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Delightfully original and exceptionally humorous
treatment of Perrault's "Master Cat." Two Acts.
6 major characters; 2 women, 4 men. Cast size expandable
to include the people of the countryside and the
courtiers and other citizens of the kingdom, if desired.
Setting: representative pieces for multiple areas, such
as: "the road," "near the town,"
Oliver the Ogre's garden (and rural mailbox), a room in
the castle of the King. Costumes: fairy tale. Approximate
Playing Time: 70 to 75 minutes.
Every day, Oliver, the Awful Ogre of Ormandy, the 13th Ogre in his family line, stomps through the Kingdom of Kasablanca, inconveniencing citizens and damaging corn crops. Poor Oliver is very tall, clumsy, and not terribly clever. Despite his loud voice and fearsome reputation, he is at heart gentle and surprisingly shy. He'd like to retire from Ogre-ing, stay home, and tend his flower garden, but family tradition forces him to growl and stomp at least once a day.
King Kaspar and his wise daughter, Marguerite, decide to write Oliver the Ogre a letter, suggesting that he restrict his stomping (etc.,) to a particular time each day, so people could better plan their time. (They really don't want to offend him; he's such a wonderful tourist attraction.)
At this point in the story Jack and Puss, his cat, arrive. Jack has no money, no food, and is in despair. Naturally, Puss chooses this moment to reveal that not only is he a talking cat, but if Jack will lend him his high boots and best coat, he, Puss, has a wonderful plan that will make their fortune. Not having any better ideas, Jack consents, and Puss begins immediately gathering various odds and ends from the roadside.
Puss then visits the King, presenting him with a series of bizarre gifts (all gleaned from the odds and ends on the road). In the name of his Master, the Marquis of Carabas, he gives the King an empty candy box (Kaspar is dieting), a broken TV (won't have to watch re-runs), a 2 year old newspaper (a day when news was good and the weather perfect), and so on. The King is highly amused and very eager indeed to meet the mysterious Marquis.
During his first visit to the King Puss met Penelope Purrr, Princess Marguerite's pet cat, and the two very quickly became fast friends. Together they devise a daring plan, and gathering their courage, they call upon the Ogre. At first Oliver growls at them fiercely and loudly bellows at them to go away, but then suddenly - he's frightened by - a mouse! When Penelope promptly chases the mouse away, Oliver is so grateful that he completely forgets to growl and act like an awful Ogre. When Penelope and Puss promise the lonely Ogre they'll be his friends forever, he's so overwhelmed, he offers to make lunch. He also enthusiastically agrees to discuss the possibility of a permanent retirement from Ogre-ing. Puss and Penelope are elated, since this idea fits very nicely into their plans, too!
The clever cats devise yet another daring plan. This time they arrange an "accidental" meeting between Jack and Princess Marguerite (who immediately fall in love, of course). Furthermore, Puss and Penelope reveal to the Princess and to King Kaspar, that Jack, now the Marquis of Carabas, owns all the (former) Ogre's land, gold, and jewels. The King, of course, is very impressed, and insists that Jack take them all to the castle at once. Jack is understandably a bit nervous about this, since he knows nothing about the daring escapades of the two cats. Puss assures him that all will be well.
And so it was. When everyone arrives at the the Ogre's castle (now Jack's castle), Puss introduces the mild mannered steward and head gardener, Oliver (whom we know as the former Ogre!). Puss and Penelope congratulate each other. Thanks to them everyone should live happily ever after.
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|King Midas and The Miraculous Golden Touch||One Magical Christmas Eve||Pinocchio!||The Princess and The Pea||Puss In Boots||Rapunzel and The Frog Prince|
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