Fantasy. By Max Bush.
Cast: 3m., 2w., with doubling, or up to 7 (4m., 3w.) Here is an imaginative, original tale that shows how using "your good eye, not your no-eye" can help reveal the path to courage and change. Wonderful physical action builds the plot, as well as the courage of Jack and his playmate, Dana, as they ultimately conquer their fears and save the village. The citizens of Trolltown obediently pay gold to the intimidating Troll to protect them from the awful, one-eyed, slithering Zanies. One morning Jack arrives, a peasant boy with a toy elephant. He meets Dana, a village girl, who joins him in fantastical, pretend play until the Troll sees something powerful in Jack and demands that he be handed over. A mysterious traveler, Boult, steps in to defend Jack, who is confused as to why the Troll would want him. Dana and Jack steal away and discover the truth about the Zanies—they are gentle, music-playing, mountain creatures who wouldn't hurt anyone. The Troll manages to capture Jack. With the help of Dana and Boult, Jack confronts the Troll and convinces the citizens to see with their "good eyes" the truth of the Troll's trickery. Unit set. Approximate running time: 55 minutes.