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The Jack Tales

The Jack Tales

By R. Rex Stephenson.

Product Code: J57000

  • Collection
  • Comedy

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$11.95 /book

Min. Royalty Rate: $110/perf

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The Blue Ridge Mountain folktales were collected and dramatized by Dr. R. Rex Stephenson at Ferrum College, Virginia, where he toured the plays with a company of his students—usually five men and five women. From 1975 to 1991, the Jack Tale Players performed the stories 1,325 times to more than half a million people of all ages in 34 states and in England. Jack, the teenage protagonist of most of the tales, is the universal underdog who outwits "upper-dogs" like robbers, giants, witches, devils and big brothers. Jack Fear-No-Man: Jack wins a $10,000 reward from the king of Virginia for conquering three giants. Jack and the Witch's Tale: Jack defeats a witch with kindness. Foolish Jack: Jack is outwitted by some sharp traders. Jack and the Robbers: Jack and some runaway animals scare the meanness out of a band of thieves. Jack and Ol' Greasy Beard: Jack outsmarts his older brothers and catches a thief and rescues a girl in distress. Wicked John and the Devil: The meanest man on earth bedevils the devil.


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  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Collection
  • Product Code J57000
  • Cast Size 10
  • Pages 72
  • Min. Royalty Rate $110/perf
  • Cost $11.95
  • Approx. Run Time 60 min


  • Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages)
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre
  • Genre Comedy
  • ISBN(13) 9780886803612
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Customer Reviews

"This is a fun script that helps to connect students to their history. It also allows for use of music and dancing which added to the fun!"
Review by Claire Covington, Broadway High School, Broadway, Va.
"This is a delightful script and engages both children and adults. I think it celebrates Appalachia in a very positive way. The humor is clever and the staging is easy. The play allows for improvisation and creativity. The flexible cast allowed me to include a large cast, giving everyone a role. I recommend Jack Tales, especially to Appalachian groups. "
Review by Karen Vuranch, Concord University, Athens, W.VA.

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

"Incorporating music was very helpful. We had traditional musician and singers perform between each story and that helped reinforce the celebration of Appalachian culture. "
Tip by Karen Vuranch, Concord University, Athens, W.VA.

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