How the Chicken Hawk Won the West

by  Gifford W. Wingate, Mitch Kendrick

Short Play, Comedy  /  7m, 5f

A chicken hawk, unhappy that he is seldom visited at his home in a zoo, attempts to improve his image. Chief among the devices he uses to lure visitors to his compound is a dramatic rendering of "The Winning of the West," in which he features himself in scenes as "King Chicken Hawk," builder of the …

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How the Chicken Hawk Won the West

by  Gifford W. Wingate Mitch Kendrick

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 5f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Suggested Use

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    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material

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A chicken hawk, unhappy that he is seldom visited at his home in a zoo, attempts to improve his image. Chief among the devices he uses to lure visitors to his compound is a dramatic rendering of "The Winning of the West," in which he features himself in scenes as "King Chicken Hawk," builder of the nation's first railroad; as "William Allen Chicken Hawk," editor of the first frontier newspaper; and as "Judge Roy Bird-- Law West of the Pecos." A group of children and the adults who brought them are induced to play the supporting parts. History takes a beating, but so does the ego of the Chicken Hawk, who accepts at the end and identity closer to reality.
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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

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  • Setting: The chicken hawk compound at the zoo.
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music

Casting

7m, 5f

THE CHICKEN HAWK

ALBERT

MISS PONCEFORT

MR. BAINBRACKEN

THE CHILDREN:

EMMALINE

HANNAH

MARILYN

JESSE

FRANK

CHAD

MIKE

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Authors

Gifford W. Wingate

Gifford W. Wingate

Mitch Kendrick

Mitch Kendrick

University of Texas at El Paso in 1973 directed by Gifford W. Wingate

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