A gifted playwright brilliantly captures the contemporary theatrical fantasies of Ellie, a little girl. This dramatization has been electrifying audiences of children and adults alike in both professional and amateur productions. In Step on a Crack, Ellie Murphy lived happily with her widowed father, Max, bowling, eating TV dinners and playing with junk. But now, suddenly, life is different. Max has remarried, and Ellie has a stepmother. Ellie and her imaginary friends, Lana and Frizbee, launch into a fantasy world as Ellie seeks to escape real-life problems. They romp through prison breaks, Cinderella, Snow White and Ellie's own funeral where "Everyone is really sorry for all the mean things they did to you." Only by running away and discovering what it is really like to be alone does Ellie begin to come to terms with herself and her own need for a mother.
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The same book is used for both the musical and non-musical versions.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code S1G000
- Cast Size 6
- Min. Royalty Rate $110/perf
- Cost $11.95
- Approx. Run Time 90 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group Elementary School | Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA
- Genre Comedy | Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780876022078
- "This show is ideal for a Middle School production. It deals with issues that kids understand. A range of emotions flows through this play from happy go lucky to scared and everything in between. It’s a story of a little girl’s take on a changing family dynamic. Ellie and her imaginary friends deal with her new stepmother in funny yet heartfelt ways. It’s so much fun to watch and perform."
- Review by Kathy Stewart, Tarkington Middle School, Cleveland, Texas
- "Suzan Zeder's play was extremely well written and accessible for our students. The cast was young and fairly inexperienced, but they were able to handle the characters quite handily since they were so well crafted by Zeder. This play resonated with children whose parents were divorced (both those in the audience and on stage). I didn't expect folks to be crying at the tender moment at the end, but they were."
- Review by Catherine Rodgers, Meredith College, Raleigh, N.C.
- "Fun action play. My students enjoyed coming to rehearsals because they loved the story."
- Review by Katie Cross, Franklin High School, Franklin, TX