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Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine - Short Play, Comedy

Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine

Roy C. Booth, Bob May, Cristopher Tibbetts

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Short Play, Comedy

2m, 3f, 2boy(s), 3girl(s), 3boy(s) or girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573650048

Based on an original story by Bob May.

"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

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Minimum Fee: $45 per performance


Description

Short Play

Comedy

Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales

40 minutes

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

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Young Children (Age 2 - 5), Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 3f, 2boy(s), 3girl(s), 3boy(s) or girl(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Features Children, Roles for Children

BEANIE
MR. WRIGHT - the school principal
QUEEN - the witch from Snow White
CANDY - the witch from Hansel and Gretel
WEST - the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz
PROFESSOR LIBRUM - the head librarian from Bookworld
DOROTHY
HANSEL
SNOW WHITE
GRETEL
THE THREE DECIMALS - Dewie, Hewie, and Louie
THE SEVEN DWARFS

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author(s)
Bob May

Bob May

Bob May has been active in theatre for fifty years. He began as an actor, moved on to directing after earning a BA in theatre from St. Cloud State University (MN), and then directing took a backseat to writing after he graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with an MFA in playwriting. As a director he has directed over 450 productions across the country (most of them being musicals), ... view full profile

Cristopher Tibbetts

Cristopher Tibbetts

Cristopher Tibbetts has worked as an actor, director, playwright, and performance teacher in theaters and schools around the country, and his original works have been performed around the world.  He played Beanie in the world premiere of Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine and in the world premiere of The Wizard of Bamboozlement.  His original adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk was ... view full profile

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