Children's Letters to God

by  Stuart Hample, David Evans, Douglas Cohen

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  3m, 2f

"Children's Letters to God has a sweet, warm heart, the appealing lyrics of Douglas J. Cohen and the music of David Evans [both Drama Desk nominees], and the innate humor of its source material [by Stuart Hample]." - The New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Christmas/Holiday, Faith-based
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Based on the international best-selling book by Stuart Hample and Eric MarshallInspired by the international bestseller of the same name, Children's Letters To God is a musical that follows the lives of five young friends as they voice beliefs, desires, questions and doubts common to all people but most disarmingly expressed by children. Sixteen tuneful songs and assorted scenes (some based on actual letters) explore timeless issues such as sibling rivalry, divorce, holidays, loss of a beloved pet, the trials of being unathletic and first love. This entertaining show carries a universal message which crosses the boundaries of age, geography, and religion.

As in the best-selling book, the musical is not specifically religious in nature. It's about kids and various events in their lives that lead them to ask a lot of questions -- some funny, some serious, some surprising.
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Accolades

  • Nominee! Drama Desk Award!
    Douglas J. Cohen is the recepient of the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting

Reviews

REVIEWS:

"Children's Letters to God has a sweet, warm heart, the appealing lyrics of Douglas J. Cohen and the music of David Evans [both Drama Desk nominees], and the innate humor of its source material [by Stuart Hample]." - The New York Times

"Whimsical and charming family-oriented production about the innocent joys and sometimes simple sorrows of growing up." - New York Daily News

"Looking for a show for kids AND adults? This one might be the answer to your prayers!" - WCBS TV

"Clever, funny and musically hip!" - Broadwayworld.com

"Cheery and uplifting as a live-action Charlie Brown special!" - New York Post

"FIRST-CLASS LETTERS!  Delightful, funny, and touching stage adaptation!" - Dallas Morning News

"A heartfelt, high energy GEM!" - Cape Cod Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Song Samples

Questions, Questions
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Thirteen
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Questions for the Rain
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Six Hours as a Princess
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When I am in Charge
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Silly Old Hat
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How Come
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I Know
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Casting

3m, 2f

JOANNA -  13, bright, responsible, and romantic, she is often forced to take care of her intrusive little brother, Kicker, who at times drives everyone crazy. She's in the same class as Brett, on whom she has her heart set.
KICKER - 9, Joanna's brother, imaginative, questions everything, often feels powerless because he's the youngest and the smallest in the group.
BRETT - 13, a doubter, sometimes a tad cocky to cover his insecurity, parents divorced. His prized possession is a baseball cap covered with a variety of pins from special places which he wears at all times.
IRIS - 11, passionately in love with her pet turtle, Arnold. Tends to over dramatize herself and has a secret crush on Brett.
THEO - 11, about to celebrate his 12th birthday. Totally inept physically, but is happy he is not as physically inept as Kicker. Would fervently like to be an athlete/hero. Wears glasses.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Roles for Children

Casting Notes

Can be performed by age appropriate children or young adults. Gender substitutions possible and cast can also be expanded. The role of KICKER has often been played by a girl.  

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

1 Keyboard (Acoustic Piano, Synthesizer, Vocal Score)
5 Chorus Books

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Authors

Stuart Hample

Stuart Hample

David Evans

David Evans

Douglas Cohen

Douglas Cohen received the 2010 Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting and won two Richard Rodgers Awards for writing book, music, and lyrics for Now Way to Treat a Lady (produced twice off-Broadway resulting in productions worldwide; published by Samuel French) and The Gig (Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II, Goo ...

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Two world premieres at Lyric Stage of Dallas and Harwich Junior Theatre, both of which garnered rave reviews. The New York Premiere at Lamb's Theatre enjoyed a six-month, off-Broadway run. 

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