Comedy. By Ric Averill.
Cast: 6m., 17w., 1 either gender. May be expanded to up to 20m., 30w., 10 either gender. Sydney is a very bright and precocious girl who lives with her divorced father, loves sports, and is just quirky enough to draw the unwanted attention of the older girls who bully her at school. When an odd scientist, Dr. Entwell, comes to school offering to award a parrot to the student who brings in the greatest "animal oddity," Sydney claims that she has a two-tailed cat. While gathering scissors, string and fake fur to transform her cat, she comes across the phone number for William, the Witch-You-Could-Have-Everything-You-Want Witch. Sydney dials up the whacky boy, who provides her with the magic to make everyone believe her cat really does have two tails. The ruse works well enough for Sydney to win the parrot. However, she begins to doubt the wisdom of her lie when she's asked to give up her cat to science. In this play, which is part entertainment and part exploration of self-esteem and the world of bullying, Sydney and the audience learn something about truth, lies, friendship and even a little science. Unit set. Approximate running time: 50 minutes.