Heads and Tales

by  Carol Lauck

Short Play, Comedy  /  4m or f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)

A whimsical and energetic Professor and his assistants guide 10 year old T.J. through adventures to free his imagination. "Do you know there are people who never use imagination?" asks the Professor. "Sad, but true," he laments.

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Heads and Tales

by  Carol Lauck

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m or f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)

Additional Info

A whimsical and energetic Professor and his assistants guide 10 year old T.J. through comical adventures to free his imagination. "Do you know there are people who never use imagination?" asks the Professor. "Sad, but true," he laments. "Almost as sad as people not using smiles." Through a variety of adventures in dance exercises, story creation and silliness, T.J. measures up well, and earns his Free Imagination pom pom without the aid of computor assistance. The play offers complete flexibility in casting, since the characters could be of any age or either gender with just a small name adjustment.

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Keywords

Childhood

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • Community Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: The play is set in an elementary school library with appropriate furnishings such as bookcases, bulletin boards, filing cabinets, a world globe, library tables and desks. The cast is dressed in colorful contemporary clothing with the exception of the Professor who, over normal clothing, wears a mortar board with an enormous gold tasel and a traditional gown with flashy trim. His footwear is decorated with gold pompoms on the top and a large single red spot on the right sole to "get off on the right foot and always on the dot."
  • Additional Features: Mime, No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m or f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)
T.J. - a ten year old child
SOFIA/SOPHOCLES - his/her imagination
THE PROFESSOR - a comical instructor in the art of creating tales
MARIA/MARIO - professor's assistant
FREDERICK/FREDERICA - professor's assistant
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Features Children
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children

Casting Notes

Casting of this play is very flexible. The entire cast could be children or teens, if desired. 

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Authors

Carol Lauck

Carol Lauck

Heads and Tales premiered at Looking Glass Theatre for Young Audiences, at the  Little Lake Theatre in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, on July 19, 1978.

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