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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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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- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
Rural Virginia. The present.
- Additional Features: Animal spot
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: Classic Broadway
- Vocal Demands: Easy
- Orchestra Size: Piano Only
- Chorus Size: No Chorus
Casting1m, 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
- Expandable casting
- Features Children
- Flexible casting
- Roles for Children
- Room for Extras
More fifth graders may be included in the school scenes.
Music Material Rental Packages
10 Piano/Synthesizer/Vocal Scores
Bridge to Terabithia first premiered at Stage One, the Louisville Children's Theatre in October 1990. It was directed by Tom Schreier.