Stones

by  Colleen Neuman

Collection / Anthology, Comedy  /  1m, 1f, 30boy(s) or girl(s)

A collection of three funny folktales about stones - a stone that makes blissful soup, stones that masquerade first as coins and then as jewels, an innocent stone that is falsely accused of stealing.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f, 30boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Stones is a collection of three funny folktales about stones - a stone that makes blissful soup, stones that masquerade first as coins and then as jewels, an innocent stone that is accused of stealing.  

Stone Soup tells the story of a tramp who convinces a family of bickering sisters to help make a pot of soup that sweetens their natures and changes their lives. The tramp puts his "soup stone" in a pot of water and then convinces the sisters to add potatoes, tomatoes, onions and more.  They are thrilled with the results, more thrilled when the tramp gives them his "soup stone" and so busy planning their next soup that they forget to argue.

Robbers Are Everywhere is about a poor man who turns the tables on a greedy rich woman, using her own greed to trick her out of his three precious coins she has tricked from him.  This poor man must go on a trip and entrusts his few precious coins to the rich woman in his absence.  On his return she gives him a bag containing stones and denies all knowledge of his coins.  The man tells everyone in the market that this bag contains jewels.  The woman hears this and, greedy as ever, insists he take back the bag with his coins in exchange for the bag of "jewels."  Which he is very happy to do.

In The Trial of the Stone a couple hides their one and only coin under a stone, not knowing they are being watched by thieves who then steal it.  They tell the facts of the case to a judge who accuses the stone of being the thief.  The trial begins and lures in the real thieves who are caught when they steal again, as the clever judge knew they would, and the stone's good name is happily restored.

Plays Include:
Stone Soup
Robbers Are Everywhere
The Trial of the Stone

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
    $45 per short play individually

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting:

    These plays can be performed with very simple sets. 

    Stone Soup takes place in an outdoor setting and may be played on a bare stage or using a simple backdrop.  It can also be performed with a more elaborate set if that is desired. 

    Robbers Are Everywhere takes place in a rich woman's house and may be played on a bare stage or using a simple backdrop.  It can also be performed with a more elaborate set if that is desired.

    The Trial of the Stone takes place along a road and may be played on a bare stage or using a simple backdrop.  It can also be performed with a more elaborate set if that is desired.


  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • 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

1m, 1f, 30boy(s) or girl(s)
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

The casts for these plays are extremely flexible. 

Stone Soup is written for 6 but can be performed by a larger or smaller cast by using more or fewer SISTERS. 

Robbers Are Everywhere is written for 8 but can be performed by a larger or smaller cast by using more or fewer SELLERS. 

The Trial Of The Stone is written for 18 but can be performed by a larger or smaller cast by using more or fewer TOWNSPEOPLE. 

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Authors

Colleen Neuman

Colleen Neuman

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