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The Orphan Train
The Orphan Train
Produced and developed by Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and by New York University.
Drama. By Aurand Harris.

Cast: 6m., 7w., 6 boys, 6 girls, or 11 (1m., 1w., 3 boys, 6 girls) with doubling. The play tells the story of nine orphans on an "orphan train" that left New York City on May 28, 1914. The train travels to Midwestern towns in search of homes, any homes, anywhere for the orphaned and unwanted children. There's Mary, Evie, spunky Pegeen, Annie and Little Lucy, a quiet one. Other orphans include Frank (who later becomes Frankie, a small girl), Raymond, Lucky and Danny the song-and-dance boy. And there are the men and women hoping for children. The lonesome whistle wails as the train chugs between encounters of anxiety, laughter, wistfulness, rejection and acceptance. Eight stories unfold, each a memorable surprise. The Orphan Train is a charming heart-warmer and all we expect from one of legendary playwrights for children, Aurand Harris. The staging creates a highly theatrical story, moving, amusing and always tellingly human. Open stage. Period costumes of the current time. Suitable for touring. Approximate running time: 65 minutes.

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Piano/Vocal score is provided for the traditional songs found in the script.
Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  O82
Cast Size:  25
Pages:  53
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.50
Approx. Running Time:  65 min.
Categories
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583427481
Biographies
The plays of Aurand Harris have been produced and applauded in thousands of productions around the world for nearly a half century. Harris was a prodigious dramatist, writing a new published play each season. He was a tireless experimenter of forms, themes and subjects. This modest man of irrepressible imagination and energy carried a vast array of honors and accolades. ...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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