Senior class president Todd is looking forward to the class trip to France…at least he thinks he is. His prim girlfriend, Dailyn, has been planning it for years. At the last minute, Principal Kinkade has another idea. She manipulates Todd into suggesting the remote luxurious island of Jooba Gumba Wondy. With the lure of nightlife, sand, and paradise, Kasey, Lindsey, Duncan and Jared are quick to agree. When they all arrive, however, they find that it’s anything but a five-star resort! On a hunting expedition to find breakfast, the teens are separated, attacked by ants, sunk into quicksand, and lost. When only four teens are left, they learn that they will be enough for Ms. Kinkade’s dowry – and made into Gumba stew! Can the students figure a way out of the steaming pots? Luckily Jared’s nerdy knowledge of ants helps him create an ant army that begins the rescue. Dailyn has some secrets herself, and unexpected backup arrives. This fun-filled play offers a variety of large and small roles, and it runs about an hour.
PLAYWRIGHT ANDREW FRODAHL TALKS ABOUT
JOOBA GUMBA WONDY:
1. What inspired you to write this play?
I’ve been on a few BAD vacations!
2. What's your favorite part or line in the play?
It’s difficult to pick just one part. As the writer you like all of it. But if I had to pick I would say Jared, Lindsay and the Ant Army.
3. Where did the characters come from? Are they based on people you know?
I had a teacher in School very similar to Ms. Kinkade. Not quite as eccentric.
4. What did you try to achieve with this play?
If you try to live your life with no regrets, you probably will regret it.
5. Do you have anything else you'd like to add?
Enjoy your stay at Jooba Gumba Wondy! But take my advice don’t stay for dinner!