Bridge to Terabithia

by  Steve Liebman, Katherine Paterson, Stephanie S. Tolan

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m, 3f, 4boy(s), 5girl(s), 3boy(s) or girl(s)

This powerful adaptation, supported by a lyrical score, focuses the humor, warmth, and emotional intensity of Katherine Paterson's Newbery Award-winning novel.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 3f, 4boy(s), 5girl(s), 3boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Adventure, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This powerful adaptation, supported by a lyrical score, focuses the humor, warmth, and emotional intensity of Katherine Paterson’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Jesse, alienated from the pragmatism of his family and rural Virginian culture, draws and dreams of becoming something special. Leslie, the new girl from the city and the ultimate outsider, opens a world of imagination, art, and literature for him. Together they create Terabithia, a fantasy kingdom where they are safe from those who don’t understand them. Their friendship grows as Jesse’s world expands. When tragedy strikes, the strength gained in Terabithia takes Jesse forward on his own and lets him share the magic of his dreams.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Youth/Camp Programs
  • Tours

Cautions

  • Caution Animals Animals

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    Rural Virginia. The present. 

  • Additional Features: Animal spot
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

1m, 3f, 4boy(s), 5girl(s), 3boy(s) or girl(s)

JESSE AARONS - age 10, Virginia farm boy who draws and runs
LESLIE BURKE - age 10, newly arrived from Arlington, a lover of reading and fantasy
MAY BELLE AARONS - Jesse's six year-old sister
MRS. AARONS - a farm wife and mother with little education and some religion
MR. AARONS - part time farmer and day laborer
BRENDA AARONS - the Aarons' teenager, interested in clothes, boys, and television
JANICE AVERY - 13 year-old school bully, large, unlovely and slow
MISS EDMUNDS - young, pretty, liberal and caring, she teaches fifth grade and music at Lark Creek Elementary
GARY FULCHER - supposedly the fastest runner in the fifth grade
BILLY JEAN - 5th grader
GIRL 2 -5th grader
BOY 1 - 5th grader
BOY 2 - 5th grader
THE DOG

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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

More fifth graders may be included in the school scenes.

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10 Piano/Synthesizer/Vocal Scores

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Authors

Steve Liebman

Steve Liebman

Katherine Paterson

Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 30 books including16 novels for children and young people. She has twice won the Newbery Medal, for Bridge to Terabithia in 1978 and Jacob Have I Loved in 1981. The Master Puppeteer won the National Book Award in 1977 and The ...

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Stephanie S.  Tolan

Stephanie S. Tolan

Bridge to Terabithia first premiered at Stage One, the Louisville Children's Theatre in October 1990. It was directed by Tom Schreier.

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