Windust

 

Windust is a satire on the western movie genre. The townspeople of Little River are constantly plagued by drought and bandits. In desperation, the sheriff sends for a gunfighter called the Drongo Kid whom he has found listed in the Yellow Pages of the phone book. However, the gunfighter turns out to be shortsighted and incompetent.

Meanwhile, in the local school house, the school Ma'am Miss Scow is trying to suppress her natural desires to break out of the ultra-conformist mould. She covers this by encouraging children to be totally obedient and to maintain their manners at all times. Two of the school children, Shane and Charlotte escape into the hills where they are captured by the bandits. Realising that an attack is imminent, Miss Scow persuades the sheriff to treat the bandits with kindness and generosity, a plan which backfires. However, the arrival of Professor Pecksniff, a travelling quack doctor and the erratic behaviour of the Drongo Kid save the day. It transpires that the professor is a geologist who has discovered a permanent water supply, thereby saving the town and ensuring its future prosperity.

 

 

WINDUST is a lively show, easily staged. Many of the songs are based on western styles and have the potential for wide appeal. Windust is suitable for junior high, high schools and theatre groups seeking a production that is ideal for family audiences.