Musical. Adaptation by Aurand Harris. Music by Steve Wheaton. From the novel by Mark Twain.
Cast: 5m., 4w., 2 boys, extras optional, or double-cast to reduce cast number. The famous story of a prince and a pauper exchanging places comes alive in scenes of action, humor and pageantry, enhanced by appropriate music. After trading places, a prince and a poor boy discover their new roles are more difficult than their old ones. The story is played out against life in Tudor England—hard and cruel—with such colorful characters as the witchwoman and an abusive father, and such diverse activities as a puppet show, a whipping post and a coronation. The play is told in dramatic scenes bridged by a singing minstrel. Costumes of Tudor England. Approximate running time: 80 minutes.