The first play I ever wrote was in the 1970's as a children's librarian at the Los Altos Library. It was an hour-long, multi-media production, with Sesame Street characters and audience participation. "Sesame Street Fights Pollution: A Puppet Musical in Five Acts."
Moving along to a private school setting in 1994, I wrote and directed the kindergarten productions for two years for The Harker School. The first consisted of four classes each performing a dramatized folktale. Each tale contained a song and a dance. It was called "Tales from a Cardboard Box." In 1995, each class performed their own play separately in a smaller venue. I dramatized the folktale "The Month Brothers."
The Ogre Awards
In 1996 I gave up the K show and created, directed, and produced a unique production called. "The Ogre Awards." It is based on fairy tale characters and includes 88 second graders. It enjoyed its 22nd year in March, 2018. I retired in 2012. It is rewritten each year.
The show is based on Harker's second grade library curriculum which teaches world folktales and traditional oral storytelling.
Articles About The Ogre Awards: Click on the Link.
1. From an A.L.A. Journal
2. From The Harker School News
The fish from "The Fisherman's Wife." From the first Ogre Awards, 1996. This young man is now an actor in Los Angeles. The Harker School provided the photograph.
JEANS! THE MUSICAL - Original Americana
PLAYING IN THE MOUNTAIN VIEW CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: June 2 & 3, at 2:00 PM. (2018)
Jeans! was first written 12 years ago by Caryn Yacowitz and Diane Claerbout. I wrote the lyrics to tunes in the public domain. The story is about the invention of jeans during the California Gold Rush.
I have written original tunes and new lyrics, and the book has been enhanced. It is a lively, clean fun piece of Americana with a Jewish twist. Both Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis, the innovators, were Jewish immigrants from Europe. It is historical fiction.
Jeans! is appropriate for actors aged 12-adult. It is about 75 minutes long and contains 12 songs. Jeremy Erman has written the wonderful musical arrangements.
For some song samples from the original JEANS!, click here.