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Synopsis: The story is set in the small southern holler of Sleepy Dan. The Whumperbilly family (Pappy, Mammy, Ma, Pa, Brother Billy Bob and Sister Billy Bob) has a fine tradition of participating in the annual “Big Eefin’ Hullabaloo and Caterwauler,” which takes place in the illustrious nearby town of Hogtrots Junction.
Unfortunately, the local villain (Addler J. McFitch) and his manipulative secretary (Miranda C. M. Smackaboodle) have set forth a plan to cancel this year’s contest, which according to the county deed would revert all property ownership back to the McFitch Family Trust. All of the 63 entrants have signed off on the cancelation except for Pappy Whumperbilly, who refuses to throw in the towel on this longstanding family tradition.
The other unique thing about the Whumperbilly’s is that their home based business is creating armadillo corsets. When Miranda C. M. Smackaboodle shows up to set the right tone for the final entrant to cancel, Brother Billy Bob believes she is there to buy the new line of corsets. This creates a very interesting conversation between the two.
Shortly thereafter, Addler meets with Sister Billy Bob to close the deal. As it turns out, Sister Billy Bob has already overheard the despicable plan of theirs. Unfortunately, Sister Billy Bob can’t speak a lick, but giggles in order to try to articulate her thoughts.
Addler’s sales pitch to Sister Billy Bob turns out to be physically painful for him, and eventually she physically subdues him with her mother’s yarn, but it is too late. Miranda has tricked Mammy into signing the contract out by the water pump, and now all of the county properties will revert back to the McFitch’s. As Addler is leaving, he throws salt in the wound by suggesting that the contest should go on as planned. After a brief family discussion, Pappy insists that the family should go as a tribute to the memory of the departed clan members.
In the midst of this conversation, Sister Billy Bob has come up with an idea to win back the property, but Brother Billy Bob is furious at her and will have none of it. The brother harshly condemns her in front of the family, and Sister Billy Bob takes off crying for a more secluded spot. All of the family is depressed, but they are also determined to get some rest, and attempt to make the best of this latest setback.
At the “Big Eefin’ Hullabaloo and Caterwauler” the next day, it turns out that no acts have shown up because of the cancellation notice that went out. Pappy can’t even participate because the rules this year say that you must perform a brand new and completely original song.
After a few announcements, Addler goes up onto the stage and invites Pappy to come up and join him. In spite of the gracious words from McFitch’s mouth, it turns out that he has diabolically cooked up a request for Pappy to smash the contest’s “Hambone Trophy,” because it would ”somehow keep the integrity of the contest.”
Of course, Pappy and the rest of the family are completely shaken, and Pappy breaks down on the stage and can’t bring himself to destroy the trophy. In the meantime, the judges announce that a mystery contestant has shown up that meets the qualification. The Whumperbilly’s are asked to grab their eefin’ instruments and set themselves on the stage. Lo and Behold, the grand surprise is that Sister Billy Bob (who didn’t come along), has written a song (“Mama, Wipe that Off the Floor”) and is going to perform it (she plays guitar also).
The song is well received and not only wins the contest, but a recording contract (with a $500 bonus signing check). The Whumperbilly’s use the money to pay off the “arrears,” the villain is foiled, and the holler now returns back to its rightful owners.
The play runs approximately 30 minutes, and does include an original song. "'Aids Orphans Remembered."