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Alex and the Shrink World
Alex and the Shrink World
By Ric Averill.

Cast: 5m., 4w. (also 3m or w.) This is the story of a boy who shrinks to the size of an ant because it's much more fun than dealing with his baby sister. Alex's parents and teacher have the mistaken notion that he is just "zoning out," muttering and staring off into space, but the audience sees Alex's adventures with two busy ants, a couple of zany cockroaches and Mister Mouse, their ringleader. They sing and dance and have a wonderful time culminating in Alex's coronation. But the responsibilities of the King of the Shrink World include dealing with King Brown, a very nasty spider who tells Alex, "I'm gonna bite your baby sister and I'm gonna bite you!" As Alex's journeys to the Shrink World get more dangerous, his parents and teacher decide that the boy may be in need of some professional help. They take Alex to see Dr. Candin, a warm and eccentric child psychiatrist, who draws Alex out by using a couple of delightful puppets. Alex shows Dr. Candin the Shrink World and gets her advice on how to handle his adventures there as well as some insight into his feelings about his baby sister. At the climax of the play, Alex faces King Brown and realizes that it's all right to be mad about having a baby sister and yet still love and protect her. He defeats King Brown and holds his sister in his arms, even if she is "yechy." Don't worry though, Alex may be feeling a little better, but he'll still visit the Shrink World from time to time. Area staging.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  A75
Cast Size:  12
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  62
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  80 min.
Categories
Target Audience: Young Audiences
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre
Genre: Comedy | Drama
ISBN (10): 087129835X
Biographies
Ric Averill is the artistic director of performing arts at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kan. He is a director, playwright, conductor, composer, actor and educator. Averill has been commissioned by The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, Mo., the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., First Stage in Milwaukee and San Diego State University's Theatre of the World Festival to ...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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