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Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates
Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates
Book by Gayle Hudson. Music and lyrics by Bobbe Bramson. Based on the novel by Mary Mapes Dodge.

Cast: 2m., 1w. (5 boys, 5 girls). Gretl and Hans Brinker live with their kind mother and their ailing father who has been reduced to a childlike state after a fall from a dike. The children, outcast by their wealthy peers, yearn to have their father restored to the jolly man they remember, and also to win the coveted pairs of silver skates at the annual town race. Hans begs the renowned Dr. Boekman to try to cure their father. The doctor takes a strong liking to young Hans who reminds him of his own son. Why did this beloved son suddenly disappear so many years before? What happened to the Brinker's bag of hard-earned guilders lost since the night of Raff Brinker's fall? And why did he hand his wife a strange and valuable silver watch moments before leaving home the night of his accident? In a series of miraculous twists and turns all these questions are answered and all problems solved in this story of two young people who, through their determination, selflessness and love, not only find a cure for their sick father but also secure a future of which they had barely dreamed. And, as if that's not enough, Gretl skates home on her newly won silver skates! Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes.

Music Samples

Holland Is Home to Me
The Race
Gretl's Lullaby
When Father Used to Sing
One Thousand Guilders
On the Canal
Goose Girl
Goede Gunst
The Magic Bead
I Once Had a Son Like You
Holland Is Home to Me - Reprise

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  H04
Cast Size:  3
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  67
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  100 min.
Target Audience: Middle School
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Holiday | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 0871297892
Bobbe Bramson (composer/lyricist) has worked extensively in musical theatre for over 20 years. Besides having musically directed several critically acclaimed productions, she also spent many years performing her caberet act throughout the New York metropolitan area. Her first love, however, remains composing musical scores, some of which include, adaptations of The Velveteen Rabbit and The Nightingale, as well as original ...More
Gayle Hudson has worked in the field of children's and family theater many years as a teacher, director, playwright, actor and arts education administrator. She has served as theater arts director at Brooklyn College's Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts and Northern Westchester Center for the Arts in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. Her first play, Teddy Bear, was presented by St. ...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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