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.             refer to
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MISS COMMUNICATIONS – NOTES - written by Tanis Harms

(Ideal for dinner theater.  Actors can be the waiters.
Create bios and have prepared lines to stay in character.
EXAMPLE PROGRAM:  main course, ACT 1, dessert, ACT 2)

PREMISE:     There is something suspicious happening
.            in the company where Barbara begins
.            her new career.  Eventually, office politics
.            reveal the true nature of each employee,
.            influencing other choices that Barbara
.            must make.
STYLE:       musical comedy
TOPIC:       trust, doing the right thing
SCRIPTURE:   Matt.7:20, Gal.6:7

BACK TO
SCRIPT


CAST:        (description)

TEAM 1:
Barbara      (new assistant, demure)
Nathan       (VP, Mr. Feel-Good hipster-wanna-be)
Myjamjar     (salesman, kind, has Indian accent)
Hijo         (salesman, helpful, has German accent)
Chuck        (salesman, annoying jokester)

TEAM 2:
Ann Debreeze (VP, snide, suspicious of everyone)
Exec.Asst.   (male or female, super professional)
John         (salesman, super aggressive)
Steven       (salesman, aggressive)
Hilary       (salesman, aggressive)

Paige        (shi-shi receptionist)

BACKUP QUARTET:
TONER-DUDE   (base)  jeans, grey T-shirt, holds rag
JANITOR      (tenor) grey overalls, holds broom
CAFÉ-LADY    (alto) smock, apron, hairnet, holds ladle
MESSENGER    (soprano) blue pants, blue shirt, has bag
(QUARTET does not have any speaking roles.
They do most or all of the backup singing,
or all the singing if you so not have singers available.
OR everyone above can have fun lip-syncing and
dancing to the songs.  You can get away with that –

because it’s that kind of “musical.”)
.                                                       2

SET:

DOWN STAGE RIGHT:
.            4 microphones for the quartet

DOWN STAGE LEFT:
.            lunchroom with table, chairs

CENTER STAGE:
.            2 tables to each sit 5
.            there is a divider between the tables
.            (it is more implied, just make sure that
.             entire audience can see all positions)
.            –I’ll refer to the numbered chair positions

Stage left                                 Stage right
.           _________________________________
.          /      TEAM 1    !     TEAM 2     \
.         /         3       !       8         \
.to fax  /       2     4    !    7     9       \ to entry
.& copy         1       5       6       10        & conf.
.room__                                          _   room

.QUARTET                                            lunch
.(mics)                                              room



PROPS:     - laptops    (at least 4, 2/table)
.          - telephones (at least 2, 1/table)
.          - paper/pens (papers can contain script)
.          – cellphones, briefcases...
.          – security badges on lanyards for everyone
.          – coffee-to-go cups (at least 2)
.          – little toy people
.          – 4 T-shirts with squares on them and
.              rats escaping out of them




SOUND EFFECTS:

SOUND:        office phone ringing
SOUND:        high-pitch squealing



RECOMMENDED MUSIC:                                      3

(It is up to you to buy the music and get the rights
if necessary.  Or you can use other appropriate songs.
In the script, there were a very few words
that I changed to make the lyrics more appropriate
indicating it like [“THIS”].  If you choose
to play the music and lip-sync to that,
make sure nothing will be offensive.)

SONG  1: “THE GREAT IMPOSTER” by The Fleetwoods
SONG  2: “BARBARA ANN” by The Regents
SONG  3: “SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME” by Rockwell
.         (or “Stop, Hey, What’s That Sound?”)
SONG  4: “ABC” by Jackson 5
SONG  5: “I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU” by The Flamingos
SONG  6: “ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK"
.         by Bill Haley & His Comets
SONG  7: “AT THE HOP”
.         by Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids
SONG  8: “THE GREAT PRETENDER” by The Platters
SONG  9: “SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU” by The Skyliners
SONG 10: “SUPERSTITION” by Stevie Wonder (OPTIONAL)
SONG 11: “WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE”
.         by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
SONG 12: “JOHNNY B. GOODE” by Chuck Berry
SONG 13: “CRYING IN THE CHAPEL”
.         by Sonny Till & the Orioles
SONG 14: “REACH OUT, I’LL BE THERE” by 4 TOPS
.             (or “I’ll be There” by Jackson 5)
SONG 15: “GOODNITE, SWEATHEART, GOODNITE” by The Spaniels

When searching for music, decide if you are going to use:
live accompaniment or performance tracks.  Then search
online by typing in a song title followed either by
“performance track”, the word “karaoke”, or sheet music.