Theatre for Young Audiences: 20 Great Plays for Children / Edition 1

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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 play-wright, Theatre for Young Audiences is valuable for anyone involved in children's theatre, from community theatre groups to teachers and students of dramatic literature.

A collection of plays, many of which are based on favorite children's tales, including such titles as: "Charlotte's Web," "Really Rosie," "Wiley and the Hairy Man," "Wise Men of Chelm," and "The Crane Wife."

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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 Books. There is something here to meet every theater need and every child's anticipation. Highly recommended.Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., MA
From the Publisher
"I am inclined to trust children with the truth, and allow them to draw their own conclusions. Not to tell them what to think— but to require them to think."

- Sara Spencer, publisher of the Children's Theatre Press

"I am only ten years old but I know a good play when I see one."

- Charles W.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312181949
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 1.92 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: A Conversation between Maurice Sendak and James Still
Introduction 1
Charlotte's Web 7
The Arkansaw Bear 46
Really Rosie 72
The Secret Garden 99
Wiley and the Hairy Man 142
According to Coyote 170
The Mischief Makers 183
The Wise Men of Chelm 217
Crow & Weasel 244
The Ice Wolf 284
Home on the Mornin' Train 308
The Falcon 338
The Man-Child 364
Hush: An Interview with America 395
Bocon! 429
The Crane Wife 453
Jungalbook 478
A Thousand Cranes 518
The Yellow Boat 535
Selkie 579
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2000

    A book I'd like my plays to appear within.

    Excellent collection of Children's Plays. I would highly recommend to Theate people, theaters, and parents.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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