The Hunting of the Snark

The Hunting of the Snark

The impossible voyage of an improbable crew to hunt an imaginary creature is brought magically to life in this sparkling musical comedy adventure for 4 to 94 year olds.  Enter the imaginative world of Alice in Wonderland creator, Lewis Carroll, in this brand new, highly original, ultra-modern adaptation inspired by his beloved classic poem. This show features five high-energy actors, a life-like puppet, fantastical characters, and lashings of daft humour.

 A riotous ragtag gang of bold adventurers including the Banker, the Boy, the Butcher, the Baker, the Bellman and the knitting Beaver set off on a quest to catch the mythical Snark… on the journey they encounter the Jub Jub bird, the sly Bandersnatch and the dastardly Boojum… Can a Snark be caught with soap?  Will the Beaver escape the hungry Butcher’s clutches? Will the Baker remember his name?  Does anyone know what a Snark actually looks like?

 Side-splittingly funny, joyful, fast-paced and bursting with an award-winning soundtrack of witty and memorable songs, The Hunting of the Snark will delight, excite and entertain the whole gang.

A legendary Snark has been spotted on a remote island far out to sea and the race is on to capture the rare and mythical creature worth ‘millions of thousands of dollars.’ A riotous ragtag band of bold adventurers set off to Snark Island in hot pursuit!

On the journey, we find a lonely bullied little Boy; his Banker father who is ‘so rich he puts diamonds on his shreddies’; a knitting Beaver; a stupendously silly Baker who can’t remember his name; and a moronic Bellman who happens to be the world expert on Snarks.

Our Boy hero and his Beaver chum encounter a fantastical parade of larger-than-life characters including the colorful JubJub Bird, a tricksy Bandersnatch who will steal anything, a blood-thirsty Butcher with a penchant for exotic fare, and the terrifying Boojum who can vanish you away with one touch.

Can a Snark really be caught with soap?  Will the Beaver escape the hungry Butcher’s clutches? Will the Baker remember his name?  Does anyone know what a Snark actually looks like? And will any of them manage to catch it?

At its heart, this is the story of a father and son and their journey of discovery and reconciliation. The Boy teaches his Banker father the true riches of life – love, family, friendship and the importance of protecting, not hunting, our beautiful creatures.

THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK

Music & Lyrics by GARETH COOPER

Written by ANNABEL WIGODER

The Boy (Female – Playing age 10)

The Banker (Male – Playing age 35-45)

The Butcher (Female – Playing age 25-35)

The Bellman (No specified gender – Playing age 30-40)

The Baker (Male – Playing 25-35)

Accompaniment CD

Piano-Vocal Score