Seattle Children's Theatre: Six Plays for Young Audiences

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Seattle Children's Theatre is a national leader in the field of theatre for young audiences. Celebrating its 25th year of professional thatre for young and family audiences, SCT has premiered over sixty new plays, many of which have gone on to future audiences, SCT has premeired over sixty new plays, many of which have gone on to future productions throughout the U.S. SCT has commissioned and produced plays by nationally recognized playwrights like Constance Congdon, Steven Dietz, Barbara Field, Len Jenkin, Jon ...
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Overview

Seattle Children's Theatre is a national leader in the field of theatre for young audiences. Celebrating its 25th year of professional thatre for young and family audiences, SCT has premiered over sixty new plays, many of which have gone on to future audiences, SCT has premeired over sixty new plays, many of which have gone on to future productions throughout the U.S. SCT has commissioned and produced plays by nationally recognized playwrights like Constance Congdon, Steven Dietz, Barbara Field, Len Jenkin, Jon Klein, Kevin Kling OyamO, Joe Rivera, Y York and Suzan Zeder (several of whom are represented are represented in this anthology). SCT has also had collaborations with some of Europe's leading theatres for young audiences including Blauw Vier and Speeltheater-Holland. SCT has garnered numerous awards and grants, many of which had never previously been given to a theatre for young audiences. These include the At&T Onstage Award, The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, The Pew Charitable Trust/Theatre Communications Award, and the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Award.

The plays contained in SCT's second Smith and Kraus anthology are appropriate for professional and non-professional companies. Though all SCT productions feature adult Equity actors, community and school groups across the company have found these plays excellent choices for young actors. The anthology contains four original stories for the stage as well as re-imaginings of two classic pieces of literature. The collection represents a variety of styles and themes; but the thread that ties the anthology together is the high quality of writing, so well deserved by young audiences.

A collection of plays dealing with family, friendship, freedom, and courage.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-8While all six plays in this collection contain adult characters, the focal players are young adolescents. The Seattle Children's Theatre commissions original plays as well as plays developed from established children's fiction. There are three of each here. Louis Sachar's adaptation of his own There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom is understandably the truest to the sensibilities and style of the book. Y York's adaptation of Janet Lisle's Afternoon of the Elves succeeds with dialogue that realistically conveys the tension of preteen rivalries and Hillary's discomfort with the differences between her life and her neighbor's. R. N. Sandberg's adaptation of Anne of Green Gables is competently constructed with generally lively dialogue; however, true fans will find the creation of some passages that imitate Anne's heightened speech peculiar and false in tone. Of the three original works, Suzan L. Zeder's Mother Hicks, a tale of witch folklore that is set in Illinois during the Depression, is the strongest because of its consistent logic as well as the poetic language. Young actors need more plays intended for their range and interests. Even the weakest of these six has appeal. Those purchasing the collection should understand, however, that most of this material will require contact with an agency and many are royalty properties.Sally Margolis, formerly at Deerfield Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575251585
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 800,933

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