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'Absolutely!' : Character Breakdown


Head Teacher:            MISS HANDEL                        24 Lines inc. 1 lengthy speech


English Mistress:        MISS SPELT                           1 Line


French Mistress:         FOU-FOU LA MARR               7 Lines + Dance with Clueless


Science Mistress:       MISS BUNSONBY                  5 Lines

            

Games Mistress:        MISS FAIRPLAY                      13 Lines

            

School Nurse:             MATRON                                 4 Lines


Cleaner:                      MRS HOOVER                       3 Lines + Solo song


Pupils:-                        TILLY TINSDALE                    26 Lines


                                    MILLY                                      12 Lines

                        

                                    LILLY                                       15 Lines


            (Y1)                 HETTY                                    3 Lines

                        

            (Y1)                 NETTY                                    4 Lines


            (Y1)                 BETTY                                    3 Lines


            (Y1)                 LETTY                                     3 Lines


                                    SALLY                                     3 Lines


                                    ALLY                                        3 Lines


                                    McNALLY                                6 Lines


                                    DOLLY                                    2 Lines


                                    POLLY                                    1 Line


                                    MOLLY                                    1 Line


Police:-                        INSPECTOR CLUELESS      54 Lines + 2 Song & Dance Numbers

            

                                    SERGEANT BLUNT               15 Lines + 2 Song & Dance Numbers


                                    PC PLOD                                2 Lines + 2 Song & Dance Numbers


                                    PC CLOD                               2 Lines + 2 Song & Dance Numbers


                                    PC TROD                               1 Line + 2 Song & Dance Numbers


Chorus:-                      ENSEMBLE OF PUPILS        

Character And Costume Notes


MISS HANDEL            

The Headteacher.  Strong acting role with some lengthy passages of dialogue.  Wears a line in rather extravagant floral dresses with a string of pearls around her neck.  Formidable and eccentric at the same time, constantly overacting in a very ‘hammy’ style with more than a touch of Alistair Sim’s ‘Miss Fritton’ from the original St Trinian’s films about her.  Speaks in a very ‘posh’ accent.


MISS SPELT   

The English Teacher. Small acting role. Very prim and proper. Dresses in a tweed suit with her hair in a tight bun. Speaks in perfect ’RP’.


FOU-FOU LA MARR   

The French Mistress. Strong acting and dance role. Does the Paso Doble with Clueless.  Modelled on Vicki Michelle’s character ‘Yvette Carte-Blanche’ from ‘Allo ‘Allo’. Wears a frilly white blouse and a straight black skirt to the knee with a beret worn at a ‘jaunty’ angle.  n.b. The skirt must allow her to dance the Paso Doble. She speaks in a heavy 'cod' French accent.


MISS BUNSONBY      

The Science Mistress. Small acting role. Very serious character. Wears glasses and a white Science Coat.


MISS FAIRPLAY          

The Games Mistress. Strong acting role. ‘Jolly hockey sticks’ type character. Must be able to move well for the ‘Waltz Of The Hockey Sticks’. She wears a games outfit (polo shirt/games skirt with knee-length socks etc.). She carries a whistle on a string around her neck.


MATRON         

Strong acting role. Dresses in a nurses outfit and carries an ‘oversized syringe’. Sergeant/major type she ‘barks’ orders out and the pupils are scared of her.  Turns completely ‘mad’ at the end of the show. This requires a great deal of over-acting!


MRS HOOVER           

The School Cleaner. Strong singing/comedy role. Takes the lead vocal in ’Cleaner To The Stars’. Wears a floral housecoat, rubber gloves to hand and turban around her head, possibly with curlers protruding from beneath it. Wears fluffy slippers on her feet. Speaks in a strong regional accent.  Should be able to move well.


PUPILS

The pupils (both chorus and named roles) at St Huberston’s have a distinct overall costume ‘look’.  This is very messy school uniform.  Their own ‘real life’ school uniforms could be adapted as costume to this effect if it is still in the traditional style of skirt/trousers, pullover/cardigan, blouse/shirt and they most definitely must have school ties though (for some reason, no doubt to do with my own school days, I have always used maroon ties for the Absolutely costume).  Their ties should never be worn neatly around the collar; they should be messy/loose or worn as headbands or even garters etc.  Again, it’s all very St Trinians!


TILLY TINSDALE

Strong acting role. Confident, cheeky and popular. She speaks in a heavily exaggerated posh schoolgirl accent including an element of ‘lisping’.           


MILLY

Tilly’s friend. Strong acting role. Also speaks in a heavily exaggerated posh schoolgirl accent without the lisping.             

                        

LILLY

Tilly and Milly’s friend. Strong acting role. Heavily exaggerated posh accent but no ‘lisping’.


HETTY/NETTY/BETTY/LETTY

Small acting roles. School friends, all first-formers.

                        

SALLY/ALLY    

Small acting roles. Contemporaries of Tilly/Milly and Lilly but are members of McNally’s ‘clique’.


McNALLY

Strong acting role. Spiteful pupil; very jealous of the ‘popular’ Tilly. Has her own ‘clique’ of Sally and Ally.              


DOLLY/POLLY/MOLLY

Small acting roles.  Another separate group of friends.

                                    

INSPECTOR CLUELESS 

Strong acting and dance role with some singing. Does the Paso Doble with Fou-Fou. Comedy detective in the ‘Inspector Clouseau’ mould but no French accent. Wears a trench coat with trilby hat and carries an oversized magnifying glass which he peers at things through repeatedly.                         

SERGEANT BLUNT 

Strong acting role.  Inspector Clueless’ long suffering Sergeant. Also features in 2 song and dance numbers. Police Uniform and helmet with Sergeant stripes. Carries a large notebook and pencil. He has a strong regional accent, the only one of the Police with any brains. He is constantly making sarcastic remarks with Inspector Clueless never ‘quite gets’.


PCs PLOD, CLOD & TROD 

Small acting roles but also feature in 2 song and dance numbers. The hapless/bumbling Police Constables. Wear Police Uniforms and helmets.

  

Gender of Roles : Boys vs Girls


Although it can be seen from the character breakdown that 'Absolutely!' is nominally set in a girls school the gender of the roles can easily be changed ‘ad hoc’ to accommodate either an even split between male and female cast members or indeed a unisex cast of either gender.


All we would say is that in renaming the characters to allow these changes that within the rhyming groups of pupils names the same rhyming schemes are preserved. e.g. Tilly, Milly and Lilly become Harry, Barry and Larry etc. Please feel free to adapt this aspect of the production as necessary to suit your particular performance scenario.