My Son the Astronaut

by  Jack Sharkey

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  3m, 3f, 6m or f

This wacky musical is about one George Kipple, whom his archetypal Jewish Mother likes to refer to as a "professional failure". George has never succeeded in anything; but he finally achieves success when he inadvertently becomes an astronaut to Mars, where he defeats the Red Nemesis (a monster who …

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My Son the Astronaut

by  Jack Sharkey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f, 6m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Science Fiction
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This wacky musical is about one George Kipple, whom his archetypal Jewish Mother likes to refer to as a "professional failure". George has never succeeded in anything; but he finally achieves success when he inadvertently becomes an astronaut to Mars, where he defeats the Red Nemesis (a monster who is decimating the Martians), gets the girl (his Earth sweetheart Miriam) and becomes a financial success to boot. Fans of Jack Sharkey are sure to love this show.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1980s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Casting

3m, 3f, 6m or f

PRINCIPALS

GEORGE KIPPLE, an entrepreneur with a penchant for poverty

MIRIAM, his would-be-wife, doggedly anticipating romance

MAMA ---(Ester Kipple), George's eminently practical mother

COLONEL SMILEY WEBB, a dedicated Space Program promoter

SERGEANT BERTHA BLAIR, his loving-but-stubborn secretary

ARDYX, Parga of All Mars, etc. etc. etc.

PRINCESS KARLIAN, Ardyx's betrothed, ravenous for love

SUPPORTING

ANDY, a robot with something of a heart amid his circuits

GROTTLE, a supposedly trustworthy aide to Ardyx

COURIER, an actually trustworthy follower of Ardyx

GENERAL BELL, Colonel Webb's superior officer

GENERAL FENWICK GORMLEY, reluctant warden of Mama

CHORUS

PIZZERIA CUSTOMERS, MARTIANS (Guards, Lovers, Handmaidens, etc.), Cape Canaveral GROUND CREW, and unseen CHOIR

MONSTER

THE RED NEMESIS, an insatiably hungry animated rock                                      

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

Casting Notes

Plus Chorus and one monster

Resources

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Full Package

13 Piano/Vocal Scores

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Authors

Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey (1931-1992) was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in th ...

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