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Book by Suzanne Maynard Miller. Music and lyrics by Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs. From the book by Leo Lionni.

Product Code: FF3000

  • Musical
  • Comedy
  • Cast size: 2m., 2w., 1 either gender.

    Livestream and Record & Stream Rights Available

  • Awards: AATE Distinguished Play Award

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It's summertime in the meadow, and Frederick and his other friends in the mouse commune—Ernest, Nellie, Sunny and Baby—gather to enjoy the start of another glorious day: the buzzing of the bees, the fluttering of butterflies and the warmth of the glowing sun. Together they sing and play games without a care in the world. As summer quickly turns to fall, they each set about collecting supplies for the cold winter that lies ahead. All except Frederick, or so it would appear. For as Ernest, Nellie, Sunny and Baby gather nuts, seeds and berries to store in their winter hideaway, Frederick seemingly has his head in the clouds, thoughtfully observing the world around him (much to the charmed delight of some and the envy and frustration of others). But when the darkest days of winter finally arrive and the mice have exhausted their supplies and worn thin their stories and games, it is Frederick who has stored up something special to help save the day. Featuring a roots-flavored country and folk-infused score, Frederick is an "enchanting" (Chicago Reader), "charming and poignant" (Chicago Tribune) new musical for youth and family audiences about friendship, community and the restorative power of the arts.


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  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Musical
  • Product Code FF3000
  • Cast Size 5
  • Min. Royalty Rate $110/perf
  • Cost $11.95
  • Approx. Run Time 60 min


  • Target Audience Young Audiences | Family (all ages)
  • Performing Group College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA | Touring Group | Praise Group
  • Genre Comedy
  • ISBN(13) 9781619590298
* 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

"Frederick is incredibly adorable! The music is so cute and fantastic to dance to. We performed it as our children’s show for the year and it was a hit! Children were telling us that they liked it better than Little Mermaid and Peter Pan! It was just the right length for elementary student attention spans. Even toddlers were entertained. "
Review by Amber Kirby, Golden Valley High School, Merced, Calif.

Media Reviews

"Captures all the warmth, beauty and imagination of Lionni's magical tale of an artist." —Chicago Theatre Review

"Frederick teaches that people do not live by nuts and berries alone, but need cultural warmth." —Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"Playful, engaging adaptation highlights importance of creativity." —Chicago Critic

"Reminds us of the importance of finding your own path, even when others may doubt the worth of such dreams." —Chicago Critic

"The message … is simple; everyone has something to offer to the world." —Chicago Critic

"The show also adds something subtle and remarkable, establishing a tranquil sense of the inevitability of change in a way young audiences can understand." —Chicago Reader

“It’s a classic disaster movie trope, applied to a charming children’s book.” —Chicago Sun-Times

 “Seasonally spot-on.” —Chicago Sun-Times

 “It celebrates the imagination, dreams and the ability to truly see the wonder of the world.” —Chicago Sun-Times

 “Silliness and seriousness exist side-by-side. … Frederick captures both with wit and humor.”Chicago Sun-Times


File Description File Format
It's a Beautiful Sunny Daymp3Download
We Got Work to Domp3Download
Pocket Full of Dustmp3Download
Frederick's Eyesmp3Download
Bells and Whistlesmp3Download
The Things I Used to Thinkmp3Download
No Mouse Left Behindmp3Download
No One Feels Like Chattingmp3Download
Four Little Field Micemp3Download
There's No Runnin' Out of Joymp3Download

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