Marmalade Gumdrops

by  Carol Lauck

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 4f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)

Explores the imaginative world of 10 year old Walter K. Hampton. The play is simply set with actors as furniture in Wally's bedroom, yet moves swiftly through delightful experiences with wind up dolls, and old fashioned melodrama, a circus, story telling, and even a time machine."Imagination is like a marmalade gumdrop; once you've tasted it, you'll never settle for just plain."

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Marmalade Gumdrops

by  Carol Lauck

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 4f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Explores the imaginative world of 10 year old Walter K. Hampton. The play is simply set with actors as furniture in Wally's bedroom, yet moves swiftly through delightful experiences with wind up dolls, and old fashioned melodrama, a circus, story telling, and even a time machine. Led through fun filled antics by Governor Winthrop, his gumdrop popping desk, Libby Bibliophile, his instructive bookcase, Clair Beam, his not too bright lamp, Bedelia Cotter, his yawning bed, and Windsor, his stuffy chair, Wally concludes that, "Imagination is like a marmalade gumdrop; once you've tasted it, you'll never settle for just plain."

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Keywords

Childhood, Friendship

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: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: A child's bedroom with the characters as furniture.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Music

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

Casting

2m, 4f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)

WALTER K. HAMPTON - 10 years old
LIBBY BIBLIOPHILE - his knowledge filled bookcase
WINDSOR - his bedroom chair
BEDELIA - his comfortable bed
CLAIR - his not too bright floor lamp
WINTHROP - his antique desk
MOTHER - an off stage voice

All characters drop their original characteristics when assuming roles in the various fantasies and adjust to their new roles.

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Features Children
  • Multicultural casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

The main character might be a boy or girl - just a name change from Walter to Wallis would do it.

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Authors

Carol Lauck

Carol Lauck

Marmalade Gumdrops was first presented by Looking Glass Theatre productions at Little Lake Theatre in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1973.

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