The Great American Western by Bruce Guelden

The Great American Western

Musical/ 9 Characters, 5 Men, 4 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Our hero, the Lone Ranger, has a problem. He arrives in the small town of Dirtwater, Texas, just in time to find Carrie Nation trashing every bar she can find. Meanwhile, J. Edgar Hoover shows up and arrests the Mayor for embezzlement. As if things weren’t bad enough, poor Tonto may end up marrying that vixen Sioux (Sue). (And, for your added entertainment, there is also a cameo appearance by the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.)

Playwright’s Notes: “This is a fun play for the cast, and is clearly Politically Incorrect. It pokes fun at politicians, women’s lib, pop culture, and The Government. It even mocks itself as a musical by using taped music which is sung karaoke style (making it easy to produce — no band).

“The author of this play will encourage and assist any theater company in its production. The fee for the use of this play is 2 tickets to opening night. Have fun with it.”

“If you like musicals and westerns, then you will probably like The Great American Western.”

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Amateur and professional rights:Bruce Guelden
Address: 430 Main St
Winters, California

About the PlaywrightBruce Guelden was born in Lafayette, California and now resides in Winters, California. Bruce is a relatively nice guy but he does drink and smoke too much. He has a dog named Max. The Great American Western has been produced by several theater companies in Northern California over the past 15 years. It has received numerous awards, among them for Best Comedy and Best Musical. This play does its best when performed in a college town or to an audience of Baby Boomers.

The Great American Western was first produced at the Dublin Theatre Festival by Alternative Theatre

Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jean Mann, Lyrics by Jean West Penna, Music by Eric Bryce

Billy Goats Gruff

Children’s Musical/ 6 characters (can be played by men or women)/ One Act

Synopsis: The classic tale of the Billy Goats with a bridge to cross, and the Troll who lives underneath, in a new version with plenty of comedy and original songs.

From The Advertiser (Adelaide): “The audience aimed at is the very young child . . . Yesterday at the Space they were delighted to discover that the big, bad Troll was not going to eat anybody up. All he wanted was a friend — someone to play with. Big Billy Goat Gruff was suitably — gruff. He was what every child’s daddy is when he’s working himself up into a ‘Don’t do that again’ lecture.

“Little Billy Goat Gruff is the character with whom all the kids like to identify. He is curiouser than most of us. Has more ideas perhaps. He overcomes his fears, as we would all like to do.

“But Frog is the star. His Frog-a-loggle language seemed to be just what the children hoped it would be: zany and yet natural.”

Three Billy Goats Gruff succeeds more completely than any children’s show I have seen this holiday . . . . Just what the child psychiatrist ordered.”
— Alan Roberts, The Advertiser (Adelaide)

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Tracy Mann
Music available

About the Playwright: Early career managing a touring office in Alice Springs, Melbourne, and Sydney, Australia. Many years later, after two daughters had grown up, turned to playwriting for children. Her plays have been performed in theatres and schools in Adelaide and Brisbane. A non-fiction book came next, recording the 77 year history of a South Australian Croquet Club.

Jean gently passed away in January 2014, aged 94, after a fulfilling and productive life.

Three Billy Goats Gruff was first performed by The Little Patch Theatre, Adelaide, Australia, and subsequently by numerous theatres including the Brisbane Arts Children’s Theatre.