See also sub tabs for plays that I wrote: Bite of Rye/Slice of Joy, Deleted., and Jeans! The Musical (lyrics and music).
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. It was calledSesame 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 BoxIn 1995, each class performed their own play separately in a smaller venue. I dramatized the folktale “The Month Brothers.”
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 19th year in March, 2015. I retired after #16. It is rewritten each year.
The show is based on Harker’s second grade library curriculum which teaches world folktales and traditional oral storytelling.
For an article ( 4/13/2012) from a Harker School newsletter, click here.
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.