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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code AA2000
- Cast Size 21
- Min. Royalty Rate $110/perf
- Cost $11.95
- Approx. Run Time 120 min
- Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | Dinner Theatre
- Genre Comedy | Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781583421604
- "We used The Ash Girl as an ensemble acting piece for our high school winter speech forensics competition. Judges said they enjoyed this unique spin on a familiar tale."
- Review by Elizabeth Bos, Pella Christian Schools, Pella, Iowa
- "This is a beautiful show about the power of courage and how to find it. I would advise other directors to not shy away from the darker aspects of the show, but to allow Ashgirl to get as low as she can, so that her victory is a high as possible."
- Review by Kati Tibbits, Keene Wanda R. Smith High School, Keene, Texas
- "A wonderful approach to a classic storyÑprovides interesting and challenging roles for entire ensemble. Juicy roles for six women. Provides a wonderful opportunity for physically able character types to shine as the sins. Appealed to our audiencesÑgreat response and standing ovations."
- Review by Karen Stitely, Catoctin High School, Thurmont, Md.
- "Ash Girl was a great success. Having the Seven Deadly Sins be unseen and unheard by the other characters in the play was a very effective device. Initially, I was afraid the audience wouldn't "get it," especially the younger kids, but they did and they loved it."
- Review by David Ely, Lincoln School, Providence, R.I.
- "I love how it takes a familiar story and adds new light and creativity! It is so much more than a fairy tale! I produced The Love of the Nightingale a few years ago and was thrilled to do another Timberlake Wertenbaker play!"
- Review by Drama Director, Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, Va.
- "My high-school students readily identified with the characters and conflicts. Audiences raved about this new take on a familiar tale. Easy to produce; simple set pieces were all that was required."
- Review by Karie Sedman, Henry Wise Wood High School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- "One of the most well received, successful shows we have ever done. There was lots of opportunity for character development, and our rehearsal discussions were very thought provoking."
- Review by Kathleen Tissot, Oregon High School, Oregon, Wis.
- "Audiences were intrigued by this unusual retelling of the Cinderella story and felt it was our best spring show in years. The message for adolescentsÑthat one must not be defeated by self-doubt or sadness, which leads to a negative cycle of self-imposed isolation, but must find the courage to reach out for supportive relationshipsÑis very important."
- Review by Debra Dion Faust, Ipswich High School, Ipswich, Mass.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "We decided to utilize a Greek convention in our design and created periaktoi for our set changes. It was an easy solution."
- Tip by Steve Olson, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- "Projecting the image of the carriage using lights is an easy way to create the illusion of turning the walnut into a carriage."
- Tip by Katrina Lacey, St. Mary's High School, Phoenix, Ariz.
- "Don't be too literal. This play calls for lots of imagination, especially with costumes and set."
- Tip by Gail Howard, Poolesville High School, Poolesville, Md.
- "This was a good show for a large drama group with more women than men, as a number of the roles were gender neutral. Students enjoyed creating the characterizations of the seven deadly sins morphed into insects and animals."
- Tip by Debra Dion Faust, Ipswich High School, Ipswich, Mass.
Media Reviews"Wertenbaker's The Ash Girl…is as lyrical and thought-provoking as you would expect from the award-winning playwright." -The Independent on Sunday (London)
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