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Sing Down the Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales
Sing Down the Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales
Nominated for the Helen Hayes Award— The Charles MacArthur Prize for Outstanding New Play, Washington, D.C.

"Excellent entertainment for viewers of all ages, offering adventure, romance, drama and comedy." —The Washington Post

"an unforgettable, highly polished, unique storytelling experience" —School Library Journal
Musical. Book by Mary Hall Surface. Music by David Maddox. Lyrics by Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox.

Cast: 4m., 5w. (playing multiple roles. Can be expanded, with no doubling, to 20m., 20w.) Journey into the Appalachian Mountains in this award-winning musical that deftly weaves six traditional tales and original music into a keepsake quilt of mountain lore and wisdom for the whole family. Three "Jack tales" feature the resourceful, clever Jack who climbs a wonder-bean tree to find giants in the sky, who lands himself a job despite his foolishness and who wins the heart of Featherflight, the magical daughter of a devilish trickster. "Catskins" is a spunky Appalachian Cinderella. "The Enchanted Tree" is a beauty-and-the-beast love story between a lost girl and a frightening crow. And in a zany, sung-through "Sow and Her Three Pigs" plucky Nancy the pig outsmarts the hungry fox. This musical play incorporates singing, mountain dances, music and giant puppets to create a highly theatrical storytelling style. The score, which interweaves music throughout the tales, is inspired by "Old Time" Appalachian music featuring fiddle and banjo that drives the play's action and makes music itself a character in the play. Nominated for five Helen Hayes Awards, it was commissioned and originally produced by Theater of the First Amendment, George Mason University's professional theatre in Fairfax, Virginia. The Washington Times described the show as "excellent entertainment for viewers of all ages, offering adventure, romance, drama and comedy." The original cast recording was the winner of the Parent's Guide Award for Children's Media and the Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Award. Sing Down the Moon has enjoyed success on professional, community, university and youth theatre stages. Area staging. Approximate running time: 90 minutes. Suggestions for a 60-minute (four stories) version noted in playbook.

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Music Samples
TitleMP3
Opening Song
Jack and the Wonder Bean
Catskins
Jack's First Job
The Sow and Her Three Pigs
Jack and King Marock
The Enchanted Tree



Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  SH9
Cast Size:  9
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  138
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $9.50
Approx. Running Time:  90 min.
Categories
Target Audience: YoungAudiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
ISBN (10): 1583422188
Publication Date: 05/27/2004
Biographies
David Maddox (composer, lyricist) has created six works of musical theatre in collaboration with Mary Hall Surface: Sing Down the Moon, Perseus Bayou, Mississippi Pinocchio, The Nightingale (a dance-theatre work, commissioned by the Kennedy Center); Gandhara (also commissioned by the Kennedy Center); and The Odyssey of Telemaca. David is also the composer of Steak!, a country-western musical about cattle-rustling vegetarians ...More
Mary Hall Surface's work has been featured at Seattle Children's Theatre, Dallas Children's Theatre, Arizona's Childsplay, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, the National Gallery of Arts, the Folger Shakespeare Library, as well as more than 15 productions at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in every region of the United States, as well as in Ireland, France, Peru, Germany, Italy, Taiwan ...More
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This title can be licensed/sold throughout the world
* 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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