Beanstalk! The Play!

by  Donna Swift, Ross Mihalko

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 3f, 10m or f

This fun family show follows the adventures of Jack, a young boy with his head in the clouds and his nose in a book of fairytales. When the magic beans Jack trades for the family cow grows into a gigantic beanstalk, Jack finally gets the chance to have a fairytale adventure of his very own.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f, 10m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Young Children (Age 2 - 5)
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)

Additional Info

Beanstalk! The Play! is exactly like nothing you've ever seen before, not even in a book! This fun family show follows the adventures of Jack, a young boy with his head in the clouds and his nose in a book of fairytales. When the magic beans Jack trades for the family cow grows into a gigantic beanstalk, Jack finally gets the chance to have a fairytale adventure of his very own. Now if he can only find the treasure, save his family, and get the cow back, today might just really be his magical fairytale afterall. Filled with hilarious characters and more twists than a climbing vine, Beanstalk! The Play! is one show that's guaranteed to grow and grow and grow right into your heart.

Also available, Beanstalk! The Musical!

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Keywords

Fairy Tales

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: The ordinary land below the clouds and the magical land above them. The enchanted time of fairytales.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Casting

3m, 3f, 10m or f
NARRATORS 1-5 - The tellers of the tale.
JACK - A kind-hearted boy who believes in fairytales.
JACK 2 - Jack in disguise.
JACK 3 - Jack in another disguise.
MOTHER - Jack’s mother; a grumpy old woman who used to be rich and happy.
COW - Jack’s best friend.
ALEX THE SKUNK MERCHANT - A skunk merchant named Alex.
CHRIS THE CHEESE MERCHANT - A cheese merchant named Chris.
SUE THE POTPOURRI MERCHANT - A potpourri merchant named Sue.
BEANSELLER - A mysterious bean merchant with a secret past.
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY - A fugitive in the magical land above the clouds.
THE GIANT - A big man with a big appetite for little people.
GIANT’S WIFE - A big woman with a big heart.
HEN - An enchanted and exhausted hen that lays golden eggs.
HARP - A magical singing harp who acts like an opera star/diva.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

JACK, JACK 2 & JACK 3 can be performed by the same actor. NARRATORS 1-5 can be performed by as many or as few actors as needed. The play can be performed by adults or children.

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Authors

Donna Swift

Donna Swift is the founder and director of IMP for Kids, a company committed to providing quality theater education and performance opportunities to young people ages 6-21. Since receiving her theater arts degree from Emerson College in 1990, Donna has worked professionally as an actress, stage mana ...

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Ross Mihalko

Ross Mihalko is a writer, director, improviser, and lyricist living in Pasadena, California. His works for the stage have been published and performed across the United States, Off Broadway and on Martha’s Vineyard. He has written over 20 plays and 60 songs for children, directed original and existing ...

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