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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code MQ8000
- Cast Size 4
- Min. Royalty Rate $110/perf
- Cost $11.95
- Approx. Run Time 80 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA | Touring Group
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781619591752
- "This is a beautiful adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's novel that will satisfy those who have read the book and engage those who haven't. Many of our patrons arrived "not knowing what to expect" and left absolutely enchanted. For actors, this is a delightful piece as they have the fun challenge of portraying multiple and varied characters in the course of one evening. A nice family-friendly production that is appropriate for young audiences but is also meaningful for older audiences."
- Review by Susan Goes, Cottage Theatre, Cottage Grove, Ore.
- "It was very well received by our community and a joy to perform for the actors. I would definitely recommend doing this show. It is a wonderful story and people of all ages enjoy seeing it."
- Review by Kimberly Benesh, Mt. Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre, Mt. Vernon, Iowa
- "Great show to produce if you're looking for a wide range of technical opportunities for various age levels."
- Review by Laura Gafford, Decatur High School Theatre Arts, Decatur, Texas
- "Edward Tulane is a very heartwarming tale and a great conversation starter no matter the age of the performer."
- Review by Kevin Williams, Bigelow Middle School, Newton, Mass.
- "Preparing and performing this show was a very sweet journey. The story needs to be told, for it will touch every person in your audience in many different ways. How the story is told on stage is imaginative, visually appealing and creative. Although written for children, this story goes way beyond that. "
- Review by Janie Van Dyke, Unity Christian High School, Orange City, Iowa
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "We made 6 Edwards for his various journeys in the play. We also did the show with 7 actors to divide up the responsibilities."
- Tip by Kimberly Benesh, Mt. Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre, Mt. Vernon, Iowa
- "Finding the Edward props is key! The more Edwards you have the better. Also, if you can actually smash the doll during your performance it will make a HUGE impact. Pun not intended!"
- Tip by Lindy Englander, Scott Johnson Middle School, McKinney, Texas
- "In working with a Middle School on this particular production, one of the most crucial elements was to adhere to the ensemble feel of the piece however expand the opportunities by subdividing all the characters to fit my cast of 23 students. This was achieved by breaking the play into several "scenes" and creating a rotating cast of "Travelers" per each scene. Each "Traveler" played at least one additional character outside the core group that Edward interacts with during his "dream sequence" later in the play."
- Tip by Kevin Williams, Bigelow Middle School, Newton, Mass.
- "The Edward Dolls are KEY. There are many theatre's that have spent the time and money to build those and now offer rentals. We used the beautiful dolls from Chicago Children's Theatre. "
- Tip by Ryan Bowie, Roxy Regional Theatre, Clarksville, Tenn.
- "Creating multiple rabbits is a great necessity. We had nine rabbit made. The sets can be very simple and creating the different scenes can also be very simple. This play can be performed with as little as 4-5 actors. We used 15 for our production. "
- Tip by Janie Van Dyke, Unity Christian High School, Orange City, Iowa
“Beautifully written story … far more profound exploration of human (and canine) loneliness than you find in most works for children.” —Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
“This really is the most charming of narratives … you should be able to enjoy some post-show discussion as to why our attachments to our dolls or stuffed animals are so intense.” —Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
“Beware: You might just fall in love with that elegant, somewhat self-satisfied white porcelain rabbit by the name of Edward Tulane.” —Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
“So captivating—such an enchanting show for every age (whether you happen to be accompanied by children or not).” —Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
“Renders every element of DiCamillo’s book with faithfulness and flair.” —Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
“It comes alive before your very eyes and sweeps you up into the warmth and comfort of its arms.” —Valley Screen and Stage: David Appleford’s Film and Theatre Reviews
“Your heart will both soar with the magic of what great theatre can create—and this is quite simply great theatre—and break with the heartache of loss and loneliness.” —Valley Screen and Stage: David Appleford’s Film and Theatre Reviews
“Hilarious and heart-wrenching. … Edward Tulane is a triumph.” —azcentral.com
“It’s a fine story and one that challenges rather than coddles its audience.” —azcentral.com
“What’s truly wonderful about this adaptation is that it creates a world that couldn’t exist anywhere except on the stage.” —azcentral.com
“A testament to the (non)human spirit … an allegory of survival and hope.” —Chicago Reader
“If you are looking for a safe place to introduce your children to the harder truths of life, then this is a perfect opportunity to start these conversations.” —DC Metro Theatre Arts
“This wonderful story is about the transformative power of love.” —Chicago Critic
“The play was miraculous in that every feasible emotion is felt while watching it!” —Momcapade
“Powerful storytelling. … Parents may want to tuck a tissue in their pockets.” —TheaterJones
“It is almost unbelievable that such an emotionally rich tale, full of heartbreak and loss, could entertain children. But, that is part of the magic of this beautiful story.” —The Column
“If you and your family only see one show this year, make it this one.” —The Column
“A work of magic.” —The Column
“Fully captures the imagination of adults and children alike, sweeping them away on this unforgettable epic journey that is, at times, heartbreaking and—ultimately—incredibly fulfilling.” —The Column
“Hartford treats DiCamillo’s book as delicately as he would … a china rabbit.” —The Column
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