Saddened and bewildered at her grandfather's approaching death, Tish runs to her "special tree." There, in a world of fantasy provided by her wish on a star, she meets the world's greatest dancing bear. He is old, like her grandfather, 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. The play blends realism and fantasy, pathos and humor. It is delightfully theatrical, with music, magic and dance, and enthusiastically applauded by children's audiences and family audiences. The Arkansaw Bear is an important work by America's foremost playwright for young audiences, sparkling with entertainment while also dramatizing, with poignancy, a universal truth.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code AE8000
- Cast Size 6
- 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 Comedy | Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781583429013
- "It was a great show with a great message!"
- Review by Curtis Lovejoy, Wyoming East High School, New Richmond, West Virginia
- "This script is such fun! Our students had a good time learning and performing it for our UIL district contest. "
- Review by Lori Cox, Olney J H, Olney, Texas
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "We built our tree out of a tall step ladder, and then used smaller step ladders to make smaller tree stumps through the forest. This gave us a lot of opportunities as far as movement and stage pictures were concerned. "
- Tip by Curtis Lovejoy, Wyoming East High School, New Richmond, West Virginia