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Kids Say the Darndest Things
Kids Say the Darndest Things
Based on Art Linkletter's bestselling book. Book and lyrics by Robert Johanson. Music and lyrics and orchestration by Albert Evans.

Cast: 2m., 2w., 1 either gender, expandable as desired. If you want a play that will keep your audiences in stitches—this is the play for you. Concocted from the actual zany and oddly wise things that kids under the age of 12 have said, this rollicking entertainment covers all the bases: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" "How did your mommy and daddy fall in love?" "Do you have any pets … brothers … sisters … secret ambitions?" "What would you say to the president?" It is filled with the innocent wisdom that comes out of the "mouths of babes" and reminds us to look at the world with a kid's view. This amazingly simple and flexible play can be performed with or without music—with a large or small cast. It is based on the hilarious best-selling book Kids Say the Darndest Things by Art Linkletter, inspired by the TV show House Party which ran 26 years, hosted by Mr. Linkletter. This number one bestseller sold over 4 million copies, not to mention the numerous sequels. Adults or children can play the kids' roles. There is also a singing chorale that can either be performed by the kids themselves or an added chorus. This very funny family entertainment will be vastly enjoyed by your audiences. Get ready to laugh, laugh, laugh, when Kids Say the Darndest Things! Bare stage w/ props. Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes.

An accompaniment CD is available for use with this show. See Rental Info for details.

Music Samples

Kids Say the Darndest Things
Mind Your Manners
The Mystery of History
Tingles in My Heart
Give Us Wings

On page 81 beneath the song title "Give Us Wings" should read: (++++without music—chant the "Give Us Wings" lyrics and sing "America the Beautiful" [page bottom] a cappella under).
Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  K03
Cast Size:  5
No. of Act(s):  3
Pages:  103
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  90 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 1583422625
Publication Date: 12/09/2004
Albert Evans wrote the music for the off-Broadway hit Pageant, chosen by TIME magazine as one of the Year's 10 Best. Other New York shows include The Texas Chainsaw Musical and the cult favorite Nite Club Confidential. As composer-in-residence at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, he wrote lyrics for Mikado Inc. and music for Great Expectations, Jane Eyre and A ...More
Robert Johanson has been the artistic director of the Paper Mill Playhouse, the highly acclaimed State Theatre of New Jersey for over ten years. At Paper Mill, he has directed The Wizard of Oz (which transferred to The Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City), as well as the world premieres of Sayonara, Mikado Inc., The Prisoner of ...More
Art Linkletter has been a television and radio star for more than 60 years and has performed in two of the longest-running shows in broadcast history: "House Party," which ran on daytime CBS-TV and radio for 25 years and "People Are Funny," which ran on nighttime NBC-TV and radio for 19 years. He has won two Emmy awards and received ...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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