STRAYS, THE MUSICAL! explores furry foibles from the PETS point of view. The actors give voice to a variety of cat and dog characters in this hilarious and often moving musical review drama-dy that seeks to edu-tain audiences about normal pet behavior while honoring the bond we share with them. Purchase the SCRIPT/LIBRETTO here.
This CAST RECORDING contains all 12 songs from the two-act “dramedy” sung by 6 artists who performed the staged reading and previews. Both the script with libretto and a vocal-piano score are available, as well as pre-recorded orchestration CD for performance.
STRAYS, THE MUSICAL! is written especially with cat and dog lovers in mind. The family friendly script is appropriate for all ages audience and actors, requires minimal sets and costumes (NO dog/cat suits or pet-centric makeup!), and works well for students, community theaters or professional companies. It can be performed with as few as 8-10 but 15-20 featured actors plus a chorus is preferred. Recommended actor age range is 9-14 years to adult, all physical types.
STRAYS debuted Nov. 6-8, 2014 at the Honey McGee Playhouse in Sherman, Texas with a cast of 30, age 5 years to 70. Excerpts from the opening night can be seen on the STRAYS SCRIPT page.
The two-hour review-format offers a mix of funny to poignant scenes with and without music. Music style varies from pop-rock, boogie woogie, folk and country, to jazz, gospel and Celtic, with multiple verses offering many feature solo line opportunities. Company numbers require two- to three-part harmonies in mid-tenor/alto ranges, often written as “rounds” or combinations of previously sung solo lines for ease of learning. Purchase the PIANO-VOCAL SCORE here.
For licensing information contact amy @ shojai.com (no spaces) with STRAYS in the subject line.
- Strays (Company)
- Grazing (Bass Solo, Trio backup)
- Itchy Dog (Solo)
- Dream Cat (Soprano Duet)
- Cuz I’m A Dawg (Solo-male or female)
- Normal (Solos, Company with Rap)
- Dog On The Run (Baritone Solo)
- Eight Lives in Heaven (Tenor Solo, Treble Duet Backup)
- The Muse (Solo & Company)
- Gotcha Day (Company)
- The Least of These/Perfect (Solos/Company)
- Rainbow Pets (Trio, Company)
- Strays-Bows (Company)
The playwrights want to help YOU make your STRAYS experience a great success and will promote updates about productions. Stay up to date about the STRAYS, THE MUSICAL journey by following the Strays PLAY page here.
CAST RECORDING SAMPLES (ASCAP #88677856) Special thanks to staged reading cast for voicing the cast recording: Aaron Adair, Diana Adair, Johnny Flowers, Gil Nelson, Amy Shojai, Frank Steele. See sample lyrics, below.