Our goal was student success. We more than achieved this. The play was not only a hit with the students, our audiences loved it as well.