What does a playwright do when a casting call for a play about two boys draws mostly girls?
If you're the Seem-To-Be Players, you change the gender of the characters and go on with the show.
The company's new production, "The Tale of the Two-Tailed Cat," originally centered on Simon and Rob the boy witch. So Simon became Sydney, and Rob became Willa the witch.
"I was already planning to take the script and let it breathe into a longer story," playwright Ric Averill said, noting that the now 50-minute play was originally a 20-minute skit. "So I knew I was going to do a major rewrite."
"The Tale of the Two-Tailed Cat" is the story of Sydney, a lonely girl who wants to dress up as professional football player Brett Favre for Halloween. When her friends start teasing her about her choice, she tells everyone that she has a two-tailed cat to get their attention. Willa gives Sydney some magic powder that allows people to see only what they want to see in this case, a parrot becomes a two-tailed cat. In the end, Sydney learns that telling a lie can have unexpected consequences.
"So the play becomes about truth and the nature of friendship," Averill said.
"The Tale of the Two-Tailed Cat" is geared toward children ages 4 and older. A costume contest will begin each show.
Other Halloween activities scheduled this weekend include:
Today: "Cats and Bats," by Seem-To-Be Players, with costume contest, 10:30 a.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth St. Tickets: $8 for adults and $6 for children.
Today: "Frankenstein," 8 p.m., Dale Easton Apple Valley Theatre, Perry Lake. Tickets: $10 and $12.
Today: Spook-n-Splash, sponsored by Lawrence Parks and Recreation, 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive. Fee: $3 for children ages 3-12 and $3.75 for children 13 and older.
Today: Terror II Haunted House, 8 p.m.-midnight, Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St. Fee: $5.
Today: "Dark at the Top of the Hill," 7 p.m.-9:15 p.m., Natural History Museum, Kansas Union and Museum of Anthropology, KU. Fee: $2.50.
Today-Sunday: "Boo at the Zoo," 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Kansas City Zoo, Kansas City, Mo. Fee: Free with zoo admission ($6 for adults and $3 for ages 3-11).
Today-Sunday: "The Pumpkin King," an original play, and "Coventown," a Halloween farce, 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday, Carnegie Cultural Center, 105 E. Third St., Ottawa. Tickets: $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.
Today-Sunday: "The Tale of the Two-Tailed Cat," by Seem-To-Be Players, with costume contest, 1:30 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth St. Tickets: $8 for adults and $6 for children.
Sunday: Halloween Open House, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St. Treats, scavenger hunt and Creepy Creatures program at 2 p.m. Free.
Sunday: Terror II Haunted House, 8 p.m.-midnight, Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St. Fee: $5.
Monday: Terror II Haunted House, 8 p.m.-midnight, Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St. Fee: $5.
Wednesday: "Halloween, All Saint's and All Soul's," University Forum, noon, Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave. Free.
Wednesday: Halloween Trick-or-Treat, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., stores in downtown Lawrence. Free.
Today through Wednesday: Free State Farm, 1431 N. 1900 Road, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Horse-drawn hay rack wagon to the patch, Scarecrow Hallow, which includes farm animals for petting, pony rides ($2 each), train rides ($2 each), straw mountain, concessions. Haunted hay rack rides from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today ($8), which includes a meal to cook over a bonfire. 841-1265. Free State Farm also will have a Trick-or-Treat Day at the patch, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today, includes kids' theater, a parade of costumes, boo story time and photo opportunities with the Headless Horseman.
Today through Wednesday: Schaake's Pumpkin Patch, 1791 N. 1500 Road, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Pick-your-own pumpkins, straw slide, tractor-trailer rides. 843-2459.
Today through Wednesday: Strong's Farm, 1919 N. 1500 Road, from sunup to sundown, with hours extended to 10 p.m. weekends. Pick-your-own pumpkins, haunted maze, tractor train rides, petting zoo. (785) 542-2620.
Today through Wednesday: Pome on the Range, 2050 Idaho Road, Williamsburg, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Pick-your-own pumpkins; horse-drawn wagon rides to patch on weekends. (785) 746-5492.
Today-Nov. 25: "Los Dias de Los Muertos (The Days of the Dead)," Museum of Anthropology, Kansas University. Free.