Type: Full Length
Genres: Comedy, Farce
Themes: Dating, Family
Duration: 90 minutes
Speaking Cast: 8 females, 6 males (14 total cast)
Throughout history infants have been named “Ernest” and it’s safe to assume the recipients of said moniker have grown up and found their niche in life the same as the Johns, Bills, and Toms. There’s nothing startling or arresting or even unusual about the name—except to Henry Gilcrest.
It all started when Henry’s boss fired him, his girlfriend flat-out dumped him, and Aunt Ethel ordered him from her house because he hadn’t paid his rent. Well poor, homeless, girl-less, jobless Henry spends the night in the park and meets Mr. Bumpus. He pours out his troubles to Mr. Bumpus, who tells Henry that life has dealt him a miserable blow and he has a friend named Ernest who, for $17.83, gets poor, downtrodden people like Henry out of their distress. So Henry, in his pitiful, forlorn condition, pays the money, goes back home and finds (1) Aunt Ethel is ready to forgive him, (2) his girlfriend wants another chance, (3) his boss has given him a raise, and (4) life has never been better! Except for the fact that everyone Henry encounters from here on out is named Ernest. There’s Aunt Ethel’s gentleman friend - Margie’s new beau - and when a doctor is summoned for Henry, he turns out to be Dr. Earnest. You’ll enjoy each character in this rapid-fire, three act frolic with a clever finish! One interior set.
Cambridge High School
Burman University Drama Society
Lacombe, AB, Canada
Batesville High School
Juniata High School
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