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By Y York. From the novel by Jerry Spinelli. Crash plays football for his middle school. He runs and scores and is unstoppable. He puts his head down and makes yardage. In his life he is selfish, self-centered, unstoppable, a boy running so fast he can't see the chances for love and connection that are all around him.  More...

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By Tonya Hays. Adapted from the play by Edmond Rostand. Edmond Rostand's classic swashbuckling play Cyrano de Bergerac is presented in Parisian café society at Café de Coulisse. The lovely Jacqueline is the host and introduces us to the story of the witty, passionate unlikely hero known for his big nose, skill with language and rapier wit. A play within a play, Cyrano takes audiences on a journey through the beauty of language, the bravery of the musketeers, the innocence of young love, the gift of friendship and the redemption of the antagonist.  More...

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Adapted by Max Bush. From the tale by Hans Christian Andersen. This adaptation of The Emperor's New Clothes incorporates some aspects of Andersen's life—his passion for acting, his love of the theatre, his cleverness, his mother's determination to help her son achieve his life's aspirations. Andersen was born a peasant. His mother, a beggar as a child, worked as a washerwoman, while his father, a shoemaker, died when Hans was a child. Painfully frustrated in his own life's aspirations, Hans' father demanded his wife promise to help their son become whatever he wanted to be, no matter how silly it was.  More...

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By Julia Lander and Carol Lander. Even though their schoolteacher's Greek myth warns them of Icarus, young Orville and Wilbur Wright are still convinced that real flight is possible. But when "the Bishop's boys" share this notion with their classmates, they are teased and laughed at. Still, the Wrights follow aviation advances avidly through the years, but the two bicycle makers from Dayton, Ohio, never dream they will be at the forefront of the aeronautical world.  More...

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Book by Suzanne Maynard Miller. Music and lyrics by Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs. From the book by Leo Lionni. It's summertime in the meadow, and Frederick and his other friends in the mouse commune—Ernest, Nellie, Sunny and Baby—gather to enjoy the start of another glorious day: the buzzing of the bees, the fluttering of butterflies and the warmth of the glowing sun. Together they sing and play games without a care in the world. As summer quickly turns to fall, they each set about collecting supplies for the cold winter that lies ahead. All except Frederick, or so it would appear.  More...

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By Eric Coble. Adapted from the book by Lois Lowry. In an apocalyptic future where children are kept like animals and human life is cheap, young Kira learns the ugly truth about the powers controlling her world. A gifted weaver, her talent catches the attention of the Council of Guardians. Under their custody, Kira is made to mend and embellish the ceremonial Singer's Robe—a garment that tells the history of the world. But the more she works, the more she learns the horrifying secrets  More...

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Book and lyrics by Sandra Fenichel Asher. Music by Ric Averill. Together again after their award-winning romp in both the picture book and stage versions of Too Many Frogs!, Froggie and Rabbit eagerly prepare for the arrival of guests—Goose, Gander and especially baby Gosling. "I can't wait!" Froggie croaks in his excitement to meet Gosling, but Rabbit assures him they have much to do in the hours before the guests arrive. Indeed, there is spinach salad and carrot cake to prepare, a perfectly pleasant picnic spot to discover, books and flowers to gather and bubble baths to take,  More...

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By Lawrence Thelen. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw is reset in Harlem in 1938 during the Harlem Renaissance-a time when the affluent black society of Sugar Hill found itself at odds with the uneducated blacks of Harlem struggling through the Great Depression. Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, discovers Eliza Doolittle, a homeless, Harlem girl whose speech is nearly unintelligible, outside the Apollo Theatre. Appalled at her slang-filled dialect, Higgins declares that with just six months of phonetics training, he could pass her off as a university-educated African princess!  More...

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By Sandra Perlman. Jocasta combines both comedy and tragedy in the story of three women—mother, daughter and servant—bound together by blood and loyalty. In this new twist on the Oedipus complex, we take a look at the myth from Jocasta's complex point of view as a wife, devoted mother and conflicted daughter. On the night before Jocasta is to marry Oedipus, her mother, Ismene, arrives with a beautiful wedding gown. Ismene, a bawdy, hard-drinking tiger mom who loves being the mother of the queen, comes on a mission to convince Jocasta that being queen again will finally bring her happiness. And so begins a familiar mother-daughter dance.  More...

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By Alvaro Saar Rios. Imagine the Chinese legend Hua Mulan set in the world of lucha libre—Mexican wrestling. The discovery of a worn pink wrestling mask prompts Nana Lupita, a Wisconsin grandmother, to share her tale  More...

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By Rebecca Gilman. Caroline, a veteran social worker, thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets Peter and Karlie, two teenage drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby. But when she places their infant daughter in the care of Karlie's mother, Caroline sparks a family conflict that exposes a shadowy, secretive past—  More...

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By Peter Manos. The greatest collaboration against racism in American history before the Civil Rights Movement was the Underground Railroad, in which persons of all ethnic backgrounds and of both sexes from North and South came together to resist the oppression of slavery by helping escaped slaves make their way to free territory in the years before the Civil War.  More...

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By Thomas W. Rieser When her husband dies, May is alone and needs her family. Although her sons live far away, all three of her sisters live in the same town and agree to gather at May's home once a month for Sunday dinner. Everyone brings something to the table, from green bean casserole to potato salad, from self-righteousness to deep grief.  More...

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Book and lyrics by Kathleen Cahill. Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. Perdida (the lost one) is an emotional tale full of spirits and magic set in pre-revolutionary Mexico when all-powerful dons ruled like kings. Inspired by Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Perdida tells a story of passion, jealousy and redemption. The Spirit of Time narrates a tale that takes place over a span of 18 years  More...

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By Nathan Allen, Chris Mathews and Jake Minton. Young Rose lives a peaceful, carefree life in her tiny wintry town of Radio Falls. Sledding through snow dunes, drinking hot chocolate and listening to stories told by her Uncle Roger, it all seems pretty grand. True, it's always winter, but it's been like that all her life—how could she know the difference? But one day when Rose asks her Uncle Roger the truth of what happened to her parents, she learns there's more to the history of Radio Falls than she could have ever realized.  More...

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By José Cruz González. Salt & Pepper explores family, friendship and illiteracy. Salt's grandfather can't read or write. He's ashamed to tell anyone, and his silence has had a devastating effect on the entire family. Salt can barely read, and Pepper, his new friend, reads voraciously. Together they discover a past, the secrets of which are revealed in an old box of mysterious postcards.  More...

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By Vivian Snipes. Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind's journey of discovery transports you to a simpler, earlier time of possibility and promise when amazing men and women accomplished astounding adventures! This highly theatrical tall tale is a narrative based in fact that includes embellishment, enhancement, enlargement and aggrandizement! (If it didn't, it wouldn't be a tall tale.) So let the thunder roll, lightning strike and the rain storm as Davy Crockett bursts to life saving the world from imminent destruction.  More...

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By Eric H. Weinberger and Elaine Bromka. What is it like for a woman when her husband becomes the president of the United States—and she is suddenly thrust into the spotlight? This witty, sly and deeply moving script explores the hopes, fears and loves of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. In three scenes taking place in the family quarters of the White House just prior to the end of living there as the wife of a president, each of the women confides alone to the audience. Secrets are spilled about their early years, their husbands' rise to power, their romances with the men, their unique paths as wives in the White House, and their feelings about imminent retirement.  More...