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Over the Moon: A Musical Play

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Master storyteller and bestselling author Jodi Picoult teams up with Jake van Leer and Ellen Wilber to bring you an original musical, sure to breathe life into any middle-school and high school drama curriculum. Part Shakespearean comedy and part Fractured Fairy Tales, Over the Moon is all fun. Narrated by a cross-dressing Hairy Godmother (no, that’s not a typo), the story begins when Luna (the moon) descends to a small town on earth disguised as a boy, and sets out to help humans find love. But Luna herself ...

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Overview

Master storyteller and bestselling author Jodi Picoult teams up with Jake van Leer and Ellen Wilber to bring you an original musical, sure to breathe life into any middle-school and high school drama curriculum. Part Shakespearean comedy and part Fractured Fairy Tales, Over the Moon is all fun. Narrated by a cross-dressing Hairy Godmother (no, that’s not a typo), the story begins when Luna (the moon) descends to a small town on earth disguised as a boy, and sets out to help humans find love. But Luna herself falls in love with Prince Jack... who’s in love with Felicity... who has fallen for Luna. On the way to happily ever after are a steady stream of clever puns and topical jokes about American Idol, universal health care, Bernie Madoff, and just about every fairy tale creature you’ve ever heard of! With nineteen original hum-worthy songs and plenty of spots to tailor the play to any city or town, Over the Moon is the perfect choice for every school looking to perform an energetic show that’s fresh, funny, and timeless.

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Editorial Reviews

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Begin with Cinderella, Pinocchio, Humpty Dumpty and myriad other fairy-tale and nursery-rhyme figures. Add an athletic princess pretending to be dainty, a moon hiding her light and dressed as a boy, a shy prince and a scary, lonely giant who all have crushes on the obviously wrong match. There’s also an evil queen and a “hairy godmother.” Place them in odd variations on typical fairy-tale plots and mix with music and a moral. Designed specifically to be performed by a large cast of middle- and high-school students, the authors (the novelist and her teenage son) pepper the script with snappy one-liners, local and pop-culture references, as well as social and political issues, some left of center (the narrator/hairy godmother is a cross-dressing male; there is a gay-marriage reference in a faux news report).... The play is fast paced and full of fun, with the overlying theme of staying true to oneself handled with a light touch. Sheet music for all the songs is provided. Applause, applause.
Children's Literature - Sherryn Craig
Luna—the moon—has grown weary of humans' inability to find love. Disguised as a boy named Leo, she trades her heavenly home for the unearthly Hanoveria where nursery rhyme and fairytale characters live unhappily ever after. Luna/Leo soon learns that in Hanoveria, nothing is as it appears to be. Jack, the Prince of Hanoveria, aimlessly courts Felicity, who in turn has feelings for Luna/Leo who finds that she has fallen for Jack. Compounding this love triangle is the giant, Hugo, cast out of the Kingdom of Hanoveria by the "Queen of Mean," Ferocia. The play is rife with topical jokes, witty puns, and clever satire. The play's ending takes a modern twist as well, eschewing the knight-in-shining armor/damsel-in-distress archetypes. The musical score delivers poignant insight into the personalities and struggles of the characters, each of whom are individually amusing and deftly re-imagined. Readers be warned: this is not your grandma's fairytale. From the Hairy Godmother to the three visually challenged mice, this play is laugh-out-loud funny. Snarky trees in the enchanted forest, a narcoleptic Sleeping Beauty, and a Harley-riding Humpty? Why not! Readers will delight in this modern love tale, joining the characters as they ride, not into the sunset, but over the moon. Reviewer: Sherryn Craig
Kirkus Reviews

Begin with Cinderella, Pinocchio, Humpty Dumpty and myriad other fairy-tale and nursery-rhyme figures. Add an athletic princess pretending to be dainty, a moon hiding her light and dressed as a boy, a shy prince and a scary, lonely giant who all have crushes on the obviously wrong match. There's also an evil queen and a "hairy godmother." Place them in odd variations on typical fairy-tale plots and mix with music and a moral. Designed specifically to be performed by a large cast of middle- and high-school students, the authors (the novelist and her teenage son) pepper the script with snappy one-liners, local and pop-culture references, as well as social and political issues, some left of center (the narrator/hairy godmother is a cross-dressing male; there is a gay-marriage reference in a faux news report). This will cause the play to date quickly, so producers should be ready to tweak. The play is fast paced and full of fun, with the overlying theme of staying true to oneself handled with a light touch. Sheet music for all the songs is provided. Applause, applause. (Play. 12 & up)

Children's Literature - Sherryn Craig
Luna—the moon—has grown weary of humans' inability to find love. Disguised as a boy named Leo, she trades her heavenly home for the unearthly Hanoveria where nursery rhyme and fairytale characters live unhappily ever after. Luna/Leo soon learns that in Hanoveria, nothing is as it appears to be. Jack, the Prince of Hanoveria, aimlessly courts Felicity, who in turn has feelings for Luna/Leo who finds that she has fallen for Jack. Compounding this love triangle is the giant, Hugo, cast out of the Kingdom of Hanoveria by the "Queen of Mean," Ferocia. The play is rife with topical jokes, witty puns, and clever satire. The play's ending takes a modern twist as well, eschewing the knight-in-shining armor/damsel-in-distress archetypes. The musical score delivers poignant insight into the personalities and struggles of the characters, each of whom are individually amusing and deftly re-imagined. Readers be warned: this is not your grandma's fairytale. From the Hairy Godmother to the three visually challenged mice, this play is laugh-out-loud funny. Snarky trees in the enchanted forest, a narcoleptic Sleeping Beauty, and a Harley-riding Humpty? Why not! Readers will delight in this modern love tale, joining the characters as they ride, not into the sunset, but over the moon. Reviewer: Sherryn Craig
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442421325
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 107
  • Sales rank: 232,382
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult received an AB in creative writing from Princeton and a master’s degree in education from Harvard. The recipient of the 2003 New England Book Award for her entire body of work, she is the author of twenty-one novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, and My Sister’s Keeper, for which she received the American Library Association’s Margaret Alexander Edwards Award. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at JodiPicoult.com.

Jodi Picoult received an AB in creative writing from Princeton and a master’s degree in education from Harvard. The recipient of the 2003 New England Book Award for her entire body of work, she is the author of twenty-one novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, and My Sister’s Keeper, for which she received the American Library Association’s Margaret Alexander Edwards Award. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at JodiPicoult.com.

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    1. Hometown:
      Hanover, New Hampshire
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 19, 1966
    2. Place of Birth:
      Nesconset, Long Island, NY
    1. Education:
      A.B. in Creative Writing, Princeton University; M.A. in Education, Harvard University
    2. Website:

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ACT ONE
SCENE 1

A cross-dressed HAIRY GODMOTHER enters, holding a book.
HAIRY GODMOTHER

(opening book)

Once upon a time. . .

(beat)

What? What’s the matter? You’ve never seen a hairy godmother before?

(beat)

Maybe you were expecting someone — a little different? Someone with a little less testosterone? Some sweet old grandma type with a blue cloak and a magic wand? A FAIRY godmother?

(beat)

Well, news flash: that was a TYPO!

(beat)

You can’t believe everything you read in fairy tales. Jack and the magic beanstalk? We’re talking genetically modified plants, here. And the three little pigs? They went on to become [Insert name of local development company].

(beat)

I hear what you’re saying: the whole point of a fairy tale is that everyone knows the story. Sure as the moon’s in the sky every night, Cinderella’s always gonna lose her glass slipper and Rapunzel’s always gonna have a grooming problem, and me, well, I’m gonna wave the wand around and sing “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.”

(beat)

But what if the moon WASN’T in the sky? Because THAT’S a story I bet you’ve never heard. . .

He walks off, revealing:
SCENE 2

LUNA, the moon, and her friends, STELLA and BELLA, are up in the sky, listening to the radio.
JOHNNY NOVA

Howdy folks, welcome back to the number one satellite radio show in the galaxy. I’m Johnny Nova, comin’at you so bright you better keep your shades on!
STELLA

Guys, guys! It’s on again!!!
JOHNNY NOVA

Now, let’s get back to some of those hit Nep-Tunes. . .
STELLA

Hey, Bella, does this dress make my asteroid look fat?
BELLA

Honestly, Stella, you KNOW you’re a heavenly body.
LUNA

People down there just don’t get it!
STELLA

Don’t tell me you’re spying again.
BELLA

Oh, stop being such a blue moon! Humans mess everything up.
LUNA

Seeing them throw away love makes me want to just stop glowing! Seriously, girls, why else are we here?

Bella and Stella look at each other and shrug.
BELLA

The universal health care plan?
LUNA

No! All those wishes on a falling star. All those kisses in the moonlight. But each night I see humans throwing away true love.

SONG 1: OVER THE MOON

LUNA:

When it comes to love, you shoot for the stars.

When it comes to love, no journey’s too far.

Love is worth waiting for.

Love conquers all

right from the moment you fall.

LUNA WITH STELLA AND BELLA:

Someday I will find the guy of my dreams.

Someday I will find a fella who seems

like he was meant for me,

a perfect pair,

and then a lifetime we’ll share!

CHORUS:

Every word he whispers

is a secret tune.

Every one of his kisses, I know,

will send me over the moon!

Maybe one day I will walk down a street,

and, by chance, our eyes will happen to meet.

And we will know right then

we’re meant to be,

forever after happily!

And we will know right then

we’re meant to be,

forever after happily!
JOHNNY NOVA

This one’s going out to all you lovers. . .
LUNA

That’s it! Girls, I’m leaving. If people on Earth can’t find true love, I’m going to find it for them!

© 2011 Jodi Picoult and Jake van Leer

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    Charming idea!

    I could just imagine how much fun this musical would be to see preformed by the local school. It hits fairy tales with female empowerment through an athletic princess who is trying to follow "The Rules" to catch her prince and guest appearances from all of your favorite Mother Goose characters. There are some great double entredres that might fly over the heads of younger kids, but will keep the adults in their seats.
    The commentary on the current social situation and pointed jabs at politics will keep everyone on their toes waiting to hear the next almost groan worthy joke, well, the adults might groan, but the kids will be rolling in the aisles.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2014

    SO cool!

    My sister was Luna in this play when she was in middle school.
    It is a really great play!

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    Posted December 19, 2013

    EmberStar

    "Mistypelt, can you retrieve sone fresh kill?" the leader asks.

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    Posted April 23, 2012

    Zero to jake

    That was along post im datin ally she told me you were cheap s.cu.m she cheating on with me i didnt know and she is now datin aron on goat fourth result man

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    Posted April 21, 2012

    Alicia to mimi and zero

    Bahahaha. Her tongue is rubbing my button vigorously o phuck!!!!!!!!

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