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Balto: The Dog That Saved Nome, Alaska
Balto: The Dog That Saved Nome, Alaska
Book by Robert Thomas Noll and Bill Hoffman. Music and lyrics by Bill Hoffman.

Cast: 3 to 17+ actors. In February 1925, stricken by a diphtheria epidemic, the mining town of Nome, Alaska, was saved by 20 dog teams that delivered 300,000 units of serum over 674 miles of treacherous terrain. Balto, the lead sled dog, led the last 53 miles of the dangerous journey and became a media sensation. He was so famous that he toured the U.S. and throughout Europe and even starred in a Hollywood movie. But, like most media sensations, the public lost interest in him, and a few years later Balto ended up in a run-down sideshow in California. Barely surviving the mistreatment of the greedy carnival owner, he was saved from disease and starvation by a Cleveland, Ohio, businessman who heard where the famous sled dog ended up. Balto's owner was willing to sell the dog, but he wanted more money than the businessman could afford. So the businessman returned to Cleveland and started to raise money by asking schoolchildren to give him their pennies to help buy Balto. The children raised enough money to rescue Balto so that he could live out his life in luxury at the Cleveland Zoo. This musical features a wonderful eclectic score that includes the tuneful "That's the Dog!," the blues number, "Why Not Me?" the pulsating "Keep Running," the plaintive "This Is My Story" and the toe-tapping "Ev'ry Little Penny." First produced at the Cleveland Play House to sold-out houses, Balto is an inspirational, true, heartwarming story of adventure, courage and compassion. Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 50 minutes.

Music Samples

That's the Dog
Why Not Me
Keep Running
This is My Story
Every Little Penny

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  BB9
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  41
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  50 min.
Target Audience: Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama
ISBN (10): 1583423567
Publication Date: 05/10/2007
Bill Hoffman is a writer, director and producer who from 1995 to 2005 produced The Children's Theatre Series at the Cleveland Play House. During that time he had the pleasure of collaborating and contributing book, music and lyrics for a number of productions for young audiences including Follow the Seasons: The Legend of Johnny Appleseed and Puss in Boots by ...More
Robert Thomas Noll has won more than 34 national and international awards including a Silver Medal at the International Film and Television Festival of New York, a Golden Eagle Award from CINE, a National Education Association National Award, a national Telly Award and nine Emmy Awards. His 29 produced plays have been performed thousands of times throughout the United States ...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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