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Curiosity Cat - Full Length Play, Comedy

Curiosity Cat

Chris Grabenstein

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Full Length Play, Comedy

5m, 2f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s), 6m or f

ISBN: 9780573698974

"Curiosity Cat had my daughter rolling in the floor with laughter! Well done!" - Jeanne White

"I must say that I was blown away by how well-written the play is. My husband said it is like a Disney movie...so funny for kids and yet really entertaining for adults, too." - Amie Headrick Dyer

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


Theatre for Young Audiences

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Present Day


Audience Participation/Interactive, Mime, Physical Comedy

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes


No Special Cautions


Appropriate for all audiences


Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

To my way of thinking, there are no such things as strays; only those who have not yet found their homes. From the imaginative mind of award winning TYA author Chris Grabenstein comes a very funny, very touching new comedy filled with laughter, learning, and heart that's ideal for school groups and professional children's theatres.Curiosity Cat is the play-within-the-book from Grabenstein's award-winning novel for middle grades readers The Hanging Hill. It's a story bout displaced children and homeless cats as well as family and the value of curiosity. When their mother becomes very ill Claire and Charlie are forced to live with their father's Aunt Jenny. A stray cat named Curiosity also wanders into the house. When he breaks Claire's prized music box, she immediately throws him back out into the streets. Being homeless is an adventure, not a concern, for a cat this curious and cool. Soon, the children (with Fred the dog) set out to rescue Curiosity Cat who is busily trying to help other forlorn felines find homes while simultaneously avoiding a newly appointed "cat catcher" who vows to put him to sleep! Filled with memorable characters -- such as Coot, the geriatric cat; Slicker the big city alley cat; Penelope, the pampered Persian Princess; Fred the extremely loyal dog; a nervous and nutty squirrel; a chorus of cute jailbird strays; and the evil cat catcher Skeevelberger -- the play builds to a funny and touching climax that will leave audiences laughing and cheering!

Curiosity Cat premiered at the Children's Theatre of Knoxville in Knoxville, TN in April 2010 under the direction of Jenny Ballard.



5m, 2f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s), 6m or f


Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Features Children, Flexible casting, Roles for Children, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)


N/A (Not a musical)

AUNT GINNY – Sweet, grandmotherly.
CHARLIE – Boy, about 9-11
CLAIRE – Girl, Charlie’s sister, 10-14
COOT CAT – Old cat. Cranky. Hard of hearing. Wears a rumpled cardigan. Could be played by male or female.
CURIOSITY CAT – Male. Very full of life and, of course, curiosity.
DUKE – A Tuxedo Cat who goes from shy to dandy. Could be played bymale or female.
FATHER – Claire & Charlie’s Dad. 30 or 40-something
FRED – Aunt Ginny’s dog. Lovable and eager. Male or female.
LEO – A retired circus lion.
MRS. PODGER – The richest woman in town. (Could double as AuntGinny)
PENELOPE PODGER – Posh Persian Princess of a cat. Female.
SERGEANT SCHULTZ – Big, mean German Shepherd. Male or female.
SKEEVELBERGER – The evil next-door neighbor. 30- or 40-something.
SLICKER – Cool alley cat with ’tude. Male.
SQUIRREL – Nervous and nuts. Male or female.
STRAY CATS – All sorts. As many as you want to cast.
TUBBS – Aunt Ginny’s very fat cat. Male or female. (Could double as Leo or Slicker)
Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)

Chris Grabenstein

Chris Grabenstein

Chris Grabenstein is an award-winning author of books for children and adults, a playwright, screenwriter, and former advertising executive and improvisational comedian. Winner of both the Anthony and Agatha Awards, he is also the co-author with James Patterson of The New York Times bestseller I FUNNY. A former writer for Jim Henson's Muppets and past president of the New York Chapter of the ... view full profile

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Fred Chmielewski 1/25/2016 4:48 PM
We just closed Curiosity Cat and the audience response was very positive.  I do not know who liked it more - the young kids  for the action and humor or the adults who enjoyed the subtle comedy and smooth moving story line. All characters were identifiable and likable;  Coot was a hoot and easily stole most scenes!  We did it with 1 set,  21 cast members,  simple costumes and props.  The poem that opens act two was a challenge of matching the meter with a melody, but we ended up with a parody of a modern song and the cast and audience loved it. Scene changes were done with dim  work lights and the cast members moved all set pieces;  I was actually sorry to see it close and am thinking or re-staging in the near future. Total run time is just short of two hours.
Christopher Craig 9/18/2014 8:56 AM
The text is easy to read and accessible to middle school students. My actors are having fun playing cats and dogs.

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