War of the Buttons by Jonathan Dorf

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About The Play

The Haverford School (Haverford, PA).

Drama.  90 minutes. 10-14 males, 2 females, with some flexibility.  Suitable for middle school and older performers, middle-upper elementary and older audiences.

A free adaptation of Louis Pergaud's novel La Guerre des Boutons, War of the Buttons was developed at the Haverford School. 

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The Haverford School (Haverford, PA).

When the local ice cream factory goes under and sends a small town to the brink of ruin, its children do the only thing they can: they fight, launching a button-cutting war against the students of the prep school that is gradually buying up their parents' property. But when Charlie, leader of the townies, gets abandoned by his work-seeking parents and has to hide out in the abandoned factory, will he and his friends find a way to save the day, or will all—including Charlie himself—be lost?

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Did You Know?

In addition to being a member of Great Lakes Theater's education department, for eight years David Hansen appeared in their promotional materials as unofficial mascot and "playwright-in-residence" William Shakespeare.