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Beat It, Beatnik - Short Play, Comedy

Beat It, Beatnik

Anne Coulter Martens

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Short Play, Comedy

5m, 6f

ISBN: 9780874409642

Bonnie wants a job as a counselor in a summer camp and hopes to show the director that she is a wholesome, outdoor girl. Her sister Lorraine, however, has a taste for off-the-wall characters, and the director arrives for an interview amid bongos and wild poetry -- like crazy, man, crazy.

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

30 minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - The Carleton living room on a Saturday afternoon in spring.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre

Bonnie, who hopes to get a job at a summer camp, puts aside her own problems when she finds out, from a snapshot, that her sister Lorraine's new boyfriend is a beatnik.  To make this beatnik beat it in a hurry, she and Thad and some young friends rig themselves up as "beats." They hope to show Lorraine how ridiculous such characters really are.  But Warren, a likable college senior and not at all "beat," finds out about the plan and arrives as a beatnik who is the most: like crazy, man, crazy. Lorraine, a party to the scheme, pretends to dig his style.

As Warren beats the bongos and Lorraine declaims wild poetry, Bonnie and her hep cats are filled with dismay.  In the midst of the confusion Miss Tracy arrives to interview Bonnie about the camp job, but leaves in anger.  it is Warren who saves the situation.  Bonnie now realizes that Lorraine is in love with a regular fellow, and everyone makes him welcome.

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CASTING

5m, 6f

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

BONNIE - Who makes plans.
LORRAINE - Her older sister.
CAPPY - Her little brother.
THAD - Her older brother.
MRS. CARLETON - Their father.
MRS. CARLETON - Their mother.
VELMA - A friend.
SUSETTE - A friend.
CLYDE - A friend.
MISS. TRACY - A visitor.
WARREN - A beatnik.
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VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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