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The Mechanical Cat (049)

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  • TITLE OF WORK: The Mechanical Cat
  • SELECT ONE: Original
  • MUSICAL STYLE: Standard Broadway
  • NATURE: Comedy/Drama/Romance/Fantasy
  • INTENDED AUDIENCE/USE: General
  • STRUCTURE: Spoken dialogue with occasional songs
  • APPROXIMATE DURATION (Hrs/Min): 1-1/2 hours
  • DESIRED INSTRUMENTATION: Piano/vocal at this stage
  • BRIEFLY STATE THE THEME or MESSAGE: The dreams we have for happiness in our own lives matter--no matter how humble they may be.  Together we can make our dreams come true. 
  • NUMBER OF SETS: 4

Cast Description

HEIDI HARDLY: Vocal: Soprano (Low G-High Eb). Average, meek woman forty-something years old. She dreams of having a big orange and white marmalade cat.

FOSTER HARDLY: Vocal: Baritone-(Low G-High D). Forty something. Heidi’s husband. A bit rough and bulldoggish but ultimately good hearted. Likes to be served, likes to wear sleeveless t-shirts around the house. He dreams of fishing all day.

WHITLEY WILMERTONG: Vocal: Baritone (Low D-High C). A fifty-something, debonair, sharply dressed gentlemen. If a suave fairy god-father existed, it would be him. He facilitates making dreams come true.

HERMAN SPIVY: Vocal: Baritone (Low A-High E). Thirty something year old, thin, wiry, pallid, unshaven. Moves very languidly, with a cat-like indifference, but also cat-like curiosity. He does not like to wear clothes. He interprets dreams.

THE MARMALADE CAT: A dancer dressed as an orange and white striped cat, whose every move and expression is catlike as expressed through a dance mentality.

THE MECHANICAL CAT: A dancer dressed as a metallic looking, mechanical/robotic cat, whose every move and expression tries to be cat-like, but is, of course, robotic. A robot that desires to be a real cat, but cannot because it’s a robot.

HANDYMAN: Vocal: Baritone (Low C-High Eb). An older gentleman, retired, fatherly figure, wearing overalls. He knows from experience that Wilmtertong can be trusted.

JANE: Vocal: Soprano (Low D-High C). Late 20’s, early 30’s. She is someone who does not always grasp the obvious. Heidi’s co-worker and friend from the pickle factory. Jane works side by side with Heidi in the “Pickling Station.” Jane is oblivious to Benjamin's feelings for her, though she pines for love.

DARLA: Vocal: Alto (Low G-High C). Forties. Heidi’s co-worker and friend from the pickle factory. Darla works right next to Heidi and Jane at the “Sorting Station.” Street wise with a smidge of attitude. A bit jaded. She is between men at the moment, and happy to be so, though she loves love.

BENJAMIN: Vocal: Tenor . Heidi’s co-worker from the pickle factory. Shy. Well muscled as he lifts boxes all day for the "Shipping Station." Jane is the girl of his dreams but he doesn't have the nerve to approach her directly.

MAJOR: Vocal : Baritone (Low C – High Eb). Boss of the pickle factory, a mid-forties man. A man who is committed to his job and the people who work for him. A patriarchal sort of guy.

FACTORY WORKERS/CHORUS: 6-12 people including Heidi, Jane, Darla and Benjamin and Major. Vocals: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone

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Synopsis

Imagine this:

HEIDI HARDLY works in Piper's Pickle-Packing factory with JANE, DARLA, and BENJAMIN, under the direction of MAJOR. Heidi dreams of having an orange and white marmalade cat, but is horribly allergic. Benjamin dreams of Jane and makes feeble attempts to gain her attention.

At home, FOSTER, Heidi's husband of twenty years, takes her for granted and dismisses her dreams.

WHITLEY WILMERTONG, an art agent, rents the cottage next door and hires Heidi to take care of his client, MR. SPIVEY. Foster isn't supportive until he receives a bonus from Wilmertong, which he uses to buy a fishing boat--his dream come true. His obsession with fishing soon leaves Heidi feeling neglected.

Spivey arrives. Heidi is shocked that he wears only underwear and more shocked to learn he has a marmalade cat--the cat of her dreams! Spivey talks about heady things: perception, dreams, and possibility. Heidi struggles to understand and struggles being around the cat. Wilmertong sends Heidi surgical masks for allergic relief.

Heidi falls asleep on Spivey's couch and in a dream, he introduces a mechanical cat. When Heidi wakes, she sees Spivey working on his piece of art.

Heidi visits the pickle factory. Everyone is curious about her new job, and Benjamin is still busy pining for Jane. Heidi confides in Jane that somehow Spivey has read her dream and is making the mechanical cat out of clay.

Wilmertong asks Heidi to stay with Spivey day and night until he finishes his piece. Coming home to an empty house again, Foster demands that Heidi come home, but realizing her dreams are important, Heidi refuses. Realizing he may lose his wife, Foster devises a plan to win her back and makes her a mechanical cat--truly the cat of her dreams. And Benjamin finally gains Jane's attention.

 

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