Celebrating Rosie the Riveter!
The Homefront Soldiers of WW2



RIVETS!


 

CHARACTER LIST

The main action of RIVETS takes place in the Kaiser Richmond Shipyard, from 1942-1944.
The action is fluid, without blackout.   

The Mitchell Sisters


Martha Mitchell                                             A Rosie the Riveter
Evelyn Mitchell                                             Journalist, Fore ‘n Aft  Kaiser Shipyards newspaper
Nancy Mitchell                                              Shipyard Nurse's Aide, 17

Ike Lampley(Doubles Worker)                    Martha’s Fiancee, Shipyard Superintendent

Mr. William Biondi                                         Shipyard Superintendent  
Henry Biondi                                                 Biondi’s Blind brother, musician 18

Mr. Benjamin Walker                                    Assistant Superintendent

Mrs. Tilden Blair                                           African American Union Organizer
Biddie Blair                                                   Tilden’s Daughter,  Song Writer and Vocalist, 18

Martin Blair  (Doubles Worker)                     Tilden’s Son, A Tuskegee Fighter, 18

Joe Boy Presa  (Doubles Worker)                Soldier, 18

Catherine Rutledge                                      Mitchell's Aunt,  Orlando and Peggy's mother
Orlando Rutledge                                         Ages from Boy Scout to Enlisted soldier
Peggy Rutledge                                           Radio singer, Henry and Biddie’s best friend, 18

Mr. Wayne ( Double  Mr. Tamblyn)               Radio announcer 
Secretary (Doubles Worker & Newbie)         Ditsy blonde


Ensemble of Rosie the Riveter Shipyard Workers and Soldiers 

Shirley Jones, Former sorority girl, now Rosie
Wisniewski, Shipyard Worker
Rosalia Guzman, Spanish Rosie
Alberto Guzman,  Spanish Shipyard worker
Scatter Patter,  USO entertainer
Peabody  Older Shipyard Worker
Cameraman
Priest
Gladys, a Rosie Actress 
Store Clerk




ANOTHER DAY   

ANOTHER DAY! ANOTHER NIGHT!
FROM SHIFT TO SHIFT, NO END IN SIGHT.
WORKING ROUND AND ROUND THE CLOCK
ON THIS DOCK.
PUNCH OUT MY DAY IS DONE!
MIDNIGHT MY DAY'S BEGUN!
FORTY FEET ABOVE THE SEE, NOTHING BETWEEN THE LAND AND ME,
DO MY JOB, STEADY MY FOOTING,
KEEP MY EYES FORWARD.
DONT SURRENDER TO MY FEAR, JUST KEEP BELIEVING.

PANTS   

MEN SELDOM GLANCE, 
WHEN I WEAR PANTS.
IT'S THE STYLE, AIN'T IT CUTE?
WE'RE IN VOGUE IN STEEL TOED BOOTS!
THERE'S NOTHING THIS GIRL LACKS,
WEARING NICELY FITTED SLACKS.
BUT WHEN I WANT A MAN TO LOOK AT ME?
I WEAR MY HEM ABOVE THE KNEE!
WE'VE GOT A JOB TO DO -
TELL YOUR SISTERS AND YOUR AUNTS!
IT'S UP TO ME, IT'S UP TO YOU, FROM NOW ON
WE'LL WEAR THE PANTS!

THESE SHIPS

THESE SHIPS ARE NAMED FOR 
FOLKS WHO CHANGED HISTORY
ORDINARY PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND ME
WHO CHOSE TO BE EXTRAORDINARY
FOR SOMETHING GREATER THAN THEMSELVES
MARCHING MEASURES THAT ARE FAR BEYOND 
BECAUSE THIS NATION KNOWS  
EVERYBODY KNOWS
THERE’S A WAR GOING ON ………….

 KITCHENWARE TO GUNS

FROM KITCHENWARE TO GUNS
FROM SEWING MACHINES TO BOMBS
FROM OUR HOMES TO BATTLEFIELDS
WE KEEP MOVING ON!
FROM SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES, 
FROM 5 AND DIMES
NURSING CHILDREN, NURSING SOLDIERS
MARCHING TO THE TIMES

WE’RE MODERN PIONEERS 
FROM OREGON TO DELAWARE
IN RAILROAD CARS AND BUSSES
WE HAIL FROM EVERYWHERE

SAMPLE LYRICS
  Registered  1941292

“A Sweeping Story, Beautifully staged”  Pat Craig Contra Costa Times

 “Wow! What a Show!” Charles Jarrett, Rossmoor News        

 “Fascinating piece of history!” Sally Hogarty, Walnut Creek Journal



A musical for your 2021 theatre season, 
honoring the 80th Anniversary of America's entry into WW2.



The Story of RIVETS:   

Rosie the Riveter Martha Mitchell and her fellow Homefront soldiers of WW 2 battle the ever changing landscape of family, country and love in this fictionalized history of the Kaiser Richmond Shipyards.  

A full length, two act musical, RIVETS celebrates the rich history and American spirit  of the Kaiser Shipyards, which constructed more ships in WW 2 than any other shipyard in the country.    

Please consider including the World Premiere of RIVETS in your next season.




     RIVETS has been produced in workshops on The Red Oak Victory, the last surviving Victory Ship built in the Kaiser yards in the The Rosie the Riveter National Park, at Contra Costa College and the Lesher Center for the Arts.
Book & lyrics by
Kathryn G. McCarty

Music by Mitchell Covington
Introducing A Brand New Musical