Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine

by  Cristopher Tibbetts, Bob May, Roy C. Booth

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 3f, 2boy(s), 3girl(s), 3boy(s) or girl(s)

"Students of all ages will be able to relate to Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine.” - Carol Rolf, Log Cabin Gazette, Conway, AR
“Beanie is family oriented, fast paced and filled with familiar characters. The show is aimed at children, but adults should enjoy it too,” - The Citizen

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Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine

by  Cristopher Tibbetts Bob May Roy C. Booth

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f, 2boy(s), 3girl(s), 3boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Beanie Boren, a science wiz who is not keen on reading, has designed a book reading machine for the science fair. It combines a computer, a mini video cam and a contraption of his own design to enable one to read three books at once. Unfortunately, the machine is neither user friendly nor bug free. When Beanie turns it on, lights flash, thunder booms and out pop the witches from Snow White, Hansel and Gretel and the The Wizard of Oz, each set to wreak havoc! Beanie must get them back into the books with help from the good guys in the same stories. Afterward, he is eager to read about his new friends-- the old fashioned way.

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Reviews

“The pitch was so smooth and the premise so entertaining, the Sessums Elementary School fourth graders didn’t even know they were learning,” - Christina Pellett, Tampa Bay, FL

"Students of all ages will be able to relate to Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine.” - Carol Rolf, Log Cabin Gazette, Conway, AR

“Beanie is family oriented, fast paced and filled with familiar characters. The show is aimed at children, but adults should enjoy it too,” - The Citizen

 

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting:

    School Auditorium; Forest Clearing; Gingerbread House with oven; Wicked Witch's Castle

  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

Music

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

Casting

2m, 3f, 2boy(s), 3girl(s), 3boy(s) or girl(s)

BEANIE
MR. WRIGHT - the school principal
QUEEN - the witch from Snow White
CANDY - the witch from Hansel and Gretel
WEST - the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz
PROFESSOR LIBRUM - the head librarian from Bookworld
DOROTHY
HANSEL
SNOW WHITE
GRETEL
THE THREE DECIMALS - Dewie, Hewie, and Louie
THE SEVEN DWARFS

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Cast Attributes

  • Features Children
  • Roles for Children

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Authors

Cristopher Tibbetts

Cristopher Tibbetts has worked as an actor, director, playwright, and performance teacher in theaters and schools around the country, and his original works have been performed around the world.  He played Beanie in the world premiere of

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Bob May

Bob May has been active in theatre for fifty years. He began as an actor, moved on to directing after earning a BA in theatre from St. Cloud State University (MN), and then directing took a backseat to writing after he graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with an MFA in playwriting. As a director he has ...

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Roy C.  Booth

Roy C. Booth

The premiere was presented by by Bob Dryden at Brainerd Community Coleege (renamed Central Lakes College) Theatre in October of 1989 under the direction of Bob May, with sets, lights, and costumes by Dennis Lamberson, under the stage management of Cathie Theis.  It has been roduced thousands of times around the world since the original production.

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