by  Virginia Mitchell

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 5f

In a little mining town, George Smith lives with his young daughter M'liss. When a brother of Smith dies in the East, leaving him with a fortune, two schemers from the East arrive at the small town with hopes of doing away with Smith. This play, with it's colorful characters, continues to thrill theatregoers!

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 5f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

An up to date version of Bret Harte's novel. "M'Liss" is the lovable, quick witted, quick tempered, untutored child of the West. Her love for her no account father; her affection for her friends---as well as her outbursts against enemies---form the basis for a fast moving play. There are great parts for everyone---including Clara Hunting, a mystery woman from the city, who figures in the adventures besetting M'liss'; Clytie Moffit, a sweet thing M'liss is jealous of due to the young schoolmaster's attentions to Clytie; Bess Starlight, a dazzling actress who tours the mining towns with her troupe. Easy to cast and play with a very simple set.
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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget


  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Setting: The lobby of the "Roarin' Dog" Hotel in Smith's Pocket, a mining village in the Sierras. The present.


5m, 5f
GEORGE SMITH - Known as "Bummer," the town loafer.
M'LISS - His daughter.
JOHN GREY - The schoolmaster.
YUBA BILL - A native.
MRS. LENA MOFFITS - Landlady of the "Roarin' Dog" Hotel.
CLYTIE MOFFITS - Her daughter.
BESS STARLIGHT - An actress.
CLARA LANGDON - Her fiance.
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