Strays, The Musical, co-written by local playwrights Amy Shojai and Frank Steele, will be presented as a free table read at 7 p.m. on March 22. The read will be at the Honey McGee Playhouse in Sherman.

Strays, The Musical, co-written by local playwrights Amy Shojai and Frank Steele, will be presented as a free table read at 7 p.m. on March 22. The read will be at the Honey McGee Playhouse in Sherman.


The cast for the table reading includes Steele and Shojai, along with Gil Nelson, Johnny Flowers and Diana and Aaron Adair. They will present Strays, book-in-hand, to the audience, giving them the opportunity to fine-tune the play based on audience reaction and feedback.


Strays is a musical comedy that explores furry foibles from the pets’ point of view. Eleven original songs will be featured, ranging from solos to full company numbers in styles from pop rock, blues and calypso to gospel, jazz, rap and Celtic. The monologues, scenes and music are written to be modular to allow only the cat portions, only the dog sections or both to be performed, based on the audience demographic. The goal of Strays is to "edu-tain" audiences about normal pet behavior while honoring the bond between pets and their humans. Shojai and Steele plan to produce the full show later this year.


"We’ll hold open auditions to produce the full show this fall with featured actor/singers, dancers and chorus," says Steele and Shojai. "While we’ve chosen six expert performers to double up on parts for the table read, we’d love to add more to the full cast from all ages, as long as they can channel their inner pet. After all, cats and dogs come in an endless variety, so the only requirement to audition will be must love pets!"


Shojai and Steele, who have co-written four shows, are both pet advocates.


"We’re grateful to Webster Crocker and SCP-Theatericks for giving our table read a venue," says Shojai. "We hope Strays will benefit animal welfare organizations in their fundraising efforts, as well as entertain pet lovers, and purr-haps bring a new audience to Sherman Community Players."