Marvelous Tales by Laura Lewis-Barr

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About The Play

Comedy. 40-55 minutes (dependent on level of audience interaction). 1-20 males, 1-20 females (8-30 performers possible). Middle school and older performers, and audiences of all ages.

First produced by Sauk Valley Junior College (Dixon, IL).

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Children will actively participate in these four updated and charming folk tales from around the world. In The Giant Wave, a Grandfather’s selfless action saves a town (Japan); in The Robber's Contest, two brilliant thieves dazzle their foes with clever pantomime and physical comedy (Russia); in Three Wishes, two sisters struggle with making the right wish (Europe); and in The Great Treasure, a father learns to value true riches (China).

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Did You Know?

Cheryl Hadley's play, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, has been performed in venues as diverse as British Columbia, Costa Rica, and Guangzhou, China.