"Show Today" and "Jack and the Beanstalk" read two signs placed at the proscenium on the otherwise bare stage. Clown ushers escort the young people to their seats in anticipation of a performance of the age-old classic. But it's time for the show and the group that was supposed to present the play has phoned to say that their van has broken down and they are not going to make it. The clown ushers gather on stage to decide what to do. Should they send the audience home? With the help of the youngsters, they decide to act out the story themselves using their clown characters as the basis for their improvisation of "Jack and the Beanstalk." Utilizing what they can find backstage, asking for help from the audience when they get stuck, and capitalizing on the unique talents of each of the clowns, they play out the story, discovering thereby the meaning of being a clown.
- Type of Show One-act Play
- Product Code C52000
- Cast Size 8
- Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
- Cost $9.95
- Approx. Run Time 40 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group High School | TYA | Touring Group
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871294241
- "The elementary students adored the zaniness of this play. We had a more elaborate set than the script called for, but the extra work was worth it -- colorful, cute play."
- Review by Harriett Whitlock, West Florence High School, Florence, SC
- "Clowns' Play is a delightful play to produce. We used it in children's theatre for grades 3-12, and it worked out well. It was very interesting to see how the different ages in the audience reacted to the audience participation part. Everyone had great fun!"
- Review by Theresa Parker, Roane Arts & Humanities Council, Walton, W.V.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "The more unusual the props, the cuter it is. In our play, the axe was a squeegee, the beanstalk a ladder that folded over and could be climbed on both sides (our Jack was afraid of heights)."
- Tip by Theresa Parker, Roane Arts & Humanities Council, Walton, W.V.