An 1880’s medicine show sells its strength elixir by entertaining the crowd with tales of strong women who drank the elixir including Slue Foot Sue (the cowgirl); Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett (the Tennessee frontier gal) and Annie Christmas (New Orleans Keelboater).
2006 Papillion Arts Camp (youth production)
A beautiful, but pampered princess publicly humiliates all of her suitors, including a kind young prince. Then the princess is given a gift of a minstrel from an anonymous prince, she dismisses the minstrel and sends him to sing to the pigs. However, the minstrel eventually tricks the princess into kissing him. When her father catches them, the princess is forced to marry this poor minstrel. When she must work in the kitchen for the kind young prince whom she rejected earlier, her humiliation is complete. The humbled princess, though, still has one more surprise in store for her.
2007 Summer Camp Youth Production, Papillion NE
Jane is a 14 year old who is dragged along on a family road trip following the route of the Corps of Discovery led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. History comes to life for her though when the family reaches Ft. Mandan, South Dakota, where Sacagawea, a 16 year old Shoshoni Native American, joined the 1804 expedition.
2003 Omaha Theater Company professional Black Box production and local tour; 2002 Omaha Theater Company Black Box professional production
Robin Hood uses many disguises to continually trick the Sherrif of Nottingham, his daughter Luciana, and Prince John. Robin Hood eventually needs HER merry band of outlaws and her childhood friend, the brave Maid Marian, to save her from the gallows.
2009 Omaha Theater Company Youth Production; 2003 Omaha Theater Company (Youth production) 2002 Papillion La Vista Arts Network Youth production
World premiere stage adaptation of the Newberry Award winning book about a 13 year old Inupiat Eskimo girl who gets lost on the Alaskan tundra and must befriend a wolf pack for survival. Production is a heavily movement based show.
2000 Omaha Theater Company (Professional production on Mainstage)
Laura gives her new Cat a cupcake. The Cat is so excited and happy, but he then asks for sprinkles. Laura gives him sprinkles, but the Cat makes a huge mess. Cleaning up the mess will get him wet, so Laura gives him a bathing suit….which leads to crazy adventures to the beach, the gym, a mountain, a lake, and a museum..
2010 Omaha Theater Company Main-stage Production; 2010-2011 National Tour
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.
2010 Omaha Theater Company Acting Class final project (Cutting), 2008 Papillion La Vista Network (youth production),
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!
2010 American Alliance for Theater Education (AATE) Unpublished Play Reading Winner
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
An audience interactive play introducing audience members to holiday stories from Germany, Israel, Africa, Mexico, China and Russia
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
An original story of two kids battling leukemia who use imagination to help them deal with the fear and pain of chemotherapy.
Selected Production History
2010 Students Providing Innovative Theater, Iowa City, 2003 Omaha Theater Company (Teen Production) 1997 Macon College, Georgia (College production); 1996 University of Texas at Austin (University touring production)
Awards: 1997 Southwest Theatre Association’s New Children’s Theater Script, Nebraska Arts Council 2002 Individual Artist Award
Cast Size: for a minimum of 4 actors (2m/2f) can be expanded to 6-8
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
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