Another Tortoise, Another Hare

by  John Mucci, Richard Felnagle

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  7m, 7f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)

Aesop the Owl narrates and then continues the story of the famous race in this very up-to-date adaptation. The original tortoise and hare have children. Tommy Tortoise grows up as the child of a celebrity, and Harriet Hare grows up the child of an outcast.

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Another Tortoise, Another Hare

by  John Mucci Richard Felnagle

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 7f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

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

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)

Additional Info

Aesop the Owl narrates and then continues the story of the famous race in this very up-to-date adaptation. The original tortoise and hare have children. Tommy Tortoise grows up as the child of a celebrity, and Harriet Hare grows up the child of an outcast; and strangely, these children are united in friendship by the way fate has shaped their lives. But other forest creatures are not happy with the outcome of the original race their parents ran. Tommy and Harriet are eventually turned against each other and coerced into running their parents' old race over again, encountering a highway full of singing automobiles, a flood and worst of all: two human children. Songs include "Take It Slow," "Do It Now," "Winners and Losers," and "The Raspberry Song."
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: An abstract representation of a forest; there are added features such as animal cages, a road, and suggested dwellings of two of the characters.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Puppetry, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Casting

7m, 7f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)
AESOP THE OWL - a real old-timer, cracker-barrel philosopher, and the forest's resident historian
TABATHA TORTOISE - winner of the famous race
TILDA TORTOISE - her daughter
TOMMY TORTOISE - her son
HOWARD HARE - loser of the famous race
HARRIET HARE - his daughter
REGINA THE SKUNK - a mature skunk-of-the-world with a bad self-image
ROD AND SAM - two tough street frogs
ART AND GWEN - two upwardly-mobile robins
MERCEDES, CHEVY, FORD, AND KAY - four automobiles with a taste for running over animals on the road
MARJORIE - a pack rat bag-lady
THE SUNFLOWER - an arrogant decoration; Marjorie's pride and joy
ROCCO AND LEFTY - two raccoons, a couple of hardened prison inmates
CHORUS - various tortoises, hares, and other critters
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Plus optional Chorus. Includes two large 'human' puppets. If desired the actors playing Rod and Sam may also double the roles, respectively, of the Sunflower and Marjorie. The actors playing Art and Gwen may double the roles of Rocco and Lefty. The roles of the four automobiles (Mercedes, Chevy, Ford, and Kay) may be doubled by the actors playing the two tortoises and the two hares. In this way, the play may be performed with a minimum cast of 15 actors.

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Authors

John Mucci

John Mucci graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University, where he wrote and composed eleven musical plays with co-author Richard Felnagle. His musical, Another Tortoise, Another Hare, coauthored with Felnagle ...

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Richard Felnagle

Richard Felnagle

Another Tortoise, Another Hare was first presented by the West T. Hill Community Theatre, Inc., in Danville, Kentucky, on October 31, 1986. It was directed by Richard Felnagle.

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