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GYPSY

by

Laurents, Styne & Sondheim

 

THE ACTION OF THE PLAY COVERS A PERIOD FROM THE EARLY TWENTIES TO THE EARLY THIRTIES AND TAKES PLACE IN VARIOUS CITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

 

ACT I, SCENE ONE:  THE STAGE OF A CHEAP THEATRE

The Mothers:         Tacky early 20’s dresses, hats and bags, some with coats

Balloon Girl:          Child’s tinselly costume with balloon motif

The Children:         Various dancing school versions of costumes

Baby June:             Theatrical Dutch Girl costume

Baby Louise:         Theatrical Dutch Boy costume

Rose:                     Loud coat and hat, bag, loud early 20’s dress

Uncle Jocko:          The impresario of the Kiddie show.  Loud knickers and

And vest, tartan beret, outsize horn rimmed glasses.

George

(a stagehand):        Odd pants, vest, shirt and cap

Arnold:                  Dancing school version of costume

 

ACT I, SCENE TWO:  THE KITCHEN IN SEATTLE

Rose:                     Repeat I-1, remove coat and hat

Baby June:             Enters in coat, removes to I-1 costume

Baby Louise:         Enters in coat, removes to I-1 costume

Pop:                       Rumpled pants, neckband shirt, cardigan sweater

 

ACT I, SCENE THREE:  A ROAD

Rose:                     Repeat I-1

Baby June:             Repeat coat I-2, add dress and hat

Baby Louise:         Repeat coat I-2, add hat and knickers

Rich Man:              Elegant period suit, hat

Rich Boy:              Good looking boy’s knicker suit, cap

Urchin:                  Ragged little boy with knickers, shirt, cap and muffler

Boy Scout:             Boy Scout uniform of the period

ACT I, SCENE 4: A VAUDEVILLE HOUSE, BACKSTAGE, LOS ANGELES

Rose:                     Repeat dress and remove coat

Baby Louise:         Repeat

Baby June:             Repeat

Mr. Weber

(theatre manager):  Business suit with vest

Herbie:                   A worn, but neat suit with vest, hat

The three boys:      Repeat I-3

 

ACT I, SCENE 5:  A VAUDEVILLE HOUSE, ONSTAGE, LOS ANGELES

Baby Louise:         Theatrical newsboy costume.  Quick change to Uncle

Sam costume.

Baby June:             Overdressed gaudy child’s theatrical costume with large

hairbow.  Quick change to short tap version of Statue

Of Liberty costume with headpiece.

The three boys:      Theatrical newsboy costumes.  Quick change to Army,

Navy and Marine uniforms in white with red, white and

blue accents.

A Time Lapse………………………………………………………………

Older Louise:         Duplicate of Uncle Sam costume

Older June:            Duplicate of Statue of Liberty costume

The older boys:      Duplicates of uniforms

 

ACT I, SCENE 6: IN THE HOTEL, AKRON – 1930’s

Louise:                   Boy’s pajamas and robes

June:                      Frilly nightgown and robe

Rose:                     Wool worn bathrobe and nightgown

“The boys”:           Tulsa, LA, Yonkers and Angie:  cotton pajamas and

bathrobes.

 

Mr. Kringelein

(hotel manager):    Odd pants, shirt, vest and tie

Herbie:                   Casual suit and hat

Assorted hotel guests in sleep attire of the period

Props:                    Three gaudy blankets

 

 

 

ACT I, SCENE 7: A CHINESE RESTAURANT, NEW YORK

Rose:                     Street dress, large purse, hat. Blanket coat

Herbie:                   Repeat suit

June:                      Pretty dress, blanket cape

Louise:                   Tailored shirt, boys knickers, blanket coat

Waitress:                Simple Chinese dress

 

ACT I, SCENE 8:  THE STAGE OF GRANTZIGER’S PALACE THEATRE, NEW YORK

Miss Cratchitt:      Tailored 30’s dress, simple and attractive

Rose:                     Loud 30’s dress, coat and hat

June:                      Short spangled farmerette dress and bonnet. Quick

change to dainty little girl dress with hairbow.

Louise:                   Plays front of cow.  Underdressed in sweat shirt and

pants.

Herbie:                   Another neat suit

The Boys:              Theatrical farmer costumes.  Quick change to Eton suits

and top hats

 

The cow is a pretty, theatrical two-person cow with a detachable head.

 

ACT I, SCENE 9:  MR. GRANTZIGER’S OFFICE

Miss Crachitt:        Repeat

Rose:                     Repeat

June:                      Rehearsal blouse and bloomers

Louise:                   Repeat sweat shirt and pants

 

ACT I, SCENE 10:  A THEATRE ALLEY, BUFFALO

Louise:                   Repeat sweat shirt and pants

Tulsa:                     Pants, open collar shirt, sleeveless sweater

Herbie:                   Repeat a suit, without jacket

L.A.:                      Sweat shirt and back of cow costume

 

ACT I, SCENE 11:  THE RAILROAD TERMINAL, OMAHA

Rose:                     Coat and hat over a previous dress

Louise:                   Slacks, shirt, short jacket, hat

Herbie:                   Add trench coat and hat over a previous suit

Yonkers, Angie

And L.A.:              Casual slacks, sport jackets, sweaters, caps or hats

 

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Act II, SCENE ONE:  ON THE ROAD, TEXAS

Rose:                     Summer dress or blouse and skirt

Louise:                   Gaudy, cheap toreador costume, hat.  Quick change (underdressed) to boy’s pajamas

The Girls:              Homemade looking Spanish senorita costumes with mantillas. Spanish shawls reversible to the Stars and Stripes: 3 with stripes, 1 with stars and stripes

Herbie:                   Repeat a suit

 

ACT II, SCENE TWO:  A BURLESQUE HOUSE, BACKSTAGE, WICHITA

Hollywood Blondes:        Teenagers 30’s coats, dresses and cloche hats.

Louise:                   Repeat slacks and shirt.  Add sweater.  Prop:  jeweled g-string (not provided by Costume World)

Rose:                     30’s dress, coat and hat.  Can repeat I-8

Mazeppa

Burlesque Performer:       Nude leotard with gladiator skirt and breast-plate.  Gladiator

Helmet, shield.

Tessie Tura

Burlesque Performer:       Gaudy tinseled brief panties and bra, decorated with oversize

Butterflies, wings on back, attached to wrist.  Long sheer weighted

Drape attached to center of panties.  Butterfly headpiece.

Electra:

Burlesque Performer:       Brief and gaudy two piece costume.  Electric to be

wired by your prop department to light.

Patsey

Stage Manager:      Pants, shirt and sweater

Herbie:                   Repeat I-8

Stagehand:             Odd pants and vest.  Long-sleeved undershirt

Cigar

Theatre Manager:   Ill fitting suit, in poor taste

 

ACT II, SCENE 3:  BACKSTAGE IN THE BURLESQUE THEATRE

Agnes:                   Repeat dress and coat II-2

Tessie:                             Repeat II-2

Stagehand:                       Repeat

Herbie:                             Repeat

Patsey:                             Repeat

 

 

ACT II, SCENE 4:  THE DRESSING ROOM IN THE BURLESQUE THEATRE

Rose:                     Repeat a coat and dress

Tessie:                   Repeat

Louise:                   Repeat coat. Underdressed in sequin leotard.  Three matching sheath gowns, Velcro down back for fast change.  Each one  made to fit on top of previous one.  White fur stole for Christmas

Production Christmas headpiece.  Large feather hat.

Herbie:                   New looking, well fitting dark suit

Cigar:                     Repeat

Patsey:                   Repeat

Two Boys:             Santa Claus costumes with wigs and beards

 

Louise – Props:  (Not necessarily provided by Costume World)

Silver shoes

Long white gloves

Panels of material to match top

Sheath dress

Old fur stole

 

The cowhead and assorted costumes and parts of costumes used in previous scenes are used as props in the packing sequence.

 

Showgirls:             Glittery, brief, nude colored leotards with large Christmas motif headpieces

 

ACT II, SCENE 5: MINSKY’S, A DRESSING ROOM

Rose:                     Attractive day dress

Rence:                    Smart maid’s dress, apron and cap

Louise:                   Abbreviated pink costume adds soft, rich negligee

Phil:                       Broadway type business suit

  1. Bougeron-Cochon: Foppish business suit

Props:                    Cowhead, strip costumes, feather boas, stoles, g-strings

 

ACT II, SCENE 6:  A BARE STAGE

Rose:                     Repeat

Louise:                   Chic evening gown, fur coat

 

 

 

 

 

THE END