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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
"Heartwarming, charming, funny and touching. The stories are about all of us." —National Public Radio

"A refreshingly intimate combination of theatre and storytelling. Gentle … funny … joyous. Sparks of recognition ignited the audience." —The Chicago Sun-Times

"A lighthearted, beautifully styled dramatization of Fulghum's writings." —Syracuse Herald Journal
Based on the books by Robert Fulghum. Conceived and adapted by Ernest Zulia. Music and Lyrics by David Caldwell.

Cast: 3m., 2w. (1 pianist, expandable.) Based on Robert Fulghum's best-selling books, Kindergarten takes a funny, insightful, heartwarming look at what is profound in everyday life. This tightly woven adaptation has earned standing ovations from Singapore to Prague— from L.A. to D.C. It's an evening of theatrical storytelling in revue format, with monologues, dialogues, and multiple voice narration, enhanced through the use of live piano underscoring, which provides fluidity, charm, and emotional texture, and seven optional original songs. The delightful stories feature colorful characters such as: a shy little boy who insists on playing the "pig" in his class production of Cinderella and steals the show; a man whose dream of flying carries him high over Los Angeles … in a lawn chair buoyed by surplus weather balloons; a "mother of the bride" who's staged a perfect wedding—until the bowling ball of fate rolls down the aisle; and a modern-day Greek philosopher who finds the meaning of life in a piece of broken mirror from World War II. These stories celebrate our very existence, from the whimsy of childhood to the wisdom of old age. Kindergarten is a sure hit for almost any performing group. Unit set (or bare stage).

Music Samples

TitleMP3Sheet Music
The Kindergarten Song
Charles Boyer
The Stuff in the Sink
The Bench
Reflect the Light
Tomb With a View

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical*Full-Length
Catalog Code:  A78
Cast Size:  5
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  101
Royalty:  $100.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $10.95
Approx. Running Time:  135 min.
Target Audience: Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 0871299135
David Caldwell (music and lyrics) has been a theatrical music director for the past 20 years; for 16 of those years, his most interesting gigs have been collaborations with Ernie Zulia. Zulia hired him as musical director at Highlands Playhouse in North Carolina in 1983. A few years later, they and their friend Jere Lee Hodgin migrated to Mill Mountain ...More
Robert Fulghum is the author of several best-selling books including: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It, Uh-Oh, Maybe (Maybe Not), From Beginning to End: The Rituals of Our Lives, True Love and Words I Wish I Wrote, setting records at the top of the New York ...More
Since fourth grade, Ernest Zulia has been concocting theatre pieces and directing productions for audi-ences from his backyard, to major regional theatres around the United States, to international stages in Asia and Europe. His adaptation of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten is followed by the sequel Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas. Both pieces were the product ...More
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* 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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