STRAYS, THE MUSICAL is a pet-centric show celebrating the love we share with cats and dogs. Written for singers & nonsingers, with country, pop, rap, calypso, gospel styles and more. Cast 12 to 30+ actors of any age or type, with minimal sets/costumes.
STRAYS, THE MUSICAL! explores furry foibles from the PETS’ point of view. The actors give voice to a variety of cat and dog characters in this hilarious–and often moving–musical review “drama-dy” that seeks to edu-tain audiences about normal pet behavior while honoring the bond we share with them. Purchase the SCRIPT/LIBRETTO here.
The two-hour review-format offers a mix of funny to poignant monologues and scenes with and without music, perfect for middle school to high school contest/performance as well as adult community theater actors. Music style varies from pop-rock, boogie woogie, folk and country, to jazz, gospel and Celtic, with multiple verses offering many feature solo line opportunities. Company numbers require two- to three-part harmonies in mid-tenor/alto ranges, often written as “rounds” or combinations of previously sung solo lines for ease of learning.
STRAYS is performed with a recorded full orchestration CD, or with this PIANO-VOCAL SCORE which contains the lyrics and piano reduction for all 13 songs. A script with vocal parts is also available, as well as a CD/cast recording.
A preview of STRAYS debuted at the Cat Writers Association 20th Anniversary Conference in Dallas, Texas on November 1, 2013. A staged reading of STRAYS was performed March 22, 2014, and a cast recording of the songs produced. The full production was mounted November 6-7-8, 2014 also at the Honey McGee Theater in Sherman, Texas. View the video sample from the opening night performance on this page.
For licensing information contact amy @ shojai.com (no spaces) with STRAYS in the subject line.
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