Marguerita's Secret Diary

by  Tom Smith

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m, 2f, 1m or f

"A sure delight for children everywhere." - Durango Herald

Marguerita Michelle Two-Bear was raised in a tri-cultural home, and has written stories from each culture into her secret diary. She tells the Appalachian story of Hearth Girl, a young woman abandoned by her father, yet longing for his return.

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Marguerita's Secret Diary

by  Tom Smith

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f, 1m or f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)

Additional Info

Marguerita Michelle Two-Bear was raised in a tri-cultural home, and has written stories from each culture into her secret diary. She tells the Appalachian story of Hearth Girl, a young woman abandoned by her father, yet longing for his return. Hearth Girl meets a mysterious woman who moves in and rules the household with an iron first, yet does so for very secretive, and very honorable, reasons. The second story, Javier and the Rabbits (Javier y el Conejos), is told in both Spanish and English. Javier is a simple and gullible boy who is forced to work on a farm to pay off a debt to a wicked Townswoman. One day, the rabbits that he is tending begin to talk. They reveal a plan for Javier to free himself from his difficult life, and get back at the Townswoman at the same time. The third story, Nayoo, the Burn-Face Girl, is based on a native American legend. Nayoo's evil sisters, jealous of her beauty, burn her face in a fire, horribly disfiguring her. Meanwhile, a Visitor Woman comes to town with her brother, N'Karna, who is invisible and must remain so until a woman can prove that she truly loves him, rather than the magical wish he can provide his wife. Nayoo's sisters compete for N'Karna, but it is ultimately Nayoo who proves her love and earns the wish. Marguerita explains that her stories have been told again and again and that some of the details have changed. In fact, in some parts of the world, these stories are known as Cinderella. The play ends reinforcing the importance of sharing stories and recording them for future generations.

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Reviews

"A sure delight for children everywhere." - Durango Herald

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Additional Features: Puppetry
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

1m, 2f, 1m or f
ACTOR 1 - Female, Marguerita, Visitor Woman.
ACTOR 2 - Female, Hearth Girl, Farmwoman, Nayoo.
ACTOR 3 - Male/Female, Old Woman, Harry/Larry/Mary/Mo, Sister 1.
ACTOR 4 - Male, Father, Javier, Sister 2, N'Karna.
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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting

Casting Notes

Rabbits can be played by puppets instead of by actors.

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Authors

Tom Smith

Tom Smith is currently a professor at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. His published plays include Drinking Habits, The Odyssey, Dangerous, Marguerita's Secret Diary, The Pathmaker, Gray, and 4 adaptations of S ...

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Marguerita's Secret Diary origianlly premiered at Creede Repertory Theater in Creede, Colorado on June, 26, 1999 and was directed by Richard Baxter.

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