Full Length Musical
Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
60 minutes (1 hour)
Time Period - Victorian (British and American)
Settings Of Play - A 19th century circus theater.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
No intermission, Physical Comedy
Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle
Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Winner! 2011 Barrymore Awards, Best Production of a Musical and Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Official Selection! The Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices Festival
A young professor loses just about everything in the world - everything, that is, except for the flea who lives in his vest. Starting over again, the professor and the flea become the best of friends, start a circus act, and set off to tour the world. Together they must overcome shipwrecks, cannibals, and tickling. Adapted by Jordan Harrison and Richard Gray from the last tale by master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, this new musical odyssey celebrates friendship, whimsy, and the excitement of the unknown.
"Exciting, funny, and creatively imagined." - Philadelphia Inquirer
"Splendid entertainment, boasting eye-popping design, a witty script, and marvelous performances. The Flea and the Professor is a lot of fun, thanks largely to its style and showmanship. Satisfies the adults in the audience without talking down to the children." - Talkin Broadway
"The musical is full of comical moments, touching scenes, adventure and delightful music." - Delaware County News
"The Flea and the Professor is the kind of entertainment capable of forcing young children to lift their sagging heads up out of their laps while also filling their tiny hearts with a wonder available nowhere but on a stage." - Out With the Kids
The Flea and the Professor was commissioned by the Arden Theatre Company and written with support from the Kesselring Fellowship at the National Arts Club and the New Visions/New Voices Festival at the Kennedy Center. It received its world premiere at the Arden Theatre in Spring 2011 under the direction of Anne Kauffman.