As I look back, I realize that this musical was fun to write not just because it was based on tried and true material, but because I also knew the talents of the children who would likely audition to be part of the show. The oldest of these students had already been in shows I had directed for four years. And some of the younger ones were siblings of the older ones and couldn't wait to start their acting careers.
There was one girl who, bless her heart, had auditioned to be in my shows for many years. She was a good little mover and actor, but alas, she really couldn't carry a tune in a bucket. So, I could never cast her in a leading part that required a good singing voice. Turns out that she was perfect for the role of Dick's famous "Cat." She did a great job and stole the show and she got the last and most prominent curtain call at the end!