The place is rural New England, the time the latter part of the nineteenth century. Ned Crocker, a twelve-year-old trained from infancy as a bare-back rider, runs away from the circus and works as a stable boy for a young New England spinster. Miss Emily believes that home and fireside can solve any boy's problems, but she discovers that a "liberty horse" cannot be set to pulling a pony wagon without running into trouble. Ned's father, "The Great Scarlatti," had met with a serious accident in the Main Top, and as a result of running away the boy is left without a contract for the following season, just when he most needs it. The complications are resolved in a surprise ending that has a Yankee lawyer stealing a Christmas Tree and a jolly Irish housekeeper dancing the quadrille with Santa Claus. Exceptionally well written with interesting and appealing characters—excellent family entertainment.
A suspenseful comedy suggested by a boy's story by Louisa May Alcott, this charming and lively play will be of particular interest to younger groups. Complete acting edition with suggested incidental music for Sleigh Ride, Boys' Fisticuffs, Chinese Punch and Judy Show and Holiday Quadrille interludes.