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Book and lyrics by Carol Korty. Music by Scott Wheeler. This play is about a spirited young girl, Maryushka, determined to find where she belongs. It is a coming-of-age story set in old Russia, drawn from ancient tales about Baba Yaga, the mysterious crone who lives deep in the forest in a five-sided house on chicken legs and flies through the air in a mortar and pestle! Maryushka bravely and defiantly does her tasks—initially by playing tricks and fooling around—until she gets into trouble—real trouble.  More...

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By Vidas Barzdukas. Based on the novel by Rafael Sabatini. Captain Blood is a modern adaptation of Rafael Sabatini's 1922 swashbuckling classic about pirates, romance and a man fighting against injustice. Dr. Peter Blood is convicted of treason for tending to the wounds of a rebel during a rebellion against King James II. Sentenced to a life of slavery in Barbados, Blood falls in love with the brutal plantation owner's niece, Arabella.  More...

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Book, music and lyrics by Joan Cushing. Adapted from the book by Elvira Woodruff. Set in 1840's London, Lucy and Glory Wolcott live at Grimstone Union Public Workhouse at the mercy of the cruel Matron Wick and Mistress Branch. Lucy invents stories about a family she barely remembers and a long lost doll named Morning Glory to humor her sister. When a deadly fever sweeps through the workhouse, the two sisters escape to the mean streets of London, where they encounter many colorful characters.  More...

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Book music and lyrics by Joan Cushing. Adapted from the book by Elvira Woodruff. Set in 1840's London, Lucy and Glory Wolcott live at Grimstone Union Public Workhouse at the mercy of the cruel Matron Wick and Mistress Branch. Lucy invents stories about a family she barely remembers and a long lost doll named Morning Glory to humor her sister. When a deadly fever sweeps through the workhouse, the two sisters escape to the mean streets of London, where they encounter many colorful characters.  More...

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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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Crush

By Stephen Gregg. Welcome to Pin Cushion, California: population 791 and falling fast. Pin Cushion High School Drama has reached its final-ever production: Our Town. Despite never having once gotten a part, Bark Melon—16 and delightfully goofy despite some recent hard times—is convinced that he's going to get a lead. But Bark's audition goes awry when  More...

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The Daly News (musical) (three-actor version)

Story, book and lyrics by Jonathan Gillard Daly. Music by Larry Delinger and Gregg Coffin. The Daly News is a musical memoir about love and distance between fathers and sons. The source material is Martin J. Daly's World War II-era newsletter The Daly News, written from 1943 to 1946 and distributed to Martin's children, who were scattered all over the globe in the service of their country. The story of the play derives from letters from the home front, as well as missives from the boys overseas. Throughout the play, a contemporary character, Martin's grandson, Jon, relates personal remembrances  More...

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By Nicholas Korn. When four suitors arrive to ask for the hands of Signor Di Lirio's three lovely daughters, the old gentleman agrees, as long as they have the approval of their mother. And that's where the problems begin—the old man's wife died three years ago, and he has gone so mad with grief that he still believes she is alive. However, one of the suitors is the town scoundrel,  More...

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Book and lyrics by Jeff Church. Music by Richard Gray. Based on an English folktale. Can a cat inspire love, loyalty, friendship and the spirit of giving? Dick Whittington, a penniless orphan, arrives in London having heard there's a street paved with gold. Cast aside and laughed at, a rich merchant takes pity on Dick and offers him a job. Unfortunately, his housekeeper, Miss MacGrundy, hates the boy and houses Dick in a rat-filled attic. When a stranger gifts Dick a cat, Trueheart, his luck changes. A terrific mouser, Trueheart makes  More...

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By Jules Tasca. An Evening With Sherlock Holmes presents a unique evening of mystery. A triad of one acts: The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor, The Milverton Adventure and the original concluding play The Disappearance of Adam that makes this evening with Holmes unique. In this mind-boggling play, Holmes must solve one of the existential mysteries. With its theme of life and death, the great detective, the super sleuth of innumerable cases, must solve the riddle that has puzzled the most brilliant minds in history!  More...

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Evil Dead The Musical

Book and lyrics by George Reinblatt. Music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt. Music supervision by Frank Cipolla. Additional lyrics by Christopher Bond. Additional music by Rob Daleman. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It's all up to Ash (a housewares employee, turned demon-killing hero  More...

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Evil Little Thoughts (Revised)

By Mark D. Kaufmann As one critic describes the recent premiere at the Denver Center Theatre, "Watching the play uncoil like a spring is a delight. Very quickly the audience is seduced into believing its assortment of improbable characters. One of these is a tycoon corporate raider named Douglas Jensen who has patterned his life on a very simple principle: virtues like honor and respectability don't work. So he doesn't use them.  More...

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Farmageddon and the Undercover Crop

By Victoria Sayeg. Everyone loves a good crop circle—that is, everyone but world-renowned peanut planter Farmer Carter. This fine farmer is devastated to learn his entire year's yield of peanuts has been damaged by someone—or something—just a day before the circus comes to town! With the help of his wife, Eleanor, and their junk-food-addicted twin daughters, Farmer Carter hires a private investigator to get to the bottom of this perplexing peanut puzzle.  More...

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By Don Zolidis. Disgusted with the state of current entertainment, Dionysus, God of Wine and Poetry, decides that it's time to retrieve Shakespeare from the underworld. Surely if the Bard were given a series on HBO, he'd be able to raise the level of discourse! Accompanied by his trusted servant, Xanthias (the brains of the operation), Dionysus seeks help from Hercules and Charon the Boatman. Unfortunately, his plan to rescue Shakespeare goes horribly awry,  More...

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A Gift to Remember

Adapted by Joseph Robinette from the book A Gift to Last by Debbie Macomber. On Christmas Eve, during a snowstorm, a group of strangers are on a train to Boston from Bangor, Maine, where the airport had been shut down due to the weather. Once they reach Boston, many of the passengers hope to make connections to various destinations across the United States. The travelers have desires to reach their destinations in time for Christmas. However, the train develops engine trouble, and there are track problems ahead. The passengers are suddenly forced to disembark and take shelter in a small depot in New Hampshire. Understandably disappointed and dispirited, they try to make the best of things with little success at first.  More...

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The Giver (Two-Act Version)

Adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry. Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver—to receive and keep the memories of the community. The Giver is the only person who holds the memories of real pain and real joy. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life—and the hypocrisy of his utopian world.  More...

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By Pat Cook. Hayden Stewart's wife, Judith, and her sisters, Carla and Beth, are worried about their parents. "They argue all the time," Judith says. When she mentions this to Hayden, he casually suggests maybe the women could spend some time with Jack and Arlene, their parents, and squelch any such arguments. The next thing Hayden knows, Judith is planning a huge Christmas party with the whole family. "And it was all Hayden's idea!"  More...

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Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle!

Script, music and lyrics by Chad Henry. Adapted from the books by Betty McDonald. Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle! brings the uproarious stories of Betty MacDonald and her heroine, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, to the musical stage. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lives on the outskirts of town with her parrot, Penelope, in an upside-down house built by her husband, a pirate—a house which is usually overrun with children playing, painting, digging in the yard, playing dress-up, and generally having a wonderful time. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle loves children, and she especially loves helping children and families who are having such difficulties as  More...

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Hercule Poirot's First Case

By Jon Jory. Who poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorpe, and how did the murderer penetrate and escape her locked bedroom? The brilliant detective Hercule Poirot makes his debut in Jon Jory's dynamic adaptation of Agatha Christie's first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War, is settling in an English village near the country manor of Emily Inglethorp, a friend who assisted him in starting a new life. When Emily is killed, Poirot uses his skills to solve the mystery of who killed her. Plot twists and red herrings abound in this fast-paced, dynamic and engaging new adaptation.  More...

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By Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills. Based on the book by Eleanor Estes. The authors of the musical version of The Hundred Dresses have rewritten the musical as a one-act straight play that's perfect for competition! Wanda Petronski, a second-grader, lives way up in a shabby house in Boggins Heights, and she doesn't have any friends. Every day she wears a faded blue dress, but she tells her classmates that she has a hundred dresses at home of all fabrics and colors. Soon Maddie, Peggy, Jack and their classmates make a game of teasing Wanda about her hundred dresses until one day she disappears from school,  More...

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In His Steps

By Philip Grecian. This version is the only authorized stage adaptation of Charles Sheldon's best-selling novel. It was commissioned by Sheldon's church, Central Congregational, where it was first written in 1897. In the summer of 1895 in Raymond, Kansas, a tramp knocks at Reverend Henry Maxwell's door looking for work. With regret, Maxwell turns him away, but the tramp's visit has inspired Sunday's sermon from 1 Peter 2:21: "For hereunto were ye called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that ye should follow in His steps."  More...

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The Inn at Rose Harbor

Adapted by Joseph Robinette. From the book by Debbie Macomber. Jo Marie Rose, widowed as a young woman, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her purchase of the Inn at Rose Harbor, a local bed-and-breakfast in the town of Cedar Cove, Washington. She has invited many of her former guests (us, the audience) to join her as she reminisces about her early days as owner of the inn.  More...

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By Philip Grecian. Based on the film by Frank Capra. Grecian, who brought A Christmas Story to the stage, now gives us this adaptation of the beloved Frank Capra film. It is Christmas Eve, and George Bailey stands on a bridge looking over the icy waters below, contemplating suicide. Joseph, an unseen angel, calls on The Boss for advice, and they decide on Clarence Oddbody, an Angel Second Class who, after 200 years, has yet to earn his wings.  More...

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Jane of the Jungle (large-cast version)

Book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías. Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. Jane is an ordinary girl, complete with a really nice mom and a bratty little brother, Milo. But Jane and her best friend, Kayla, are on the verge of some big changes. Middle school is looming, and that is both exciting and a little scary. And what could be a better way to end the summer than getting a pretty purple letter in the mail inviting them to very popular Nicolette Miller's "Too-Cool-Almost-Middle-School-All-Girl-Party"?  More...

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By Patricia Barry Rumble. Based on Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Little Scrooge is an extremely creative, kid-friendly adaptation of the Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. When an adolescent boy, Eben Scrooge, strikes it rich and makes a million dollars by inventing a popular phone app called Where's Fluffy?, which can help a person find a lost pet, he loses sight of what really matters in life.  More...

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A Lonely Boy's Guide to Survival (and Werewolves) (Large-Cast Version)

By Ernie Nolan. It's 1954, and even though he has just become a Badger Scout, young Skipper McCready's life is a big mess. His grumpy next-door neighbor is upset with him all the time; his friend Sally Ann is obsessed with being a girl detective; and his best friend, Lucky, a dog, has gone missing. To top it all off, his mother wants him to befriend the new weird kid in Rolling Meadows, Jonathan Van, a bookish boy with outlandish tales of his monster-hunting father.  More...

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By Clay Sander and Nate Sander. "Tiny" Willits and Ethan Banks spend most of their free time at Boo's Tavern in the small, working-class community of Downs Moor. Boo's co-owner (along with bar namesake Boo Koontz) is a know-it-all loudmouth named Gus "Hitch" Bigwood. Hitch has a noticeable limp due to a forklift accident at the town factory 10 years earlier, which got him a massive settlement, a large part of which he spent on an antique automobile. Unbeknownst to Ethan and Tiny, Hitch has been faking his limp for the past decade  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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Edited by Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas and Kim Peter Kovac, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. "New Visions/New Voices … has been a vibrant, driving force in the creation of new plays for young people and families for 25 years … With the groundbreaking work of The Yellow Boat  More...

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Edited by Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas and Kim Peter Kovac, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. "New Visions/New Voices … has been a vibrant, driving force in the creation of new plays for young people and families for 25 years … With the groundbreaking work of The Yellow Boat  More...

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Edited by Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas and Kim Peter Kovac, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. "New Visions/New Voices … has been a vibrant, driving force in the creation of new plays for young people and families for 25 years … With the groundbreaking work of The Yellow Boat  More...

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Paper or Plastic: The Ice Storm

By Werner Trieschmann. The last time we saw Sarah, she was the young hero of Paper or Plastic?. There, Sarah was trying her best as a new employee at Puritan Foods, a grocery store with more than a cart full of crazy customers and fellow employees. In Paper or Plastic: The Ice Storm, Sarah is back, but this time she is hastily given—maybe tricked into?—the job of assistant manager. Sarah is happy about the new promotion until she realizes that with great power comes even more grocery store insanity. Did we mention there's an ice storm coming?!  More...

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The Princess Who Lost Her Hair

By Jeremy Kisling. Based on the story by Tololwa Mollel. Muoma is a beggar. He begs to help other people lighten their worry and stress. One day he runs into Mutu, the princess' attendant, but Mutu cannot linger. She must get back to the princess to help her adorn her hair before she goes to the marketplace. While fixing Princess Kalendi's hair, a weaver bird approaches and asks for a strand to weave into his nest. Kalendi refuses,  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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Book, music and lyrics by Ted Shen. Recent widower, Dan, and divorcee, Jenna, meet mid-life and mid-crisis. Their painful pasts cause them both to feel undeserving of happiness. They develop an instant rapport while attending a dinner party, but Dan's grief precludes any follow-through. After running into each other on a subway a month later, Jenna decides to invite Dan out on a "platonic date" to the Museum of Modern Art, where they experience a silent, but unexpectedly intense connection.  More...

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By Y York. From the novel by Jerry Spinelli. All is copacetic in the fall of the new school year as junior Leo Borlock settles in to produce his moderately popular school TV show, The Hot Seat, and keep himself safely behind the camera and out of anybody's line of fire. His safe existence implodes with the arrival of the weirdly fabulous Stargirl,  More...

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Straight

By Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola. Meet Ben. Ben is a 26-year-old investment banker. Ben likes beer, sports and Emily … and Chris. Straight is a provocative new play that deals with fidelity, sexuality and identity in "post-equality" America. Funny, sad, sexy and surprising, this three-character drama takes a hard look at the moral complex of a generation that prides itself on the pretense of acceptance.  More...

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Book and lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby. Music by Shirley Mier. Based on the book by the Brothers Grimm. Enter the magical world of twelve princesses who love to dance. Each night, they sing the song that allows them secret passage into the enchanted forest. Once they arrive, the trees sparkle and chime with silver and gold leaves, beautiful music plays and the spirit of their mother watches over them. In the meantime, their father, the king, is perplexed, and the shoemaker and his apprentices are exasperated,  More...

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By Suzan Zeder. A story told in sound, movement and words about 9-year-old B … just plain B, like the letter, like the grade, who is about to turn 10 and is not happy about that! B knows, really knows, that before she could walk, she could fly. She is desperate to remember how before the dreaded birthday comes. In a summer thunderstorm, B's treehouse is hit by lightning, and a mysterious stranger appears.  More...

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By Charles Edward Pogue and Larry Drake. "A matter of life and death!" reads the telegram that urgently summons Damocles Cole, gentleman sleuth, to a dude ranch. It was death … Dam's client, Horace Crenshaw, has been both stabbed and shot. But Dam notices the telegram was sent after Crenshaw was already dead. Dam's ex-wife, Daphne, sent it. They're divorced because spunky Daph wrote a lurid murder mystery based on one of Dam's exploits. She even fashioned her detective hero on him.  More...

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Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure

Book by Rachel Rockwell. Music by Michael Mahler. Lyrics by Michael Mahler and Rachel Rockwell. Adapted from Lewis Caroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.  How can you march to the beat of your own drummer when you're still writing the song? Everyone's search for one's authentic self is at the heart of Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure. Carroll's beloved, poetic tale of self-actualization is brought to life by a cast of actor/musicians who create an eclectic, live rock soundtrack as 7-1/2-year-old Alice searches for her own inner musical voice.  More...

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