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The Nightingale (musical)
The Nightingale (musical)
Book by William Electric Black and Amie Brockway-Henson. Music by Elliot Sokolov. From the story by Hans Christian Andersen.

Cast: An ensemble of 12 m. and w. (not gender specific.) When Grandpa, prompted by a plain little gray bird, begins to tell his grandchildren, Elizabeth and Jonathan, about the emperor's nightingale, his back yard is transformed into the emperor of China's palace, garden and forest, and the three of them become characters in this humorous and moving story. At the end of the emperor's forest, where the emperor has never been, is a deep blue sea where fishermen come with their nets to feed their families and to hear the sweet music of the nightingale. The emperor is outraged to learn that such a treasure exists in his own forest, and yet he has not seen it. He orders his chief courtier to find the nightingale and bring it to him. When the nightingale arrives, the emperor has it put in a golden cage where it will sing to him every day. Then, one day, the emperor of Japan sends the emperor of China a beautifully jeweled mechanical bird, which quickly wins the emperor's admiration. The nightingale, homesick for its friends and family in the forest, escapes, and the emperor learns some important lessons about friendship, loyalty, freedom, and the special beauty found only in nature. Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 60 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  N04
Cast Size:  12
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  43
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  60 min.
Target Audience: Young Audiences | Middle School | High School
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN (10): 0871298805
William Electric Black (a.k.a. Ian James) has written, directed and produced plays off-Broadway. His productions have been seen at The Open Eye Theater, Nat Horne Musical Theater, Theater for the New City, La MaMa and the Boston Center for the Performing Arts. In children's television, Black won three Emmy Awards as a writer for Sesame Street. He has written for ...More
Amie Brockway-Henson is producing artistic director of The Open Eye Theater, a not-for-profit professional company working in and with the community and specializing in the development and production of new plays for all ages. Acclaimed plays she has been instrumental in developing at The Open Eye include A Woman Called Truth by Sandra Fenichel Asher, Silkie by Laurie Brooks Gollobin ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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