Stone Soup by Paul Thain

Children’s play/ Multiple Characters, Large mixed cast/ One Act

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Synopsis: The wise Sophia enters a starving Village & declares she will feed everyone with her magical stone soup.

But first Makomo must follow the Star and persuade Mr & Mrs North to give up their monopoly of the giant cooking pot. He succeeds and when the pot begins to boil & bubble, the hungry Villagers gather round to listen to the strange woman.

As if by magic, the soup acquires a delicious taste & smell and the mood lightens as everyone anticipates the promised feast. But when Sophia speaks of peace & justice, the fearsome General Mayhem orders Major Hazard to kill her and place the soup under military control. Nevertheless, the spirit of sharing finally prevails & the play welcomes a new era with song & dance.

Derived from an ancient folktale, Stone Soup has proved popular with schools & youth theatres throughout the world.

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Contact information:
Amateur rights:
Samuel French UK, Ltd.
Professional rights:
Casarotto-Ramsay Ltd.
National House
60-66 Wardour Street
London W1V 3HP
Tel : +44 20 7287-4450
Fax : +44 20 7287-9128
agents@casarotto.co.uk
Playwright’s website: www.stageplays.com/today.htm

About the Playwrights: Paul Thain was born in South Shields, UK. Inspired by his acting experience with the National Youth Theatre, he gave up life as a bus conductor, studied A-levels, and then read Drama & Theatre Arts at Birmingham University. When his first child was born he left teaching to become primary parent and playwright. His second radio play, The Biggest Sandcastle in the World, won a BBC Giles Cooper Award as one of the Best Radio Plays of 1981, and he has subsequently written many more including The Paradise Machine, for which the BBC’s production won the 1995 European Broadcasting Union Award for Best European Radio Drama.

Other work includes four commissioned screenplays, as yet unproduced, and five stage plays. His plays have been published and performed throughout the world, particularly the UK, Germany, Italy, Russia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Stone Soup has received over 100 productions worldwide.

Papa Panov’s Magic Christmas by Paul Thain (based on a story by Leo Tolstoy)

Children’s play/ Multiple Characters, large mixed cast/ One Act, 25 minutes

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Synopsis: Children enter in procession carrying lighted candles as the Storyteller sets the scene and takes us back to a snowy Russian village for this magical Christmas story . . .

Papa Panov, an old shoemaker almost too blind to thread a needle, has a dream that Jesus will visit him on Christmas Day. All day he waits, but his only visitors are a tramp, a roadsweeper and a pauper woman and her cold and hungry baby. Despite his disappointment and fading hope, Papa Panov gives away his coat, his money, and his soup.

Night falls and Papa Panov thinks himself a silly old fool. But then he has another dream which convinces him his special visitor did come after all.

Papa Panov’s Magic Christmas is adapted from a short story by Tolstoy, who first heard it as a French folk-tale.

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Performance rights must be secured before production
Contact information:
Amateur rights:
Samuel French UK, Ltd.
Professional rights:
Casarotto-Ramsay Ltd.
National House
60-66 Wardour Street
London W1V 3HP
Tel : +44 20 7287-4450
Fax : +44 20 7287-9128
agents@casarotto.co.uk
Playwright’s website: www.stageplays.com/today.htm

About the Playwright: Paul Thain was born in South Shields, UK. Inspired by his acting experience with the National Youth Theatre, he gave up life as a bus conductor, studied A-levels, and then read Drama & Theatre Arts at Birmingham University. When his first child was born he left teaching to become primary parent and playwright. His second radio play, The Biggest Sandcastle in the World, won a BBC Giles Cooper Award as one of the Best Radio Plays of 1981, and he has subsequently written many more including The Paradise Machine, for which the BBC’s production won the 1995 European Broadcasting Union Award for Best European Radio Drama.

Other work includes four commissioned screenplays, as yet unproduced, and five stage plays. His plays have been published and performed throughout the world, particularly the UK, Germany, Italy, Russia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Papa Panov’s Magic Christmas has received over 100 productions worldwide.

Jack and the Beanstalk — Libretto by Marcy Telles, Music by Jason Sherbundy

Children’s Musical/ 4 Characters, 2 Men, 2 Women/ One Act

Synopsis: A musical version of the classic tale about a boy who must travel to the fair to sell his beloved cow. After a run-in with some buyers who think his cow is too scrawny, Jack meets an Old Woman who buys the cow for three beans. The beans, she promises, will allow him to ascend to the sky, where he’ll find a giant’s castle full of riches stolen from his late father.

When Jack angrily throws the beans aside, they grow into a giant beanstalk, which he climbs. At the top, he meets the Giant’s Sister, who hides him just in time: The Giant comes home and demands that his treasure — a goose, a purse filled with gold, and a singing Harp — be brought to him. Listening to the Harp, he falls asleep, and Jack and the Giant’s Sister escape down the beanstalk.

Home again, Jack is overjoyed to discover that his cow has been returned to him and, even better, they all learn a wonderful secret about the Giant’s Sister!

“Two extraordinarily dynamic actors in a play that’s hilariously funny, and ultimately very moving. Both realistic and surrealistic, with its detective story plot, in itself intriguing. I won’t give away the end.”
International Herald Tribune

“The shattering encounter between a hypocritically well-behaved man and an outrageously improper lady, written with Alan Rossett’s invigorating sense of humor.”
Paris Capital, April 1997

“A tasty comedy, brilliantly interpreted, transforming the Essaion Theatre into the salon of a seeress, meting out punishment and redemption. Scathing humor but also real humanity characterize this ‘parapsychological’ comedy.”
Astro News, March 1997

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Contact information: Amateur and professional rights: Alan Rossett Amateur and Professional Rights:
Marcy Telles
754 Bamboo Terrace
San Rafael, CA 94903
Ph. 415-472-7639
mtelles@sbcglobal.net

About the PlaywrightComposer and lyricist Marcy Telles has created scores for the musicals The Toymaker and the Elves (Das Puppenspeil, 1974) and The Three Golden Hairs(Morning Glory Theater, 1981). She has provided lyrics and librettos for two children’s operas Jack and the Beanstalk and Brementown Musicians (Cinnabar Theater, 1990 and 1997), and several children’s musicals: The Snow Queen, It’s a Wonderful Life (Cinnabar Theater, 1992 and 2001), Remote Control, Plants, and Princess Goodenough (1998, 2001, and 2002, various). In addition to her theatrical work, Marcy has provided compositions and lyrics for the Occidental Community Choir, Viva! Musica (a Japanese musical circus), and recording artists and groups such as A Few Good Friends, Biaja, Blake Derby, Michael Smolens, Randal Collen, and others. Marcy makes her home in Northern California and is always interested in new projects.

Jack and the Beanstalk was first produced by the Cinnabar Opera Theatre, Petaluma, California.

 

Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jean Mann, Lyrics by Jean West Penna, Music by Eric Bryce

Billy Goats Gruff

Children’s Musical/ 6 characters (can be played by men or women)/ One Act

Synopsis: The classic tale of the Billy Goats with a bridge to cross, and the Troll who lives underneath, in a new version with plenty of comedy and original songs.

From The Advertiser (Adelaide): “The audience aimed at is the very young child . . . Yesterday at the Space they were delighted to discover that the big, bad Troll was not going to eat anybody up. All he wanted was a friend — someone to play with. Big Billy Goat Gruff was suitably — gruff. He was what every child’s daddy is when he’s working himself up into a ‘Don’t do that again’ lecture.

“Little Billy Goat Gruff is the character with whom all the kids like to identify. He is curiouser than most of us. Has more ideas perhaps. He overcomes his fears, as we would all like to do.

“But Frog is the star. His Frog-a-loggle language seemed to be just what the children hoped it would be: zany and yet natural.”

Three Billy Goats Gruff succeeds more completely than any children’s show I have seen this holiday . . . . Just what the child psychiatrist ordered.”
— Alan Roberts, The Advertiser (Adelaide)

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Contact information:

Tracy Mann
c/o info@singlelane.com
Music available

About the Playwright: Early career managing a touring office in Alice Springs, Melbourne, and Sydney, Australia. Many years later, after two daughters had grown up, turned to playwriting for children. Her plays have been performed in theatres and schools in Adelaide and Brisbane. A non-fiction book came next, recording the 77 year history of a South Australian Croquet Club.

Jean gently passed away in January 2014, aged 94, after a fulfilling and productive life.

Three Billy Goats Gruff was first performed by The Little Patch Theatre, Adelaide, Australia, and subsequently by numerous theatres including the Brisbane Arts Children’s Theatre.

The Clean Airy Fairy by Jean Mann

Children’s play with music/ 8 Characters (can be played by men or women)/ One Act

Synopsis: What do we do with a world that’s polluted? Call in the experts of course!

Our hero is a fairy who comes to save the world from Pollution Pixies who defile the earth. The baddies are fought, in the nicest possible way, with the help of Tramp, Ray, and Wallaby.

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Contact information:

Tracy Mann
c/o info@singlelane.com
Music available

About the Playwright: Early career managing a touring office in Alice Springs, Melbourne, and Sydney, Australia. Many years later, after two daughters had grown up, turned to playwriting for children. Her plays have been performed in theatres and schools in Adelaide and Brisbane. A non-fiction book came next, recording the 77 year history of a South Australian Croquet Club.

Jean gently passed away in January 2014, aged 94, after a fulfilling and productive life.

The Clean Airy Fairy was first performed by five, six and seven year olds for the Come Out Festival at Crafers (Adelaide) in 1991. It received its professional premiere at the Arts Theatre, Brisbane, Australia in June, 1998.

The Billabong Circus by Jean Mann & Sean Dawes

The Billabong Circus

Children’s play with music/ 6 Characters (can be played by men or women)/ One Act

Synopsis:
(From the Brisbane Telegraph): “Fancy yourself at the circus? And a different sort of circus at that?

“Well, what could be more different than a circus where every performer is an animal, and there’s a touch of skullduggery and intrigue thrown in, as well?

“Wallaby and Possum want to join the circus as an acrobat and a ballet dancer. However, they meet Rabbit, the pop star, who has run away from the circus because Ringmaster Fox is so cruel to him. They all decide to return to the circus and trick Fox into changing his ways.

“Two Kookaburras watch the events with delight, and cannot resist making comments and poking fun at the others.”

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Contact information:
Amateur and professional rights:
Tracy Mann
c/o info@singlelane.com
Music available


About the Playwright
: Early career managing a touring office in Alice Springs, Melbourne, and Sydney, Australia. Many years later, after two daughters had grown up, turned to playwriting for children. Her plays have been performed in theatres and schools in Adelaide and Brisbane and U.S.A. A non-fiction book came next, recording the 77 year history of a South Australian Croquet Club.

Jean gently passed away in January 2014, aged 94, after a fulfilling and productive life.

The Billabong Circus was premiered by the Arts Theatre, Brisbane, Australia in June, 1981.

The Brementown Musicians — Libretto by Marcy Telles, Music by Douglas Bowes

Children’s Musical/ 4 Characters, 2 Men, 2 Women/ One Act

Synopsis:
Four animals meet on the road to Bremen. Each tells how they worked hard all their lives for ungrateful masters, and now that they are old and tired, they have run from certain death to make their own way in the world.

The adventurers discover that they have a common interest in music, so they decide to become troubadors (traveling musicians). Their plans are soon interrupted, however, when they run into a band of robbers. A nasty fight begins, in which each group thinks the other is a terrible monster.

In the end, the four friends are victorious over the selfish and cowardly robbers, and realize that they would prefer to stay in their new-won home, content to sing for each other.

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Performance rights must be secured before production
Contact information:
Amateur and Professional Rights:
Marcy Telles
754 Bamboo Terrace
San Rafael, CA 94903
Ph. 415-472-7639
E-mail: c/o mtelles@sbcglobal.net

About the Playwright:
Composer and lyricist Marcy Telles has created scores for the musicals The Toymaker and the Elves (Das Puppenspeil, 1974) and The Three Golden Hairs(Morning Glory Theater, 1981). She has provided lyrics and librettos for two children’s operas Jack and the Beanstalk and Brementown Musicians (Cinnabar Theater, 1990 and 1997), and several children’s musicals: The Snow Queen, It’s a Wonderful Life (Cinnabar Theater, 1992 and 2001), Remote Control, Plants, and Princess Goodenough (1998, 2001, and 2002, various). In addition to her theatrical work, Marcy has provided compositions and lyrics for the Occidental Community Choir, Viva! Musica (a Japanese musical circus), and recording artists and groups such as A Few Good Friends, Biaja, Blake Derby, Michael Smolens, Randal Collen, and others. Marcy makes her home in Northern California and is always interested in new projects.

About the Composer: Douglas Bowes, born in Ontario Canada, is the director of the Occidental Community Choir and teaches guitar and composition. Several of his choral compositions have been published and performed all over the United States.

The Brementown Musicians was first produced by the Cinnabar Opera Theatre, Petaluma, California.