Waldo and Sons
Book and lyrics by Andrew McGregor
Music by David Pickthall
Waldo and his travelling troupe are to perform an old-time show to the delight of the people of Farnley-on-Sea. Unfortunately, Magnet, the local bully and night-club owner, does not share their enthusiasm, especially as his daughter, Penny, has joined Waldo's troupe. What follows is a battle between old and new forms of entertainment, with Penny and Waldo's sons, Tom and Jim caught in the crossfire.
Eventually, Tom, who is frustrated by Waldo's old-fashioned outlook, decides to work for Magnet. However, the love between Jim and Penny saves the day and shows that a compromise can be reached. This is a lively and fast-paced musical with a host of memorable songs, colourful dances and a strong story-line.
M9 F5, plus extras
- Waldo: old-fashioned, nostalgic; middle-aged
- Betsy May: homely, kind; middle-aged.
- Norman Duckton-Friar: hook-nosed, aristocratic; middle-aged
- Bouncer: large, tough, 20s
- Jim: unsure of himself thoughtful; early 20s :
- Magnet: wideboy, greedy; middle-aged
- Sidney Gilbert: hook-nosed, pompous; middle-aged.
- Gabby: protective, loyal; 20s.
- Tom: ambitious, talented; 20s
- Penny: determined; early 20s.
Various interior and exterior settings
Reeds 1 and 2, Trumpets 1 and 2, Trombone, Timpani, Violins 1 and 2, Viola, Cello, Bass