Hymn to the Chesapeake

by Robert P. Arthur
  • 95 Minutes
  • 5 Males, 5 Females, Max/Min 10

Musical Drama, Flexible Casting


An award-winning, full-length play with music filled with the poetry of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Robert P. Arthur weaves fragments of conversations and traditional melodies to portray the love and heartbreak of its watermen and women–the love of the sea, a mother for a child, a man for a woman.


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  • Review Script 11.00 Watermarked PDF Download
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  • Class/Group Study 90.00 Printable PDF for Multiple Copies
  • Multi-Copy PDF 80.00 Printable PDF for Cast/Crew

Performance Fee $80.00 A Production License Fee Per Performance (mandatory for all performances)

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Easy to stage with a variable cast, this haunting full-length drama can be performed easily by high school, college, community, and professional theaters.

Has had over ninety performances in Virginia and Maryland, as well as performances in Washington, D.C., New York City, and St. Petersburg, Russia.

At heart, this musical is a love story on the coastal waters of Eastern Virginia. In and out of time past, present, and future, Tom falls in love with Annie Drummond and revisits his past and his loves–of Annie and of the sea.

We fall in love with the lives, humor, and hardships of the watermen of the Chesapeake Bay, hardened to hard times but committed to life on the Shore.

Hymn to the Chesapeake opened at the Trawler Dinner Theater on the Eastern Shore.

A powerful, moving poem play, brilliantly written by a masterful poet. Bob Arthur’s words evoke the sights, sounds and pace of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay. A must read for anyone who loves the water, history and beautiful writing.

Readings using material from the play possibly exceed the number of actual productions and include readings for libraries, museums, universities, colleges, and literary festivals, as well as the Poetry Society of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The poem/play won Port Folio magazine’s Most Innovative Theater Award. For its creation, the author, Robert P. Arthur, won the Christians in Theater Arts Award.

Suitable for outdoor performance.

Categories: 5 Female actors, 5 Male actors, Blue Moon, Bravery, College, College, Community, Community, Compassion, Courtship, Environment, Faith in Others, Family Roles, Family Ties, Family Values, Finding Love, Friendship, Healing, High School, High School, Joy of Life, Love, Love for the Sea, Max 10, Min 10, Musical, Outdoor Plays, Parent/Child, Professional, Robert P. Arthur
Genres: Dramedy, Play With Music, Poetic Drama

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  • Trawler Dinner Theatre, Exmore, Virginia

    August 1995

    Directed by Judy Beck


    Larry Lovelady, Marilyn Kellam,  Laura Trala, Robert Oliver, Jim Turner, Sherry Belote, and Robert P. Arthur.
    Guitar: Bruce Jones
    Keyboard: Patrick Belote


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