Full Length Musical (approx. 75 min.)
Script, music and lyrics by Chad Henry. Adapted from the books by Betty MacDonald.
Cast: 4 to 6m., 4 to 6w. Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle! brings the uproarious stories of Betty MacDonald and her heroine, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, to the musical stage. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lives on the outskirts of town with her parrot, Penelope, in an upside-down house built by her husband, a pirate—a house which is usually overrun with children playing, painting, digging in the yard, playing dress-up, and generally having a wonderful time. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle loves children, and she especially loves helping children and families who are having such difficulties as fighting and quarreling, interrupting, displaying bad table manners, clumsiness, rudeness and problems with picking up their rooms or taking a bath. Mrs. P. understands kids in a way that no one else can, and her pirate's chest of magical cures and her imaginative and slyly humorous ways to solve problems never fail to save the day. Rousing songs, dances, dream sequences and high comedy make this a family favorite—a show that appeals to parents almost as much as children. Your family will share laughter and music together and will surely recognize themselves in at least one of these hilarious episodes. Unit set.
About the Author
Chad Henry has written plays, music and lyrics for more than 25 musicals, many for theatres with young audiences, especially Seattle Children's Theatre, which has produced such musicals as The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, Little Lulu, Good Night Moon, Jack and the Beanstalk, Doctor Dolittle in the Moon and many others. He wrote music and lyrics for the long-running rock musical Angry Housewives, which was the longest-running musical in Seattle history and which has played all over the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. Now a Denver resident, he worked in many Seattle theatres over the years as both an actor and playwright/composer at such places as Seattle Repertory Theatre, Empty Space Theatre, ACT Theatre and others. He lives with his three cats and his friend Bruce and paints and plays guitar as hobbies. He enjoys listening to classical music, especially Mozart, Bach and anything with classical guitar.
Betty MacDonald (1907-1958) was the author of the beloved children's books about Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, including: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle; Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle; Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic; Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm; and Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle stories were first told to her two daughters.