Part of the SHORT MUSICALS NOW COLLECTION
Pellets, Cherries, and Lies
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Erik Przytulski
In this heart-wrenching tale of addiction, a legendary video game golden boy must struggle to keep his family together while dealing with his late night binges. With the help of his wife, Ms. Pac-Man and his son, Junior, can Pac-Man free himself of his disease, or will he succumb to the seductions of Sue and her fellow ghosts?
Contemporary Musical Theatre
Piano/Vocal, Bass, Drum, Percussion, Guitar
In the Pac Family House in Mazeland, Ms. Pac Man paces in the living room of her
house, worried about her husband, Pac Man’s whereabouts at such a late hour
(PROLOGUE). When he tries to sneak in, she confronts him and learns he’s been out in
the maze eating pellets again. Ms. Pac Man pleads with him to stop and get help with
his addiction. Pac Man is appalled at such an accusation and attempts to convince his
wife that he is IN CONTROL. He pulls a power pellet from out from his pocket to prove
he can resist eating, but realizes he does have a problem when he nearly gives in to his
urges. Ms. Pac Man informs her husband that they have another problem. She shows
Pac Man a box filled with power pellets that she found hidden in their son’s room. Pac
Man calls to his son, Junior Pac Man, and asks where he learned to eat such things.
Junior tries to deny it, but after his father presses him for an answer, he finally breaks
down and admits that he learned in watching him. Junior expresses how he just wants
to be like cool and popular like his father, but even he is realizing that his dad has a
problem and is a loser (LIKE YOU). This revelation is too much for Pac Man to handle
and runs out of the room. Junior is soon comforted by his mother how confesses to a
secret of her own: That she, too, once had a pellet addiction. But after years of nearly
falling into the same habits as Pac Man, she found her reason to kick her habit with the
birth of her son (OUT OF THE GAME). Later, as Pac Man is flushing power pellets
down their toilet, Sue the Ghost appears along with her cohorts, Inky, Blinky, and Pinky.
She calls out to Pac Man, trying to seduce him back into the maze and indulge in his
pellet addiction (TASTE). In the FINALE, Ms. Pac Man and Junior plead to Pac Man not
to go back into the maze. Sue entices Pac Man by telling him this next board has a Kiwi.
After his family begs him to stay, Pac Man refuses, promising that he’s going out into
the maze just one last time. Ms. Pac Man and Junior hold each other close as Pac Man
disappears into the maze with Sue and the Ghosts.
MS. PAC MAN: Female, Soprano – Caring wife and mother with a past.
PAC MAN: Male, Baritone – Strung-out pellet addict in denial.
JUNIOR PAC MAN: Male, Tenor – Emo kid with a secret.
SUE THE GHOST: Female, Alto/Mezzo – Ghostly seductress of Pac Man.
*INKY, BLINKY, and PINKY: Female, Alto/Mezzo/Soprano – A trio of ghosts and Sue’s back-up singers.
* INKY, BLINKY, and PINKY are optional cast members and can be omitted if necessary.
*OFF-STAGE VOICES and MARIO, Q-BERT, TAPPER, & FROGGER: Sue, Inky, Blinky, and Pinky double these roles as well.
Theatre Now's SOUND BITES 2014 - 10-Minute Musical Festival
Venue: The 47th Street Theater, Manhattan, NYC
Date: December 8th, 2014
WEST COAST PREMIERE
Production: Strip Show: One Act Stories... Stripped Down
Company: After Hours Theatre Company
Venue: The Hudson Theatres, Los Angeles, CA
Date: March 1-2, 2019
ERIK PRZYTULSKI (pronounced "pruh-TOLL-skee") is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston and founder of Pretzyl Music, Original musical works include: A Song for Christmas, Class of ‘90 – The Musical, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Christmas in Neverland. His show, Princesses, was presented at the 2012 ASCAP/Dreamworks Musical Theatre Workshop hosted by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pocahontas). He made his Off-Broadway debut with the mini-musical Pellets, Cherries, and Lies: The Pac Man Story which premiered at The 47th Street Theatre. His musical adaptation of Thumbelina has had several of its songs performed at Feinstein’s 54 Below in NYC, Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco, as well as The Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Angeles. Erik soon wrote and produced the multi-nominated and award- winning Alien Vs. Musical which won for Best World Premiere and Outstanding Songwriting at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and eventually made its NYC debut at The Hudson Guild Theater in 2019. Starting in 2020, Erik is developing a host of new projects including: Marian – A New Musical, an updated adaptation of the Robin Hood legend, and BugBandKids, a new educational music digital series for children premiering on YouTube. () (@pretzylmusic)