The Creature Creeps!

by  Jack Sharkey

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 8f

This hilarious send up of the horror story genre has an ancient castle, creaking doors, a mad scientist, his misshapen assistant, a grim housekeeper, secret laboratory, shrieks from the depths of the cellar, disappearing villagers, an incredibly stalwart and stupid hero of sterling character, the scientist's absolutely dopey daughter, and so many laughs you'll lose count.

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The Creature Creeps!

by  Jack Sharkey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 8f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Mystery/Thriller, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This hilarious send up of the horror story genre has an ancient castle, creaking doors, a mad scientist, his misshapen assistant, a grim housekeeper, secret laboratory, shrieks from the depths of the cellar, disappearing villagers, an incredibly stalwart and stupid hero of sterling character, the scientist's absolutely dopey daughter, and so many laughs you'll lose count. The setting (designed for both proscenium and in the round performances) is the parlor of Castle Von Blitzen in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania. Where is the Baron Von Blitzen's secret laboratory? That's what the terrified villagers would like to know and when the scientist and his assistant convert the innocent parlor into a fiend's experimental station, the ingenuity of the set provokes both laughter and applause.
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Keywords

Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The parlor of Castle Von Blitzen, high in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania, shortly before the end of the 19th Century.
  • Additional Features: Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 8f

DONALD VON BLITZEN - a mild-mannered mad scientist
DAISY VON BLITZEN - his dopey daughter
FRANK STERLING - Daisy's betrothed
BABSY BALLOU - Daisy's school chum
MORD - Donald's little helper
GRETCHEN TWITCHILL - Donald's housekeeper
*HANS SHTUNKEN - a doctor
*FRITZ SHTUNKEN - a lawyer
*OTTO SHTUNKEN - a merchant
*HEINRICH SHTUNKEN - a chief
HANNAH ZITZEN - Han's fiancee
FREDA ZITZEN - Fritz's fiancee
OLGA ZITZEN - Otto's fiancee
HEIDI ZITZEN - Heinrich's fiancee
MARITZA - their eldest sister
*THE CREATURE - ?????

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

Casting Notes

The same performer plays all five of the roles marked with * in the descriptions listed.

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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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