Scene One: The show opens as Hines dances on to the
accompaniment of a musical vamp, and introduces the play as, a
very serious drama," which is, "full of symbolism." He tells the
audience he works as a Time Study man at the Sleep-Tite Pajama
Factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and sings about how much he
enjoys working there ("The Pajama Game").
Scene Two: A traveler opens to reveal the factory shop floor,
where there is a double row of sewing machines. Hines looks at
his watch and tells the seamstresses to hurry their work. Prez,
the president of the union, enters the shop looking for his lost
lunch bucket. After teasing and flirting with two female
workers, Prez is joined by Joe, another factory worker, who asks
him about the status of the union's demand for a 7 1/2 cent
raise. Prez declares if they don't get the raise, the workers
will go on strike; Joe and the women agree. Hines introduces
Hasler, the head of the company, who enters as Joe and Prez
exit. After accusing one of the seamstresses of wasting material
and yelling at another to turn off the lights, Hasler begins
yelling for his secretary, Gladys. When she enters, Hines
confesses to the audience he is in love with Gladys. Hasler asks
Gladys the whereabouts of the new superintendent; Gladys asks
Mabel, the superintendent's secretary. Mabel announces the
superintendent is in the boiler room. Hasler demands that Gladys
write a letter to the Board of Directors. As the women listen,
Hasler dictates that the 7 1/2 cent raise is unnecessary. When
the women react, Hasler orders Hines to keep the production line
Hines looks at his watch, taps his foot and orders the workers
to hurry. The workers complain about Hines, the speed of the
production line and their need for the raise ("Racing with the
Clock"); they also discuss the new superintendent, as Hines
tells them to hurry.
The lunch bell rings and the women exit as Sid Sorokin, the new
superintendent, enters with Charley and two helpers. Sid begins
to fix a machine as the two workers speculate that Sid won't
last long in his job. When they begin discussing wages at other
factories instead of helping Sid, Sid gets angry and pushes one
of the helpers. The helper claims he's been injured and goes off
to file a complaint with the Grievance Committee. Sid sends
Charley to the storeroom for a piece of equipment and sings
about his determination to overcome his worries about moving to
a new town in order to take a new job ("A New Town Is A Blue
Hines, Hasler and Gladys enter. Hasler complains to Sid that
he's been looking for him and Gladys tells Sid to ignore Hasler.
Hines accuses her of flirting with Sid, and they get into a
short argument, which ends with Gladys and Hines exiting. After
reprimanding Sid, Hasler also exits, and Sid again sings of his
determination to stay on the job (Reprise - "A New Town Is a
The Grievance Committee - Babe Williams, Brenda and Mae - enters
with the two workers. Babe questions Sid about the pushing
incident as Hines tells Sid Hasler wants him in the office;
during their conversation Sid flirts with her. As a bell signals
the end of the break, the women enter and again complain about
the pace of the work (Reprise - "Racing With The Clock").
Scene Three: Joe complains to Prez about the slow progress of
the raise negotiations as Babe and some of the other women enter
discussing the pushing incident. Babe tells the women she knows
the worker wasn't hurt; the rest of the women discuss Sid's
attractiveness and tease Babe about how she seemed to notice it,
too. As she denies this, saying he is really not her type, the
other women continue to tease her ("I'm Not at All in Love").
Scene Four: Gladys enters the office as Mabel sits at her desk.
Poopsie, one of the workers, enters selling tickets to the
annual company picnic. Hines enters and Poopsie asks him if he
plans to do his knife-throwing act at the picnic. When he says
he is, Gladys tells Poopsie she met Hines at the Majestic
Theatre while he was performing his act. After Poopsie leaves,
Gladys puts a note on Sid's desk; Hines again accuses her of
flirting with Sid. They get into another argument, which ends
when Gladys again storms out. Mabel scolds Hines about his
jealousy. When he promises he won't be jealous again, Mabel
makes up different provocative scenarios involving Gladys and
othe rmen, to see if he can control his jealousy ("I'll Never Be
Jealous Again"); the number ends in a soft-shoe dance.
After the dance, Hines exits as Hasler enters complaining about
the workers. He begins yelling at Gladys when he sees she has
left the company ledger book on her desk. The ledger book should
be, and usually is locked away.
Sid asks Mabel questions about Babe, on whom he clearly has a
crush. Mabel tells him she was engaged to be married once, but
Hasler again enters, this time complaining Gladys is crying.
Sid calls Prez and asks him to send the Grievance Committee -
Babe - up to his office. Mabel leaves soon after Babe arrives,
and Sid asks Babe for a date. Babe refuses him because he
represents management and she represents labor. After she leaves
the office, Sid sings of his disappointment at Babe's refusal
and of his own feelings for her ("Hey There"); he has left the
Dictaphone on and as he sings the song again, he has a duet with
his recorded voice.
Scene Five: Everyone enters ready for the picnic. Prez begins
flirting with Gladys, telling her she is beautiful and his wife
doesn't understand him ("Her Is"). The number continues as they
dance and Gladys continues to say "no" to Prez.
Scene Six: The Scene begins as the workers sing the company song
("Sleep-Tite"). Prez introduces Hasler, who speaks about the
dangers of rising production costs. Prez announces after the
eating comes the knife-throwing, which will be followed by the
three-legged race and a baseball game. Sid flirts with Babe as
some of the couples participate in the race. Hines, who has been
drinking, begins his act; Gladys scolds him as he throws. Hines
calls for a volunteer to stand with an apple while Hines throws
his knives at it; Babe volunteers. Hines throws a few times.
Sid, nervous about Babe, breaks up the knife-throwing
exhibition. He and Babe agree to take a walk together. Sid sings
of his happiness as the rest of the picnickers join in
Scene Seven: As the picnic begins to wind down, Prez flirts with
Mae, who accepts his advances (Reprise - "Her Is").
Scene Eight: Sid visits Babe and her father, Pop, at their
house. When Pop leaves for his railroad job, he gives Sid his
stamp collection to examine. Babe offers to cook a western
omelet for them. Sid complains Babe is using small talk to avoid
him, which she denies ("Small Talk"); they kiss at the end of
the song. Babe removes her dress while she cooks, and warns Sid
that the 7 1/2 cent raise will come between them. They announce
their love for each other and sing the last few lines of the
Scene Nine: Prez announces Hasler has called a meeting with the
union leaders for the next day. They also briefly discuss Babe's
romance with Sid. Babe enters and tells them because she has a
date with Sid, she won't be joining them after work. Sid enters
and they reaffirm their love ("There Once Was A Man").
Scene Ten: Babe, Mabel, Poopsie and Brenda wait for news of the
union meeting with Hasler. Prez, Joe and Mae enter, annoyed
about the meeting with Hasler. Hasler enters; he and the
committee discuss the raise, but Hasler refuses to give in. Prez
calls a production slowdown, and all the women at the machines
begin working very slowly. Hines enters and demands they speed
up; the women complain about the pace again, only this time in
slow motion (Reprise - "Racing with the Clock"). When Babe
causes a breakdown in the entire production line, Sid fires her
and tells himself to forget her (Reprise - "Hey There").
Scene One: The Scene opens on Prez making a speech to the
workers; he ends by introducing Gladys, who, with two male
assistants, will provide the evening's song-and-dance
entertainment ("Steam Heat").
Scene Two: Prez and a group of workers hold a meeting in Babe's
kitchen to discuss ways of forcing Hasler to give in to their
demands. Pop comes home as the meeting is breaking up. He tells
Babe he ran into Sid - whom she has not seen since her firing -
at the corner tavern and has invited him to come over. When Sid
arrives, he tells her he loves her, and they should continue
going out together despite the fact they're on opposite sides of
the wage dispute. She disagrees with him and goes to her bedroom
as Pop invites Sid to look at the stamp collection. Once in her
room she concedes to herself she does love Sid, but is confused
about what to do, finally breaking down in tears (Reprise - "Hey
Scene Three: Hines tells some of the women in the factory how
much the slowdown upsets him because, as a Time Study man,
living his life by the clock is very important to him ("Think Of
The Time I Save").
Scene Four: Sid and Mabel is in his office. Sid is on the phone
while Mabel reads outrageous tabloid headlines; Hasler enters
and complains about the wage demand, telling Sid he's not giving
in to the workers. Max, one of Sleep-Tite's regional salesmen,
enters; he asks Hines to put on a pair of pajama bottoms. When
he tells Hines to take a deep breath, the pajamas fall to the
floor. Sid discovers the pajamas are defective because there
aren't enough stitches in the waistbands; Hasler accuses the
workers of sabotage and once again announces he won't give in to
their demands. After reminding Gladys of the Board of Directors'
meeting set for the next day, Hasler gives her a new notation
for the ledger book. When Hasler exits, Sid tries to convince
Gladys to let him have the key to the book by flirting with her.
She accepts his offer and tells him she knows the perfect place
for a date.
Scene Five: Gladys describes the secret club they are going to
as a dark, secluded place that can only be entered after three
knocks on the door followed by the message "Joe sent us"
Scene Six: The song continues in the club. The only light in
Hernando's Hideaway comes from matches being lit; various
couples continually call out for each other. Prez and Babe enter
as Sid and Gladys have a drink. Babe's view of Sid is blocked by
other customers, but he sees her as he and Gladys get up to
dance. He sits down very quickly. Gladys, who hasn't seen Babe,
tries to entice Sid to the dance floor by loaning him the ledger
book key for the evening. When Babe sees them, she comes to
their table and tells them to watch out for Hines, who is in
another jealous rage. Hines drunk, enters, brandishing enters
drunk with his knives and confronting Gladys, who walks out
angrily after telling him she's glad she never married him.
Hines plops into a chair and imagines what married life with
Gladys would be like.
Scene Seven: In this Scene ("The Jealousy Ballet"), Hines
imagines that after going to work in the morning, Gladys, who
had been scrubbing the floor, removes her cheesy bathrobe and
puts on a negligée. She waits for a sexy Frenchman, whose
arrival is announced by a signal from the moosehead on the wall.
Gladys and the Frenchman dance and play until the moosehead
signals the arrival of another man. She rushes the Frenchman
into a closet and receives a Wrestler. They wrestle around until
the moosehead signals again; she rushes the Wrestler into the
closet. Gladys quickly puts on the cheesy bathrobe and resumes
scrubbing the floor as Hines arrives. When he opens the closet
door, the men come tumbling out and dance around Gladys, who
does a striptease for them. Mabel appears in an angel outfit to
remind Hines of his earlier vow to trust Gladys. He breaks down
into tears on Mabel's shoulder. When the men carry Gladys off,
Hines follows with his knife as Mabel, still in the angel
outfit, runs after him.
Scene Eight: The next morning Charley tells Sid the union
committee is there to see him before their big union rally,
which is scheduled for that same day. Sid, who has been reading
the ledger book all night, tells Charley to send them in; he
calls Hasler and asks him to come to his office. Sid tells the
committee he thinks he has found a solution to the wage dispute;
Prez tells Sid if Hasler doesn't agree to the wage increase, the
workers will strike. The committee leaves when Sid asks to speak
to Babe. He tries to make up with her, but she again refuses him
because of the job dispute; she does, however, agree to meet him
after the union rally.
Babe exits. A scream is heard and Gladys enters to warn Sid
Hines is looking for him. Hines appears at the door, aims his
knife and then disappears before he is seen by Sid or Gladys. As
soon as Gladys tells Sid she heard something, a knife hits the
wall near Sid's head. They duck as more knives fly through the
air. Hasler enters and a knife just misses him; he's convinced
Chicago gangsters are after him. As they continue to duck from
the knives, the union rally begins.
Sid exits with a window opener in his hand and soon enters with
Hines, who now has a bruise from the window opener on his
forehead. Hines tells them he was only trying to scare Sid;
Gladys exits with Hines to bandage his head, leaving Sid and
Hasler together. Sid threatens to go to the Board of Directors'
meeting to tell them Hasler has been falsifying the ledger book:
he has discovered Hasler has already added the cost of the raise
to the production costs, but hasn't given it to the workers. In
addition, many orders have been lost because of the slowdown.
The Scene closes with Hasler sitting to discuss the situation
Scene Nine: At the union rally, Brenda tells Prez and some of
the workers she saw Hasler going into Sid's office; when she
asks if they will win if they strike, Prez tells her they will.
He and Babe explain to all the workers how much the raise adds
up to over 5, 10 and 20 years ("7 1/2 And A Half Cents").
Sid enters and tells them Hasler will give in to the 7 1/2 cent
raise if they agree to not ask for the raise retroactively. Babe
hugs and kisses Sid, and they tell each other how much they love
each other (Reprise - "There Once Was a Man").
Hines explains Hasler and the union are hosting at party at the
most exclusive club in town.
Scene Ten: The curtain opens on Hernando's Hideaway as Max
introduces the Sleep-Tite Pajama Parade, which includes Mabel,
Mae and Prez modeling pajamas. Hines and Gladys appear in
pajamas. Hines announces he now trusts Gladys; as she tries to
move toward two male dancers, Hines pulls her back with a chain.
Sid and Babe enter; she is in pajama tops, he in pajama bottoms
and explain that married life is fun. The entire ensemble then
sings about how much they enjoy working in the pajama factory
(Reprise - "The Pajama Game").
RCP PRESENTS THE PAJAMA GAME
Have you ever thought about the people who make
your most comfortable pajamas, away, day after day,
carefully overseeing the assembly of your favorite flannel footsies? Probably not, but the
cast of The Pajama Game which is being presented by Roslyn High
School’s Royal Crown Players hope to change that.
These blue-collar workers are preparing to strike
unless management meets their demand -- a
seven-and-a-half cent raise for employees.
The Pajama Game which originally debuted in 1953,
is a musical comedy that confronts the issue of a
union labor force strike. Based on the book, "7 1/2
Cents,' which was written and adapted for the stage by
George Abbott and Richard Bissell, "The Pajama Game'
explores the conflict between union leader Babe
Williams (Rebecca Levy) and the new superintendent,
Sid Sorokin, who battle over wages while fading in
A second love connection is sparked between Gladys
and Hines (Julia Arazi and Peter Merelis). Gladys is
the young, sexy assistant of the factory owner, while
Hines is the jealous factory timekeeper who believes
she is trying to entice all the men in the factory.
Others in the cast include David Beck as the union
president, Brie Schwartz as Mabel, Jonathan Yehuda as
the boss, Mr. Hassler; Christopher Repole as Max,
Jillian Pugatch as Poopsie, and Dana Kroplick along
with Ms. Pugatch and Arazi as the Steam Heat dancers.
Mae is portrayed by Vanessa Arcara and Amanda Sales is
The rest of the company rounds out with Michael
Taub, Brian Rosenblum, Andrew Werner, Shakim Beamon,
Jared Chester, Lisa Goldberg, Brooke Novick, Arielle
Ditkowich, Christina Combs, Melissa Shapiro, Marisa
Korobow, Shana Ditkowich, Emily Niesenbaum, Josh
Weinstein, Garri Aronson, Michael Pinchasick, Missy
Broderick, David Burros, Eric Niederman, Nikki
Nussbaum, Monique Yashaya and Robin Zelman.
A talented cast and crew make this show worth
kicking off the slippers and heading to the Roslyn
High School Auditorium for a delightful and
The musical director is by RCP advisor, Brad Frey.
The stage direction and choreography is by Jennifer
Buonomo. The producer and costume designer is Lynne
Arcara and Broadway veteran Bill Yoscary heads the
stagecraft crew. The stage manager is Nicole Polizzi.
The business manager is Allison Pinchasick, assisted
by Zach Galin. The sound chief is Zack Unger, Jake
Konigseder is the lighting chief and box office chief
is Himanshu Sood. Michael Feinstein and Max Silverman,
both seniors, head the backstage and construction
The Pajama Game will be performed on Thursday,
March 14th at 3:30 PM; Friday, March 15th at 7:30 PM;
and Saturday, March 16th, at 2:00 and 7:30 PM. All
performances take place in the Roslyn High School
Auditorium. To reserve tickets, call the RCP Box
Office at 625-6362. Visit our web site at
for further show information. Ticket prices are $10
adults and $7 students. For the Thursday matinee,
tickets are $9 adults, $6 students, and Senior
Citizens are admitted free.