Wanda T. Grimsby: Detective Extraordinaire

Written by:

Melissa Major

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

2SLGBTQIA+

Cast Size:
6

    Genre:

    Adventure
    Mystery
    TYA

    Themes:

    Animals
    Detective

    Length:

    45 min.

    Year Written:

    2006

    Synopsis:

    Wanda T. Grimsby: Detective Extraordinaire, the city’s top detective/adventurer (who works on a candy salary) has solved the most stupendous of crimes. Her boss, Big Bittions, has assigned her another mission: Wanda must track down two bizarre and endangered animals before they find each other and create disastrous results. Along the way she meets some strange characters and must tackle some extraordinary tasks. Will she complete her mission? Will the animals be lost forever? Is the world safe? It will take some clever thinking and help from a mysterious forest person who brews strange stews, but Wanda’s on the case!

    Winner of the Summer Shorts Playwriting Competition (Williston, North Dakota USA).

    Characters:

    WANDA – A ten to twelve year old detective slash adventurer girl

    BIG BITTIONS (pronounced “Big Bit-yonh”) – Early forties, a large, French lady with long red fingernails and jet-black hair

    JOHN – Big Bittions’ assistant

    COMPUTER – An electronic projection

    QUAGGA – An ancient horse-zebra cross

    ELEPHANT BIRD – A large, robust ostrich type of bird

    FOREST PERSON – An eccentric yet wise forest dweller

    First Produced:

    Youth Education Onstage, Williston, ND, 2006. Directed by LeeAnn Clark.

    Resources:

    Wanda T. Grimsby: Detective Extraordinaire is available through the Canadian Play Outlet.

    To view other works by this playwright, click here.

    Notes:

    Casting is completely open in regards to gender, race, and disability.

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