Running Time: About 40-45 minutes
Flexible cast of 3, 1 Male, 1 Female, 1 M/F
Easily adapted for larger cast.
AMELIA EARHART (AE): (F)
(Also plays PAUL MANTZ, COMMANDER THOMPSON, other characters.)
Present day news reporter researching Amelia Earhart.
(Also plays other characters.)
Small Cast Script & Royalty - Please contact: Dramatic Publishing
Medium Cast Version
Running Time: About 40-45 minutes
Flexible cast of 11, 3 Male, 1 Female, 7 M/F
Easily adapted for larger/smaller cast.
AMELIA EARHART (AE): (F, 151 LINES)
Present day newspaper reporter researching Amelia Earhart.
GRACE: (M/F, 30 LINES)
EDWIN: (M/F, 32 LINES)
(GP): (M, 127 LINES)
Amelia's agent, publisher and husband.
PAUL MANTZ: (M,
Hollywood stunt man, Amelia's tutor.
RADIO ANNOUNCER: (M/F, 12 LINES)
THOMPSON: (M, 24 LINES)
Naval Commander of the ship, Itasca.
ITASCA RADIO OPERATOR (IRO): (M/F, 15 LINES)
Medium Cast Version, Central High School, Wise, VA
"Amelia won with "flying" colors at our conference yesterday! All judges gave us first place and let me just say that the competition was stiff!"
Jan Thompson Director - Central High School
CD SOUNDTRACK CUES
Cues, sound effects, original background music
The CD Soundtrack contains special sound effects and background music (original music written for the play) that may be used to greatly enhance the performance. It does not contain music for the performers to sing along with. Cues have 10 seconds of silence at the end - times shown below include silence.
1. AE THEME, RADIO (4:42)
2. JAZZY MUSIC 1 (1:35)
3. AIRPLANE ENGINE, FANFARE (1:59)
4. APPLAUSE (1:42)
5. JAZZY MUSIC 1 (REPEAT) (1:35)
6. FLIGHT MUSIC, LANDING, APPLAUSE (4:32)
7. JAZZY MUSIC 2 (0:39)
8. FLIGHT MUSIC (0:42)
9. AIRPLANE ENGINE (0:53)
10. FLIGHT MUSIC, RADIO (4:06)
11. AE THEME (1:59)
Music & Sound Resources Available on the Internet
( Sheet Music, Song Books, CDs, DVDs, Sing-along, Karaoke, Sound Effects )
On Professional & High School stages across US!
Barter Theatre, Abington, VA
Medium Cast Version
Amelia Earhart is lively and fast-paced, with clever dialogue, well-drawn characters and lots of spell-binding drama. This scene depicts her last flight, the moment she lost contact with the Itasca and the world.
COMMANDER: She's got exactly one half hour of fuel left. You know that?
IRO: (Increasingly urgent.) Itasca to Earhart. We can't take a bearing on you at 3105 kilocycles. Please send on 500 or 7500.
IRO: Nothing. Nothing at all.
AE: (Suddenly and loud.) KHAQQ calling Itasca! We must be on you but we cannot see you! Gas is running low. Been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at an altitude of 1,000 feet.
COMMANDER: Ahh! She hasn't heard us at all!
IRO: Something's wrong.
COMMANDER: You can say that again. The sun just came up! Without radio help, she'll never find her way in that glare.
(AE shields her eyes.)
IRO: But how could there be anything wrong with her radio? I mean, this is Amelia Earhart - she's got to have the best money can buy!
COMMANDER: Try the other frequencies!
IRO: I am! Constantly.
COMMANDER: (Grabbing the microphone.) Itasca to Earhart. We are receiving your message. Please acknowledge. Please acknowledge.
AE: (Increasingly urgent.) We must be on you but we cannot see you. Gas is running low.
COMMANDER: We are transmitting constantly on 7500 kilocycles, 3105 kilocycles and 500 kilocycles!
AE: We are on the line position 157-337. Will repeat this message on 6210.
IRO: (Grabbing mic.) No! Please stay on 3105. Do not hear you on 6210!
COMMANDER: Oh, buddy, she is running out of time. If we don't get a bearing on her soon...
AE: (Frightened.) Fuel is running low. We are running North and South!
COMMANDER: North and South? North and South of what? We need another position!
AE: We are running North and South!
(SOUND CUE #11. Sudden silence. IRO and COMMANDER freeze. AE calmly and gracefully descends from cockpit and moves UC to get model plane. We hear the music used before but now it is more eerie. She lifts plane high above her head and "flies' it slowly around the stage, then silently carries it off. Music fades as COMMANDER and IRO exit. REPORTER enters.)
REPORTER: And those were the last words anyone ever heard Amelia Earhart speak.
(GP enters as himself, out of the scene, distraught.)
G.P. was waiting for A.E. in San Francisco. He had a big Fourth of July Welcome planned. He told the Chronicle...
GP: (Very upsettrying to be calm for the press.) A.E. will pull through. She has more courage than anyone I know. I am worried, of course, but I have confidence in her ability to handle any situation.
REPORTER: Commander Thompson called out the big guns and they searched sixteen days. Every neighboring island, miles and miles of shark-infested waters. The world was in shock.
GP: World Flyer Lost! Fuel Supply Runs Low.
REPORTER: Warship Catches Faint Signal.
GP: Amelia Floating in the Pacific!
REPORTER: Amelia Missing in the Pacific!
GP: (Near tears.) Disaster Ends All Hope.
(GP is devastated and exits. Ominous music again, the high frequency of her whistle, sound that holds tension.)
REPORTER: What happened, Amelia?
Note: This is a sample from the actual script. To review the entire play, order the PERUSAL SCRIPT (online instant download).
Amelia Earhart has two versions:
Recommended for Jr High, Middle Schools, High Schools, Theatres.
Flexible Cast of 11
(3 male, 1 female, 7 male/female.)
Cast (Touring) Version
Recommended for Professional Tours and Outreach Programs.
Cast of 3, for adult actors, larger cast possible.
(2 male, 1 female or 1 male, 2 female.)