Musical. Book and Lyrics by Don Musselman. Music by Sim Broadfield. Adapted from the book by Virginia Cary Hudson.
Cast: 20m., 23w., or 27 (12m., 15w.) with doubling. This adaptation is based on the book that has delighted millions for a quarter century. Virginia is a bright 11-year-old girl enjoying life in a small Kentucky town nearly a century ago. With a child's eyes, she spies the petty hypocrisies and enjoys the colorful qualities of the townspeople. She charms all with her shrewd and ingenious comments on life, death, God, cattle and mint juleps. This humorous play consists of episodes based on authentic essays of this astute child of 1900. With Virginia as guide, the audience tours her school, church, home and main street. This musical features a journey from "Egyptian bondage" to the "judgment seat" for a kind of celestial graduation, receiving harps and crowns rather than diplomas. The play lends itself to summer programs, churches and community theatres. A delight for family audiences. Flexible cast of adults and children. There are endless possibilities for larger numbers of children and adults. Unit set with inserts. Turn-of-the-20th-century costumes. Approximate running time: 95 minutes.