The play is set in the present and allows for topical references to be inserted where marked. The set remains the same for the entire play and music may be added or omitted as required. Schultz should have some sort of German accent and his sister Gretchin (could be played in drag) needs to be able to speak a comic form of pigeon German.
The usually uneventful summer season at the Alpine Ski Lodge in the Blue Mountains is about to take on a new dimension. The local council has employed three lady judges to present awards for a summer festival. The staff are on their best behaviour to impress the judges, but Murphy’s law prevails. The cook breaks a leg, the tour bus lands in the lake and two feral bikies arrive on the scene to further provoke the owner, Baroness Von Clapp.
The lovable gardener, Schultz, tries to save the day by inviting his sister, Gretchin, to help out with the cooking. He neglects to warn everyone that she doesn't speak English. The staff and judges all agree that Gretchins Strudel is out of this world, which could have something to do with the fact that the bikies have misplaced some angel dust.
The tour bus driver, Karl, Marlena Von Clapp, and the milk maid, Heidi, enter into the spirit of the festival with some slap dancing, complete with lederhosen and national dress. Also a chicken stuffing and a whip cracking competition , with the help of volunteers from the audience, of course.
The hilarious conclusion to the play sees the bikies, the staff and the lady judges combine to effect a mutually satisfying solution to the usually slow summer season...Strudelfest!
Ideal for theatre restaurant or high school production.
1. German Medley ( Instrumental only)
2. Sixteen Ton or any song about working.
3. I was Really Only Foolin'. (Music, Battle Hymn of the Republic.)
4. Walk Right In. or a song about welcome.
5. She Taught Me How to Yodel or a farming song.
6. Ach Du Lieber Augustine (The Slap Dance.)
7. Down by the Riverside, or a song about a holiday
8. It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo, or a song about rain..
9. The Happy Wanderer or a song about mountains.
10. As No 9.
11. As No 8.
12. Birdie Song Birdie Dance.
13. As No 9.
14. Congratulations, or Happy Days Are Here Again.
N.B. All music listed is suggestions only as to the type of song suitable. Music is of your own choosing and copyright permission and appropriate licences should be sought.
BARONESS VON CLAPP Widow, Owner of the Alpine Lodge
MARLENA VON CLAPP Her daughter, Uni Student.
HEIDI The housemaid, pleasant country girl.
SCHULTZ Farmer, wine maker helps out at the Lodge.
KARL Bus Driver, Mechanic.
GRETCHIN Sister of Schultz, speaks little English.
MONA Comedy role. Slightly deaf, widow.
CARMEL Older lady has grown-up children. Is divorced.
(Minor roles could be played by teachers in a school production.)
REV Bikie leader.
NEV Not very bright follower.
BEV Rev's Girlfriend
12.5% of Box Office Gross. Minimum $110 per performance. Scripts $17.50 each or $165 for a licence to photocopy.