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While Mark Bedell has always specialized in writing plays for professionals to produce and perform FOR kids.  He has, on occasion, been commissioned to write shows specifically for kids to perform for kids.  

These shows have roles that are fairly well split up so that most kids have a good sized role.  There are, however, always one or two or three roles that are larger than the rest; but, if you're a teacher, you know, there is always one or two or three kids who show such an aptitude for the stage that it would be wrong to not challenge them a bit more than the others.

The settings are simple enough to not be intimidating but also, they're enough so that the whole class can get together and have fun transforming some refrigerator boxes into something resembling a set; and transforming construction paper into something resembling costume pieces.

These shows are VERY campy.  This helps to "hide" the inevitable bloopers and make them blend in.  Also... it's important to produce for your audience... your audience will be parents, and parents LOVE camp!

Following are some of the available titles:


CAP-O-RUSHES!
is based on a Scottish Folk Tale.  It bears a notable resemblance to Shakespeare's KING LEAR, which inspired the names of many of the characters in this dramatization.  It also bears a resemblance to Cinderella, by the French author Charles Perrault. 

Young Cordellia is banished from her home unfairly by her father when she unsatisfactorily answers the question of how much she loves him.  Forced to think on her feet, she disguises herself as a peasant by wearing a cloak and cap of rushes.  She obtains a position a scullery maid at Sir Thomas' mansion and inadvertently falls in love with Sir Thomas himself.  The rest of the story unfolds much like Cinderella (without the Fairy God Mother).  It ends with Cordellia being reunited with her father, who has learned the true meaning of the answer she gave... that she indeed loves him best of all.
Written in 1987

STONE SOUP
Three soldiers show a drought stricken town
that they are not as poor as they 
thought they were.

Full description coming soon.
Written in 1987


CINDERELLA
Full description coming soon.

(Commissioned and first produced by
The Children's Theatre of Maine)
1987



SNOW WHITE & THE
SEVEN DWARVES
Full description coming soon.
You don't need a description... This is a campy version of the old favorite.  Perhaps your students won't get ALL the laughs... 
but the parents will love 'em!

(Commissioned and first Produced by the
University School for the Gifted and Talented)
1989


THREE TALES FROM KIPLING'S
JUST SO STORIES
1st Runner-up
1991 John Gassner memorial Playwriting Competition.
Produced by:
Krackerjack Theatre Co. 1990-1995
University of Rhode Island 1993
Driftwood Players 1997-2001

This was originally written for professional actors to perform for kids but has been adapted very effectively to "Theatre for Youth"
THE ELEPHANT'S CHILD
HOW THE CAMEL GOT ITS HUMP
THE SING SONG OF OLD MAN KANGAROO


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