Chaos at the Cannery - Melodrama

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


Here's the story on  Chaos at the Cannery

Also known as "Miss Faye Sees All and Tells All"

CAST: Female: 7 Male: 7 Total: 14 plus a piano player and optional extras

Up for some adventure? Welcome to the small western town of San Juan Capistrano. Back before the turn of the century … no not this one ... the last century. That's right ... the year is 1881 and California is still one of the last great frontiers. The president is James Garfield, the flag has only 38 stars on it and the one big employer in San Juan is the Belford and Company Cannery, purveyors of dried fruits, olives and of course their very popular fig marmalade all marketed under the label of "San Juan's Best".

Chaos at the Cannery is set in the beautiful old west town of San Juan Capistrano (or your town if you want to customize this Melodrama). San Juan Capistrano is the town where the "swallows"" return each year. Kind of like the "buzzards returning to Hinckley Ohio". This Melodrama is a prequel to Dirty Deeds at the Depot that helped spark a Melodrama revival. View the highlights video and your will see why Chaos at the Cannery has become a new favorite for many playhouses across America and the world. They even performed this one in New Zealand if that impresses you ... it did for me.

This is the story of a new sheriff, a loyal family and a rowdy town. Mix in an ample amount of mayhem and mystery with a dash of heroes, villains, two generations of heroines, a stolen badge and a whole slew of toe tapping authentic old-time music. Now sit back … take off your Stetson ... to return to a day when the men were strong, and all the women were heroines ... well at least that's our story and we're sticking to it.

Characters include ... Des Berado, Oliver Sudden, Faye Tality, Shirley Knott, April May, Natalie Drest, and our cue-card maven Miss Paige Turner, and the villainous Professor Phineas T. Mack.

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

Or if you want immediate gratification and just want to read one online ... here is a link
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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.

See for yourself with this YouTube Video preview link.

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.