Sherlock Holmes and the First Baker Street Irregular

Adaptation of two classic Sherlock Holmes short stories: The League of Red Headed Gentlemen and The Adventure of the Blue Carbunkle told through the frame of how Sherlock Holmes first started working with Wiggins and the Baker Street Irregular street kids.

Awards:

2018 American Alliance for Theater and Education Distinguished Play Award: Best Published Adaption for high school and middle school audiences.

Production History:
November 2015 Omaha Theater Company (professional mainstage production)

Summer 2016  Magic Circle Youth Theater at Tufts University

Fall 2016  Sacred Hearts School-Atherton California (middle school production)

Cast Size: For a minimum of 12 actors (7m/5f) can easily be expanded to 20+

For a scene sample go to Dramatic Publishing

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Sherlock Holmes and the First Baker Street Irregular wins Distinguished Play Award

I’m totally honored to have been awarded a 2018 AATE Distinguished Play Award for my new play SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE FIRST BAKER STREET IRREGULAR!

 It was honored in the adaptation category for middle school and high school audiences.  This is a major honor in the field.    The play is published by Dramatic Publishing and features a gender non-conforming young person as the lead (playing Wiggins).

The Grocer’s Goblin and The Little Mermaid

A puppetry production for young audiences brings two Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales to life.  When a student rents a room in a grocery store, the protective goblin spies on him. The goblin is introduced to art and stories for the first time when the Little Mermaid story bursts to life with shadow puppetry as the student reads the story.

Production History
2014 Omaha Theater Company mainstage production

Cast Size: 8-20plus actors

Click here to read a scene sample from Grocer’s Goblin & Little Mermaid for web

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The Mysterious Case Files of Silver Cash!

I am very excited about a my new script  The Mysterious Case Files of Silver Cash, Money Detective!   Wells Fargo commissioned our theater to create a touring show teaching 4th graders about financial literacy.    Silver Cash, a 5th grade detective, helps kids solve their money problems and the audience takes notes along with Silver to figure out the clues.  Who took Phillip’s $60?   How can Sammy get her parents to give her $50 for a new video game?  I had lots of fun playing with film noir styles.    We are touring it into 60 classrooms in the fall of 2018. 

Trolls

When the Olsen family camping vacation goes awry during a thunderstorm, the parents start telling campfire stories about trolls.   These stories come to life in the kids’ imagination as they hear the stories of  Buttercup (about a young boy who is tricked by two troll hags), the Eating Competition, and more.

Production History
2010 Omaha Theater Company Acting Class final project (Cutting),  2008 Papillion La Vista Network (youth production),

Click here to read a scene sample from Trolls

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Super Adventures of Nutrition Man and Dr. Exercise, The

The Super Adventures of Nutrition Man & Dr. Exercise begins with the invited audience getting to see Nutrition Man’s top secret hideaway.  Unfortunately, the Super Sickly Slug has also infiltrated the secret lair.  When the villain eventually removes the memory of  Nutrition Man and his partner Dr. Exercise, the audience has to help the superheroes remember the importance of healthy choices before its too late!

Awards

2010 American Alliance for Theater Education (AATE) Unpublished Play Reading Winner

Production History
2008-current Professional Touring Production Omaha Theater Company (touring into the schools for 60 performances a year), 2010 Imagination Stage professional production

Cast Size:  for a minimum of 3 actors (2m/1f or 2f/1m) with doubling  can be easily expanded to 10

Click here to read a scene sample from the Super Adventures of Nutrition Man and Dr. Exercise

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Holiday Time Around the World

An audience interactive play introducing audience members to holiday stories from Germany, Israel, Africa, Mexico, China and Russia

 

Production History
2011 Main-stage professional production Omaha Theater Company, 2007 Touring production CATS Theater in Arlington Texas, 2005 & 2006  Main-Stage professional production Omaha Theater Company, 2002-2004 Black Box Main Stage professional production Omaha Theater Company

Cast Size:  for a minimum of 2 actors (1m/1f), a 4 person version is available, could be adapted for a large youth production

Click here to read a scene sample from Holiday Time Around the World

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Where the Red Fern Grows

Billy Colman, a young boy growing up in the Ozark Mountains during the Depression, is infected with the wonderful disease of puppy love at age 10.  His family can’t afford hunting dogs, so he saves dimes and pennies for 2 years to buy his dogs.  Billy teaches Ol’ Dan and Lil’ Ann everything they need to know about raccoon hunting.  These beloved hunting hounds end up teaching Billy about friendship, faith, and life itself.

Awards Winner of the 2002  American Alliance for Theater & Education Unpublished Play Reading Project

Selected Production History: mainstage production Omaha Theater Company in January 2000 as a mainstage production, national tour Omaha Theater Company 2001-2002, Lexington Children’s Theater 2004, Apple Tree Theater in Chicago 2006, A.D. Players in Houston 2007, Town Hall Theater in Dayton 2008, Barter Theater (regional tour) Virginia 2008

Cast Size a minimum of 2f/4m with several puppets, can be easily expanded to a cast of 10

Where the Red Fern Grows script sample

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Old Yeller

When his Papa leaves on a long cattle drive, fourteen year old Travis has to become the man of the family. Then Old Yeller, a mangy one-eared thieving mutt, shows up, and Travis wants nothing to do with him.  Old Yeller however proves to be a huge help to Travis and his family on the wild Texas frontier.  Strong and courageous, Old Yeller earns Travis’s love when the dog helps save the family from a bear, wild pigs and a rabid wolf.  However, when Old Yeller gets hydrophobia and must be shot, Travis is faced with the most difficult duty of his young life.

Awards: 2008 American Alliance for Theater and Education Unpublished Play Reading Award Winner

Production History: 2006 Omaha Theater Company Main-stage Production.  2007-08 Omaha Theater Company National Tour

Cast Size: a minimum of 3f/2m with lots of puppets, without doubling,cast can easily be expanded to a cast of up to 10 performers

Sample Scene from Old Yeller

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