The Last Resort

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The comedy,  is set in the foyer of a retirement village complex.

 he residents are all active middle aged people who enjoy a busy social life. They are planning a concert to raise funds for a week away on a bus trip for some sightseeing and a little gambling at the Casino.

Vanessa Sanders has booked her mother, Silvie, in to the village for three weeks respite. Silvie doesn’t want to be there. She is convinced that her children are trying to get rid of her.

 Dramus Theatre Co in Hamilton Vic . " We have just finished a run of “The Last Resort” which was an absolute smash hit. Every night was a full house. All feedback was great with many who had never been to any of our productions saying they loved it and would be back next time."

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Cameo Theatre in Sydney 2015.
Ulverstone Repertory Theatre Tasmania 2014.

Plot / Synopsis

The play is set in the foyer of a retirement village complex.

The residents are all active middle aged people who enjoy a busy social life. They are planning a concert to raise funds for a week away on a bus trip for some sightseeing and a little gambling at the Casino.

Vanessa Sanders has booked her mother, Silvie, in to the village for three weeks respite. Silvie doesn’t want to be there. She is convinced that her children are trying to get rid of her.

Harry the bus driver, recognises Silvie as a classmate from high school days, things begin to improve for Silvie. Eddie, one of the residents invites her to be part of the concert. Harriet, Eddie’s wife, is jealous of the newcomer and tries to make things difficult for her. The preparations for the proposed bus trip are brought to an abrupt halt when the village’s ancient tour bus breaks down. Jenny, the receptionist tells them that the management of the village have declined to spend any more money on the vehicle.

A jumble sale, a raffle  as well as the concert, are arranged to raise funds for repairs to the bus.

Three weeks later, the day of the concert, Vanessa returns for her mother. She is amazed at the change in Silvie, and even more concerned about her mothers plans for the future. She want to sell her house and run off with Harry in  a motor home!

 

 

1.         (Overture.)  Twilight Time.

                        Or  You Will Never grow Old (Music only)

            2.         Dearie. (Florence & Gladys.)

            3.         Leaning on a Lamp-post.

                        or an Elvis Number.

                          (Eddie, Merv, Violet & Harriet.)

            4.         Day Trip to Bangor (Silvie & Harry.)

            5.        These Boots Were made For Walking

                        or The Old Grey Mare. (Line dance number.)

 

Act Two.

            6.        (Overture.)  Twilight Time.

                        Or  You Will Never grow Old (Music only)

            7.         I’m Just Wild about Harry. (Silvie.)

            8.         The Marrow Song.

                        Or  Yes, We have no Bananas 

                        Harry, Violet and Harriet join in the chorus.)

            9.         Hawaiian War Chant  or Pearly Shells or

                        Keep Your Eyes on the Hands

            (Either Florence and Gladys, or Harriet and Violet.

                        And Merv, Or all of them.)

            10.       You Will Never Grow Old.

                        (Eddie & Silvie, with audience participation.)   

            11.       Viva Las Vegas! Or We’re in the Money.

                        (Finale  Full Company.)

           

N.B.  This script is text only.  Music is of your own choosing and copyright permission,  if applicable,  should be sought for any music used in your production. Titles listed here are suggestions only of the type of music suitable.

 

 

Cast


Three  Male   Seven Female.

EDDIE…………………….Organiser. Outgoing, Golfer.

HARRIET……………………Eddie’s wife. Whinger.

MERV…………………………..Vague. Early stages Alzheimer patient.

VIOLET…………………………..Merv’s Wife. Cheerful.

GLADYS……………………………Overbearing. Loud.

FLORENCE……………………….Old fashioned, Prim, Friend of Gladys

HARRY…………………….Larrikin, Coach Driver Mechanic.

SILVIE...................................Unwilling Respite Patient.

JENNY……………………………………..Nurse/Receptionist

VANESSA …………………………Daughter of Silvie. ( Cameo role)

Sample Script

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Production Costs

12.5% of Box office Gross. Minimum $110 per performance. Scripts are $17.50 each. Or $165 for licence to photocopy.