"I am very privileged to have been a part of Aunt Polly's Demise. That is the most fun I have ever had performing." James S
"I acted in high school but was thrilled at the chance to try my skills a couple years later in Aunt Polly's Demise. We had such a good time and learned new skills. Ee-doggy! We had a rootin tootin hoedown! My husband and I were so very blessed when Mary used the production to raise money for our mission trip." Ellie S
"My favorite was The Baron's Daughter, loved the fight scenes and line dancing, the humor was great as well as the story! Another favorite was Aunt Polly's Demise." David R
ACT I: Scene 2
Setting: Outdoors. MUSIC: foot-stompin' country tune. Huckleberry, Cree, Lint, Rain, Cedar Ann, Gran Gert dance a jig. Sal enters carrying suitcase at L/no one notices. She pulls back, astonished/acts faint/ hides.
GERT: Whew. Thet be 'nough music fer these two worn out feet. I'm plumb tuckered. (mop brow/notice Cree & Lint) You two young'ns best be gittin' home. How many times I gotta tell you Clancy boys to git off MacGlen land and stay put on yer own side o' the creek?
HUCKLEBERRY: Ah, Gran, they ain't hurtin' nothin'.
CREE: We like comin' this way playin' music with Huckleberry. Thet's all.
LINT: And lookin' at them purty gals.
(CEDAR ANN guffaws; RAIN pulls her offstage R, CA blows kisses)
GERT: No more of that nonsense. Now, you skeddadle 'r I'll git my shotgun.
HUCKLEBERRY: (begging face) Can't Cree and Lint stay? We be plannin' on catchin' us a mess o' trout fer supper.
Don't give me
that whiny, puppy-dog face. You won't be catchin' trout whilst these
sorry-lookin' hound dogs 're hangin' 'round
lookin' hungry as bears. Now git, I say! (grab broom/ threaten)
Sal MacGlen embarks on a wild adventure following the reading of Aunt Polly's will. To her dismay, she must spend one month living with hill-country relations she's never met. Belching Cousin Floyd, angry Gran Gert, and the cousinly flirtations of Huckleberry all turn her world upside down. Can Sal, a turn-of-the-century citified gal, look beyond her kin's outlandish differences to find the family she needs? Or should she leave MacGlen Mountain and run for the city as fast as she can?
11 Cast Members
This is a full-length stage play
Approx. 2 1/4 hours
Young Adult Theater
Playwright's note: Because I like extremely-clean plays, I gave Aunt Polly's Demise a very mild PG rating. It was written for Young-Adult Theater, and there's a little bit of outhouse humor--and when Sal wants to find out who her pa is, a neighbor is falsely accused. This is the funniest play I have ever written or seen. All attempts have been made to keep it clean. We laughed so hard, we cried!
Following the reading of Aunt Polly's will, Sal MacGlen's world is turned upside down when she discovers she must spend one month living with hill-country relatives she's never met. She's inconsolable, until Edgar T. Blassar, Aunt Polly's handsome lawyer, assures her he'll come visit her in two weeks.
When Sal reaches MacGlen Mountain, she's appalled by her cousin Huckleberry's flirtations, Gran Gert's pouty silence, and Aunt Lulu's awful cooking. The woman actually expects Sal to clean fish and catch chickens! The only bright spot in her horrible new life is Rain, her young cousin who, although backward and shy, has a sensitive spirit and can draw the most delightful pictures.
Sal discovers a feud has been going on between Gran Gert and Earl Clancy, the closest neighbor on the mountain, for the last twenty years. Every time the man tromps up MacGlen Mountain, Gert chases him off with her broom.
During Sal's first two weeks, despite the unfamiliar smells, the backwoods country living, and her relatives' awkward ways, in the midst of love and family, Sal begins to change. To grow. To live. It's nothing she planned. But one day her waltzes transform into foot-stomping hillbilly dances. Her beautiful gowns are replaced with tattered garments her mother wore as a teenager. She learns how to gut and clean fish, how to shoot a gun.
And how to belong.
Blassar arrives, as promised, but he's appalled by Sal's
transformation. Who is
this woman? He'd better get Sal away from MacGlen Mountain as fast as
possible! But Gran Gert won't hear of it. She chases him off her
mountain with her broom—and the words Sal longs to hear: “You're
not keeping me from getting to know my granddaughter!”
Sal stay on MacGlen Mountain--or should she head back to the city,
without looking back? And how will the MacGlens and the Clancys ever
overcome two decade's
worth of grudging?
Clean Plays with Heart!