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Prairie Lights
Prairie Lights
"Evokes the hopefulness of the winter holidays...treats children and adults with respect." —Columbus Dispatch
Book by Susan Lieberman. Lyrics by David Rush. Music by Rosalie Gerut. Piano orchestration and additional arranging by David L. Sparr.

Cast: 4m., 4w., 5 teenage m., 5 teenage w., flexible chorus. A holiday musical called "incisive and poignant" by the Chicago Sun-Times and "affirming and family-friendly" by the Chicago Tribune, Prairie Lights tells the story of a Jewish brother and sister who journey west on an Orphan Train in 1905. Arriving with other homeless youths in a tiny Nebraska town just before the holidays, Benjamin and Rose are adopted by Wellspring's only Jewish couple, Abe and Sophie Birnbaum. Devout 12-year-old Benjamin clashes with Abe, a successful shopkeeper who has abandoned his religion. Meanwhile, 15-year-old Rose falls secretly in love with a fellow orphan, thus upsetting Sophie's marriage plans for the girl. Townsfolk are further divided by the fearful banker, Maxwell Ryder, who wants to send all of the orphans back to New York. As the town prepares for Christmas and Hanukkah approaches, Benjamin finds himself enlisting the young people—orphans and local kids alike—on a quest to reunite Wellspring. Joyful ensemble numbers such as "Sweet Holiday Light," and "If I Were a Maccabee" are complemented by Sophie's soul-searching lament, "Mama, Good Morning," and the romantic ballad, "Far Away With Me." Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours.

Music Samples

Way Out Here
Birnbaum's Emporium
Far Away With Me
Momma, Good Morning
Sweet Holiday Light
If I Were a Maccabee

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  PA4
Cast Size:  18
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  86
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 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: Drama | Holiday
ISBN (10): 1583422463
Publication Date: 12/08/2004
Rosalie Gerut (composer) has performed on stage, radio and television internationally. She has written the scores for the musicals Songs of Paradise for the Joseph Papp Public Theater and Prairie Lights, which was nominated for the prestigious Jeff Award in 2003. She composed music for the PBS documentary Breaking the Silence and for the feature film The Imported Bridegroom. Her ...More
Susan Lieberman began her career in theatre as a production assistant at Charles Marowitz's Open Space Theatre in London. She later worked for producer Thelma Holt at London's Round House and then spent four years in New York City as associate editor of Theatre Crafts magazine. Upon returning to her hometown of Chicago, she became a resident playwright at Chicago ...More
David Rush has had productions of his plays at Mark Taper Forum, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights' Horizons, Stage Left Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Organic Theater, Center Stage, Raven Theatre and others. In addition to Prairie Lights, his credits include Cuttings (at Chicago's Stage Left Theater), Police Deaf Near Far (Stage Left, awarded a Jeff Award for Best New Work), The Prophet ...More
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