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The Ring, Four Plays for Children - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

The Ring, Four Plays for Children

Philip Caggiano

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

13m, 27f

ISBN: PWD0000000007

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales

90 minutes

Time Period - Medieval (6th-14th c.)

Settings Of Play -

Antiquity, Norse Mythology, Valhalla.


Play w/ Music, Stage Combat, Special Effects

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Opportunity for Spectacle

Fantasy Costumes


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


Elementary School / Primary, Jr High/Primary, Community Theatre, Youth/Camp Programs

The Ring, For Plays for Children, is based on Richard Wagner's music drama, "Der Ring des Nibelungen."

I wrote the adaptation in 1978 when I was teaching at a settlement house in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The children, for whom I was asked to direct in some kind of theatrical production, had very little music training in their local school, and nearly all were unable to match pitches. My thought was to direct a theater piece with music where the children didn't have to create the music themselves, but would be inspired by the accompanying music in their performances.

Wagner seemed like a likely choice, because at the time the first Star Wars movie was in theaters, and to kids the orchestral music of Wagner would sound like a John Williams movie score.

The adaptation was a success, and a friend who taught in northern Westchester mounted a production the following year, which was later presented in New York by the Wagner Society.

It has since been given productions throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, as well as the International Children’s School in Vienna, Austria, and The Buxton Festival in England.

The Ring was published by Avon Books in 1982 to coordinate with the centennial of Richard Wagner's death.

“a delight… a thrill… moved… uplifted… funny, of course, but somehow touching and wonderfully right.” -- Donal Henahan, The New York Times

January 30th, 1980. 92nd Street Y, Kauffman Concert Hall, presented by The Wagner Society of New York.



13m, 27f


Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Features Children, Features Teens, Roles for Children, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)




The Ring is intended to be performed mostly by children – ages 8 – 12 years old.

The parts of Wotan and the two Giants, Fasolt and Fafner, should always be performed by adults.  

The parts of Fricka and Brunhilde, can (and should) be performed by slightly older girls (ages 12 – 16).

The Ring is based on the four Ring Cycle operas by Richard Wagner and is intended to be performed as a “cycle,” but can also be performed independently, or staged sequentially, and then later performed as the complete cycle.


Das Rheingold 

(The Rheingold)


Female parts - 6

Male parts - 5

Adult parts - 3


Slaves 6 or more


Die Walkure 

(The Valkyrie)


Female parts - 10 (the number of Valkyries, in addition to Brunnhilde, can be variable)

Male parts - 2

Adult parts - 1




Female parts - 3

Male parts - 3

Adult parts - 1



(Twilight of the Gods)


Female parts - 6

Male parts - 4

Vassals - 6 boys and 6 girls (number can be variable)

Hunters - 6 (number can be variable)

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