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A Razzamatazztic Musical
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Mystery At Magpie Manor
A Razzamatazztic Musical

by Mary Green & Julie Stanley
Ages: 7-11
Can you solve the mystery at Magpie Manor? Don the fringes and feathers, dust off the spy glass and join the flapper girls and their family, Inspector Spectre and a whole host of famous guests in this roaring 20's thriller!Now available with Words on Screen™ v2.

A Performance Licence is required to perform Mystery At Magpie Manor. You are able to purchase an Instant Performance Licence when you purchase this product, or a Standard Performance Licence at any time. For more information, please see below.


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Book, Audio CD, Words on Screen™ v2 CD ROM & Instant Performance Licence²AU$120.00
Book, Audio CD & Words on Screen™ v2 CD ROM¹AU$75.00
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Book, Audio CD & Instant Performance LicenceAU$84.00
Book & Audio CDAU$45.00
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Words on Screen™ v2 CD ROM Upgrade¹AU$55.00
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Standard Performance Licence (price per annum)²AU$45.00pa
A current Performance Licence is required to perform this musical to an audience (other than to pupils & staff) and/or to install Words on Screen™ on a server and/or 2+ computers. Purchase either an Instant Performance Licence or a Standard Performance Licence; the Instant Licence is discounted within the pack prices above.


About Mystery At Magpie Manor

Set in the 1920s and steeped in legend and intrigue, Magpie Manor is in a state of disrepair and Lord and Lady Pica must take drastic action to save their crumbling manor house. The clan is gathered and together with Mr Fortune the bank manager and his bumbling assistants, they come up with a plan to sell off the family silver. But as the rich and famous guests arrive for the auction ball, strange things are occurring and when the family heirloom is unveiled, it has disappeared! Inspector Spectre is straight on the case, aided by none other than Agatha Christie and it seems that everyone has a motive from the servants and cheeky tradesmen to Cousin Rupert and his grasping American fiancée. But will the thief be caught and can Magpie Manor be rescued from impending disaster?

Join the flapper girls and their family and Charleston your way through this pacy, energetic mystery with eight fantastic songs, a humorous script and a fabulous twist!

Now available with a Words on Screen™ v2 CD ROM allowing you to display song lyrics on any whiteboard, computer screen, television or interactive touchscreen. The lyrics synchronize with the music as it plays making them easy to teach and easy to learn!

A Performance Licence is required to perform Mystery At Magpie Manor. You are able to purchase an Instant Performance Licence when you purchase this product, or a Standard Performance Licence at any time. For more information, please see below.



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Additional Information

What's Included

Teachers Book with:

  • Character list
  • Script with staging directions
  • Suggestions for rehearsing, staging, props and costumes (see below)
  • Choreography suggestions for The Charleston and Magpie Dance
  • Music score and song lyric sheets for 8 songs (Piano music score, melody and chords)
  • Licence and copyright details

Audio CD with:

  • Vocal tracks sung by children
  • Professional backing tracks
  • Overture and Magpie Dance music

Words on Screen™ v2 CD ROM with:

  • Extractable MP3s, printable lyrics, scores, scripts & additional resources
  • Words on Screen™ v2 versions of songs so that you can display song lyrics on any whiteboard, computer screen, television or interactive touchscreen. The lyrics synchronize with the music as it plays making them easy to teach and easy to learn
  • Enhanced operation features including ‘double-click’ to hear and teach a single line
  • Words on Screen™ v2 user guide
  • Single-User licence (Please note a Performance Licence is still required to perform this musical)
  • Licence & copyright details
  • Link to Charleston videos
Running Time60 minutes approx
(Total length of music: 14 minutes approx)
Songs - Click To Listen
Solos/PartsSongs with Rounds, Part-Singing and Solos:
  • Honey Devine
  • Do As You're Told!
  • Keep A Beady Eye
  • The Charleston
  • Who Dunnit?
Songs with Optional Harmony
  • The Magpie Rag
  • We've Solved The Mystery
Sample ScriptSample Script (66KB)
Cast List

Character List, Props List and Stage Directions

No. of speaking parts: 32.
No. of non-speaking parts: 16.
Whole school: Cast size can easily be increased to include more non-speaking tradesmen, guests and magpies.
Least no. of performers: Could be done with as few as 34, which would involve cutting some of the guests (Noel Coward, Herbert Austin) and their spouses. Trixie and Minty’s parts could be cut and allocated to other flapper girls. Den Bones and Phil Pie could be cut from the script and magpies could double up as guests reducing the cast by a total of 14.

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Charleston Videos

Suggested Dance Choreography

How To Charleston

Licence Information

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ISBN9781906988968 Book & CD / 9781906988975 Book & CD ROM
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