Ellie Chatsworth Town Gossip/Narrator, age 25-60.
Ida Simpson Town Gossip/Narrator, younger than Ellie.
John Shane The Hero, 25-35. Slight John Wayne accent on occasion, faithful horse is named Sterling.
Shorty John's witty sidekick, 25-35.
MaryAnn Claussen The Heroine, orphan, inherited farm, 18-25.
Mr. Cole Black The Principal Villain, banker after MaryAnn's land & hand in marriage, 30-45.
Martin "Big Marty" Lewis Hired Gun, wears long duster coat, 25-45.
Four Outlaws -- Hired by Mr. Black Ages 18-50
Sam "The Rattlesnake" Sweatt As lowdown as a snake, but not as bright.
One-Eyed Willie She's tough and feisty, wears an eye-patch, close to Shorty's age.
Ivan "The Famous" Starvski He has a slight Russian accent.
Sneaky Pete Wilcox He'll sneak a peek into anything illegal.
Sheriff Richard Moore Pragmatic and to the point, 30-50.
Reverend Cardall An understanding man, especially when Big Marty's gun is making a point, 40-60.
|Author Notes||The full title of this musical melodrama is "The Legend of John Shane: Tale of the Rustlers' Trace." There are 8 songs to go with it. I am on a bit of a John Wayne kick right now, and this is the script I have had sitting around since 2006. Cache is pronounced like 'cash.' Cache County and Cache Valley are about 100 miles north of Utah's capital city, Salt Lake City. Logan is the biggest city in that county, where Utah State University is located. It is the same university my paternal grandfather went to back around 1933. This script is aimed at a general audience. Terms like 'melodrama' are explained to the very young and first-timers.|
|Author Notes||Once again, Cache is pronounced "Cash." I figure Shorty spent time in the Kansas City which is actually located in Kansas, not the Missouri city of the same name. Utah is the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormons. There are plenty of church members in Idaho, which is Shorty's home state, too.|
Ogden is a city located about 60 miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah's capital. It was where the Osmonds grew up.
George Hearst and John Mackay were famous millionaires of the 19th Century.
Just a repeat, the full name of this script is: The Legend of John Shane-Tale of the Rustlers' Trace. Also, a reminder that One-Eyed Willie is a FEMALE.
"yeller"=yellow, or cowardly
"You ain't got a cricket's chance in a flock of Mormon seagulls of makin' any deals with me!"--This refers to an event in 1848, documented by several eye-witnesses, about hordes of ugly grasshoppers/crickets being eaten by California seagulls arriving just in time to save some of the Mormons' crops in the Salt Lake Valley, after the Mormon pioneers prayed for assistance. Which goes to prove not only the power of prayer, but also that Mormon crops taste amazing, and California seagulls sometimes get inspired as to where to go to find a good cricket buffet.
Full title of this musical melodrama is: The Legend of John Shane: Tale of the Rustlers' Trace.
"dogie" - slang for cattle, sounds somewhat like 'doggie' or 'doggy,' hence the dog humor.
Review of Characters for Act 2:
Ellie Chatsworth Town Gossip/Narrator
Ida Simpson Town Gossip/Narrator
John Shane The Hero
Shorty John's sidekick
MaryAnn Claussen The Heroine
Mr. Cole Black The Villain
Martin "Big Marty" Lewis (Hired Gun on Outlaw Side)
Sam "The Rattlesnake" Sweatt (Outlaw)
One-Eyed Willie (Female outlaw)
Ivan "The Famous" Starvski (Outlaw)
Sneaky Pete Wilcox (Outlaw)
Sheriff Richard Moore
It's so hard to get good hired help. Or literate help. Or just plain help.
Full name again is: The Legend of John Shane: Tale of the Rustlers' Trace
|Author Notes||There are 2 scenes here in contrast to a customary single scene because scene 2 of Act 2 was pretty short. This is a musical melodrama, but I have no recorded version of any of the songs yet. Again, the full name of this script is The Legend of John Shane: Tale of the Rustlers' Trace.|
¹ See "Outlaw Tales of Utah," by Michael Rutter, page 25, for a reference to the line "the best lawyers stolen money could buy." Used with permission of author. (firstname.lastname@example.org). A couple of jokes in this script were also borrowed from playwright/improvisational comic/actor Bob Bedore of Utah.
"Starsky and Hutch" was an action/crime detection TV show in the U.S.A. in the 1970s.
Thanks to those who are following this. I think there are only 1 or 2 posts more. Let me know if you think this needs a violence warning. I do my best to indicate pointing with gun props, aiming down toward stage floor.
|Author Notes||Full name of this musical melodrama again is: The Legend of John Shane: Tale of the Rustlers' Trace.|
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