Daisy and the Wonder Weeds
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jean Elliott Manning
In mythical Megapolis, somewhere between Oz and Detroit, Dandelion and the Wild Weeds invade Daisy’s downtown garden on a mysterious mission. Daisy must confront her own prejudices to save her garden home … as she and the Wonder Weeds triumph over Weed Killer, bulldozers and greedy developers to remind the world: "Concrete cannot keep us down!"
About Jean Elliott Manning:
Trained at the LEHMAN ENGEL MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP in Los Angeles, Jean Elliott has written for CINAR (The Busy World of Richard Scarry, Wimzie, Babalous) and PRODUCTIONS LA FETE: (Le Pont Suspendu, Regina,) and THEATRE DE L’OEIL, (Oh, La Vache!) (with Libert Subirana) story, music, lyrics of HUGO AND THE DRAGON, 2002 winner of Bamff International TV Festival.
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Note: minimum 12 actors can play 30 roles; all roles can be played by individual actors.
DAISY: female, late teens
DANDELION (aka, DANDY) adolescent male
VIOLET: female/ AUNT DEE: mature female /NETTLE (same actor)
JOSEPH: male/TOUR GUIDE/ CRABGRASS (same actor)
TREE: male/ DUNMORE/BURDOCK/RAGWEED/(same actor)
SIR PENT: male/HELMORE/MILKWEED (same actor)
MUCH MUCH MEGAMORE: male/CANADIAN THISTLE (same actor)
ROSE: female/MAYOR AGELESS EVERMORE (same actor)
FLOWER #1: female; LILAC, DELPHINIUM/CLOVER (same actor)
FLOWER #2: male: TULIP, DAYLILY, HERMAN (pigeon) (same actor)
FLOWER #3: female: DAFFODIL, DAHLIA, HONEY BEE (same actor)
Add Butterflies, Raccoons, Birds, etc., as desired
DAISY AND THE WONDER WEEDS was selected as Best New Musical of 2010 at the Next Wave Festival of New Musicals in Montreal. “SPIRIT OF THE GARDEN” (aka known as ‘Here Comes a Miracle,’ sung by Jann Arden,) animated by Theo Zukev, won international prizes in the Czech Republic (Best Video, Anifest 2004, Trebon, Czech Republic) and Seoul, Korea.