The Selfish Giant (Walter)

by  Kristin Walter, Larisa Bryski

Short Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 5f

"The Selfish Giant is a kids' show, but the theme is universal. Its simple message may influence your child, but its effect on you may be refreshingly unexpected." - The Tribeca Tribune

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The Selfish Giant (Walter)

by  Kristin Walter Larisa Bryski

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

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

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Young Children (Age 2 - 5)
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)

Additional Info

When four bored children decide to play in the Giant's garden, they are in for a nasty surprise. The Giant builds a fence to keep them out, and threatens anyone who tries to come in. But when winter comes and sees that no one is having any fun, it decides to stay forever. It's up to the new girl in town to take down the fence and teach the Giant a lesson in friendship.

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Reviews

"The Selfish Giant is a kids' show, but the theme is universal. Its simple message may influence your child, but its effect on you may be refreshingly unexpected." - The Tribeca Tribune

"Kristin Walter's charming adaptation of Oscar Wilde's fairy tale about a giant who builds a wall around his garden so no children can play there is as relevant for millennial children as it was to Wilde's Victorian readers." - Off-Off Broadway Review

"Larisa Bryski's songs will delight theatergoers 3 to 9 years old." - The New York Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: The Giant's garden.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only

Casting

4m, 5f
WINNIE - A mischevious young girl
BETH - Sweet young girl
MAX -  A rambunctious young man
SARAH - A kind young girl
THE GIANT -  A selfish old man
SNOW -  A glamorous female
FROST -  A movie star type male
NORTH WIND -  A Rat Pack type
HAIL -  A dumb blonde

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children

Casting Notes

Can be cast with 4 males and 5 females or 2 males and 3 females with doubling.

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Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

Piano/Vocal Score

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Authors

Kristin Walter

Kristin Walter is the author of The Selfish Giant, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel,

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Larisa Bryski

Larisa Bryski

The Selfish Giant was originally produced by Peninsula Youth Theatre. A subsequent production was held at Vital Theatre Company. The final version premiered at the celebrated and critically-acclaimed Manhattan Children's Theatre.

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