Situation Un-Sittable

by  Anne K. Glasner

Short Play, Comedy  /  6m, 7f

Linda and Sue's babysitting job with the loveable MacDonald kids starts out calmly enough...

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Situation Un-Sittable

by  Anne K. Glasner

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

The MacDonalds hire Linda to baby sit their 3 children: Bobby, Cindy, and Punkin. Linda drags Sue along to help, which she badly needs, as Cindy's bubble bath threatens to overfoam the house, Bobby turns into a toilet-papered mummy, Punkin finds a phone to do her numbers on, and suddenly pizzas arrive plus firemen, as well as Bobby's best friend and his irate mother... and... well, eventually they all live happily ever after.

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Keywords

Parenting/Family

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Youth/Camp Programs

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: The comfortable living room of the MacDonald family with two entrances: one exterior door (which can be a theater aisle), and one interior door or hallway which leads to a closet and other parts of the home. Present-day, about 7:30 PM.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

6m, 7f

LINDA - bright and bouncy, teenage babysitter
SUE - best friend, a little reserved
FRANK MACDONALD - somewhat harried business man, nicely dressed
ESTELLE MACDIONALD - distracted most of the time, sweet and sincere
PUNKIN - 6 years old; her mother's darling, her brother's victim
BOBBY - oldest MacDonald son, very energetic
CINDY - about a year younger than Bobby; like her siblings, she wears pajamas
ROGER MILLER - same age as Sue and Linda, dressed casually; calm in the face of adversity and can't stand his own little brother
JERRY MILLER - same age as Bobby, and costumed in pajamas and robe plus cowboy boots, holster, and hat
MRS. MILLER - older than the MacDonalds and costumed to emphasize that
PIZZA GIRL OR BOY - some kind of company logo on the hat or vest
FIREMAN 1 AND 2 - appear in helmets and waterproofs, any gear that can be borrowed; one carries and axe, the other a fire extinguisher

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

The original cast was drawn from a group of 13 to 15 year olds. Actors playing Mr. and Mrs. MacDonald and the firemen, ideally, would be comparable to adult size if possible. Punkin, the 6 year old baby of the family was played by the smallest member of the goup, wore a nightgown that was too large, carried a stuffed animal, sucked her thumb at any given moment and was often blocked playing on the floor. Other cast members playing "big folks" leaned slightly when playing to her.

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Authors

Anne K. Glasner

Anne K. Glasner

Un-Sittable first premiered at Conant Junior High School by their eighth grade theater class in 1975.

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