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Presented with the right plays, children are the most honest and appreciative of audiences. This anthology, compiled by an authority on children's theatre, collects new and overlooked scripts that represent the best of modern playwriting for children. From works adapted from classic children's stories to original contemporary scripts, each play inspires the imagination as it entertains.

With complete scripts for twenty plays plus a biographical sketch of each playwright, Theatre for Young Audiences is invaluable for anyone involved in children's theatre, from community theatre groups to teachers and students of dramatic literature.

Plays included in this book:

Charlotte's Web ... Joseph Robinette

The Arkansas Bear ... Aurand Harris

Really Rosie ... Maurice Sendak

The Secret Garden ... Pam Sterling

Wiley and the Hairy Man ... Suzan Zeder

According to Coyote ... John Kauffman

The Mischief Makers ... Lowell Swortzell

The Wise Men of Chelm ... Sandra F. Asher

Crow & Weasel ... Jim Leonard

The Ice Wolf ... Joanna H. Kraus

Home on the Mornin' Train ... Kim Hines

The Falcon ... Greg Palmer

The Man-Child ... Arnold Rabin

Hush: An Interview with America ... James Still

Bocon! ... Lisa Loomer

The Crane Wife ... Barbara Carlisle

Jungalbook ... Edward Mast

A Thousand Cranes ... Kathryn S. Miller

The Yellow Boat ... David Saar

Selkie ... Laurie Brooks Gollobin

Coleman A. Jennings is a professor of Children's Theatre at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Jennings is the author of three plays for children and editor of six anthologies, including the two-volume Plays Children Love. In 1997 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.

Theatre for Young Audiences is a collection of new and overlooked scripts that represent the best of modern playwriting for children. From works adapted from classic children's stories to original contemporary scripts, each play inspires the imagination as it entertains.

With complete scripts for twenty plays plus a biographical sketch of each playwright, Theatre for Young Audiences is an invaluable compilation for anyone working in children's theatre today.

"A solid, well-organized, and informative anthology. It is an excellent text and source book."Stage of the Art

"A solid, well-organized, and informative anthology. It is an excellent text and source book."—Stage of the Art

"For librarians and other adults interested in the production of good children's theater, this excellent collection features 20 plays covering a variety of subjects and interests. Jennings has included original plays as well as adaptations of known works, all by award-winning playwrights who are recognized in brief biographical headnotes to the scripts. Hits such as Maurice Sendak's Really Rosie and Joseph Robinette's adaptation of Charlotte's Web are mixed with lesser-known treasures such as John Kauffman's According to Coyote. A conversation between playwright James Still and Sendak provides a motivational foreword . . . Highly recommended for school and public libraries and anyone interested in a substantial collection of plays for children."—Booklist

"The library of children's theater is understocked, and this collection partly redresses that situation. These mostly recent short plays are directed at children around ten, the ideal age to build a theater-going habit. The book begins with an interview with Maurice Sendak and includes a play of his, indicating the level of excellence the collection aims for and succeeds in achieving. None of these plays is doctrinaire or didactic, though they are full of wisdom. They engage children's imagination to communicate a sense of worth. There are coming-of-age plays, tolerance plays, and plays about children in society and war, and we are prefaced by useful introductions that will aid adult directors. Some are musicals. The best of them are based on folk tales from American Indian, eastern European, Russian, Japanese, and other traditions. Some are adaptations of children's literature such as Charlotte's Web and The Jungle Book. There is something here to meet every theater need and every child's anticipation. Highly recommended."—Library Journal

Synopsis:

Presented with the right plays, children are the most honest and appreciative of audiences. This anthology, compiled by an authority on children's theatre, collects new and overlooked scripts that represent the best of modern playwriting for children. From works adapted from classic children's stories to original contemporary scripts, each play inspires the imagination as it entertains.

With complete scripts for twenty plays plus a biographical sketch of each playwright, Theatre for Young Audiences is invaluable for anyone involved in children's theatre, from community theatre groups to teachers and students of dramatic literature.

Plays included in this book:

Charlotte's Web ... Joseph Robinette

The Arkansas Bear ... Aurand Harris

Really Rosie ... Maurice Sendak

The Secret Garden ... Pam Sterling

Wiley and the Hairy Man ... Suzan Zeder

According to Coyote ... John Kauffman

The Mischief Makers ... Lowell Swortzell

The Wise Men of Chelm ... Sandra F. Asher

Crow & Weasel ... Jim Leonard

The Ice Wolf ... Joanna H. Kraus

Home on the Mornin' Train ... Kim Hines

The Falcon ... Greg Palmer

The Man-Child ... Arnold Rabin

Hush: An Interview with America ... James Still

Bocon! ... Lisa Loomer

The Crane Wife ... Barbara Carlisle

Jungalbook ... Edward Mast

A Thousand Cranes ... Kathryn S. Miller

The Yellow Boat ... David Saar

Selkie ... Laurie Brooks Gollobin

Synopsis:

Presented with the right plays, children are the most honest and appreciative of audiences. This anthology, compiled by an authority on children's theatre, collects new and overlooked scripts that represent the best of modern playwriting for children. From works adapted from classic children's stories to original contemporary scripts, each play inspires the imagination as it entertains.

With complete scripts for twenty plays plus a biographical sketch of each playwright, Theatre for Young Audiences is invaluable for anyone involved in children's theatre, from community theatre groups to teachers and students of dramatic literature.

Plays included in this book:

Charlotte's Web ... Joseph Robinette

The Arkansas Bear ... Aurand Harris

Really Rosie ... Maurice Sendak

The Secret Garden ... Pam Sterling

Wiley and the Hairy Man ... Suzan Zeder

According to Coyote ... John Kauffman

The Mischief Makers ... Lowell Swortzell

The Wise Men of Chelm ... Sandra F. Asher

Crow & Weasel ... Jim Leonard

The Ice Wolf ... Joanna H. Kraus

Home on the Mornin' Train ... Kim Hines

The Falcon ... Greg Palmer

The Man-Child ... Arnold Rabin

Hush: An Interview with America ... James Still

Bocon! ... Lisa Loomer

The Crane Wife ... Barbara Carlisle

Jungalbook ... Edward Mast

A Thousand Cranes ... Kathryn S. Miller

The Yellow Boat ... David Saar

Selkie ... Laurie Brooks Gollobin

About the Author

Coleman A. Jennings, professor of Creative Drama/Children's Theatre at the University of Texas at Austin, is the author of three plays for children and editor of four anthologies, including Plays Children Love, volumes I and II. In 1997 he received a Lifetime Achievement award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.

Table of Contents

Foreword: A Conversation between Maurice Sendak and James Still

Introduction

Joseph Robinette, Charlotte's Web

Aurand Harris, The Arkansaw Bear

Maurice Sendak, Really Rosie

Pamela Sterling, The Secret Garden

Suzan Zeder, Wiley and the Hairy Man

John Kauffman, According to Coyote

Lowell Swortzell, The Mischief Makers

Sandra Fenichel Asher, The Wise Men of Chelm

Jim Leonard, Jr., Crow & Weasel

Joanna Halpert Kraus, The Ice Wolf

Kim Hines, Home on the Mornin' Train

Greg Palmer, The Falcon

Arnold Rabin, The Man-Child

James Still, Hush: An Interview with America

Lisa Loomer, Bocón!

Barbara Carlisle, The Crane Wife

Edward Mast, Jungalbook

Kathryn Schultz Miller, A Thousand Cranes

David Saar, The Yellow Boat

Laurie Brooks Gollobin, Selkie

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312337148
Editor:
Jennings, Coleman A.
Foreword:
Sendak, Maurice
Foreword by:
Sendak, Maurice
Foreword:
Sendak, Maurice
Editor:
Jennings, Coleman A.
Author:
Jennings, Coleman A.
Author:
Sendak, Maurice
Publisher:
Griffin
Subject:
American
Subject:
Theater - General
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Plays
Subject:
Children's plays, American
Subject:
General
Subject:
Drama-Play Anthologies
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
Presented with the right plays, children are the most honest and appreciative of audiences. This anthology, compiled by an authority on children's theatre, collects new and overlooked scripts that represent the best of modern playwriting for children. From works adapted from classic children's stories to original contemporary scripts, each play inspires the imagination as it entertains.

With complete scripts for twenty plays plus a biographical sketch of each playwright, Theatre for Young Audiences is invaluable for anyone involved in children's theatre, from community theatre groups to teachers and students of dramatic literature.

Plays included in this book:

Charlotte's Web ... Joseph Robinette

The Arkansas Bear ... Aurand Harris

Really Rosie ... Maurice Sendak

The Secret Garden ... Pam Sterling

Wiley and the Hairy Man ... Suzan Zeder

According to Coyote ... John Kauffman

The Mischief Makers ... Lowell Swortzell

The Wise Men of Chelm ... Sandra F. Asher

Crow & Weasel ... Jim Leonard

The Ice Wolf ... Joanna H. Kraus

Home on the Mornin' Train ... Kim Hines

The Falcon ... Greg Palmer

The Man-Child ... Arnold Rabin

Hush: An Interview with America ... James Still

Bocon! ... Lisa Loomer

The Crane Wife ... Barbara Carlisle

Jungalbook ... Edward Mast

A Thousand Cranes ... Kathryn S. Miller

The Yellow Boat ... David Saar

Selkie ... Laurie Brooks Gollobin

"Synopsis" by ,
Presented with the right plays, children are the most honest and appreciative of audiences. This anthology, compiled by an authority on children's theatre, collects new and overlooked scripts that represent the best of modern playwriting for children. From works adapted from classic children's stories to original contemporary scripts, each play inspires the imagination as it entertains.

With complete scripts for twenty plays plus a biographical sketch of each playwright, Theatre for Young Audiences is invaluable for anyone involved in children's theatre, from community theatre groups to teachers and students of dramatic literature.

Plays included in this book:

Charlotte's Web ... Joseph Robinette

The Arkansas Bear ... Aurand Harris

Really Rosie ... Maurice Sendak

The Secret Garden ... Pam Sterling

Wiley and the Hairy Man ... Suzan Zeder

According to Coyote ... John Kauffman

The Mischief Makers ... Lowell Swortzell

The Wise Men of Chelm ... Sandra F. Asher

Crow & Weasel ... Jim Leonard

The Ice Wolf ... Joanna H. Kraus

Home on the Mornin' Train ... Kim Hines

The Falcon ... Greg Palmer

The Man-Child ... Arnold Rabin

Hush: An Interview with America ... James Still

Bocon! ... Lisa Loomer

The Crane Wife ... Barbara Carlisle

Jungalbook ... Edward Mast

A Thousand Cranes ... Kathryn S. Miller

The Yellow Boat ... David Saar

Selkie ... Laurie Brooks Gollobin

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