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Who Shot Calhoun Cahootz? - Short Play, Comedy

Who Shot Calhoun Cahootz?

Maxine Holmgren

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Short Play, Comedy

4m, 3f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)

ISBN: 9780874400977

This charming, easy to produce comedy features several familiar women characters of the Old West including a saloon owner, an uptight busybody, a schoolmarm, and a Spanish spitfire, among others. They are all called together by the Sheriff for some big news. It turns out, they have all been taken …

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

Mystery/Thriller

40 minutes

Time Period - Wild West

Settings Of Play - One interior set of a bar room, set in the days of the wild, wild, west.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Shoestring Budget

A fun, easy to produce one-act comedy. A slick, con man has been swindling the towns people. He charmed them out of heir affection and money. His scam was to bring the railroad to town, a surefire economic boon it would have been. But he has not been seen for days and then is found shot to death. The characters all have a motive, so who "dunnit?"

Parodies of "You Are My Sunshine", "Oh, my Darling Clementine" and "I've Been Working on the Railroad" are sung by cast.

Who Shot Calhoun Cahootz? was performed in 2007 at Webb Hall in Sun City, California. It was directed by the author, Maxine Holmgren.
Characters

CASTING

4m, 3f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Room for Extras

CASTING NOTES

Plus extra "cowboys" and "dance hall girls" as needed (non speaking).

KITTY - Owner of the Black Buzzard Saloon. She's hard as nails, with a tender heart. She is somewhere between the age of 40-70, but who would dare to ask?
DUSTY - Bartender of the Black Buzzard. Could be of any age. Could be played by male or female.
CARLOTTA - Star of the Black Buzzard. and proud of it. Speaks with a Spanish accent. Wears swishy skirt and off shoulder blouse.
ELSIE - She's been the school marm for 26 years. Wears long skirt plain blouse. She has a stern look and manner, and always carries a ruler with which to point or rap knuckles.
COWBOY - He looks like he just came off the cattle drive. He wears jeans, cowboy hat, boots, etc.
CALAMITY JOAN - Dresses like a cowboy. Lacks social grace.
SHERIFF - He's so proud of being Sheriff he even wears his badge on his pajamas. He is not too bright and has trouble speaking words with more than two syllables.
MISS PRISCILLA - She dresses very prim and proper. She is President of the Buzzard Bend Busy Bodies Ladies Guild of the only church in town.
NON-SPEAKING ROLES - Extra cowboys and dance hall girls to fill the Black Buzzard Saloon.
Author

Maxine Holmgren

Maxine Holmgren is a writer, playwright, actress, and director. She has worked with local theatre groups in Wisconsin, Arizona, and California. She is the founder of Maxine's Mystery Tea Party Plans and has written over sixteen mystery party plans to be performed during the serving of a tea party, luncheon, or dinner. She has been interviewd in several newspapers and two national magazines ... view full profile

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