Cowgirl Cookie Trilogy
The Cowgirl Cookie plays are old-fashioned Western melodramas which tell the story of Cowgirl Cookie, a girl in love with reading mysteries and solving them, too. The plays are ideal for middle school level, but I have had adults beg to be in them, too! So they would also be successful for a small community theatre group or any combination of kids and adults that want to have some fun on stage. All three shows are light-hearted comedies with lots of memorable characters, and audiences love them!
The main characters include Cowgirl Cookie, her sidekick Snickerdoodle, a Narrator, and three sassy Grannies, otherwise known as the Granny Gallery. The Granny Gallery sits side stage and constantly comments, interrupts, or plugs some local organization. In the first two plays, they shout out advertisements for the local library, and in the third, they turn their attention to the local grange hall. Depending on the play, members of Cowgirl Cookie’s family show up: Grandma Sugar or Cookie’s many sisters (Oatmeal Raisin, Gingersnap, Molasses Spice, Macaroon Meringue, Peanut, and Butter). There’s also a group of villains known as the Mustache Gang who appear in every play and attempt some sort of mischief. And since there are villains, there’s always a Sheriff in town, whether it be Sheriff Nutter Butter (clueless) or Sheriff Thumbprint (coolly confident). Finally, in every play, there’s always a special character or two who round out the cast and are hilarious in their own right, the schmooze-master Mayor Macaroon being a strong example.
If you plan to perform just one of the Cowgirl Cookie plays, I would suggest the first one: Cowgirl Cookie and the Case of the Missing Chocolate Chips. This playscript establishes the main characters and is a good stand-alone show. If you decide to continue on, then the next one to perform is Cowgirl Cookie and the Mysterious Disappearance of Grandma Sugar. And if your audience is clamoring for more, then finish things up by putting on Cowgirl Cookie and the Ghost of the Grange. It will be a satisfying end for those folks who’ve seen them all.
And speaking of the folks in the audience, they are asked to participate in the Cowgirl Cookie plays in the spirit of an old-fashioned melodrama. Signs get flashed (Applause, Hurrah, Boo, etc.) to cue the audience to shout out. I have never seen an audience fail to love their role in the performance and enthusiastically participate!
The Cowgirl Cookie plays can be perfectly fun shows with nothing else attached. However, they have also proved themselves to be successful fundraisers as well. There’s a variety of possibilities for this, and I give some advice and suggestions in Cowgirl Cookie to the Rescue! Fundraiser Options section on the Fundraiser Play Ideas page. Be sure to check that out!