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4-sentence stories for Musical Novel

The ensemble nominated 19th century novels for the basis of our September Musical Novelshow. One of these stories will serve as the spine of our musical.

The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

 Every day, Tom Sawyer would try to avoid chores, school, and church with his best pal Huckleberry Finn. Then one day, Tom and Becky Thatcher got lost in a big cave. Because of this, Tom had to call on all his boyish resourcefulness to keep them alive. After that, Tom was rich because of the treasure he found in the cave. 

Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson 
Every day, Jim Hawkins would keep a lookout for a one-legged sea-faring man who was after his friend, Billy Bones. One day, the pirates found Billy, who died, but not before he gave Jim a map to an island with buried treasure. After that, Jim went off to look for the treasure with his friends and a sneaky (pirate) cook, lots of people died, and they found the treasure. 


Flatland by Edwin Abbott Abbott (1884)

In a two-dimensional world inhabited by geometric shapes with a strict hierarchy, a square has a dream about Lineland. Later, after the square defends himself against what he considers to be absurd questions from his grandson, a sphere visits from Spaceland, converting the square to into apostle of the Gospel of the Third Dimension, which is considered illegal and dangerous in Flatland. The square wonders if there's anything beyond Spaceland, and also has a vision of Pointland, the Abyss of No Dimensions. Although his grandson was initially open to this sort of idea, fear of consequences prevents him from going along with his grandpa's ideas, and the Square is arrested for his ideas.

The Egoist by George Meredith
Every day, Sir Willoughby Patterne would conceitedly search for a woman worthy of marrying him. Then one day, Constantia Durham, his selected fiancée, humiliates him by eloping with an officer of the hussars when she discovers Patterne’s shallowness. Because of this, Patterne pursues Clara Middleton, meanwhile encouraging the tender feelings of Laetitia Dale, only to be rejected by both due to his duplicity and shabby behavior. After that, Patterne honestly courts Laetitia and convinces her to marry him.


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Every day, Mary was a bored, lonely, bratty orphan in a big creepy house. Then one day, Mary discovers the key to a locked garden and finds purpose for the first time in her life. Because of this, she develops friendships (with Colin the hypochondriac and Dickon the cute older boy who charms animals and Ben the gardner and the Robin who lives in the garden). After that, the kids work together to bring the garden back to life and Mary and Colin become actual decent healthy people and Colin's dad starts to heal from the death of his wife.


Persuasion by Jane Austen

 Every day, Anne Elliot would do everything her conceited, selfish family asked of her because she didn't marry her true love eight years previously and was now basically an old maid (who was also too good and kind for this world). Then one day, her old flame, Frederick, moves back into the neighborhood with a view to get married, and starts flirting with her brother-in-law's sisters. Because of this, Anne and Frederick realize they are still in love with each other, but he is seemingly engaged to one of the silly girls because he flirted too much and Anne's rich cousin tries to woo her. After that, the silly girl has an accident and falls in love with a sailor during her recovery; Anne discovers her cousin is a cad; and Anne and Frederick end up getting engaged (again).

The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas

Every day, the beautiful Queen Anne, a Spaniard taken from her homeland, felt trapped in the palace of her idiot husband, King Louis XIII of France. Then one day, she and her lady-in-waiting, Constance, hatch a scheme to help the Queen find a lover and fool the vain and pompous King. Because of that, the Queen, Constance, and Constance's not-too-bright lover, D'Artagnan, become embroiled in political intrigue with the amoral and ruthless Milady, and Cardinal Richelieu, the super-religious right-hand man of the King. After that... well, in the book, Milady and Constance die, Queen Anne remains trapped (and her lover is killed), the men in power all stay in power, and D'Artagnan and the Musketeers have fun. But this is our musical novel and we can do what we want. Who says it has to end this way?? Maybe in our version, the women come out on top!

The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Every day, Dorian Gray enjoys his youth, beauty, and a portrait of himself painted by Basil Hallward. Then one day, fearing the loss of youth, he curses the portrait and wagers his soul for the picture to age while he remains young. Because of this, he uses his looks to lead a life of unbridled sensuality, murder, lies, and corruption, while the portrait appears more and more hideous. After that, almost 20 years later, he decides to clean up his act, but the portrait looks even uglier and he stabs it in anger, resulting in his own aging and death. 


Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 

Every day Doctor Jekyll fights against the dark side of himself. Then one day he creates a serum that allows him to indulge his dark side without fear of punishment in the real world. Because of this, he becomes more and more unstable, and the dark side of himself grows. After that, he realizes he has run out of serum and must resign himself to being Hyde for the rest of his life


Middlemarch by George Eliot

Every day young englishwoman Dorothea Brooke would strive to be kind and forward-thinking and maybe find love. Then one day she married an elderly scholar, to elevate her mind and be helpful. Because of that she became miserable. He was obsessed with tedious facts and she wanted to embrace life. After that, she saw her mistake and overcame her sense of obligation and her resistance to the right guy.


Dracula by Bram Stoker

Every day Johnathan Harker would help clients out with wills and real estate transfers. Then one day Johnathan traveled to Transilvania to help Count Dracula finalize a real estate transfer. Because of that Johnathan discovers the Count is a vampire and attempts to kill him but the Count runs off to England. After that, Johnathan was on a mission to help save the people of England from becoming vampires at the hand of the Count
Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
Every day Ivanhoe would try to prove to his father he was worthy to marry Lady Rowena. Then one day he disguises himself and wins the hand of Lady Rowena in a tournament with the help of The Black Knight. Because of that virtually everyone takes part in kidnapping, seduction, besieging, or all three as perpetrator or victim (or both)After that justice and peace are restored as the Black Knight reveals himself as King Richard the Lionhearted,  Robin Hood defeats the Knights-Templar, and Ivanhoe marries Lady Rowena after winning a trial-by-combat because his opponent is killed by his own conflicting emotions.