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Cat in the Castle, The - Short Musical

Cat in the Castle, The

Bill Solly

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Short Musical

3m, 2f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)

A One-Act Musical for Children
Book, Lyrics, and Music by Bill Solly
"What give the show a special charm are Bill Solly's frolicking music and witty lyrics." - Los Angeles Times

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Description

Short Musical

Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences

Settings Of Play - A castle

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Fantasy Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Outdoor, Tours

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

This is the children's musical which ran in New York for more than three years!

The story concerns a couple of New York cats, Hugo and Mimi, who stowaway on an ocean liner, get  thrown overboard, and end up in a fascinating but frightening kingdom where cats are illegal. Reigning  Queen Gloria XIV is allergic to cats and exterminates them mercilessly, courtesy of her pet  pterodactyl who yawns flames, and whom she keeps in bondage by his fear of her mysterious gatekeeper, Morahorahora. Hugo is all for catching the next boat home, but curious Mimi insists "a cat can look at a queen"  and smuggles herself into the castle. Disaster ensues, with the Queen on the warpath, but an  unexpected rapport develops between Mimi and the pterodactyl whose name is Ptommy (he puts ps  in front of his t's). Of course Hugo has to come to the rescue, but he is  helped by - one of the chief  attractions of the show - the children in the audience. It is they who must  supply the  ultimate secret  reason "Why the Queen Hates Cats."

REVIEWS

"One of the longest running shows in town, and justifiably so." - The New York Times

"What give the show a special charm are Bill Solly's frolicking music and witty lyrics." - Los Angeles Times

"The choice musical for family audience production. Guaranteed to delight just about everyone. We usually have to be dragged to a children's play, but love, love, loved this one. So will you." - Backstage


The Cat in the Castle premiered at the 13th St. Theatre in New York City in 1974.

Characters

CASTING

3m, 2f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

HUGO -  a cat from New York
MIMI -  a cat from New York
PEASANT/ GUARD
HAM HAMWICH
QUEEN GLORIA XIV
PTOMMY - a pterodactyl

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Easy

Piano/Conductor Score
Song Samples

Overture / My Name is Hugo

When You Call

If I Could Be Queen

You, and Me, and the Pterodactyl

Ptommy

A Cat's got into the Castle

Why the Queen Hates Cats

It's a Ding-Dong Day

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Other Bill Solly titles:

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