The Dressing Room by Peggy Hallett


DOWNLOAD


This Play is the copyright of the Author and must NOT be Performed without the Author's PRIOR consent


CAST LIST

Set in the ladies' dressing room of a community theatre company,
this story takes places in the same space every year for five
sequential years. Each scene is before, or during, an act of a yearly
musical where each of the players play various musical theatre roles
or is in the chorus.

Cast Note: all characters age one year as the play progresses through
five scenes

Gail (45 55) motherly character actress, takes on many
management roles in the company (nun, farm wife, streetwalker, Mrs
Darling, wardrobe)

Julia (4050) busy mother of teens, teacher and director of
school musicals, mother of Kaitlyn. Deals with a cancer treatment.
(nun, farm wife, stage manager, director, fork)

Kelly- (2230) very experienced musical theatre performer, vocal
director of cast, newlywed, pregnant in scene 2, on crutches scene 3
(nun, Laurey, Fantine, pirate, knife)

Zoey (2030) a millennial, cynical, wise cracker (Leisl von
Trapp, Ado Annie, streetwalker, native, plate)

Rebecca (2227), quiet and shy new crew member, art student,
suffering from depression, prop and stage manager (Eponine, pirate,
Belle)

Gigi (60s) spunky older woman, grandmotherly, comedic. (Mother
Abbess, Aunt Eller, Madame T, old pirate Mr. Smee, Mrs Potts)

Liz (2535) newbie, quiet but very talented, (Maria von Trapp,
farmgirl, streetwalker, native, duster)

Kaitlyn (1317) teenage daughter of Julia, keen on musical
theatre career, becomes choreographer. (Louisa von Trapp, farmgirl,
street girl, native, Wendy, spoon)


ACT ONE

Scene 1

The scene is set in a ladies' dressing room backstage at a small
community theatre. There are eight dressing tables cluttered with
makeup, hair accessories, snacks and assorted objects. There is a
motorcycle helmet and big carryall bag on one table to STAGE LEFT. One
table in the centre is empty with just a bunch of daisies in a vase,
and a framed photo as a sort of shrine.On another there is a curling
iron, buried under a scarf, a Swear Jar, and a copy of Online Dating
for Dummies. Many mirrors have on display good luck charms marking the
space. Before the dialogue there are four women very casually sitting
at the tables in various stages of undress, but robed loosely as nuns.
A poster on the bathroom door indicates this is a production of "The
Sound of Music".

KELLY
(flipping through the box of programs she should be folding but is
reading one instead.) What gives? I've been in eighteen shows since
I was a kid and they still spell my name wrong. Who edited this?

GAIL
(knitting) I did. Don't I always? Sor-ry Kelly. Guess I forgot
"Kelly Elizabeth van Vlymen-Pappadopoulous" has a hyphen. Why
didn't you just keep your own name when you got married?

JULIA
(looking for the curling iron at each table) It's a newlywed thing.
She'll drop it soon enough.

ZOEY
(on her cell phone, leaning over to Gail) Gail, Gail, GailWHEN are
you going to teach me to KNIT? You've been promising for years!!

GAIL
(sarcastically) Can't you learn online? YouTube?

ZOEY
I could, but you'd be a much better teacher. And you can fix my
mistakes.

JULIA
(crossing across the room) Where's the curling iron?

GAIL
The big one, the small one, the spiral or the flat iron?

KELLY
Julia, what do you need a curling iron for? You're a nun in "The
Sound of Music".

JULIA
It's for Kaitlyn. She hates that she's playing a thirteen-year-old
in braids and she wants me to curl her bangs.

KELLY
But she is a thirteen-year-old. Last year she played a Munchkin in Oz.
I consider this a promotion!

(KAITLYN enters and REBECCA is behind her)

KAITLYN
Oh, it's so much nicer in here than the kids' dressing area.

KELLY
You mean this organized chaos?

REBECCA
(with clipboard in hand shading her eyes and headset on) Are you
ladies decent?

ALL LADIES

Yes, REBECCA!

REBECCA
Just checking. Twenty minutes to curtain. (exits)

ZOEY
So next time she asks if we're "decent", let's throw her a
curve! (looking for agreement from the others)

GAIL
Oh Zoey don't! It's her first time as an assistant stage manager.
Be nice. She's so shy and she's dealing with a lot right now.

KELLY
Were all dealing with something. It's called drama. And it's why
we LOVE it!
GAIL
No, it's not like that for her. She's in a pretty good place,
right now, but a couple of months ago she was in pretty bad shape. You
know she's my next door neighbour.

ZOEY
(standing) Oh, you mean she's got depression! Like it's the
newest coolest trend.
GAIL, KELLY, KAITLYN, JULIA
Zoey!

GAIL
Seriously Zoey, you can be so insensitive sometimes. Yes, lots of
people suffer from depression. No, it's not new

JULIA
It's just new that we talk about it more. I like Rebecca. She told
me her older sister was really into musical theatre but she never
understood what she loved about it.

GAIL
It was her sister who suggested she get involved in something like
this. She's been fantastic backstage, very detail oriented.

ZOEY
Oh, I get it. So now we're some sort of therapy? (then sits and
dismissively puts her earbuds in. Starts reading "Online Dating for
Dummies" book)

GAIL, KELLY, KAITLYN, JULIA
Zoey!!!

ZOEY
What? Isn't she here to make her life better. You know, a reason to
get out of bed in the morning!!?

KELLY
God, you're awful. She's here for her own reasons. Like all of us.
( walking to Zoey to show her a program Rebecca designed) It doesn't
matter why any of us are here. But I must tell you, she's a great artist!

JULIA
Yes. Not only did she help with the set painting, but she's designed
some excellent props. Ah! Here it is! (pulls out the curling iron from
under some scarves and gives it to KAITLYN.)

KAITLYN
(takes the curling iron and plugs it in front of JULIA's table.)
Thanks. (crossing over to ZOEY) Can I borrow that ruby lipstick you
have?

ZOEY
(reading and bopping to music on her earbuds. Puts down book and meets
KAITLYN centre stage with lipstick) Aren't you supposed to be a
little Austrian girl?

KAITLYN
Yeah, but on stage, like, all lips need a little colour. (walking back
to JULIA's table) Right, Kelly? You've been in shows since you
were ten.

KELLY
Eight. My breakout role was Molly, the sweetest little orphan in "Annie"!

ZOEY
(removing earbuds) Yeah, the sweetest because your grandma was the
producer? (Goes to check her jacket pocket in the closet)

KAITLYN
And wasn't your mom the director?

GAIL
Yeeeees, (somewhat reprimanding) but let's be fair to Kelly. (moves
to KELLY) She's earned every role. And now she's a graduate of the
Musical Theatre program at the college.

JULIA
And teaching most of our drama classes and acting workshops.

GAIL
And our awesome vocal director, so be nice!

ZOEY
(arriving back at her stool) Me? I'm always nice. Hey, I'm a nun
aren't I? (spinning around centre stage doing funky dance moves.
Then goes back to her phone)

KAITLYN
So Kelly was your first kiss a theatre kiss?

KELLY
Sure thing, but I was playing a teenage fan in Bye Bye Birdie.
(notices JULIA is struggling with the curling iron and offers to take
over, while handing off the box of programs she was supposed to be
folding)

ZOEY
And was he gay?

KELLY
No, not at all! (pausing) I think and the kiss wasn't in the
script! The best kind. (giggling with KAITLYN) Gotta love me a little
improv!

KAITLYN
(sitting in front of JULIA's mirror) Kelly, was it hard to get into
the program? I mean, I know you have tons of experience, and you sing
so great but is the competition, like, really rough? I'm sure there are
thousands.

KELLY
(Offhandedly) Oh yeah, there's plenty of talented kids auditioning.
(Thinks a minute then decides to be encouraging) But, let me give you
a hint. You'll have an edge if you diversify. That was my secret.
Try to earn all about the theatre, not just on stage. Try your hand at
stage managing and even set construction. Learn about lighting.
Don't just focus on performing. (nudging) You know I can always
use a helper with the kid's Saturday classes.

JULIA
She already takes voice and two dance classes. Pretty busy. But maybe
your dad should teach you some basic carpentry? You've been around
plenty of set builds already.

ZOEY
(cynical) There's an old joke about musical theatre graduates,
Kaitlyn.

KELLY
One we haven't heard?

ZOEY
Goes something like this: "If you have a degree in musical theatre,
you may not know how to solve a math problem. (pauses) But you can

ZOEY and GAIL
(singing) 'solve a problem like Maria!!'"

KELLY
Cute! Kaitlyn, you're only in Grade Eight. You've got years. When
the time comes, I'll coach you through it.

KAITLYN
(happily) Would you? I want to hear about all your roles. So which
was your favourite? I bet it was Roxy Hart? Or maybe Mary Poppins?

ZOEY
Hmmm not Maria von Trapp?

KAITLYN
(shocked) Wait! What? You've played Maria in "The Sound of
Music" before? So how come you're not playing her now?

ZOEY, KELLY, GAIL and JULIA
(softly) shhh. Liz is in there. ( Indicating the closed bathroom
door)

KAITLYN
(whispering to KELLY) So how come they let the new girl play Maria?

GAIL
You've heard her sing and you still wonder? She's fantastic!

JULIA
And we always need some new blood around here. Sometimes this is a
small town and getting people to come out to auditions, or just
volunteering for anything is tough.

KAITLYN
I know. I know. That's why my dad builds scenery and my Grandma has
been running the Front of the House for years.

LIZ
(steps out of the bathroom and adjusts her costume as Maria, the
postulant nun. She has her wimple in hand.) Oh no! Was I not supposed
to flush the toilet? The stage manager was pretty insistent about that
when she laid down the backstage rules.

GAIL
(walking to her to assure her) No, no, it's fine. You can flush,
just not once the show starts.

KELLY
The pipes in this old theatre rattle right out to the audience.
We've had some funny mishaps though. Years ago we had a hilarious
flushing sound during "Jesus Christ Superstar" right at the
crucifixion scene. (laughing with the others)

KAITLYN
Yeah, but it was during a dress rehearsal. (giggling) Not as funny as
the time Toto took a poop on stage. Still my favourite moment.

GAIL
(LIZ at her table STAGE RIGHT is struggling with her wimple piece)
Here, let me help you with that. (She moves to Liz's table and
starts fussing with the wimple.) Want some more blush too?

LIZ
A little. Thanks.

GAIL
(quietly indicating the bathroom) You okay in there? A little
nervous?

LIZ
Very nervous.

GAIL
But you're great! You've sung in public before. And you've been
nailing the rehearsals.

LIZ
Well School choirs, church choirs. It's not the same.

GAIL
But that's just it. You bring a real sense of freshness to the
role of Maria.

REBECCA
(Pokes head in the door) Are you ladies decent?

ZOEY
If we were indecent we'd be playing hookers, not nuns!

REBECCA
Mic check for the von Trapp kids, one minute Kaitlyn. (she closes the
door)

KAITLYN
Be right there.

ZOEY
(pondering) So Rebecca is an art student and made some of the props
too? Huh She's managing props and she's an assistant to the
stage manager. Okay, I'm impressed.

LIZ
(quietly to GAIL, but gesturing towards KELLY who raises eyebrows with
the question) Was Kelly okay with this? I heard she's played Maria
before. And she has all that experience.

GAIL
Don't worry about her. She's fine. And she can be very gracious
when others have leads and she doesn't. After all, she's an
actress! I have a feeling she was happier with the lighter rehearsal
schedule this time. She's a newlywed!!

LIZ
So am I. And we've only been in Kingston about a year. We both got
great new jobs with Corrections Canada.

GAIL
(teasing) What! Are you one of those tough prison guards, ready to
take down the big guys?

LIZ
(laughing) No, no, I'm a psychologist and my husband is an
accountant.

GIGI
(entering with her robe open) Full house for opening night chicas!
(arm to the audience and pointing) And my Aunt Genevieve is front and
centre. As usual!

ZOEY
(waving the air) Oh Gigi, you wreak of cigarette smoke. (sprays around
with her air freshener)

GIGI
Strange. I was smoking a cigar.

JULIA
Seriously? And you our Mother Abbess.

GIGI
(flops onto her stool FAR STAGE LEFT) Relax. I was just having a few
drags with some of the band members out back. And, shit, I'm only
playing the old broad Mother Abbess because I'm the only old broad
in this company.

KAITLYN
(Pushes the swear jar towards GIGI and jiggles it.)

GIGI
You're killing me kid. I have to keep loonies in all my pockets for
this swear jar. (drops coin in the jar)

ZOEY
It's cuz there's kids in the cast.

GAIL
Maybe I'll reprint our program. "The Kingston Mellowtones proudly
present: Rogers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" featuring
that perennial old broad Gigi Jones as Mother Abbess."

GIGI
Hey, if it sells more tickets!

KELLY
It'll zip up our radio ads.

KAITLYN
Thanks Kelly. (to everyone and as she leaves she puts Swear Jar on
Daisy's table) 'Break a leg' ladies. Back to the kids'
dressing room or should I say, "space"! (exits)

JULIA
(calling to her) Appreciate it! We have to pay extra to rent that
"space"!

GAIL
Yeah, and I hope they don't trash it like our orphans from
"Oliver!". We were cleaning up every night that year.

KELLY
I'd take the kids' dressing space over the men's dressing room
any day! That man cave is nasty. Down the far dark corridor, then
three steps down. Like a dungeon.

GAIL
(knitting and looking down, to Zoey who is still on her phone) Are you
always on that thing? I swear Zoey, you rarely look up anymore.

KELLY
Yup, got her head in the clouds over Adam. (moves to Zoey's side)

ZOEY
(Not looking up) Adam! Oh he's so last month.

KELLY
Last month? I thought last month it was Jordan. Or Paul, John, Tom
I can't keep them straight.

ZOEY
(walks up to centre stage to take a selfie) I can, and right now
I'll have you know, it's Daniel.

KELLY
Will we ever meet any of these mystery men after the show?

GAIL
I remember meeting Matthew once, or was that Mark.

ZOEY
(walking back to her stool ) It was Michael, and that was just last
year. Daniel is in Montreal so you might meet him later.

REBECCA
(pokes head in) Ladies are you de (enters) Oh whatever. Gigi, have
you got a green marker? Mine just died.

GIGI
(rummages in her bag, holds up two green) Which one?

REBECCA
Dark, thanks. (exits)

KELLY
(Sees ZOEY taking another selfie) Zoey, I don't think nuns wear that
much eyeliner.

ZOEY
Hey, I'm only a nun in the first act, and in the back of the choir
hidden by my wimple. I don't want to reapply anything when I
transform into a horny (sings) "I am sixteen going on seventeen".

(opens her nun robe to reveal that she is Liesl von Trapp)

KELLY
Horny? How about suppressed?

GIGI
Every woman was suppressed before the 70s (looks around the room
and crosses to the wardrobe) for those of us who remember! (going
through pockets of clothes looking for something) Hey, did we find
someone to operate the curtain?

GAIL
Yeah, I got Francois to help us out.

JULIA
Francois? Isn't he your exchange student from France? The cute
one?

[End of Extract]


DOWNLOAD

Browse Library

About Stageplays

Stageplays offers you the largest collection of Plays & Musicals in the world.

Based in the UK and the USA, we’ve been serving the online theatre community since the last century. We’re primarily a family-run business and several of us also work in professional theatre.

But we’re all passionate about theatre and we all work hard to share that passion with you and the world’s online community.

Subscribe to our theatre newsletter

We'll email you regular details of new plays and half-price special offers on a broad range of theatre titles.

Shipping

We can deliver any play in print to any country in the world - and we ship from both the US and the UK.

© 2010 - 2020 Stageplays, Inc.