Shows "C"

father's ship won, there was nothing Stirrick could do to revive his father. The image of his father's death has haunted Stirrick since. ACT TWO The stage explodes into life as the Fantocinni family prepare for Lord Kensington's arrival ("Roll Up"). Lord Kensington and Lady Caroline arrive followed by Simms. Lady Caroline wanders over to the Punch and Judy booth and wants to see the show. Fantocinni tells her that it's not showing at the small booth - they have moved it to the main tent today. They all go inside and watch the show. As they watch, Stirrick and the gang pick their pockets and leave with their bag of loot before the puppet show finishes. Lady Caroline showers praise on Leach and his new assistant, Charlie--much to Fantocinni's chagrin. Lady Caroline, Kensington, and Simms leave. The gang comes out celebrating their new treasures. Perfect returns when the kids leave and is happy to hear that the gang has a lot to show for an afternoon's work. Leach invites Perfect out for a drink. The rest of the gang arrive and talk with Stirrick. Peg tells them that Perfect is not a good man and that he must not be trusted. Rico steps forward and tries to expose Stirrick as the true thief involved with the evil Perfect. The gang listens because they don't know about Perfect and Stirrick's involvement. Right before Stirrick is exposed, Fantocinni appears to take his grand children for a ride on the flying swings. Charlie returns rather distraught. It appears that Perfect kicked him out of the bar where he took Leach - no kids. Stirrick has Charlie give him the Punch and Judy puppets so that they can have a celebration puppet show - and they do. They have fun until the Constable arrives and chases them away. They all scatter. Charlie stays and is trying to rescue the puppets. Not believing that Charlie works for Leach, the Constable kicks him out. Once the Constable is gone, the gang comes back singing about poor Mr. Punch. By the end of this, Stirrick has hung Mr. Punch on a little rope. When the rest of the gang rushes off, Stirrick is left alone with Mr. Punch. Mr. Punch talks to him--calling him an "evil man." Elisa suddenly interrupts Stirrick and startles him. She asks him to tell her more about his father, but he refuses. She tries to get Stirrick to open up to her, but he has a very difficult time. Just as he is about to share with Elisa, Rico enters and tells his sister to leave, leaving her doll behind. Rico knows Stirrick is a thief and wants him to have nothing to do with his sister. He threatens Stirrick and leaves. Stirrick is confronted by Mr. Punch again. Arguing with Stirrick about his evil ways, he shatters the doll Elisa left. Elisa returns looking for the doll and is horrified to see it destroyed. After much questioning from Elisa, Stirrick admits to smashing the doll. She calls for Rico--who comes to her aid. The rest of the gang come and witness what happens next. Rico calls Stirrick a liar and questions the story he tells everyone about his father's death. This is too much for Stirrick, who pulls out a knife. Rico laughs when Stirrick does this, but no sooner does Stirrick stab him! The gang is horrified. Elisa screams. Gray asks Stirrick why he did this. There is no response. The scene shifts to the Court of Pie Powder where Lord Kensington, Lady Caroline, and Simms are waiting to see the travelling judge about their robbery. The constable brings in a confused Fantocinni and Carlo who don't know why they have been summoned. A public document is read which informs them that their audience was robbed of valuable possessions at their puppet show. The Fantocinnis are accused even more, but have no idea what Kensington and the others are talking about! There is a sound of scuffing at the front door, and Gray is ushered into the chamber followed by Perfect. Gray was caught stealing a sausage from Perfect's tray and is being brought up on charges. Things get very dramatic when Gray tells the Fantocinni's that Rico has been stabbed. They run off to check out the situation. After more and more questioning from the lawyer, Perfect is on the verge of being discovered as the man who organizes the pick-pocket gangs. Rather than have Gray risk revealing anything, Perfect drops the charges against him. The suspicious judge wants to question Gray just a bit more, and the complaining Perfect is removed from the courtroom. Kensington orders Simms to take Lady Caroline home.

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