Full Length Musical
Theatre for Young Audiences
60 minutes (1 hour)
Time Period - Contemporary
Settings Of Play - HOW TO EAT can be performed in almost any space using a very simple set. The open stage should suggest a child's environment with 10 or 12 lightweight cubes (2 feet on a side) that can be arranged into chairs, beds, playgrounds, kitchens, minivans, etc.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
Elementary School / Primary, Community Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Church / Religious Groups
This musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child is hilarious. Children give twenty-three lessons in such subjects as how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister, how to act after being sent to your room, and how to laugh hysterically. The pace is fast, the tone subversive, and the recognition instant.
"A musical revue for children that can also be enjoyed by the parents...A charming and witty score." - Backstage
"Delightfully clever." - Hollywood Reporter
"Razzle dazzle staging, Broadway style songs and an imaginative script." - TV Guide
"A winner...should become a classic." - The Seattle Times
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How to Eat Like a Child: A Musical Romp Through Childhood
by Cara Kramer
September 22, 2015
HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD is based on the Viking book of the same name by Delia Ephron. The musical version began its life as an NBC prime time special starring Dick Van Dyke (the chimney sweep in MARY POPPINS). It was an immediate hit in schools, camps and community centers everywhere and has enjoyed thousands of productions all over the the US, Canada and many other countries where kids smuggle their least favorite vegetables to the garbage instead of eating them.