Plays of Fairy Tales / Edition 1

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These twelve original plays recreate the enchantment of the story hour, with humorous and adventurous dramatizations of classic fairy tales from around the world - knights and damsels in distress, ogres, genies, talking animals and more. Each play has an introduction with information about its source culture, story genre and historical context, as well as helpful notes for staging, costuming and music. Plays From Fairy Tales brings timeless legends of epic fantasy to your home and classroom stage.

Presents twelve original plays that are adaptations of fairy tales from around the world.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 6--This collection of 12 scripts based on traditional tales includes "East of the Sun, West of the Moon," "The Six Swans," "The Twelve Months," "Una and the Goblin King," and "The Great Flying Ship of Ivan the Impossible." It is not as successful as some of McCullough's earlier volumes. While several of the plays are charming, others do not translate well into this format. Some of the shorter folktales are padded with unfortunate modern slang and unnecessary, cheap laughs, while other, more elaborate tales have been simplified and shortened. Due to the nature of these stories, several involve numerous killings, and the magic inherent in this genre often leads to telling rather than showing (e.g., "Hay Maker is scattering his magic straw. See the snow and frost arise!" or "My shillelagh has turned into a golden sword!"). Of the 18 folktales presented here (3 of the scripts incorporate multiple tales), 11 are European; the others come from Africa, North America, Japan, Java, Hawaii, and Papua. Scores are provided for the six selections in which music is used. Students as young as kindergarten might make good audience members, but performers probably need to be in at least second grade. Simple stage, prop, and costume requirements make these plays accessible to many groups.--Darcy Schild, Schwegler Elementary School, Lawrence, KS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575251097
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Series: Young Readers Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

L. E. McCULLOUGH, PhD is an educator, playwright, composer, and ethnomusicologist whose studies in music and folklore have spanned cultures throughout the world. He is the author of twenty books of plays, monologues, and scenes for Smith and Kraus. L. E. now has 17 titles in print for young actors.
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Table of Contents

Aruman, Hero of Java
A Cosmic Bouquet: Sun, Moon and Stars
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
The Great Flying Ship of Ivan the Impossible
The Lost Spear
The Magic Ring
The Six Swans
Squeak and Maiow!
Three Tales for Thrippence
The Twelve Months
Una and the Goblin King
Young Olli and the Trolls
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