by Anne K. Glasner
Short Play, Comedy / 6m, 7f
Linda and Sue's babysitting job with the loveable MacDonald kids starts out calmly enough...
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.
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
- 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
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
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
- Ensemble cast
- Flexible casting
- Multicultural casting
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.
Un-Sittable first premiered at Conant Junior High School by their eighth grade theater class in 1975.