Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
The Musical!

Based on the book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! By Mo Willems
Published by Hyperion Books for Children
Script by Mo Willems and Mr. Warburton
Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Dramaturgy by Megan Alrutz

Directed by Ross Collins

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Buss! The Musical! at Fountain Hills Theater


Monday & Tuesday, March 4 & 5 at 5:45pm
Callbacks (if required): Wednesday, March 6 at 5pm
Rehearsals Begin with read-through on Saturday, March 16 at 10am


April 26–May 5, 2024
Performances Friday, Saturday at 7:00pm and Sunday at 2pm
(Possible additional performances to be added Saturdays at 2pm)
(Possible School Day performances to be added between first and second weekend)

Whatever you do, don’t let The Pigeon star in his own musical production! Because it’s not easy being The Pigeon– you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something. Starring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical) is sure to get everyone’s wings flapping

An age appropriate comedic monologue (memorized) from a previously published work, not to exceed 2 minutes in length, plus 16 to 32 bars of an upbeat song or ballad that best shows off their voice (memorized). Please bring sheet music in appropriate key (an accompanist will be provided). A CD or edited karaoke track in proper key may be substituted for sheet music, but must be queued to desired start, must contain music only with no vocal assist, and must come with any special connectors necessary for your playback device. Be dressed to move for dance audition (closed toe shoes only: sneakers or jazz shoes/no sandals or heels).

• Complete digital audition packet (at this link, or through above button)
• Bring headshot, and resume if available and if not already submitted via link above

If cast, your child will be receiving over 110 hours of professional direction from trained, industry professionals. Please be advised that if your child is cast in this show, there is a production fee of $100.00 per participant which includes a show t-shirt and a flash drive of production photos. Parents are also required to volunteer for 10 hours. Scholarships are available. NO ONE will be denied participation based on ability to pay

CASTING FOR (Boys Ages 8-19):

The Pigeon (Puppeteer) The snappy, sassy, and demanding bird who never gets what he wants, but that doesn’t mean he’ll ever stop trying.

The Bus Driver The bus driving professional who loves her work and, eventually, The Pigeon. Prides herself on being driven and ALWAYS on time.

Actor 3 (Plays the following roles):
Hot Dog Vendor A guy that just loves sharing hot dogs. But not with Pigeons.
Passenger Businessman no-nonsense in a suit off to his new job. Hope he’s not!
Backup Duckling 1 (Puppeteer)
Airplane Engine Personification of the sound effect of an airplane.

Actor 4 (Plays the following roles):
2nd Pigeon (Puppeteer) Twin to The Pigeon, it pokes it’s head out in the opening scene
The Duckling (Puppeteer) An adorable Duckling who gets a hot dog by just asking politely
The Bus Engine Personification of the sound effects of an engine both working and not working!
The Bus (Puppeteer) A small, puppet vision of the bus that dances in a fantasy sequence.
Bus Driver’s Mom Bus Driver ’s have moms too, you know.
Puppy (Puppeteer) An adorable, woofy puppy-teer.

Actor 5 (Plays the following roles):
City Worker Grunty guy just doing his job putting up signs around town.
Passenger Teenager A kid who can’t wait to go see the latest superhero movie that’s opening RIGHT NOW!
Backup Duckling 2 (Puppeteer)

Actor 6 (Plays the following roles):
Passenger Little Old Lady Very excited to go see her newborn grandchild at the hospital.
Backup Duckling 3 (Puppeteer)

Fountain Hills Theater is a 501(c)(3) organization. All gifts are tax-deductible. The Theater is 100% funded by ticket sales and donations. Ticket sales alone do not cover operating expenses. For more information about donating or volunteering, please call 480.837.9661 x3 or read here.

Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.