Plays Children Love, Volume 2: A Treasury of Contemporary and Classic Plays for Children

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This beloved anthology, a favorite of students, teachers, parents, and dramatists for decades, offers a collection of twenty plays to be performed for young audiences or by child actors.

Plays Children Love: Volume II—replacing the earlier volume, which is now out of print—adheres to the same format of Jennings and Harris' earlier classic: a choice of plays for adults to perform for children as well as a choice of plays for kids to produce and perform themselves. Among the ...

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Overview

This beloved anthology, a favorite of students, teachers, parents, and dramatists for decades, offers a collection of twenty plays to be performed for young audiences or by child actors.

Plays Children Love: Volume II—replacing the earlier volume, which is now out of print—adheres to the same format of Jennings and Harris' earlier classic: a choice of plays for adults to perform for children as well as a choice of plays for kids to produce and perform themselves. Among the favorites collected here: Charlotte's Web, The Wizard of Oz, Treasure Island, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and Jim Thorpe, All-American.

With an extensive introduction detailing the special needs of producing plays for children, and with many insightful instructions for helping children get the most out of producing plays themselves, this book is a solid asset for all classrooms, children's theatre groups, school libraries, education seminars, playwrighting workshops, and the like.

A collection of nineteen plays to be performed for young audiences or by child actors.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The most complete guide available on all aspects of children's theater."—Clarus: Words and Music for Young People

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312079734
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/1992
  • Series: Plays Children Love Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 601,203
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Coleman A. Jennings, Ph.D, is a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. A pioneering scholar and mentor in both the study and advocacy of performing arts for children, he has taught courses in creative drama, theater for young audiences, and children's dramatic literature at UT-Austin since 1963. His many other anthologies include Theatre for Young Audiences: 20 Great Plays for Children, Eight Plays for Children: The New Generation Play Project; and Theatre for Youth: Twelve Plays with Mature Themes.

Aurand Harris is the most produced playwright for young audiences in the United States, with more than 30 published plays to his credit. Before his death in 1996, he was the first children's playwright to receive a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the first to win the Charolette Chorpenning Cup from the American Theatre Association. His widely revered plays include The Arkansaw Bear, Androcles and the Lion, Rags to Riches, The Tobey Show, Monkey Magic, Pinballs, and The Orphan Train. Harris also wrote stage adaptations for such well-known stories as Pocohantas and The Magician's Nephew.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Plays for Adult Performers
Charlotte's Web, Joseph Robinette
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Barbara Robinson
Golliwhoppers!, Flora B. Atkin
The Wizard of Oz, Anne Coulter Martens
Treasure Island, Aurand Harris
The Wind in the Willows, Moses Goldberg
Jim Thorpe, All-American, Saul Levitt
Ride a Blue Horse, Aurand Harris
Dandelion, Judith Martin
The Forgotten Door, Gregory A. Falls

Part Two: Plays for Children to Perform
The Bremen Town Musicians, Paul Sills
The Golden Goose, Paul Sills
How the Camel Got His Hump, Aurand Harris
How the First Letter Was Written, Aurand Harris
Who Laughs Last?, Nellie McCaslin
The Chinese Cinderella, Lowell Swortzell
Pyramus and Thisbe, William Shakespeare
Mr. Hare Takes Mr. Leopard for a Ride, Carol Korty
Giants, Syd Hoff
The Three Little Kittens, June Barr

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