Remove Your Helmet

Cori Jaskier sings "Remove Your Helmet". With orchestrations, castle-y backgrounds, and cameo appearances by Quincy!

Light the Night

"Light the Night" from In the Dark, performed at the Composer/Lyricist Cabaret at Phoenix Theatre, May 13th, 2017.

If darkness falls, everyone dies, so the entire kingdom is nocturnal. And it's time for a quest.

In the kingdom of Silvershade, everyone fears the dark - so much that they lead a nocturnal lifestyle. They awaken at twilight and fill their nights with artificial light and energy, refusing to spend even one moment in the dark. They do this because of an ancient warning that should the darkness ever fall, it will spell their doom.

To save their home from the terrible and inevitable fate that awaits, a princess, her handmaiden, a knight, and his squire must journey to a dangerous place between this world and the next: The Land of the Shades. But all four of them have secrets, all four of them have something they're hiding, and it could mean their undoing.

In the Dark is a two-act dramatic musical.

Break Down

Cast/Set Requirements and Production Details

In the Dark is in two acts and lasts approximately two hours.


3 Women
1 Man

4 People (can be men or women)

Residents of Silvershade


THE PRINCESS: The epitome of ladylike perfection, but also vain, self-absorbed, and demanding.

THE KNIGHT: Serious, focused, intelligent, and brave. Holds a deep secret and is on a quest to stop the Dark.

THE SQUIRE: Loyal and good-hearted. He tries very hard, and has a good memory for the things he has studied. He speaks for the knight.

THE HANDMAIDEN: Meek, sweet, kind and simple. She becomes a love interest for the Squire.

LANTERN LIGHTERS: Storytellers who sing bits of narration. They can also play other parts in the show (such as residents of Silvershade and monsters in the Land of the Shades)

BEOCRANNS: Living trees with barbed vines that paralyze their victims so that they can devour them.

THE BAINDÚN: A monster with extra-long fingernails that she uses to rip her victims open. She only attacks women, and her wails are misleading.

THE WILL-O'-THE-WISP: Beautiful orbs of light that lure travelers into dangerous places and then disappear. They can also take human form and give ill-natured advice.

Set Requirements

Castle ballroom
Castle gardens
Knight's bedroom
Hallway (with false wall)
Dark stone room
Northern gates/entrance of the forest
The Land of the Shades (forest)
The Land of the Shades (clearing/circle of trees)
The Land of the Shades (Black Swamp)

Minimum Production Requirements


The Princess
The Handmaiden
The Knight

The Squire
4 Lantern Lighters/4 Beocranns
Will-O'-the-Wisp (can be played by a Lantern Lighter)
Baindún (can be played by a Lantern Lighter)

Castle ballroom
Castle gardens
Knight's bedroom/Dark stone room
Hallway (with false wall)
Northern gates/entrance of the forest
The Land of the Shades (forest/clearing/circle of trees)
The Land of the Shades (Black Swamp)

Requesting Rights

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Jamie Elizabeth Maletz is a composer/lyricist, bookwriter, and producer of new works of musical theater. In New York, her works have been featured at Lincoln Center, Feinstein's/54 Below, NYU, Dixon Place, Under St Marks Theater, and Broadway Night at Prohibition. She received her MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch. Maletz has written 12 full-length original musicals, most of which have received workshops/readings or productions in New York and Arizona. As a composer/lyricist, Jamie has studied with Mindi Dickstein, William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin, Michael John LaChiusa, Steven Lutvak and Sybille Pearson. Jamie is the Administrative Assistant for Maestra Music Organization, and she writes the Women Who Wow Us series for the Maestra blog. She is also the Events Coordinator for Ring of Keys and the Technical Director for the American Popular Song Society. Jamie has worked as an intern with Tom Viertel/The Commercial Theater Institute and Ken Davenport.

She is a member of The Off-Broadway League, Maestra, ASCAP, The Dramatists Guild of America, and Fractured Atlas.

Maletz received her BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011, where she designed her own major: Creative Writing and Composition for the Performing Arts. She spent her high school years at Boston Arts Academy, a performing arts high school from which she graduated as Valedictorian.

She is a monster enthusiast & mythology nerd, she loves board games, and she is a photographer/videographer whose favorite models are her two cats, Artemis and Batman. 



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