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Henning Nelms



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Henning Nelms is the author of ONLY AN ORPHAN GIRL, a full-length melodrama. He has also written many books about stagecraft and magic, including Magic and Showmanship: A Handbook for Conjurers, Thinking with a Pencil, Play Production, Scene Design: A Guide to the Stage, and also How to Raise and Train a Cardigan Welsh Corgi.

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        Only An Orphan Girl

Only An Orphan Girl

long-suffering young lady who seems destined not only to lose her lover but her life as well. the familiar characters of old-time meloDrama here play their roles up to the hilt. the most thrilling scene is that in which dynamite (planted by the villain) is about to blow all the good characters to eternity. Just in time, however, Lucy picks up the dynamite and throws it out the door. On reflection, though, it seems that the thrill just described is actually topped by the even more exciting scene in the sawmill, where Nellie, tied to a log, is approaching the circular saw which in a moment will tear her to pieces. the hero, who has been tied by the villain, is freed just in time to thrust aside the latter who draws a pistol on him and threatens to kill him if he dares touch the lever that will save Nellie. the villain fires. the hero is wounded. And, at this very instant, a friend opportunely appears to snare the villain, and Nellie is safe in the arms of her hero.


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Dramatists Play Service, NY,    


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Male:  3            Female:  5            Other:  one female part may be played as a male

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