Folktale. Adapted by Tom Behm. From the stories collected by Richard Chase in The Jack Tales and Grandfather Tales.
Cast: 5 either gender with doubling or up to 16 either gender. Five stories are presented by an ensemble cast in story theatre/audience participation style. The actors greet the audience as they arrive and introduce participation through mime and improvisational activities. The first tale is Jack and the Northwest Wind, and as Jack seeks the source of the wind and makes his fortune, the audience participates as the howling wind. The Big Toe is a humorous ghost story like those "jump tales" told around a camp fire. Old Dry Frye follows the misadventures of a dead body around the community with the audience joining in the refrain, "Everybody Knows Old Dry Frye." Wicked John and the Devil includes six lucky volunteers from the audience in John's successful efforts at outsmarting the devil. Jack and the Robbers is a popular closing story featuring a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster who help Jack in his journey to discover a fortune. Unit set. Simple costumes. Suitable for touring. Approximate running time: 50 to 60 minutes.