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A Story of Chelm - Short Play, Comedy

A Story of Chelm

Linda Gaye Shapiro

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Short Play, Comedy

11m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573625084

When some heavenly machinery malfunctions, half a bag of foolish souls is dropped in the town of Chelm. They come to life and become obsessed with raising money to build a bathhouse for their shadows, who stubbornly lie in the dust all day long. After a number of moneymaking schemes are bungled, Hea…

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales

60 minutes (1 hour)

Settings Of Play -

An imaginary shtetl somewhere in Eastern Europe

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Physical Comedy

UIL Approved, Competition or audition material

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, 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, Shoestring Budget, Church / Religious Groups, Youth/Camp Programs

When some heavenly machinery malfunctions, half a bag of foolish souls is dropped in the town of Chelm. They come to life and become obsessed with raising money to build a bathhouse for their shadows, who stubbornly lie in the dust all day long. After a number of moneymaking schemes are bungled, Heaven is forced to intervene in this comedy based on a Yiddish folktale.


A Story of Chelm premiered at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 1983.

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CASTING

11m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Cross gender casting, Flexible casting

CASTING NOTES

Cross-gender casting is encouraged. Wings and Big G can be either gender.

BIG G - God as a business man
WINGS - A vice-president of the heavenly firm
FLUNKY - Part of Big G's retinue
SECRETARY - Part of Big G's retinue
REBECCA - A small pretty woman in her early twenties; newly wed
SHLEM - A good-looking but lazy young man who is forever falling asleep
NACHMAN - The old man of the town
JACOB - The rich man of the town; older and fatter than Reisman 
JUDITH - His wife; a status conscious matron
TANEY - Their daughter; a slightly chubby girl of fourteen
SHIKSEY - Also their daughter; a pretty girl of sixteen
RABBI -  A dignified older man
SHAMUS - The temple handyman; curiously nondescript
BRICKMAN - A middleaged shyster businessman
BERGMAN - His cousin, an older shyster businessman
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