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the boy who stole the stars

the boy who stole the stars

By Julian Wiles.

Product Code: B19000

  • Full-length Play
  • Drama
  • Cast size: 1m., 1w., 1 boy, 1 girl, 1 dragon.

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"It steals the audience and steals hearts," wrote a critic when this warm and moving play opened at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. A young boy discovers his grandfather is dying. The old man's behavior is different; he's short-tempered and no longer tells his wonderful stories. The boy enlists the grandfather's aid in helping him with a school project—counting the stars. Their togetherness seems to renew the old man's interest and he begins telling stories, one of them about the dragon in the sky. The dragon, he explains, is there to guard the stars. An old legend says that should the stars be returned to earth; it would mean a new paradise with no unhappiness, no death. Hearing this, the boy goes off to slay the dragon and return the stars to earth, seeking a means of keeping his grandfather from dying. At play's end, the youngster comes to understand how important he is to his grandfather. "I don't need to live forever," says the old man. "I need you. I need you to care about me."


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  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code B19000
  • Cast Size 5
  • Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
  • Cost $10.95
  • Approx. Run Time 50 min


  • Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | Family (all ages)
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA
  • Genre Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781583420744
* 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

"Since our program recently expanded to Film & Theatre, we included lots of digital imagery and video of stars and constellations. The students loved performing as the dragon and t it was an audience favorite!"
Review by Dave Olmsted, HACC Theatre, Harrisburg, Pa.
"This show was awesome! I would highly suggest this play for OAP!"
Review by Micki Berlin, Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe, Texas
"We're having a wonderful experience with this beautiful play. The students are thoroughly enjoying the characters' emotional connections and the technical and artistic possibilities."
Review by Martha Hickman, Florence Freshman Center, Florence, Ala.
"This was a fun show to direct! The dragon was very exquisite and the children loved the show! We worked a lot on the characters and had heat constellation light effects. This is a fun show to direct, act in, and see!"
Review by William Myatt, Pleasant Valley High School, Bettendorf, Iowa

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

"We created a front porch scene with the UIL unit set pieces and then added a few details to make the porch homey. The judge loved the set. He suggested that we place it at an angle. Great suggestion! The biggest issue was the tech details. It required a fierce storm timed perfectly with a dragon fight and the illusion of being lost in the woods and taking stars from the sky. We added summer sound effects to the play and we had to record off-stage voices. All of this had to be practiced to make it work well."
Tip by Micki Berlin, Santa Fe Junior High School, Santa Fe, Texas

Production Map

Location City State Opens Closes
University High School Waco Texas 3/20/2024 5/30/2024