Sideshow Shenanigans - Melodrama

performed across America
and internationally for 15 years
so you know audiences love them


Here's the story on  Sideshow Shenanigans

Also known as "The Greatest Show Unearthed"

CAST: Female: 5 Male: 6 Total: 11 plus a piano player and a slew of optional extras

As a child did you ever want to run away and join the circus? Welcome to the ultimate audience participation old west style melodrama. Sideshow Shenanigans is a story that takes you back to a more wild and wooly time in California history when the circus came to old San Juan Capistrano's back in 1871 (or your town if you want to customize this Melodrama). Here is your chance to rediscover the magic of the Big Top while learning what really goes on behind the scenes at an old west sideshow. Sideshow Shenanigans is a story that takes you back to those bygone days of when you waited the whole year for the circus to come back to town.

You will meet Phineas Mack and his younger brother Thaddeus on the start of their career of villainy. You will be introduced to the man that began all the troubles, the Circus ringmaster Professor Dante Inferno and learn why the Mack brothers, years later became such scoundrels themselves. You will Fall in love with Cantankerous Kate, the circus’s quick-draw artist, and be enthralled with the sideshow’s sooth-sayer Madame Zorelda. Discover the magic, mystery, and mayhem as well as clowns and authentic turn of the century songs when everyone looked forward to "Circus Time".

Introducing your new favorite characters including ... Andy Structable, Professor Dante Inferno, Seymour Paine, Faye Tality AKA Madame Zorelda, Cantankerous Kate, Rhoda Hoarse, Phineas Tiberius, Thaddeus Snavely Mack and a slew of Roustabouts & Clowns in Training if you like.

Easy ... Just click the link below and one can be professionally printed on demand and a perfect-bound copy can be sent your way. .

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They are full-length melodramas. But if you want a shorter version for schools, churches, or community events ... you can customize them to your venue. Other providers of Melodramas prohibit you from making modifications to published scripts. We encourage it. Villain names have been changed, local establishment "shameless plugs" have been added, casts were shrunk for smaller venues, casts were expanded so more actors could have fun. No permission is needed to change our Melodramas around to fit your town's history or personalize the play.

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While Hero and Villain plays are available for Theatres and Playhouses, they also work great as fund raisers for civic organizations, colleges, clubs, church groups, community centers, mountain retreats or even dinner theaters. These family-oriented melodramas are now provided for a flat royalty fee based upon whether you want to perform a play for a whole year or if you will only be having 5 or less performances. These plays have been produced successfully and are designed to help you have a production that your town will be talking about all year.

Many of those performing melodramas are community theatres, schools, churches or non-profit organizations and so our prices are purposely kept affordable for these groups. When you consider all of the flexibility to change, modify, print, and video our Melodramas ... we think that they are a great value. Buy one today with one of the links below.

Yes ... you don't have to ... but you can print as many scripts on your own printer as you might need for your cast and crew. Other publishers seriously frown on this and prohibit even the thought of it. Perhaps you have lots of paper, a free copier and lots of time on your hands ... When you pay royalties you get access to a downloadable and printable version of the script and music score. So, if you need to print out another copy when someone misplaces their script ... no problem ... you can stay in the "Hero" category and make extra copies at your heart's content.

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Affordable Melodrama Royalties

Limited Run Royalty

A discounted price for just a few performances.


The Real Deal

  • If you only will be needing 1 to 5 performances ... this is the package for you.
  • Even though it is discounted ... you still get a PDF script, modifiable Word-Doc script, PDF full music score, downloadable rehearsal music tracks, cue-card graphics and more.
  • Melodrama royalty payments are simply determined by how many times you plan to performed in front of an audience.

One Year Unlimited

For Theatres or Playhouses wanting a longer run.


The Amazing Bargain

  • This package gives you as many performance as you want for a full year. Great for schools and diner shows.
  • Unlimited for a year access to a PDF script, modifiable Word-Doc script, PDF full music score, cue-card graphics and so much more.
  • Downloadable rehearsal music tracks and scratch track samples are now included for HeroAndVillain Melodramas.

Printed Scripts

Perfect-Bound Professional Scripts Printed for You.

$6 each

plus Shipping

  • Since many playhouses, schools, and theatres use our melodramas with minor changes ... professional scripts are a great choice.
  • We let you print copies of your melodrama on your own, but sometimes saving time is a better option. LuLu Publishing professionally prints unmodified melodrama scripts for your cast and crew and then promptly ships them right to your door.

Piano Scores

Professionally printed Scores now available.

$12 each

plus Shipping

  • The Piano Scores for all HeroAndVillain Melodramas are now discounted 10%.
  • Piano players are the unsung heroes of your melodrama. Reward them with a professionally printed spiral-bound full-size piano score.
  • Downloadable rehearsal music tracks and samples match the new printed piano scores that have been completely updated for 2018.