Cavender Is Coming
(1964 - The Twilight Zone
      2010 - The Woodlands High School, TX)

     Based on failed back-door pilot to a Rod Serling sitcom, “Cavender Is Coming” originally premiered on ‘The Twilight Zone’ in 1964, and soon became one of the most hated episodes of the series. I chose to adapt this episode for the stage in 2010, and I took some major liberties with the fundamentals of this script. Major change: in order to accommodate my cast of high school freshman, I expanded the cast from four to forty-one. This meant expanding the neighborhood, the movie theatre, the army of angels, the high roller’s party, all of it! Every single kid in that show got a damn line. I very much treated this show written in 60’s, as pure 60’s camp. I added musical numbers (the classic “Let’s All Go To The Lobby” jingle sung by a harem of usherettes), topical jokes (Army angel makes a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” crack) and even, to my great pride, earned an all-out boo. (President Kennedy meets our heroine and shouts to her, “I need you like I need a hole in the head!”)

     While our show didn’t win, it was a clear crowd favorite, earning our two leads best actor and supporting actress statues. The process was certainly a wild one, and I can certainly envision future stage adaptations of mine being (maybe) less freely written. There is a value in doggedly-faithful transcription. The original cast was as such…
-Vic, Aug. 18 2011

And here are a few pictures:

Performed: November 15, 2010

Agnes Grep ……………………………………………………………Eleanor Landsbaum
Harmon Cavender ………………………………………………Andrew Hollinger
Stout Shortfellow …………………………………………Chris Dolphin
Martha (Showgirl) …………………………………………Lauren Bangerter
Janet (Showgirl) ……………………………………………Julie Lewis
Betty (Showgirl) ……………………………………………Chloe DeCaire
Peggy (Showgirl) ……………………………………………Hallie Teague
Major Peck ……………………………………………………………Gwen Jones
Sissy Peter …………………………………………………………Sophia Betcher
Tabitha (Angel) ………………………………………………Ally Bray
Appthia (Angel) ………………………………………………Kelly Wu
Oprah (Angel) ……………………………………………………Serita Patel
Eve (Angel) …………………………………………………………Stephanie Wright
Jonathan …………………………………………………………………Rachel Ricks
Sandy (Kid) …………………………………………………………Heidi Diaz
Torvald (Kid) ……………………………………………………Hannah Johnson
Little Mollie Turpentine (Kid) ………Amy Harrah
Ms. Goraslovski (Neighbor) …………………Eilidh McNicol
Mrs. Randy (Neighbor)…………………………………Stephanie Wright
Dr. Erv Roberts (Neighbor) …………………Donny Bridges
Milkwoman Josephine (Neighbor)…………Ally Bray
Tamberly …………………………………………………………………Chandler Harvey
Timothy ……………………………………………………………………Ryan Ridgway
Ricardo Ricardo ………………………………………………Patrick Hoffstetter
John F. Kennedy (Party Guest)……………Donny Bridges
Carson Gilwet (Party Guest) ………………Dave Stekla
Connie Sue (Party Guest)…………………………Amy Harrah
Sandra (Party Guest)……………………………………Kelly Wu
Maria (Party Guest)………………………………………Cristina Frass

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