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+

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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

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Totally True Tall Tales of Pecos Bill: The Musical

A new musical comedy about the tall tale Texas cowboy Pecos Bill told through the eyes of Slue Foot Sue and her Hot Foot Granny. Production uses traditional cowboy songs in public domain (such as Yellow Rose of Texas, Get Along Little Doggies, etc).

Production History  2004 St. Stephen the Martyr All School Musical (youth production) 2002 Omaha Theater Company (Youth production) 2000 Papillion La Vista Arts Network (Youth production)

Cast Size: 12-50 actors (a professional actor smaller cast version for 10 actors:5m/5f is also available)

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Tall Tale Heroes of Americana Show

A turn of the century medicine show troupe of players performs three patriotic tall tale hero stories: Paul Bunyan, John Henry, and Sally Fink.

Production History
2002 Omaha Theater Company (Mainstage professional production)

Cast Size: for a minimum of 5 actors (2f/3m)

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Stronger Than Strong: American Tall Tale Heroines

Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett from Omaha Theater Company Afterschool Drama final performance

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).

Production History
2006 Papillion Arts Camp (youth production), 2011 Omaha Theater Company (youth production)

Cast Size: 12-40+ actors (a professional cast of 6-8 actors draft is being developed)

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Spoiled Princess, The: A Grimms Fairy Tale

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.

Production History
2007 Summer Camp Youth Production, Papillion NE

Cast Size: for a minimum of 4 actors (2f/2m)

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Miss Bindergarten Welcomes You To Kindergarten

Adaptation of 3 popular picture books by Joseph Slate about a Border Collie Kindergarten Teacher and her 26 animal students

Production History
2009 Omaha Theater Company national tour; 2007 Omaha Theater Company Mainstage Production

Cast Size: for a minimum of 6 actors (3m/3f)

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Many Disguises of Robin Hood, The

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.

Production History
2009 Omaha Theater Company Youth Production; 2003 Omaha Theater Company (Youth production) 2002 Papillion La Vista Arts Network Youth production

Cast Size: 8-30 actors (6f/2m)

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Julie of the Wolves

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.

Production History
2000 Omaha Theater Company (Professional production on Mainstage)

Cast Size: 6 actors (3m/3f)

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If You Give a Cat a Cupcake

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..

Production History
2010 Omaha Theater Company Main-stage Production; 2010-2011 National Tour

Cast Size: 3-8 actors (1m/1f/1e)

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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),

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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

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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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Brave Little Tailor, The

Adaptation of the classic Grimms Fairy Tale of a meek little tailor who kills 7 flies in one blow. A small misunderstanding leads the tailor into the challenge of fighting giants, dragons and an evil king to win the hand of a princess.

 

Production History
2008-9 Walnut Street Theater (professional touring production for 4 actors), 2008 Town Hall Theater (Dayton, OH) large youth and community show and professional touring show), 2005 Omaha Theater Company (professional production in black box), 2009  Omaha Theater Company (large youth cast summer camp production), 2008 Papillion La Vista Arts Network Nebraska (large youth cast summer production)

Cast Size:  for a minimum of 4 actors (2m/2f)   can be easily expanded to 16+

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