Click below to read the different versions of the book (script) for Dumpster Diver the Musical.

The Story Behind the Different Script Versions
The original script for the musical is 154 pages with a run-time of 2.5 hours. For the stage play, due to time limits and other variables, I shortened the script to 75 pages. Even at 75 pages, the scene changes for the live performance meant the run-time would have exceeded the 90-minute limit required by The New York Theater Fest for their 2018 “SummerFest” program. In order to fit the musical within the 90-minute time limit, I edited the script further, down to 50 pages. With the scene changes, the 50-minute version script came to a 75-minute run-time.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the sheet music not being completed, and other circumstances, a few of the original cast members dropped out. This was a week before the musical was scheduled to be staged. In order to galvanize the remaining actors and recruit new ones, the director took out the first 14 pages, reducing the script to a more manageable length–37 pages. This brought the stage production to a run time of 43 minutes.

You can read the script versions below by clicking the links.

154 page version (2.5 hour run-time)

111 page version (1 hr, 45 min run-time)

75 page version (90-minute run-time)

50 page version (75 minute run-time)

38-page version (45-minute run-time)

37-page version (43-minute run time)

For a story of how Dumpster Diver the musical came about, be sure to visit the FAQ page by clicking here.

Kris Kemp
writer (book/score) – Dumpster Diver the Musical
[email protected]

Kris Kemp

Hi, I'm a writer, musician, photographer, and the author of 3 books, How to Travel Europe for $1.50 a Day or Less, Make Big Profits Flipping Florida Land, The Shift Diet, a novel, the rails, and a musical Dumpster Diver the Musical, and a few screenplays that you can read at I run a variety of websites that reflect my interests--writing, acting, music, photography, travel, making money online.  Although these sites vary, they share the common theme of freedom--time freedom, financial freedom, creative freedom. I also have an interest in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and am outlining a future ebook "Comfort Magnets". I offer creative copywriting services at and am also available for photography gigs (specialize in head shots). Contact me at: [email protected] / 347-557-5487

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