Two Copies Received
Mar 6 1905
CLASS XD XXe Mal
KING OF GEE-WHIZ
M u s i c a l E x t r a v a g a n z a
Frank Baum and Emerson Hough.
AND GENERAL SYNOPSIS.
1905 by L. Frank Baum and Emerson Hough.
SCENE: THE ISLE OF GEE-WHIZ, showing entrance to the
the Oracle at L. --Background shows the sea at R. C. ,
shore of the Isle. --A rock at R. --Palms and tropical
AT RISE the two priests of the Oracle, Tomocatl and Jerocatl,
discovered sweeping the approaches to the temple, as this is a
They comment on the fact that Goo-Goo, ruler of the realm
is annoyed at the parsimony of the priestess Itla, guardian of the Radiant
Valley. Goo-Goo needs gold, radium etc. to build
dog-house, and is having difficulty in securing same. Their
attracted to the sea--there is a distant explosion--a
is seen--and then their gaze follows a flying object until
shoots downward and falls behind the set rock. Approaching
to see what
it is, they are startled to discover Lieut. Arthur Wainright, who sticks his
head above the rock and addresses them. He
that he was in command of a submarine boat, which has
met with an
accident. Without stopping to think, he has landed upon
isle. The priests inform him that this is the island of
Valley of Gee-Whiz, that the inhabitants are sun worshippers and are ruled by
King Goo-Goo, the legitimate Son of the
They explain to Wainright that the Radiant Valley is filled with
metals, and that it is controlled by a High Priestess, the
Princess Itla, and her band of virgin guardians. The secret of the
the Radiant Valley is known to Itla alone and not to any
the island. Conversation follows regarding the extreme
and relative uselessness of the precious metals in the
Gee-Whiz. For instance, one may have gold door knobs on
and still be unable to buy a cigar or cocktail. Wainright
elated and depressed at this news.
The two priests now invite Wainright to come into the Temple
Oracle, explaining its virtues to him. In return he declines,
that in the explosion his trousers have been blown away,
though his uniform is intact, he does not, under the circumstances, feel like
leaving the shelter he has found. Tomacatl
that in Gee-Whiz no gentleman wears pants. Now enter
the jovial monarch of the land, with chorus of natives,
and many native beauties .
After the Goo-Goo song and chorus, King Goo-Goo asks Wainright to come forth.
The girls, who have been pleased with his
and who have been inviting him to approach, join in the
Wainright refuses. Goo-Goo commands Jerocatl to go
the Oracle. Jerocatl off stage, and presently returns,
the Oracle has counseled a flour sack instead of trousers
Wainright, there being no fashionable skirt available for
him at the
time, so that he may be clad as the natives of that land.
declares that no man's past life shall be held against him in
the land of
Gee-Whiz. He states that in the royal palace of Gee-Whiz
goes but the clock.
Now enter Itla and her maidens, who are greeted with great
the natives, who consider her semi-divine. Wainright
her altogether so, and falls madly in love, forgetting his
novel costume. Goo-Goo warns him that Itla may not be
only worshipped; that, for instance, to kiss her would be
surely punishable with death. In spite of this, the ardor of
leads him suddenly to kiss Itla. Itla is filled with surprise
and mingled emotions. A general consternation seizes
others. Goo-Goo orders Wainright to be seized and taken
away to the
prison gardens. He is ultimately to be offered up as a
the offended deities of the land.
The captors search Wainright and find in his pocket a pipe, a
bar of soap
and a novel by Marie Corelli, all of which are curiosities to the natives.
Goo-Goo demands information as to these
and Wainright explains. Seized with a sudden idea, Wainright
calls for a
bowl of water, and begins to blow a series of soap bubbles.
prostrates himself in delight, his followers imitating him.
orders the Priests of the Oracle to consult the Oracle.
return and declare that so long as the stranger can produce
objects, which far out-shine anything in the experience of
shall not be executed as a sacrifice to the gods, but
Lord High Entertainer to the King. Goo-Goo orders
that Wainright, newly erected to this estate, shall now be honored
by all his
subjects. He commands his attendants to take him to the
groves of the palace, and to surround him with every courtesy
kindness, to render him every attention and to gratify every wish
express. This situation is to endure so long as he is able to
bubbles. Wainright, looking at his diminishing bar of soap,
ablutions are necessary, wishes that he had more soap,
under his escort, relieved but not wholly happy. Turning
to Exit, he
waves good-bye to Itla, who returns his salute. Finale,
for curtain: Wainright, Itla, Goo-Goo and full
SCENE l:--THE ORANGE GROVES OF THE ROYAL PALACE.
--Wainright discovered surrounded by a bevy of beautiful damsels,
to whom has
been assigned the duty of making his life as pleasant as
while it lasts. Song, "The Brides of the Sacrifice".
musical instruments, dainties et cetera, are shown
abundance, and the setting is one of tropical splendor. At L. two
arise, extending above the level of the orange trees.
Enter a messenger, who notifies Wainright that King Goo-Goo
approaching for his daily amusement treatment. Wainright
despair, as his soap is reduced to very small proportions,
and as he
must die when all his soap is gone. He explains carefully
there is soap there is life, but not otherwise. Enter Itla,
greets joyously. He resumes his education of Itla in the
loving, and both bemoan the cruel fate which may presently
put an end
to the education. Wainright reasons that he must presently die for the
first kiss, and can only die once, whereas he may
many times; so proceeds logically to do the latter. Itla
can see no
wrong in this, since her lover is soon-to be put to death
Goo-Goo enters and chides Itla for niggardliness with the
metals in her care, likewise accusing Wainright of stinginess with his soap
bubbles. In anger, Goo-Goo betakes himself to
tree, from which he has been wont at will to extract an
draught of palm wine, which he calls by the name of
In his excitement he chops into the wrong tree, and
takes a deep drink from the sap of a rubber tree, which
produces upon him the most curious effects. When he
foot in indignation, he bounds from the earth. His arms
stretch out in singular fashion, as well as his neck, legs et cetera.
ascends his throne, he turns a somersault, a hidden spring-plank being inserted
into the foot of the throne. Even his head
and Goo-Goo announces that he is afraid his conscience
presently become elastic, and then no one can tell what
happen. In anger, he would separate Wainright and Itla, but
is unable to
do so by reason of his unnatural resiliency, which keeps
from one point to another.
In a song "Unhappy King", Itla explains that she has brought
punishment upon Goo-Goo for his own cruelty.
an officer, the Protector of the Coast, who
guards Morgenstern, a retired soap maker, who has had a yacht and
but who has lost everything but the dyspepsia; Lady Sophie
his daughter; Augusta Eckerstrom, her maid; Buljose,
Ardenta, his jealous sweetheart, a Flaming Soul. Enter
guard, Willie Cook, a fat missionary. Enter later, also
the Inca widow, nee Hanson, who comes from Peru
Perunes come from.) With the latter are her seven Inca
pickaninnies, of graduated sizes.
Sir Isaac Morgenstern, being a British subject, would take
country in the name of His British Majesty. Lieut. Wainright
to him that this is impossible, as Uncle Sam has seen it
The Inca widow, asking some one to take care of her kids,
Pirate, charging him with abandonment and desertion.
inflames the jealousy of Ardenta, his sweetheart. The widow
Wainright for consolation, explaining that she very much
father for her seven Inca kids .
The Pirate admits that he took the widow prisoner, or endeavored to do so; which
creates a greater difficulty with Ardenta. The
explains that he is willing to do anything that is right to clear
existing difficulty, and offers to barbecue Willie Cook, the
This pleases the Priests, Tomocatl and Jerocatl. The
it is a shame, as very possibly the Missionary would
agreeable father for the seven Inca kids. Goo-Goo insists
one, under the circumstances, must be barbecued, as he
very nervous. Morgenstern, in fright, orders Lady Sophie,
maid, Augusta, to spread the table for the barbecue, which
proceed to do.
Augusta Eckerstrom says there will be more of the Missionary
necessary to go around, but points out that the guests can take
with them to have cold for their Sunday supper. At this
Missionary is not happy. Goo-Goo is also much disturbed and
he is unable to sit down without bouncing up. Wainright
with having the manners of a regular bounder. Goo-Goo
if his spirits were not so elastic, he would insist on his
entertainment of bubble blowing. Wainright unguardedly refers
scarcity of soap. Morgenstern hears this, and learning that
so great a
value is attached to soap in that country, which he discovers
abounding in precious metals, falls prostrate in grief. He is
soap maker, with no immediate way of producing soap.
who still remains dissatisfied with his native costume,
give Morgenstern Five Thousand Dollars for the pair of
is wearing. Morgenstern dislikes to part with them,
the circumstances, feels obliged to do so. Itla offers
priceless wealth if he will tell how soap can be made,
latter, distracted, is unable to reply. Goo-Goo, still bounding about, manages
to suggest that the Oracle should be consulted.
Priest of the Oracle departs, presently returns and
that a very excellent quality of soap can be made of
All eyes turn upon Willie Cook. The latter wildly
He promises to marry the Inca Widow if spared.
As Buljose, the Pirate, would approach to prepare the Missionary for his fate,
he is interrupted by Ardenta, who drags him
the Widow, who is now clinging to the Missionary.
Eckerstrom expresses her practical contempt for a meal so
interrupted. She now insists that Morgenstern, according to
agreement, shall take his money and convey his trousers to
This is done. Morgenstern, by force, presently compels
to exchange his trousers for the flour sack, which he has
from Wainright. The Pirate, in turn, robs the Missionary
trousers. Eventually the Inca Widow compels Morgenstern to
flour sack, which he received from Wainright, and he is
for the remainder of the scene. Meantime, Morgenstern's
much aroused by the sights about him. He has never
heard of so
much wealth as is here to be found everywhere. He hears
Radiant Valley and offers his daughter, the Lady Sophie, in
Wainright, thinking the latter has access to the Valley.
that the Priestess Itla is the real key to the situation, he
enters into a partnership with Goo-Goo, looking to the eventual joint
partnership of the Radiant Valley.
The Pirate also inflamed with greed of gold, determines
if he can
shake the Widow, he will capture and carry off Itla, in
learn the secret of the Valley. This still further inflames
of Ardenta. The whole situation is now much involved.
declares himself as being very nervous and scarcely able
still. Meantime, Augusta Eckerstrom has stolen a drink
rubber tree, with the same effects noticed as on Goo-Goo.
this act she is followed by Buljose, Ardenta, the Lady Sophie,
and the Inca Widow. Sextet and eccentric dance, "The
As soon as matters have become somewhat quieted, it is agreed
solution must be found for these difficulties. This is afforded
Eckerstrom, the Swedish handmaid, who, in a very practical fashion, states that
in her opinion, if an Oracle was ever of any
should be now. This suggestion is accepted by Goo-Goo,
matters are referred to the Oracle. Exit all, those who have
drinking at the rubber tree still showing the effects.
SCENE 2. --INTERIOR OF THE TEMPLE OF THE ORACLE
SACRED DRAGON. --In the center of the stage is a sort of
black in color, with double doors, opening outward. From
the rear of
this cabinet trails a long, dragon-like body covered with
scales, circling around to the front of the stage, where it
ends in a
golden spear point. This is the body of the Oracle, the
in the cabinet, which is opened by slipping a coin in the
one desires to consult the Oracle.
opening of scene the two priests of the Oracle, Tomacatl
are preparing the dragon for work. They oil the joints,
scales, et cetera. They open the cabinet, draw out the
the lamps in the eyes, test the flaming breath and in
display the absurd imposition of the supposed Oracle.
footsteps approaching, one Priest gets inside the body and
tail, the other goes into the cabinet to operate the head.
The Oracle is now visited by the several characters above
These have their different problems for solution. Goo-
Goo wishes to know how he can get this rubber out of his system;
wants to know whether he ought to demand a pair of
the secret of the Radiant Valley; the Missionary asks
how he can
escape being made into soap; Ardenta wishes to know
how she may
be avenged upon the Pirate for his faithlessness; the
wishes to know where she can find a father for her seven
kids ; Lady
Sophie is undecided whether to go into the chorus or to
Lord; Augusta Eckerstrom asks the Oracle when her wages
are going to
be raised from three fifty to four dollars per week. At
Itla and Wainright, and these implore the Oracle to tell
Wainright may escape death, so that they may live and
another. In his perturbation, Wainright drops the precious
his bar of soap. This is noticed by Goo-Goo, who
approach it, but cannot do so, on account of his elasticity. The Pirate,
the Missionary and Morgenstern all notice it,
be unconscious and edge towards it. Augusta Eckerstrom
piece of soap and refuses to surrender possession until
has scrubbed the parlor floor with it. Thus there is no
soap left in
the land of Gee-Whiz.
The Oracle now advises that soap shall be made of the Missionary and the Corelli
novel. The Pirate and Sir Isaac proceed to
Missionary in a Kettle. A flame appears under the kettle.
a large quantity of very excellent soap is drawn off from
and cut into bars. Unfortunately, there is now so much
soap that it
loses all value, as did the gold originally. King Goo-Goo
has interest in soap bubbles, and insists upon his sacrifice.
To save her lover, the Priestess Itla now determines to fly with him
Radiant Valley and to secrete him, where they may live happily, since no one
knows the entrance to the Valley. Sir Isaac,
the fact that the Missionary has proved so great a
disappointment, overhears Itla and Wainright making
He informs Goo-Goo, and they too agree to follow,
and to secure entrance into the Radiant Valley, which,
means all the wealth they could ask.
The two Priests of the Oracle have now made so much money
proclaim their independence from further work. Every one
solution of his difficulties to be at hand. The Inca Widow
the Missionary. Ardenta takes charge of Buljose, the
Augusta Eckerstrom, being haughty at her promised raise
commands the Lady Sophie to carry her wraps for her,
Finale number, "On to the Radiant Valley".
SCENE I.--A ROCKY PASS LEADING TO THE GOLDEN VALLEY. Along this path
appear the characters in turn--first, Itla and
cautiously following them, Morgenstern and Goo-Goo.
appears the Inca Widow and her seven kids. The Pirate appears,
across the path by Ardenta. The Lady Sophie appears, carrying the personal
belongings of her maid, Augusta Eckerstrom who gives her advice in waiting on a
lady. Tomocatl and Jerocatl
natives, chorus etc. Augusta Eckerstrom instructs two of these
be careful of the kettle, which they are carrying, as she
this is the warmed-over Missionary, or such of him as was
not used in
making the soap.
Dissolving transformation to
2. --THE RADIANT VALLEY OF GEE-WHIZ. --
Cascade of natural water L.C., falling from near borders into a pool
running off as a brook L. --The brook is spanned by a small
gold. The vale itself is a semi-grotto, open to the sky at
The background, of a dull color, is streaked with great veins
gold, while golden nuggets are scattered everywhere. The
should be by concealed lamps. --The gleam of diamonds is
several points. --The setting is one of as great magnificence
management may see fit to establish.
Two heaps of golden nuggets are placed on either side of the
at R.1 E. and the other at L. 4 E. By a light effect from
a rainbow is thrown upon gauze, so that the end appears
to test upon
the heaps of nuggets.
At opening a chorus of nymphs arise from the pool and dance underneath
the rainbow. They are joined by the Golden Girls, guardians
of the Radiant Valley, who appear from rocky nooks. The ballet
here should be rich and of a distinguished splendor .
Enter Itla, leading Wainright by the hand. She introduces him
her possessions, and tells him that they will here be happy ever
after. Itla explains to Wainright that should a profane hand touch
gold in this valley, it will at once be transmuted into lead, and
the splendor of the precious stones will vanish. She explains that
under the touch of true love can the quality of the Radiant Valley
Enter now the others of the cast in turn. Morgenstern at
falls upon the nuggets of gold. As he does so, a bolt of lightning,
by electrical device, controlled by this production, strikes
upon the head and he falls prostrate. Goo-Goo attempts the
profane act and is also struck by lightning several times. He
that he is so full of rubber that he cannot be called a cheap
street-car employe, but is strictly a non-conductor; all the lightning
do to him is to give him a headache, and he has that already .
lights a cigarette on the lightning, carelessly.
Eckerstrom, faithful to her employer, Sir Isaac, now the
luminous rainbow remains, with Ilia and Wainright standing close
liniment upon his head and revives him. The lights now quick-
and at this time the scene shows in leaden hue, although
its foot. At this moment of disappointment, Lady Sophie declares
intention of joining the chorus. "Unmarried forever, She'll
this moment, the kettle, borne by two servants, is violently
agitated. There emerges from it Willie Cook, who bows and declares
is none other than Sherlock Holmes, and has not been dead at all.
Inca Widow falls upon the Missionary's neck; the kids group
his legs, calling "Papa! Papa!" Ardenta and Buljose are now
and declare their intention of sailing the Spanish Main. King
who is feeling better since he has been struck by lightning,
announces his intention of laying suit for the hand of the Lady
Sophie Morgenstern, member of the chorus. Wainright and Itla now
hands. Unconsciously they stoop and touch the golden nuggets.
once up-lights, and the full illumination shows the Golden Valley
its original splendor; the transformation at the touch of true love.
"The Rainbow's End."
Text scanned and edited by Scott Andrew Hutchins. Known only from a typed manuscript, all
typographical errors are retained.