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Caddie Woodlawn - Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

Caddie Woodlawn

Tom Shelton, Susan C. Hunter

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Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

7m, 8f, 9boy(s), 10girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573698576

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Susan C. Hunter and Tom Shelton
Based on the book by Carol Ryrie Brink
Carol Ryrie Brink’s Newbery Award-winning novel Caddie Woodlawn is brought to exuberant life as a musical. Caddie - the iconic, high-spirited Wisconsin pioneer girl beloved by generations of readers - learns invaluable lessons about reconciling the head-strong child she’s been, and the responsible adult she is soon to be.
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Description

Full Length Musical

Dramatic Comedy

Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Wild West, American Civil War Era, 19th Century

Settings Of Play -

In and around the Woodlawn House, Dunn County WI. Several scenes can take place WHILE the set is being changed if necessary. Can be realistic or minimal.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Elementary School / Primary, Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Outdoor, Large Stage, Church / Religious Groups, Youth/Camp Programs

Carol Ryrie Brink’s Newbery Award-winning novel, Caddie Woodlawn, is brought to exuberant life as a musical. Caddie (the iconic, high-spirited Wisconsin pioneer girl beloved by generations of readers) leads her willing siblings in a series of thrilling adventures, not always with the approval of her traditional Bostonian mother. Her father, however, encourages her antics, that she might thrive amidst the new, tougher ways of the West. In a dramatic climax, Caddie single-handedly diffuses a potentially deadly clash between the terrifi ed settlers and the local Dakota tribe through a daring and dangerous act. But her action only deepens her conflict with her mother. Ultimately, Caddie learns invaluable lessons about reconciling the head-strong child she’s been, and the responsible adult she is soon to be. Through it all, the sacredness of tradition – passed from one generation to the next – is powerfully dramatized. As one wise friend tells Caddie: “Families – they’re our link to forever, lass."

REVIEWS

"As cream rises to the top, so did Caddie Woodlawn..." – Wisconsin News-Leader

"Young audiences adore Caddie Woodlawn!" –Springfield News-Leader

"A fine family yarn..." –Milwaukee Journal

Caddie Woodlawn was first produced by The Missouri Arts Council at the Landers Theatre on March 26, 1992, directed by Mick Denniston.

Characters

CASTING

7m, 8f, 9boy(s), 10girl(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Features Children, Features Teens, Flexible casting, Roles for Children, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

Can be double and triple cast for a smaller cast size as noted in character descriptions.

Can also be expanded with a larger chorus.

 

CHORUS SIZE

Large

CADDIE WOODLAWN – a young girl, 13 years old
ROBERT IRETON – a cheery Irishman, taken to singing, dancing, and handing out good advice
JOHN WOODLAWN – Caddie’s father, handsome and gentle, with quiet strength
HARRIET WOODLAWN – Caddie’s mother, refined, wants the same for her children
TOM WOODLAWN – Caddie’s mischievous older brother, full of fun and pranks, about 14 years old
WARREN WOODLAWN – Caddie’s younger brother, about 10, always trying to keep up with the other two, full of energyv
CLARA WOODLAWN – Caddie’s older sister, takes after her mother, very lady-like and sweet
HETTY WOODLAWN – about 7, a tattletale and tag-along
MINNIE WOODLAWN – 5 years old, sweet-faced and happy (can double as LITTLE HETTY and littlest child)
ANNABELLE GRAY – cousin to the Woodlawns, a graduate of finishing school, finds Wisconsin “quaint and rustic”
MRS. HYMAN – a snoopy neighbor
REVEREND TANNER – The Circuit Rider, hails from Boston (can double as CHARLIE ADAMS and MR. WOODLAWN’S GRANDFATHER [dancer])
KATIE HYMAN – about Caddie’s age, quiet and very shy
JOHN – Caddie’s friend, a Native American
MELVIN KENT – an ignorant bigot
MISS PARKER – the local schoolteacher (can double as MR. WOODLAWN’S MOTHER [dancer])
OBEDIAH JONES – a large, hulking bully about 14 years old, can double as JOHN’S friend
LITTLE TOM – Tom at age 9 (can double as SILAS BUNN)
LITTLE CADDIE – Caddie at age 8 (can double as LIDA SILBERNAGLE or JANE FLUSHER)
LITTLE WARREN – Warren at age 5 (can double as SMALL CHILD SOLOIST)
LITTLE HETTY – Hetty as a small child (can double as MINNIE)
MARY WOODLAWN – a sickly child (can double as JANE FLUSHER or be a baby doll)
NATE CUSTIS – a friend of Melvin Kent
EZRA MCCANTRY – a friend of Nate Custis (can double as SETTLER 1)
MAGGIE BUNN – Caddie’s best friend (can double as MILDRED ADAMS or GIRL)
LIDA SILBERNAGLE – a know-it-all
ASHUR JONES – Obediah’s oafish brother (can double as BOY, and MR. WOODLAWN AS A BOY)
SILAS BUNN – Maggie’s little brother, a clown
MRS. MCCANTRY – a settler (can double as MRS. ADAMS and SETTLER 2)
JANE FLUSHER – one of Caddie’s friends
CHARLIE ADAMS – a new settler
MILDRED ADAMS – Charlie’s daughter (can double DAKOTA CHILD)
MRS. ADAMS – a new settler
VARIOUS CHILDREN, SETTLERS, NATIVE AMERICANS including: GIRL, BOY, LITTLEST CHILD, SETTLER #1, SETTLER #2, JOHN’S FRIEND, DAKOTA CHILD, MR. WOODLAWN AS A CHILD (DANCER), MR. WOODLAWN’S MOTHER (DANCER), MR. WOODLAWN’S GRANDFATHER (DANCER)

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Medium

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

10 Piano/Vocal scores

Flute
Clarinet
Trumpet
Percussion
Accordion
Harp
Banjo
Violin
Cello
Bass
Song Samples

Wisconsin Welcome

Wisconsin Anthem

Graveside Hymn

We Are We

Tom's Tall Tale

The Oath

Quaint and Rustic

The City of Boston

Breeches and Clogs

Waiting

O'Grady's Fiddle

A Change in The Wind

Paddy's Lament

Epilogue

Author(s)
Tom Shelton

Tom Shelton

Tom Shelton is an accomplished writer, composer, musical director, teacher and actor. He is the author along with long-time collaborator Susan Hunter, of the award winning musical Caddie Woodlawn and The Boy Who Ruled the Moon and the Sun, commissioned by the San Diego Opera. He has also written a series of successful murder mysteries produced by The Gourmet Detective throughout Southern ... view full profile

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Reviews
di burbano 5/23/2013 8:35 PM
A gorgeous family friendly musical with GREAT roles for women/girls. "A Change in the Wind" is an outstanding song, in a score full of great music.

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