Molly Shannon has created numerous unforgettable characters on Saturday Night Live and in movies such as Superstar and Never Been Kissed. Now she introduces young readers to her latest hilarious creation, TILLY THE TRICKSTER. Tilly is a mischievous girl who loves nothing more than causing a little trouble. From leaking cups to toothpaste-flavored cookies, Tilly has a trick for everyone: her mom, dad, brother, classmates, and even her teacher. But when the tables are turned and her family does some scheming of its own, will Tilly decide to change her trickster ways?
Tilly is a mischievous girl who loves nothing more than causing a little trouble. From leaking cups to toothpaste-flavored cookies, Tilly has a trick for everyone: her mom, dad, brother, classmates, and even her teacher. But when the tables are turned and her family does some scheming of its own, will Tilly decide to change her trickster ways?
Molly Shannon’s TILLY THE TRICKSTER
Music and Lyrics by Drew Fornarola Book by Jeremy Dobrish
Based on the book by Molly Shannon Orchestrations by David Abbinanti
“TILLY THE TRICKSTER by Molly Shannon was originally published by Abrams Books for Young Readers on September 1, 2011 and is available from major bookstores as well as online retailers.”
3 female, 3 male featured roles
TILLY CALLAHAN – The spunky yet adorable nine year old hero of our show. Her sense of adventure, play, and imagination is as sharp as the tips of her pigtails.
PEPPERMINT – Tilly’s dog. He speaks with a high-fallutin accent and has the wisdom of Buddha, but the attention span of a… wait what was that?
TILLY’S MOM – Her heart’s in the right place but, unfortunately, a Mom’s always gotta be a Mom.
TILLY’S DAD – Has dreams of a calm life; a life by the ocean. A life where he has more hair. Sometimes he goes there in his mind.
TEDDY- Tilly’s five year old brother. A little bit clueless. He’ll do anything for an oreo. Oh…, and he’s a puppet.
LUKE – Tilly’s mop-topped male friend. She’s too young to have a crush on him. Really she is. No, she is. Shut up.
EMILY – Tilly’s bookish friend. If anyone else put those glasses on, their eyes would melt. If anyone else wore that giant green knapsack, they’d never be able to get off the couch.
MRS. MOONEY – Tilly’s music teacher. Once upon a time she could have been an opera singer. Just ask her – if you’ve got an hour to kill. PRINCIPAL – Sometimes things are so important to him that he needs to say them again… and again.
YOUNG PRINCIPAL – The Principal. But young.
*Note – All children are played by grown ups. All animals are played by grown ups. Did I mention that Tilly’s brother is a puppet? Tilly’s Mom doubles with Mrs. Mooney, and appears briefly as a cat, Tilly’s Dad doubles with Principal, and is the voice of the bus driver, Luke plays the young principal, Emily appears briefly as a bird and controls the Teddy puppet, Peppermint appears briefly as a Cow.
TOTAL CAST MEMBERS: 6 with doubling. However you can expand to 10 or more without doubling and adding some additional friends.
Guide Vocals CD
*Optional Piano/Vocal Score