|Amateurs and Professionals are warned that these plays are
copyrighted ©1972, 1980, 1985, 1999, 2004 by John Mucci and Richard Felnagle. These plays may
not be performed without the accompanying music. For licensing performance
rights and musical materials, contact the authors.
RUSSEL's BACK YARDa cycle of musical plays for Community Theatre
by John Mucci & Richard Felnagle
Russel is a 12-year old boy who has a very active imagination. He lives in a not-too affluent neighborhood in a house with a dead treeand a treehousein the back yard. Russel's life has its ups and downs, but whenever Russ is troubled or confused, or scared and unsure of himself, he goes into his back yard and dreams up a cast of characters who always seem to get him through his dilemma. Since these are musical plays, Russel's Song is one of the most important numbers in each play, and not only part of the opening of each story, but the music that gets Russel's fantasy life kick-started:
"Part of the world is real,
With those words, Russel's back yard comes to life, populated with characters he's heard of, or was studying about in school, or invented outright. He struggles with them in compelling stories full of adventure, heroics, and good versus evil (but not every story has a happy ending). Russel always learns about himself, about life, about relationships.
The casts are flexible, but have a core set of characters and can be amplified as needed with large choruses, or simply have the cast take the choral parts. The music is fun to sing, somewhat challenging, but not tremendously difficult. Some of the songs are metrically experimental, some are common song tunes in a familiar off-broadway style.
The following are the plays collected under the title of "Russel's Back Yard"
If you are interested in performing any or all of the plays in Russel's Back Yard, please contact:
9 DeForest Rd.
Wilton, CT 06897