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The Theatre of Aurand Harris: His Career, His Theories, His Plays

The Theatre of Aurand Harris: His Career, His Theories, His Plays

By Lowell Swortzell. Includes 15 complete plays by Aurand Harris.

Product Code: TP4000

  • Collection
  • Comedy | Drama

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Please note: The titles in this collection cannot be licensed directly from the collection book. If you wish to perform one of the titles in this collection, you will need to purchase separate scripts for that title.

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Synopsis

This collection includes 15 complete plays by Aurand Harris, America's most produced playwright for young audiences. The plays have been produced in thousands of productions around the world for nearly half a century. Harris was a prolific 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 received a vast array of honors and accolades.

The Theatre of Aurand Harris tells of his triple career as playwright, a classroom teacher and as a member of the Hollywood artistic community during its golden age (Mae West was once an honored guest at his birthday party!) His major thoughts about writing and directing plays for young audiences have been collected for study.

Details

  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Collection
  • Product Code TP4000
  • Cost $49.95

Categories

  • Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre
  • Genre Comedy | Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9780876020357
* 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.

Included Titles

The Ice Wolf Adapted by Joanna H. Kraus.

From the East Coast Hudson Bay Inuits comes an exciting, authentic tale of a pale-haired child, exiled by her own people because she was "Anatou—the different one." In a village ruled by spirits, shamans, superstition and myth, such a different one has no place. When her parents disappear in a storm, and Anatou is cast out by the community. She seeks out the forest, into which no Inuit goes, and begs the Wood God to turn her into a wolf.

  • Product Code: I99000
  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast Size: 8m., 7w.
  • Approx. Run Time: 60 minutes

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Androcles and the Lion Book by Aurand Harris. Music by Glenn Mack.

Refreshingly antic, this irreverent version of Aesop's fable is written in the style of Italian commedia dell'arte. Using authentic staging and stock characters of commedia—the miserly Pantalone, the bragging Captain, the romantic lovers, the trickster Arlequin, plus an endearing lion—this fable becomes a colorful theatrical experience with zany comedy and the warmth of friendship.

  • Product Code: AE3000
  • Genre: Comedy|Drama
  • Cast Size: 5m., 1w.
  • Approx. Run Time: 90 minutes

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The Arkansaw Bear By Aurand Harris.

Saddened by her grandfather's death, Tish runs to her special tree and meets the world's greatest dancing bear. He is old too and is running away from death. In trying to help him, she begins to understand the meaning of both life and death, which helps her to cope with her own sadness.

  • Product Code: AE8000
  • Genre: Comedy|Drama
  • Cast Size: 1w., 5 either gender.
  • Approx. Run Time: 50 minutes

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The Brave Little Tailor Dramatized by Aurand Harris. Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.

In this completely nonsensical but utterly enchanting version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, a moral evolves to prove you do not have to be big to be strong.

  • Product Code: BF4000
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Cast Size: 3m., 3w.
  • Approx. Run Time: 55 minutes

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Huck Finn's Story Adapted by Aurand Harris. Based on selected scenes from Mark Twain's classic, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

In six action-filled scenes, that are faithful to the original book, alive with colorful characters and sparkling dialog in rural dialect, the play reveals Huck Finn, a clever, lovable boy who is baffled by the greed, hypocrisy and absurdity of society. His conscience troubles him about what is wrong and what is right, during his long journey down the Mississippi, a journey in which he "grows up."

  • Product Code: HB5000
  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast Size: 4m., 4w., 2 boys, or 5 minimum (4m., 1w.) with doubling.
  • Approx. Run Time: 50 minutes

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Peter Rabbit and Me By Aurand Harris. Some scenes adapted from The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.

Filled with humor, adventure, colorful characters and all of the magic of children's theatre, this is a joyous dramatization of the beloved story of Peter Rabbit.

  • Product Code: PE4000
  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast Size: 3m., 6w.
  • Approx. Run Time: 80 minutes

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The Pinballs Adapted by Aurand Harris. From the award-winning novel by Betsy Byars.

Three children are bounced like pinballs from one foster home to another. Each longs for the comfort of a real home. Now they come together for the first time at the home of Mrs. Mason, an understanding foster mother.

  • Product Code: PE8000
  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast Size: 3m., 2w.
  • Approx. Run Time: 75 minutes

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The Plain Princess Adapted by by Aurand Harris. From the book by Phyllis McGinley.

A spoiled princess is told for the first time that she isn't beautiful due to her frown and upturned nose. A servant offers to help if the princess will come and live in her cottage. The princess learns to be kind and slowly becomes more beautiful.

  • Product Code: PF2000
  • Genre: Comedy|Drama
  • Cast Size: 4m., 7w., 2 either gender. Suitable for an all-female cast.
  • Approx. Run Time: 60 minutes

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Rags to Riches Book and lyrics by Aurand Harris. Music and lyrics by Eva Franklin. Additional music arrangements by Glenn Mack. Suggested by two stories, Ragged Dick and The Match Boy, by Horatio Alger.

In this two-act production, a dime-novel hero rises from rags to riches. Ragged Dick, an honest, upright lad who earns his meager living by shining shoes, is entrusted with a $2 bill by a rich banker.

  • Product Code: R89000
  • Genre: Melodrama
  • Cast Size: 6m., 3w., plus chorus.
  • Approx. Run Time: 70 minutes

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Robin Goodfellow By Aurand Harris. Based on the English folktales of Robin Goodfellow and scenes from William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Mischievous young Robin sets out to find his fortune and encounters Oberon, king of the Wee People. Oberon himself is a merry prankster, and he auditions Robin for the position of his royal jester.

  • Product Code: R99000
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Cast Size: 4m., 1w., 1 either gender with doubling, or up to 12 (4m., 1w., 7 either gender).
  • Approx. Run Time: 45 minutes

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Steal Away Home Adapted by Aurand Harris. From the novel by Jane Kristof. Music by Carolyn Geer.

Two young slave boys escape from a South Carolina plantation. With the help of many good people, both black and white, they make their way north to join their freed father in Pennsylvania.

  • Product Code: SW1000
  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast Size: 9m., 4w., with doubling, or up to 30+ (20m., 4w., 6+ either gender).
  • Approx. Run Time: 60 minutes

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A Toby Show By Aurand Harris.

A country bumpkin outwits city slickers through naivet

  • Product Code: TM3000
  • Genre: Farce|Melodrama
  • Cast Size: 3m., 4w., plus extras for vaudeville entr'actes.
  • Approx. Run Time: 100 minutes

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