Dick Whittington and His Cat"

Written by Peter Long and Keith Rawnsley


Auditions Sunday 23rd September, 2012.


List of Characters


DICK WHITTINGTON................................................................PRINCIPAL BOY

ALICE FITZWARREN.................................................................PRINCIPAL GIRL

ALDERMAN FITZWARREN.......................................................FATHER OF ALICE

GERTRUDE SPRAT.......................… HOUSEKEEPER TO THE FITZWARREN'S (DAME)

‘IDLE’ JACK SPRAT.. ......................................................GERTIE'S HAPLESS SON

MAISY.......................................................................................ALICE'S MAID

CAPTAIN CUTLASS………..............................MASTER OF THE “BATTERED HADDOCK”

SULTAN PEPPA …….……………......................………… A WEALTHY ARABIAN MERCHANT

    BEAU LARRAT

                            …………OF THE FOREIGN LEGION (THE SHEIKS MINDERS)

    BEAU LAMOVA

    KING/QUEEN RAT......................................................THE SCOURGE OF LONDON

    FAIRY BOW BELLS.............................................…..DICK’S IMMORTAL GUARDIAN

TOMMY...........................................................................DICK'S FAITHFUL CAT

SOPWITH.......................................................................................THE CAMEL


ALSO FEATURING

DANCERS/CHORUS

Character Descriptions


1: Dick Whittington: (Male/Female) Principal Boy. Dick arrives in London penniless. By

his side is his faithful companion Tommy the Cat. Dick is to be played with verve and

confidence, Dick may not have much at the moment but has high aspirations for the

Future.


2: Alice Fitzwarren: (Female) Principal Girl. She is the young daughter of a

London business man. Alice is a sensible and confident young lady but yearns for

romance, however, her father is rather strict and frowns upon her liaison with the dashing

Dick Whittington.


3: Alderman Fitzwarren: (Male) Holder of high office in this particular borough of

London. He is also the proprietor of a general store, he is strict yet kindly at times,

devoted to his only daughter Alice and is suspicious of any prospective suitor.


4: Gertrude Sprat: (Male) This is the Dame role. Gertrude is the rather down trodden

housekeeper of the Fitzwarren family and occasionally helps out in the store. Droll and

loveable Gertie is ever the optimist, even with her son ‘idle’ Jack who does sometimes test

her patience.


5: ‘Idle’ Jack Sprat: (Male) This is the comic lead. As his name implies Jack is

certainly at the back of the queue when there is work to be done. He is however a very

loveable character who ‘lives in’ at Fit warren’s store along with his mother. Jack is

smitten with the attention of Maisy who is Miss Alice’s maid.


6: Maisy Dotes: (Female) Maid to Miss Alice. Maisy is a bit of a ‘scatty’ girl, but well

meaning. She is devoted to Miss Alice, but also to young Jack Sprat and she often comes

to his rescue when he is in trouble with his mother.


7: Captain Cutlass: (Male) Master of the good ship “Battered Haddock”. Captain

Cutlass has an eye for the Ladies (Especially Maisy) and is very much in the mould of

Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack. Alderman Fitzwarren uses Captain Cutlass and his crew to

go to Arabia on a business trip to buy goods for the store.


8: Sultan Peppa: (Male) A wealthy Arabian merchant who speaks in a pseudo Middle

Eastern accent. His tyrannical manner towards everybody (Particularly his two minders)

are an important part of the comedy element.


9-10: Beau Larrat and Beau Lamova: These two are the panto’s ‘Brokers Men’.

They are actually two scallywags from England who escape the law by running away to

join the ‘Foreign Legion’ in North Africa. Whilst there they volunteer to act as minders to

a wealthy Sultan only to find that he is about to leave on a trip to London which means

they spend most of their time trying to convince people, (rather unconvincingly) that they

are not two fugitives on the run.


10: King/Queen Rat: (Male or Female) The scourge of London Town, and the distinct

“Baddie” of the piece. He/She is and leader of the vermin army and turns out to be a

formidable foe for our hero and his Cat.


11: Fairy Bow-Bells: (Female) A Fairy who tells the story in rhyme and

looks after the fortunes of our hero Dick Whittington.


13: Tommy the Cat: (Boy or Girl) A proficient dancer would be the main requirement

to take on this role. A young boy or girl with some gymnastic skills and the ability to

mime feline characteristics.


There cameo roles for two characters as a pantomime Camel.