AUDIENCE MATURITY: C=Child, Y=Youth, T=Teen, YA=Young Adult
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|THE NEAR-SIGHTED KNIGHT AND THE FAR-SIGHTED DRAGON (Musical Play)
Printed Music Score (piano/vocal/instrumental) by Eleanor Harder $35.00
30 pages text
By Eleanor and Ray Harder. A snappy, action-filled fairy tale with unexpected characters. The Harder's comic mastery shines in this quick-paced musical. Simple setting. Tourable. Medieval costumes. CAST: 7 (2 F, 5 M) with option to add extras for guards, etc.
Despite his extreme near-sightedness, an unemployed knight charges everything in his path, hoping to become a hero so he can get a job. He tries to convince a career-minded princess she needs rescuing. But she's busy working on a mathematical formula to rescue her father, the king, imprisoned by a power-hungry duchess. The knight charges forward, uninvited, to rescue the king, then he becomes sidetracked by an opportunity to fight a dragon. The non-violent dragon and the exasperated princess subdue the knight with chocolate milk. Then the trio follow the princess's plan to rescue the King. The knight gets them all captured, but escape comes to those who learn to see from each other's point of view.
AWARDS: AATE/UPRP Award, ASSITEJ/USA Outstanding Play Awards
28 pages text
By Janet Thomas. Here is a contemporary play, simple yet impressive, familiar yet exotic, about Mai Li, a young refugee girl, a recent American immigrant from Southeast Asia. The present. Simple setting; tourable. Contemporary costumes. Multilingual play with phrases in: English/Spanish/Chinese/Vietnamese/Tagalog. CAST: 5 (3 F, 2 M) with doubling, or up to 10 (4 F, 5 M, 1 Either).
Mai Li, a refugee student from Southeast Asia, is plunged into the boisterous contemporary American high school atmosphere, from which she is alienated by language and custom. Benny, an all-American, hip high school hero, who happens to be Chinese, is asked to communicate with her. Unwilling to face ridicule from his peers, he refuses, plunging both himself and Mai Li into painfull realizations about their individual needs for acceptance and community. From the perspective of a "newcomer," whose silence reflects the unspoken needs of all, here is a theatrical look at some of the intricacies of a multi-ethnic culture.
|NICCOLO AND NICOLETTE
(or "The Puppet Prince")
45 pages text
By Allan Cullen. From England. An ordinary fantasy, created from beguiling characters, and written with inimitable Cullen humor. Four settings suggested. Fantastic costumes. CAST: 8 (2 F, 4 M, 2 Either) with doubling, or up to 14 + (5 F, 6 M, 3 + Either) extras optional.
A lovable old patent-medicine peddler named Seamus O'Shaughnessy, while visiting Nicolette in her toy-shop, opens a forbidden box and releases a dancing puppet, which is promptly purchased by an imperious Duchess. But the puppet comes to life, revealing himself to be a Prince bewitched by a wicked Magician. Since he must return to puppet status by cock-crow, Seamus summons a furious little Leprechaun to break the spell, who sends the little party to prevent the High Cockalorum from crowing. This proves a formidable enterprise, and they are obliged to call upon the Leprechaun again, to restore the Prince to his rightful place.
|NIGHTINGALE (A Participation Play)
AWARDS: AATE Distinguished Plays Award
24 pages text
By John Urquhart and Rita Grossberg Grauer. A participatory play of the highest quality for grades K-3, adapted from the famous tale of Hans Christian Andersen, and created by the Yellow Brick Road Shows Company under direction of its authors. Designed to tour with simple sets and costumes. CAST: 5 (4 Either, 1 musician) with option to add more.
Something is amiss in the court of the great Emperor of China. Obsessed by his worldly possessions, the Emperor has grown blind to the needs of his people and the real treasures of life. In this humorous adaptation of the classic fairy tale, ancient Oriental gods, the Nightingale, and the audience join forces to cure the Emperor of his possessive and grasping ways. An important achievement in the often under-estimated but difficult genre of participation plays. A genuinely compelling story.
|NOAH AND THE GREAT AUK
33 pages text
By Bix L. Doughty. A play that makes contemporary theatre of Noah, dealing with endangered species, and every child of us, working both drama and comedy out of universal material. One set. Costume plot included for Noah and animals. CAST: 6 (1 M, 5 Either).
On an earth that is an ark, and a present which is the past, we ship aboard Noah's original Ark in search of survival. Here there is an Auk, shielding her solitary egg for the future. Here amid many animals we meet a Ewe, a Bear, a Lion, and a villainous Hyena. The wise little Auk makes alliance with Noah on behalf of everyone, even, in a shipboard mutiny inspired by the Hyena, losing her own life, to save Noah and mankind. Under a rainbow, the survivors -- and a guarded Auk egg -- debark onto a fragile world and an uncertain future which is the present. A most American play of humor and danger, NOAH AND THE GREAT AUK is worthy comparison with REYNARD THE FOX of Europe.
The book includes the fanciful costume and make up designs of artist Ruth Ann Doughty - - and the details of execution which launched the widely acclaimed original production.
|NO DOGS ALLOWED
36 pages text
Dramatized by Aurand Harris, from Anne H. White's novel entitled "Junket." Spirited modern comedy, about three children and a dog. One set. Contemporary costumes. CAST: 8 (2 F, 2 M, 1 Either, 1 G, 2 B).
"It smells funny," says Michael when his family moves to the country. "There's nothing to hear," says Montgomery, "and no stores with candy and ice cream." "Where do you skate?" says Margaret. "There's nothing to do." Then they meet Junket, an enterprising Airedale dog, who leads them on a trail of exciting experiences. Unfortunately, Father has ruled "Positively No Animals Allowed" - - and the children are hard put to justify their new friend, until Junket takes the entire matter into his own hands.
|NO ONE WILL MARRY A PRINCESS WITH A TREE GROWING OUT OF HER HEAD (Musical - Fantasy)
56 pages text
Printed Lead Sheet Booklet $20.00
Hear SOUND SAMPLE of the Music
CD: Sound Score and song accompaniment for play $35.00
CD: Rehearsal (songs with words and cues for rehearsal) $35.00
Show Cassette Tape $35.00
Music Preview Casssette Tape $35.00
By Michael Elliot Brill, book and lyrics. David Jackson, music and orchestrations. Premiered at Actors’ Playhouse Productions for The National Children's Theatre Festival. A clever and charming twist on your typical fairytale. Simple settings. Fairy tale costumes. Snappy tunes and lyrcs. Nine original songs, and musical guides for underscored stage business. CD sound score, rehearsal tracks, vocal/instrumental lead sheets and performance tape are available. Great roles and fun to perform. CAST: 7 (2 F, 5 M) with doubling, or up to 15 (3 F, 7 M, 5 Either) with roles distributed.
Sorcerer Wartsitch "the wicked and the nasty" ruins the Princess's 21st birthday bash, at which she is scheduled to choose a prince, by cursing her with a small tree of undetermined variety growing out of her head. She has only three days to get it off - or the spell will be permanent. Gimlet "the good and the kind" uses his magic and wits to help her collect pieces of a riddle from each of the four Winds. With only two minutes to go, the riddle is solved and the Princess meets her choice Prince -- none other than Gimlet himself.
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