Stone Soup (Musical)

by  Betty Hollinger, Anne K. Glasner

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  5m, 3f, 4boy(s), 4girl(s), 3m or f

Two hungry soldiers stumble on a town filled with disgruntled neighbors. Using their imaginations, the soldiers trick the townsfolk into donating seasonings for their legendary Stone Soup, which they have convinced the townsfolk is a delicacy beyond measure.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f, 4boy(s), 4girl(s), 3m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Wilmington IL Children's Theare "Best"
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

The storyteller begins the tale on an empty stage by summoning three families to create a little town. The families are the Scarletts (the butchers), the Goldens (the bakers), the Greens (the candlestick makers). Each family brings on their house with a practical door and their children. Each family is costumed imaginatively in their named color: scarlets and pinks etc; yellows and golds; greens of all shades. They are grumpy and speak nothing but Argue and Contradict. Into the conflict wander Mish and Mash, two soldiers in old time uniforms, recently excused from the army. They are very hungry. Their horse Pansy, " a great little hoofer," attracts the attention of the kids who quarrel until the Stone Soup they create works its magic. And a town party! And living a little more peaceably just for today.
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Keywords

Finding Peace

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: Houses are brightly colored flats, each with a practical door, each literally pushed on stage by the "family." Mish and Mash usually costumed in turn of the century type "uniforms," also colorful but not repeating red, green, or yellow.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Play w/ Music

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

5m, 3f, 4boy(s), 4girl(s), 3m or f

CORPORAL ALEXANDER MISH
PRIVATE ALEXANDER MASH
STORYTELLER
PANSY, THE HORSE

The Scarlets:
MR. SCARLET
MRS. SCARLET
JIMMY SCARLET
FREDDY SCARLET

The Greens:
MR. GREEN
MRS. GREEN
SUZY GREEN
SALLY GREEN
SARA GREEN

The Goldens:
MR. GOLDEN
MRS. GOLDEN
MARY GOLDEN
BOBBY GOLDEN
JOEY GOLDEN

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Roles for Children

Casting Notes

The Storyteller can be male or female. Pansy, the Horse is a two person horse with personality! Adults play adult roles: children play children's roles. Children are typical kids of someplace between 8 or 9 and 13. Boys are rowdy; girls are sassy. All figure out how to make soup! Adults are mostly exasperated but can expand on characterizations.

Resources

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13 Piano/Vocal scores

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Authors

Betty Hollinger

Betty Hollinger

Anne K. Glasner

Anne K. Glasner

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