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22 Cast Members – 14 Males, 8 Females
 

CHARACTER            DESCRIPTION

 


 

BESS                                One of the Floral Sisters; becomes Harry’s pretty and caring wife; brunette; slim; petite.
                                           Age range: 17 – 50.  Flexible and able to perform as magician’s assistant. Optimistic, 

                                           tolerant and friendly.  American accent.

MAMA                               Harry’s possessive mother; hard-faced; Jewish look; slim.  Age Range: 30 - 50;                                                   black/grey hair.  Her accent is a mixture of Hungarian and New York American. 


 



 

HARRY                              Houdini; World famous illusionist. Muscular with short stature.  Dark, wavy hair. 
                                           Age range: 18 - 50; determined, confused.  An ability to perform magic illusions;
                                           Rough New York accent when young; more refined when older.

 

 

ARTHUR                           Arthur Conan Doyle, famous author of “Sherlock Holmes” mysteries.  Tall and slim, with
                                           greying hair and moustache. Age range: 40 - 60. Posh, “plum in the mouth” English
                                           Accent.  Act 1, Scene 1; Act, Scene 11; Act 2, Scene 6;
                                           Act 2, Scene 7; Act 2, Scene 8; Act 2, Scene 10; Act 2, Scene 11.    

 

 

TOUR GUIDE                  Good-looking, confident male with friendly face.  Deep, warm voice.
                                          Act 1, Scene 1; Act 1, Scene 8; Act 2, Scene 8; Act 2, Scene 10;  Act 2, Scene 11.

JEAN                                Psychic wife of Arthur. Mysterious, friendly, well-dressed and slightly plump.  Age range:
                                          40 - 60. Posh English accent.   Act 1, Scene 11; Act 2, Scene 6;
                                          Act 2, Scene 7; Act 2, Scene 8; Act 2, Scene 10; Act 2, Scene 11.

 

 



 

 

 

YOUNG HARRY              Angelic, boyish.  Rough, New York accent.  Act 1, Scene 2; Act 1, Scene 3;
                                          Act 2, Scene 3; Act 2, Scene 5; Act 2, Scene 10; Act 2, Scene 11.

 

DASH                               Harry’s younger, taller brother.  Rough New York Accent.  Act 1, Scene 4; 
                                          Act 1, Scene 6; Act 1, Scene 7; Act 1, Scene 8; Act 2, Scene 3;
                                          Act 2, Scene 10; Act 2, Scene 11.

 

 

 
 


 

 

 


SLATER                           Distinguished London agent.  Act 2, Scene 6; Act 2, Scene 7; Act 2, Scene 11. ANNOUNCER 1              Act 2, Scene 1.
REPORTER 2                  Annoying.  Act 2, Scene 4.       
FACULTY 2                      From McGill University; Age: 50ish. (no lines) Act 2, Scene 9.
M. CHORUS 1                 General group chorus scenes.   

 

 

 

 

O’REILLY                          Moustached, Scotland Yard Sen. Sergeant.  Act 2, Scene 6; Act 2, Scene 11.
DEMONSTRATOR          Act 1, Scene 2.
SAILOR 1                          Act 1, Scene 4. (no lines)          
HARRY’S DOUBLE 2      Same height and build as Harry; performs stunts in Act 2, Scene 1.
M. CHORUS  3                 General group chorus scenes.

 

 

 

 

BUTLER                            Refined; up-right.  Act 1, Scene 1; Act 1, Scene 11; Act 2, Scene 8.
M. LOVER 1                      (no lines) Act 1, Scene 6.
BOBBY 3                           Comical, stupid and uncoordinated.  Act 2, Scene 7.
FACULTY 3                       From McGill University; Upper-class. (no lines) Act 2, Scene 9.
M. CHORUS 4                  General group chorus scenes.

GOVERNOR                     Rotund Chief of Scotland Yard.  Bass voice.  Act 2, Scene 7; Act 2, Scene 11.
COCKNEY DRUNK         Down and out; bloodshot eyes; red nose.  Act 1, Scene 2; Act 2, Scene 6.
DEAN                                McGill University Head; white hair; clean shaven; wears academic gown.
M. CHORUS 5                  General group chorus scenes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAM                                   Harry’s first, ‘small time’ agent; tough.  Act 1, Scene 4; Act 2, Scene 11.
ANNOUNCER 2               Act 2, Scene 1.
SOLDIER                          Act 2, Scene 2.
PRISONER 1                    Inmate at Scotland Yard.  Act 2, Scene 7.
STUDENT 3                      Act 2, Scene 9.
M. CHORUS 2                  General group chorus scenes.

PORTER                           Comical; tall; bass voice.  Act 1, Scene 14.
SAILOR 2                          Act 1, Scene 4.  (no lines)
PRISONER 3                    Inmate at Scotland Yard.  Act 2, Scene 7.
MANAGER                       Garrick Theatre boss; nervous.  Act 1, Scene 1; Act 2, Scene 10.
M. CHORUS 6                  General group chorus scenes.

 

 

 

WHITEHEAD / STUDENT 1            From McGill University - fresh; enthusiastic.  Age: 18.
BROTHER 2                     Harry’s younger brother.  Act 1, Scene 7; Act 2, Scene 3; Act 2, Scene 11.
PAPER BOY                    Act 1, Scene 1; Act 1, Scene 2; Act 2, Scene 10; Act 2, Scene 11
BOY                                   Inquisitive member of the Tour Group.  Act 1, Scene 8.
TELEGRAM BOY            Works at Copenhagen Hotel.  Act 1, Scene 16.
PRISONER 4                    Inmate at Scotland Yard.  Act 2, Scene 7.
M. CHORUS 7                 General group chorus scenes.

 

 

 

 

 

DOCTOR                          Dedicated Detroit M.D.; pushy but caring.  Act 1, Scene 1; Act 2, Scene 10.
SALVO                              Salvation Army Officer.   Act 1, Scene 2
M. LOVER NO 2               (no lines) Act 1, Scene 6 - Coney Island.
HARRY’S DOUBLE 1      Act 1, Scene 15; Act 2, Scene 1.
BOBBY 4                          Comical, stupid and uncoordinated.  Act 2, Scene 7.
M. CHORUS 8                 General group chorus scenes.

FLORAL SISTER 3           Sister to Bess; member of Song and Dance troupe.  (no lines)  Act 1, Scene 4
F. LOVER 2                        (no lines) Act 1, Scene 6.
ANNOUNCER  3               Act 2, Scene 1.
PHOTOGRAPHER 2        Act 2, Scene 4.
F. CHORUS 4                    General group chorus scenes.         

FLORAL SISTER 1          Sister to Bess; member of Song and Dance troupe.  (no lines) Act 1, Scene 4
SOLO SPIRIT 3                 Act 1, Scene 5; Act 1, Scene 10.
PHOTOGRAPHER 1        Act 2, Scene 4 and Act 2, Scene 7.
F. CHORUS 2                   General group chorus scenes.

BARMAID                         Comical, buxom and loud ‘worldly’ woman.  Act 2, Scene 11; Act 2, Scene 11.
F. LOVER 1                       (no lines) Act 1, Scene 6.
REPORTER 3                  Act 2, Scene 4.  Loud-mouth.    
FACULTY 1                      From McGill University; unattractive, hair up in a bun.  (no lines) Act 2, Scene 9.
F. CHORUS  1                 General group chorus scenes.

FLORAL SISTER 2           Sister to Bess; member of Song and Dance troupe.  (no lines) Act 1, Scene 4
BEGGAR GIRL                  Young girl from the streets of New York.  Act 1, Scene 2.
F. LOVER 3                        (no lines) Act 1, Scene 6.
REPORTER 1                    Act 2, Scene 4.  Pushy.
F. CHORUS 3                    General group chorus scenes.

SOLO SPIRIT 1                 Act 1, Scene 5; Act 1, Scene 10.
WOMAN                            Act 2, Scene 2.
REPORTER 4                   Act 2, Scene 4 and Act 2, Scene 7.
F. CHORUS 5                   General group chorus scenes.

 

 

 

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RABBI                               Act 1, Scene 2.
M. LOVER 3                     (no lines) Act 1, Scene 6.
SOLO SPIRIT 2                Act 1, Scene 5; Act 1, Scene 10.
PRISONER 2                    Effeminate inmate at Scotland Yard.  Act 2, Scene 7.
STUDENT 2                      Act 2, Scene 9.
M. CHORUS 9                  General group chorus scenes.