Sunday Morning Classics

Written by:

Gillian A. Corsiatto

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

2SLGBTQIA+
D/deaf, Disabled, and/or Mad

Cast Size:
25

Roles For:

  • Men: 13
  • People with Disabilities: 1
  • Women: 12

Genre:

Uncategorized

Themes:

Coming of Age
Friendship
Identity

Length:

70 min.

Year Written:

2022

Synopsis:

Bethany Jacobs is quite the handful! Though she is smart and articulate, her grades in school simply cannot seem to stay at the same average as her classmates. Throughout this three act play, Bethany encounters both people who very much believe in her potential, and people who try to stand in the way of her ever reaching success. Driven by her passion for music, Bethany ages from little girl to university student, where she surprises even her most loyal of supporters by how her talent truly makes a difference in the world.

Characters:

Characters of Act 1:

BETHANY JACOBS: In the first Act, Bethany is eight years old but her knowledge of music supersedes her youthfulness by decades

WESLEY JACOBS: Bethany’s seventeen year old brother

LYNN JACOBS: Mostly referred to as ‘mom,’ Lynn is the mother of the Jacobs siblings

MRS. MALINE: Bethany’s grade three school teacher

ADMIN: The dry and unenthusiastic supervisor of the frontdesk at the learning centre

LIAM PUNZING: The good-natured and compassionate student teacher at the learning centre

FELIX PUNZING: The gruff, uncivil cousin of Liam who lost his job as an usher in Aurora and works in Act 1 as a ticket salesperson in Dobson

MALE RADIO HOST: As implied, the male radio host of Classical Hour *

FEMALE RADIO HOST: The female radio host of Classical Hour
*

DIRECTOR: The director of Aurora Symphony Orchestra, whose voice is only used briefly on a radio interview *

*can either happen on stage or be pre-recorded voice-overs

Characters of Act 2:

BETHANY JACOBS: In Act 2, Bethany is 13 years old and experiencing high school for the first time, still as passionate about music as ever

WESLEY JACOBS: The older brother of Bethany, now in his fifth and final year of a combined degree program at Aurora University

LYNN JACOBS: The mother of the Jacobs siblings

LIAM PUNZING: Having previously known Bethany from the learning centre, Mr. Punzing as he is now addressed has secured a job at the middle school

TRISH: The new best friend of Bethany. Note- Trish has a pronounced stutter when she speaks. She is able to be understood even though she stutters quite significantly.
To any actor without a stutter playing Trish, put on a fake stutter in a way that feels natural yet inoffensive. Stuttering is not indicated in lines.

MR. PHILIP: The dull male teacher of the FP program

MISS WOODS: The ignorant female teacher of the FP program

MALE RADIO HOST: As implied, the male radio host of Classical Hour *

FEMALE RADIO HOST: The female radio host of Classical Hour *

BAND TEACHER: The band teacher at Bluze Secondary Years Comprehensive. (Can be any gender, the script will say ‘he’ but male identity is not an obligation.)

SUPERINTENDENT: Only featured very briefly at the end of the Act

BACKGROUND STUDENTS: Add as needed.

Characters of Act 3

BETHANY JACOBS – The passionate musician eagerly starting her first year at university where she is majoring in music and conducting. *

WESLEY JACOBS – The older brother of Bethany, who previously went to the university she is attending. He has since graduated and is very successful. *

LYNN JACOBS – The mother of the Jacobs siblings.

TRISH – Bethany’s best friend of several years and now roommate. She does radio and advertising in Aurora as a job. She struggles with stuttering when speaking.

MALE RADIO HOST – The radio host of Classical Hour alongside Trish. He is now ten years older than he was in Act 1, and 5 years older than he was in Act 2.

FELIX PUNZING – The culprit of the fire at Sara Bojjess High Hall ten years earlier and the next door neighbour of Bethany and Trish.

LIAM PUNZING – Bethany’s former summer school instructor and academic advisor. He has secured a new job teaching the FP program, which is the same program he mistakenly recommended for Bethany in 2015.

DIRECTOR – The director and conductor of the Aurora Symphony Orchestra.(Can be any gender, the script will say ‘he’ but male identity is not an obligation.)

CONCERT PATRONS – Audience members of the performance at Sara Bojjess High Hall. (At least 4+ of them.)

POLICE OFFICER(S) – The officer(s) called to the scene at Sara Bojjess High Hall.

*Younger versions of the siblings from Act I and II appear quickly at times in Act III.

Resources:

The play can be accessed by contacting the author at g.corsiatto@gmail.com