Six Who Pass While The Lentils Boil

by  Stuart Walker

Short Play, Drama  /  9m, 2f

While a boy watches boiling lentils for his mother, six people pass: the condemned Queen (who he promises to hide), the Mime (who tempts him abandon his duty), the Milkmaid (who tells him about the reward offered for the Queen), the Blindman (who shows him why it is best to keep a promise), the Ball…

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Six Who Pass While The Lentils Boil

by  Stuart Walker

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Children (Age 6 - 10)

Additional Info

While a boy watches boiling lentils for his mother, six people pass: the condemned Queen (who he promises to hide), the Mime (who tempts him abandon his duty), the Milkmaid (who tells him about the reward offered for the Queen), the Blindman (who shows him why it is best to keep a promise), the Ballad Singer (who would wander all his life rather than break a promise) and the dreadful Hangman (who is outwitted by the boy). Her majesty gratefully knights David the Little Boy (who has done his duty and kept his promise).
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Keywords

Fairy Tales

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: The scene is a kitchen, and the period is when you will.
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

9m, 2f

Prologue to the Theatre
Prologue to the Play
The Device-Bearer
In the Audience
The Boy
The Queen
The Mime
The Blindman
The Ballad-Singer
The Dreadful Hangman

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Authors

Stuart Walker

Stuart Walker

Six Who Pass While the Lentils Boil was first presented at Christodora House in New York City on July 14, 1915. The play was subsequently presented at Jordan Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 14, 1916. The play received its official New York premiere at 39th Street Theatre in New York City on November 27, 1916.

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