After the overture, the curtain rises on a rehearsal for Uncle Jocko’s Kiddie Show, a vaudeville performance competition in a tacky, run-down Seattle theatre. Uncle Jocko, the corrupt host of the competition, instructs his assistant Georgie that no mothers are allowed in the theatre, and then proceeds to briefly audition the different acts. Two little girls--one dressed as a boy--begin to perform a flawlessly rehearsed act, and they are revealed to be Baby June and Company (“May We Entertain You?”). Baby June and Company’s (company being her awkward older sister Louise) mother, Rose, is discovered in the house and pushes Louise to “sing out” so that she makes June look good. Jocko tries to stop Rose, but she insists that her Baby June is going to be a star. When Rose realizes that Jocko isn’t going to help her, she leaves to find another way to stardom.
Back at home, Rose complains that Uncle Jocko’s show was never worth it. She decides that she and her daughters are going to
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