Ruby Stew Play

Cat playing with a butterfly.

By:  Race Sunnie Bunnie and Linda A. Copp

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Ruby Stew by Linda A. Copp

Characters: Cat, Witch, Wizard, Black Cat.
Props: cauldron, 2 bottles, spoon, tree.

Scene  I

Forest
Props: none in this scene
(Witch enters from the left side of the stage turning her head from side to side and  calling out in a loud voice)

WITCH: GRIMACE, GRIMACE! Where are you silly cat? Grimace! Can you hear me? Grimace! I'm waiting!
GRIMACE: (enter Grimace from stage right and speaking in a sighing voice) I'm here Ruby, right here!
WITCH: (turning to audience) This cat is forever disappearing on me and I do not mean in the invisible man sort of way either! There is neither magic nor science involved in his vanishing act! It is more like playing hide and seek, over and over again! (Witch turns back to Grimace) Listen Grimace! I need your help if I am going to win the Golden Cauldron Award this year.
GRIMACE:

What makes you think you are going to win this year? (says more softly, shaking his head) You never win! The wizard always wins! Everyone knows that, I don't even know why anyone even enters this stupid contest!

WITCH:

Well, smartie pants, I just heard the wizard has dropped out of the contest and is being a judge instead to give us all a crack at it. So, the field is wide open, I tell you, wide open! And I want to make a stew so spook-tacular and raven-dishes that no one can beat, Ruby's Roiling, Boiling Stew!

GRIMACE:

Humph! I myself have never tasted your stew without thinking, why in the world would anyone want anyone to know they made this cruel drool!

WITCH:

Cruel Drool! Grimace is this some sort of insult? Are you saying my stew is not tasty? (turns to audience) What do you think my little trick or treaters is this a big thumbs down or what? (turns back to cat)

GRIMACE:

I am saying your stew tastes best when it does, on those rare occasions, too rare really, well when it is tasteless and thank goodness once in awhile that happens! So much better than when it is just ROTTEN!

GRIMACE: (looking at cat) Tasteless is best! Well! You know what this means, Grimace?
GRIMACE:

No! What does this mean? Are you dropping out? I hope! I hope!

WITCH:

No! I am not quitting over a silly little thing like that! But this does mean, I definitely need a new recipe and fast because Halloween is almost here. So, I am assigning you the responsibility of  finding one!

GRIMACE:

Me! Why? I 'm no cook! I'm a cat, we eat and sleep, we play and we cuddle but that's the whole ball of yarn in Catdom!

WITCH:

Listen, you are the cat behind this witch and I want you to be to me and do for me, as Midnight Cat does for his wizard! I know he is a big part of the Wizard's success! He and that Owl of his!

GRIMACE:

Midnight, Smidnight, here we go again Midnight the Magnificent! Midnight The Marvelous! Listen if I were you, I would bet on the owl as I refuse to believe that Midnight Cat is anymore special than me!

WITCH:

Good then we agree, you are equals and that in my eyes means you are equally gifted! Now get me the ingredients for a fabulous or should I say, Cat-tabulous stew! And be quick about it! I need to get back to my shack and get spruced up for the Hallow's Eve Bash!

GRIMACE:

(turning to audience) Great did you hear that? This is all up to me, and I am no more magically gifted, than that overrated black cat! Well I better come up with something or it will break Ruby's big old heart! (turns and walks from the stage)

CURTAIN

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Scene II

Forest

(WIZARD, is standing by a cauldron and is speaking. BLACK CAT, is stirring the cauldron.)
Props: cauldron, spoon, bottle

WIZARD:

Abracadabra! Moonbeams of night,
spill into my elixir, make it lunar bright
fill it with good wishes, wonders, delights
till dreams and believing are woven, take flight!
Abracadabra! To all a goodnight!

MIDNIGHT:

(nodding head and stirring cauldron)

WIZARD:

Ah! Midnight, my Moon Dance Elixir is almost ready! Another hour of moonlight spilling into it and it will be perfect. (cat stops stirring) Then I will have another years worth of the stuff that dreams are made of.  It is just the best thing for a perfect nights rest, so refreshing and yet, I always wake up ready to move mountains! It is just the best night cap before bed. And all I need is a teaspoon of it in milk!

MIDNIGHT:

Sorry to interrupt Wizard but, shouldn't you be running along? You need to help Owl finish the guest list for the after midnight Hallow's Eve Party!

WIZARD:

Yes, yes, I best hurry, thank you for reminding me. Will you finish up and put this elixir into bottles?

MIDNIGHT: Oh For sure, for sure! You can count on me!
WIZARD: I am off then, see you later. I will be back as soon as I can.
(exit wizard)
MIDNIGHT: (cat waves) H'mm there is an hour or so before this is ready. So, there is no harm in me catching a cat nap besides I am tired from all that stirring. Think I will lie down by this tree and just rest my eyes ... (snoring)

(ENTER GRIMACE)

GRIMACE: Gee, what's this? It's such a big pot, but of what? And who is that by that tree? (Grimace goes over to look at sleeping Midnight but stumbles falling on him and waking him up)
MIDNIGHT: What! Who goes there? (Midnight gets up)
GRIMACE:

Grimace Cat, Ruby Witch's cat. Who are you?

MIDNIGHT:

I am Midnight, the Wizard's cat!

GRIMACE:

Midnight the Magnificent, I don't believe this, at last we meet!

MIDNIGHT: I'm Midnight but Magnificent! (cat laughs) I don't know about that.
GRIMACE:

Your famous! Ruby Witch, my owner, thinks you are a big part of the wizards success! She believes you know magic?

MIDNIGHT:

Know Magic! Now, that is funny! The most I know of the Wizards magic is stirring his pots for him! Listen! I am just a cat like you! (midnight shakes his head)

GRIMACE:

If only Ruby believed that! She expects me to get her a delicious recipe for stew so, she can win the Golden Cauldron award!  I have been gathering all kinds of things, pumpkin, squash, potatoes, broccoli and corn cobs. She usually makes her stews with bats and bugs and icky stuff like that yuck. Though I did think hard about adding a mouse or two, you know? Still, I think my stew will be much healthier and tastier than anything she ever brewed!

MIDNIGHT:

You know though I don't know magic, the wizard sure does! Why don't I give you a bottle of his "stuff that dreams are made of" elixir that might add something magically to the mix. Who knows it might get you off the hook if she wins!

GRIMACE: That would be great! Thanks a million!
MIDNIGHT: Okay here ya go (Midnight gives Grimace a bottle) Now remember only use a teaspoon a serving. It is very strong!
GRIMACE: OK will do and thanks again Buddy (takes bottle and turns to leave)
MIDNIGHT: We cats have to stick together! (Midnight waves goodbye! Grimace leaves stage)
MIDNIGHT: Well, I think I will start bringing these bottles to the wizard. (EXIT Midnight carrying bottles)
CURTAIN

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Scene III

Witch's House
Props: cauldron, spoon, bowl
(Ruby is stirring a large pot, cauldron)
(ENTER Grimace)

RUBY: There you are! I have all your veggies in the pot, steaming away! Now, what else have you brought? What's in that jar?
GRIMACE: It is a bottle of the wizard's elixir, the stuff that dreams are made of! Midnight gave it to me! (he hands it over to Ruby)
RUBY: RATS, BATS! But that is wonderful Grimace! What a great surprise I am so happy! I will put it all in the stew! Surely I will now!
GRIMACE: I am not sure you should put it all in. The wizard uses only a teaspoon at a time in milk.
WITCH: Nonsense! I know what I'm doing. The contest is tonight, it is finally Halloween (Witch laughs with glee) HA! HA! This will be my best celebration ever!
GRIMACE: Maybe you should just sample a little first.
WITCH:

Alright! Just a little taste of it. (Witch takes a spoonful) This is so yummy.  It's going in the stew all of it! I would offer you some Grimace but there is just about enough for all the judges and a little bowl now, just for me!

GRIMACE: That's ok Ruby give it to them. I still think you should rethink using all of it in your stew! I do hope this is gonna be ok! (shakes his head)
WITCH: Of course it will be ok! At last all my bad luck is behind me can't you just feel it? I am going to walk off with the prize this year! (eating spoonfuls of stew) You know I am feeling a bit sleepy. I believe I will just take me a nappy-poo! Grimace, be a dear and turn down the heat under the cauldron. I'll put a cover on it when I get up. (sleepily) Call me in a half hour then I'll take the cauldron with me on my broom.
GRIMACE:

Okay Ruby! (Grimace leaves stage, Ruby lies down, snoring begins)

GRIMACE:

(Grimace re-enters stage, Ruby is still snoring) Ruby! Ruby! It is time to get up! (walks over to her) Ruby you gotta get up!  (turns to audience) Trick or Treaters! Ruby did not get up that night nor the next day. She slept on and on for seven days before she woke!

RUBY:

Grimace! What day is it? I have had the most glorious sleep and the best dream! I won the golden cauldron award and everyone was cheering me on! I was the belle of the Halloween Ball! It was the best night of my Witch's life!

GRIMACE:

Well it is good you felt that if only in your dreams because in real life you missed Halloween and the contest too! So, your dreams will have to keep you going till next year when you can try again. Most of the stew boiled away you see and...

RUBY:

Well, even though I did not win for real, I can say Wizard is right about his elixir, it certainly is the stuff that dreams are made of and just think Grimace you have a whole year to come up with a new recipe!

GRIMACE:

Not again! (turns to audience) See you again next year Trick or Treaters!

THE END

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