Trixie, the Teen Detective and the Mystery of Gravestead Manor

by  Cynthia Mercati

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  7m, 16f

Trixie and her faithful chums set out to investigate ghostly Gravestead Manor. After all, isn't she Happyvale Heights' most famous teen detective? Didn't she solve six mysteries last week? A wacky fortune teller and her cohorts have taken up residence in the manor. 

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Trixie, the Teen Detective and the Mystery of Gravestead Manor

by  Cynthia Mercati

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Trixie, the Teen Detective and the Mystery of Gravestead Manor

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 16f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller

Additional Info

Trixie and her faithful chums set out to investigate ghostly Gravestead Manor. After all, isn't she Happyvale Heights' most famous teen detective? Didn't she solve six mysteries last week? A wacky fortune teller and her cohorts have taken up residence in the manor. Strangers keep arriving: an off-the-wall archeologist, a crew of female plumbers, even Trixie's dizzy (but devoted!) housekeeper. But are any of them really who they say they are? We find that the Muldavian Crown Jewels are hidden somewhere inside Gravestead Manor, and a frenzied chase ensues to find them - spies, counter-spies, agents, counter-agents, and counter-counter-agents pursuing one another over and under every piece of furniture on stage. Will she have enough energy left over for prom night? And what about the secret formula hidden inside the Crown Jewels?
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Setting: In and around ghostly Gravestead Manor.

Casting

7m, 16f

TRIXIE BLUE - a perky teen detective.
TRUDY - her chum.
BOBBY JO - her other chum.
SHEENA - not of the jungle.
MADAME ZOLGA OUPENSKYA - a fortune teller (or is she?).
LUIGI - one half of the great Linguinis.
GUISEPPE - the other half.
PROFESSOR HARLOW BEIDERMEYER - an off the wall archaeologist (or is he?).
URUSLA MUDGE - his grim assistant (or is she?).
GUNTHER - her grim assistant.
MURRAY NUSSBAUM - he bears little resemblance to James Bond.
REGGIE BUTTERFIELD -  a debonair rich person.
BUNNY BUTTERFIELD - his equally rich sister.
MILDRED KREPSBACH - she's no Julia Child.
TED NEDERSON - an all-around good guy.
SERGEANT EDWINA GROSSINGER - tougher than General Patton, and meaner.
SERGEANT DETWEILER - her stalwart assistant (or is she?).
DORIS, MAVIS, MAUD, EUGENIA - Girl Scouts (or are they?).
YASMIN, YOLANDA - leftovers from a gypsy tribe.


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Cast Attributes

  • Cross gender casting

Casting Notes

Five of the female characters can be played by men, with appropriate name changes.

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Authors

Cynthia Mercati

Cynthia Mercati has had shows performed in each of the fifty US states, as well as Australia and Canada. Many of her plays are published by Samuel French. As Playwright-in-Residence at the Des Moines, Iowa, Playhouse, Ms. Mercait wrote a show each season for Actors on Tour, the professional childre ...

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