Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
Time Period - Present Day
Settings Of Play -
School Auditorium; Forest Clearing; Gingerbread House with oven; Wicked Witch's Castle
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Special Effects
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences, Young Children (Age 2 - 5), Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
Elementary School / Primary, Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre
Beanie Boren, a science wiz who is not keen on reading, has designed a book reading machine for the science fair. It combines a computer, a mini video cam and a contraption of his own design to enable one to read three books at once. Unfortunately, the machine is neither user friendly nor bug free. When Beanie turns it on, lights flash, thunder booms and out pop the witches from Snow White, Hansel and Gretel and the The Wizard of Oz, each set to wreak havoc! Beanie must get them back into the books with help from the good guys in the same stories. Afterward, he is eager to read about his new friends-- the old fashioned way.
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“The pitch was so smooth and the premise so entertaining, the Sessums Elementary School fourth graders didn’t even know they were learning,” - Christina Pellett, Tampa Bay, FL
"Students of all ages will be able to relate to Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine.” - Carol Rolf, Log Cabin Gazette, Conway, AR
“Beanie is family oriented, fast paced and filled with familiar characters. The show is aimed at children, but adults should enjoy it too,” - The Citizen
The premiere was presented by by Bob Dryden at Brainerd Community Coleege (renamed Central Lakes College) Theatre in October of 1989 under the direction of Bob May, with sets, lights, and costumes by Dennis Lamberson, under the stage management of Cathie Theis. It has been roduced thousands of times around the world since the original production.