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Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace
By Shay Youngblood. Adapted from the book by Mary Hoffman.

Cast: 4m., 7w. (Cast: 3 women, 4 girls and 4 boys, plus extra neighborhood children, adult offstage voice.) In the words of Ms. Youngblood, "Amazing Grace is about a little girl who loves acting out stories, those told and read to her by her grandmother as well as ones she reads on her own. She also makes up her own stories, acting out the most exciting parts. When Grace is in her playworld everything to her is real. In her imagination, she becomes the characters: Anansi the Spider, Joan of Arc, Mowgli, Hiawatha. She's a pirate with a peg leg and a parrot, an explorer, and a theater director of a production of 'Cinderella' in which she casts a boy in the title role. Grace's mother is very practical and hopes that Grace will become a doctor, a lawyer or a professional person given the opportunities she herself didn't have. Her grandmother, Nana, believes that Grace can be whatever she wants to be. Grace is told by two of her classmates that she can't be Peter Pan in the school play because she is a girl and because she is black. In the end, Grace shows us that she can indeed do anything she sets her mind to. I selected the West African Anansi story and use traditional storytelling techniques such as songs, rhythm and repetition to teach Grace and her friends a bit of folk wisdom." Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 60 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  A64
Cast Size:  11
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  35
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  60 min.
Categories
Target Audience: Young Audiences | Middle School
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama
ISBN (10): 0871298090
Biographies
Mary Hoffman was born in a little railway town in the south of England but moved to London when she was three and has lived there ever since. She began writing plays for her school friends when she was a young girl and never really thought of being anything other than a writer. Hoffman has published more than 60 ...More
Shay Youngblood received a B.A. in communications from Clark-Atlanta University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Brown University. She has worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Eastern Caribbean, an au pair, artist's model and poet's helper in Paris. The Georgia-born writer is the author of a collection of short stories called The Big Mama Stories (Firebrand Books) ...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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