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.

CAST SIZE: 8-12


PRINCIPALS
3 Women
1 Man

FEATURED
4 People (can be men or women)

ENSEMBLE
Residents of Silvershade


CHARACTERS

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

SPECIFIC LOCATIONS
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

MINIMUM CAST REQUIREMENTS

3 WOMEN
The Princess
The Handmaiden
The Knight

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

* MINIMUM SET REQUIREMENTS
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

The Perusal Packet is free, and it contains a full synopsis, fuscript excerpt and sheet music excerpt. Email jamie.maletz@gmail.com to request one.

Jamie Elizabeth Maletz is a composer/lyricist, bookwriter and producer. In New York, her works have been featured at Feinstein's/54 Below, NYU, Dixon Place, Under St Marks Theater, and Broadway Night at Prohibition. She recently received her MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch. Maletz has written 12 full-length original musicals, and she runs a choir for new works of musical theater with writing partner Eric Fegan (New Work City). She is a member of ASCAP, Maestra, 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 an amateur photographer/videographer whose favorite models are her two cats, Artemis and Batman.