Synopses of Children’s Plays

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The Guyer Girls
Synopsis:  This stage play is a rich tapestry of an American family, 1920’s. It has been likened to a cross between Little Women and I Remember Mama.The girls are the children of Sophia and Levi Guyer who migrated to America and moved out west.

In a series of family stories we enjoy the girls’ hilarious pranks, antics, joys and humiliations. The story opens with Ivah cutting off her sister, Violet’s eyebrows. There is laughter in abundance, tears, love and sibling rivalry as these delightful girls grow up with the guidance of their matriarch, “Mama”.

The story progresses to the 1940’s and Pearl Harbor. The young women couldn’t be more different. A pregnancy, a prestigious marriage, a pro-basketball player, and a run away to Alaska.  Available at Samuel French, Inc.

 

faeries, elves, warlocks, fables, riddles, fairy tales, theatreEmma and the Lost Unicorn
A children’s fable containing unicorns, faeries, princes, elves, queens, handmaidens, scary henchmen and one small mortal girl child, in an enchanted forest.  This parable offers many subtle lessons about friendship, loyalty, and keeps the audience on their toes with a contest of riddles.

Rainey, a unicorn, is really a bewitched prince who has been banished to the Fabled Forest by the warlock, Kodak. The prince can only return home if someone solves more riddles than the warlock and discovers Kodak’s secret weakness. A surprise twist ending makes this modern fable appealing to adults and children alike. Mythical creatures, scary henchmen, a warlock, a Fairy Queen, faeries, all living in the enchanted forest. Giggles are provided by Stare, a rhetorical owl and Cheets, a naughty elf. Available at Samuel French, Inc.

 

New children's book, fairy tales, fablesThe Exciting Exploits of an Effervescent Elf
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Emma has been ensnared in Patsy, the Banana Spider’s web.  No one can see her except the irrepressible elf, Cheets. Everyone in the forest has been searching for Emma when Cheets finally spots her. But given his little elf reputation no one believes him when he begins talking to Emma through the  web.  Hazard, the  Lord of the Underworld is selling the forest to developers. Emma must not get in his way! The second problem is that while Emma can hear everyone, no one can hear her.  Emma must “act out” important news concerning the enchanted forest to Cheets.   The younger actors will be learning pantomime and charades.

(also available here as a story book)

 

AA.Cover.Stanley.Stalwart.COver.ScanStanley the Stalwart Dragon  
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Most of the characters from “Emma and the Lost Unicorn” return to this new fable. New characters include: Thomas, the sea turtle is pedantic but lovable.  Laughter erupts when the audience realizes that he speaks only in nautical expressions. Patsy, the spider represents greed.  We are introducing Rose, Emma’s mother who will emphasize maternal devotion and the ability to believe in anything as the magical creatures reveal themselves to her.  Hazard, Lord of the Underworld reunites with a lost love.

The third in the Fabled Forest trilogy. Stanley, a young dragon, has run away from home.  He feels he is a failure. As dragons go, he probably is.  He’s kind, soft spoken, a good friend and can’t, for the life of him, breathe FIRE!   There are new characters in additional to our old favorites. My personal favorite, [the lovable villain] is a raven; his name is City Slick, the III. Slick lures Stanley away from the forest and sells him to a circus. It is Donald and Emma’s quest to find Stanley and rescue him.  A lady bug, named Persnickety is Stanley’s best friend and side kick.   (also available here in a story book)

bullying, literacy, children's plays, new plays for kids, stage play“Bertie, the Bookworm and the Bully Boys” (stage play)  Click here to purchase.

Bertie, the bookworm is the fabled forest’s elder and teacher.  Every week he has a spelling and reading circle where everyone is welcomed.  Slam, the badger and his gang of bully boys are forever teasing, disrupting, and bullying Bertie and the group of faeries and woodland creatures.  Pansy, the pixie is a new character in this third of the Fabled Forest series.  She is a defender of reading, truth, and Bertie.  Cheets, our beloved elf from past books joins the wrong crowd and his friends are worried that he will become the newest member of the Bully Boys.

The story teaches gentle lessons about literacy, bullying and ageism. The book pays special homage to the classical fairy tales with appearances by little red riding hood, the wicked stepsister, the three little piggies and many more as they wander through the Fabled Forest.  Variations of these classic stories, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and many others, have been recorded throughout the world since the first century. The French tale of Cendrillon [Cinderella] was written in France in 1697 by Charles Perrault. Later in the eighteenth century the Brothers Grimm in Germany adapted the tale again. During his life time the master animator, Walt Disney [1901–1966] adapted the ancient fables to film.  (also available here as a story book)  

These plays are available  in story book form, e-books and audio.