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SHOWS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY


RUMPLESTILTSKIN

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I could never understand why Clementina, our heroine, would want to marry that horrible greedy king. Nor could I understand bartering a baby. So to reconcile my conflicts, I introduce a new idea: the father gives Clementina a dog. When Rumple wants to be paid with “the pick of the litter,” Clementina readily agrees, thinking her dog is a male. When her dog, a female, shows up with a puppy, the name game begins. Of course, it’s the dog who discovers the name, but can only bark. Who comes to the rescue? The audience, of course! What a hoot!


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BR'ER RABBIT IN LOVE

To capture the heart of the beautiful Miss Meadows Br'er Rabbit asks the Magic Bunny to make him a love charm. She agrees only if he will supply the ingredients: a whisker from a wildcat, a tooth from an alligator and a foot from a chicken that has been eaten by a wolf. Mischief and trickery abound in this wonderful, fast-paced African-American folk tale.

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

In this all-time favorite you will meet Cowmelita, the amazing tap-dancing cow. Thrill at the sight of the twelve foot growing beanstalk. Be prepared to hold your sides as you laugh at the totally dysfunctional giant and his wife. This version of "Jack" will tickle the youngest to the oldest.

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THE RELUCTANT DRAGONS

For your merriment I have taken this very traditional story and have made it my own. No more is there the rather prissy tea-sipping dragon of yesteryear; we now have Dragonia, a female poetry dragon. And stealing the show is Rory, her "all-boy" son. Rory has no interest in poetry and only wants to "smoke the town." Oh yes, there still is Saint George--but now he's up in his nineties and can't quite remember what he's been sent to the mountain to accomplish. You will laugh straight into next week! Show time: 50 minutes; whole family

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THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN

Rats! Rats! Rats! How many ways can rats cause mayhem in Hamelin? And how many ways can the townsfolk fail to catch them? This old time story is the perfect story for Sander's fast-paced style. Even though the story follows the traditional tale, a softer version is necessary for today's children. Both rats and children go off to "a magic land" and the children return after having a wonderful time. But the message of not breaking your promise is strongly stated.


THE PRINCESS WHO WOULDN'T LAUGH

Princess Dorrie of Flynn hasn't even smiled for over a year so her father promises her hand in marriage to anyone who can make her laugh. Love-smitten Jackie O'Shea (none too swift) wants to make her happy but his mother needs him to get a job. Bungle after bungle, Jackie leaves not only the princess, but the whole audience laughing.

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THE MAN WHO KEPT HOUSE

"You know, my dear," says Farmer MacDonald, "The reason you never get your work done is because women are basically disorganized." Farmer and wife decide to trade jobs for the day. Mrs. MacDonald heads out to the fields leaving Farmer MacDonald with the colicky baby, the feral cat and the mentally challanged cow. From the flooded basement to the cow on the roof, this is one you won't want to miss.

LITTLE RED RIDINGHOOD

Did you ever wonder why Little Red couldn't tell her own grandmother from a wolf? What if she is a very "organizationally challanged" kid who steps on her brand new glasses? Bumping into trees and mistaking the wolf for her dog, Redina Mae heads for grandmother's house with the boisterous encouragement of the audience. In the end, all is well and the children leave feeling rather sorry for the poor befuddled wolf.

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THE GOBLIN CHILD

This ancient folktale from Cornwall stars the naughtiest baby that has ever lived. Why? Because he is not a baby at all! He has been switched by the "Little People" and is really a little goblin in disguise. The deep devotion of the mother, as she sets out to get her own baby back, touches the deepest roots of every child. Perfect for school-aged children, but not for preschoolers.

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THE OLDE TYME PUNCH AND JUDY SHOW

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No historical or folk festival should be without an authentic Punch and Judy Show. This nine hundred year old folk drama is the longest-playing unchanged play in the world. Sander is a Punch "Professor" of twenty years and has perfected many of the hilarious routines of "Old Red Nose" and his cohorts of days gone by. If it is authentic you want, this is it!


THE CHRISTMAS SHOW

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Every child will be doubled over with laughter at the antics of Mr. Punch as he and his family prepare for Christmas. In these Christmas puppet plays (there are three) include Santa Claus (of course!), reindeer, Christmas songs, and...what??? an alligator??? The challange for the puppeteer (me) is to entertain children of all ages who have just been fed five pounds of sugar, been told that Santa is coming any minute, and to sit down and watch the puppet show. A fast-paced half hour of pure Christmas silliness.


THE MONKEY KING: SUPERHERO OF CHINA

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Just as we have Superman and Bugs Bunny, children in China have Sun Wukong, the magical monkey king. But monkeys are mischevious and when he steals the magic peaches from Heaven, he must make up for his misdeed by escorting the befuddled monk, Sanzang, across the Mountain of the Blue Monster. Pigsy, his sidekick, is less than helpful and they all end up facing the all-brawn-and-no-brains Blue Monster. Martial arts? No, just fun and laughter!