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 "The CASE OF THE COUNTERFEIT NAPOLEON"
featuring the BAKER STREET IRREGULARS, 
Sherlock Holmes young assistants  

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Book, Music and Lyrics by 
Darryl G. Bojanowski
Orchestrations by Seth Jordan Butler

Orchestration Choices:

1) 23 piece orchestra OR

2) Two Keyboards and Two Percussionists OR

3) Performance .mp3 Tracks.  

Songs include Welcome To Canterville Chase; Goblins and Ghosties; Red, White and Blue Through and Through; The Star of Canterville; There Is A Little Garden and more. 

Performance time: approx. 70 minutes

(recommended no intermission)

Based on a short story by Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost, is a small cast Musical Comedy (3 women, 1 man, 1 female teen and 2 “twin” girls [or boys] about 10 years old, 1 “extra,” and optional cameo for a cat)  set in England in 1887. Synopsis: Sir Simon has haunted the manor house at Canterville Chase for four hundred years, successfully scaring off everyone who wanted to live there.  He has done his job with theatricality and style.  When a family of Victorian era Americans decides to move in, he expects it to be the same, but the Otis family has other plans.  The parents are less frightened of him than they are inconvenienced by his chain-rattling and moaning.   And their 10-year-old twins like nothing better than teasing him with their pranks.  Poor Sir Simon is at his wit’s end.  What can he do?  It all comes to a surprising and touching end when the 14-year-old Otis daughter takes pity on him and restores peace to Canterville.  Columbus Dispatch Entertainment Reporter George Myers, Jr.’s review observes “acting ghoulish and spooky full time is a ghastly, tiresome business after three centuries, but forlorn Simon de Canterville - still the ghostest with the mostest - shakes, rattles and rolls on.”  

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