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Monday, July 12, 2010

A Mouse Without A Tail: The Musical

©Art by Anita Rivera. Text by Ruben Rivera.


The crowd of hopefuls was lined up at the entrance to the theatre, every one of them dreaming for a part in Miss Moussie's new stage production, "A Mouse Without A Tail: The Musical." For, in the past, even minor roles in her "Travelin' Show" had vaulted the career of many a hitherto unknown.

Security was tight and needed to be.

Fans and freaks just wanted to get a look at the real stars. Kooks and kranks just wanted their fifteen minutes of fame. And press and paparazzi just wanted dirt for their next salacious gossip column.

Tea Rat, he just wanted to be next to the "Divine Miss M," as Miss Moussie had come to be known. At the last "Travelin' Show" the love-stricken rat vaulted from the balcony upon the stage and joined the Can-Can line. It seemed like a good idea at the time. It wasn't. He was ejected instantaneously. Public apologies followed.

This time, Tea Rat would see Miss M. by being in the show properly. So there he was in line, in an outlandish disguise to match his outlandish plan.

"Hi, Mozes. It's me, Tea Ra.... Er eh. I mean, hurrumph. Good day dear fellow. I am Mr., er...Bla-ken...rosen...tau-ber. Yes, Mr. Blakenrosentauber. Actor, dancer, singer, etc., etc. I think, if you'll check, you'll see that I am scheduled for an audition.

"Humm. Let's see. Ah, yes. Blakenrosentauber. Go right on in."

Security was tight, and needed to be. Miss Moussie hired the best, of the best, of the best: Mozes the Bear's "Security Mobile Action Strike Help," or SMASH. But even the best can make a mistake.

"Whoo-hoo. I'm in. I'm here, my love.
♪ ♫
..And then I saw her face, now I'm a believer. ♪ ♫ Not a trace of doubt in mind. ♪ ♫ I'm in love...oooh...I'm a believer, I couldn't leave her if I tried... ♪ ♫"

The plot thickens.

"Sir, you need to take a look at this."


"We've got a security breach!"

Meanwhile, at the auditions.

Miss Moussie: "Next!"

"That's me. In F flat and peppy. Up, up, up, up, up.
Hit it, toots!"

♪ ♫...Que sera, sera. Whatever will be will be.
The future's not ours to see...
♪ ♫

"I don't know how you managed to repair your physical injury, Mr. Bla...ken...rosen...whatever, but you're not fooling anyone.
Coming out with a live one. Copy that?"



Angelsdoor * Penny said...

OH MY WORD!! This is a hoot! Well Tea, I see you have picked the wrong disguise this time.. Mr. Blankenrosentauber in deed.. You would be hard pressed to get anything passed dear Mozes...

Story and illustrations are FANTASIC! I am still laughing!!

The Dutchess said...

Amazing...loved the groucho marx mustache..and I must read the distinguishing pyysical features,would you believe at first I read 'digustingly',hahaa.
Mozes looks great...where ever did he find the keys...
Mr Blakenrosentauber..marvellous name..
Great drawing, great writing, and great fun!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


Violet said...

Wonderful illustrations for a fun story! And, oh the drama!

~ Violet

Fete et Fleur said...

We are all holding our sides here. What will be done with poor Mr. Tea??? We especially liked the S.M.A.S.H. acronym.

The Burnses

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Tea Rat has been found out, but he was able to get a glimpse of the Magnificent and Divine Miss M......I believe that she has made her decision on all the parts...stay tuned for chapter two....THE SHOW!

Jackie said...

Gretta winked at that cute Mr. Blackenrosey so and so...she couldn't get the name right but what a handsome dude...She could hardly play the piano right, that dude was quite a sight! She must have a word with Mozes...he must have it all wrong. No rat with a name like that could be all that bad.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

HERE HERE, Gretta! I second that motion! Mr. Blakenroublublublu will be revealed and sit tight little spikey one...we are gonna need your skills on tickling those grand 88s!!! THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

Patricia Cabrera said...

So creative!!! Love it so much!!Both story and illustrations were fantastic!I am still laughing....grin!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

I think we need a little crowd control out here... Is that Pierre I see standing in line?

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hey everyone.....the curtain is rising tonight....late, but sure!