The Door To America

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The Door To America

Cast Requirements
9 Men
6 Women

ACT I

Yossel and his wife Sadie, Russian Jews, come to America in the early 1900’s.  With them are her cousin Leah, and Leah’s infant baby.  At Ellis Island, Yossel says “Ich hob fergessen” (I’ve forgotten).  An official mistakenly writes down his last name as Ferguson.

They settle down to life in New York.  They make friends with an eccentric Gypsy (Mama Lenka) and an Irish union organizer Michael Dooley.  Ferguson has one goal in life – to be a successful “American” and own his own business.  Sadie has a simpler desire – to be a mother.  Dooley falls in love with Leah, but she won’t see him because he’s not Jewish. Ferguson opens a store and comes into conflict with the union. Radical unionists s throw rocks at the store window.  Leah is frightened and Ferguson holds her to comfort her.  Dooley and Sadie arrive at the store and see the two embracing.

ACT II

Sadie is worried that her husband is having an affair. Ferguson is so involved with his business, that when Sadie finds out she’s pregnant, he ignores her. She decides she doesn’t want to have the baby!  Mama Lenka tells her the Gypsies “have a way…” But Lenka goes to Yossel and warns him. Yossel, realizing that he has forgotten what is truly important, comes to Sadie’s rescue.  They rekindle their love, and Leah and Dooley begin theirs.  All seem to be on the road to success, as another boatload of immigrants arrives at Ellis Island.

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The Fir Tree

Cast Requirements
2 Men
2 Women
1 Boy
4 Simple Puppets
Mixed Ensemble

Deep in the forest, a little fir tree sits, surrounded by giant trees, hidden from the light of the sun. The rabbit says the greatest glory a tree can have is to be a Christmas tree. But the little fir tree has no hopes of ever being a Christmas tree—not with all these big trees around him. And how will he ever impress the beautiful young willow nearby?  In the very same forest sits a boy who longs to be a hunter—to be big enough to own a pellet gun and shoot a rabbit. The fir tree grows bigger and boy grows too. One Christmas, the boy takes the Fir Tree home and sets it up in the center of the room. It is the happiest day of the tree’s life. Soon though, the tree grows dry and brittle, only useful as firewood. The boy finally gets his pellet gun and makes plans to go out and shoot the rabbit. But the as the fir tree burns in the fireplace, it’s warmth puts the boy to sleep and creates a magical dream. The boy dreams of shooting the rabbit and realizes it will not make him happy. Waking from his dream, the boy goes to the forest. Instead of shooting the rabbit, he puts out a small fire near the willow tree. A beautiful story with a beautiful ending. A great one for the holidays.

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Cinderella

Cast Requirements
3 Men
7 Women
1 Cat (Optional)
Mixed Ensemble

Evil stepmothers don’t only live in fairy tales. Sometimes you’ll discover one holding hands with your father! That’s what young Cindy writes in her laptop diary as she sits on her balcony in a New York apartment. It’s been several years since  Cindy’s mother died, and now her father is “seeing” a woman from Texas! As she falls asleep, Cindy discovers herself in a strange fairy tale world where her cruel Texan stepmother and stepsisters fight over dresses with fringe and who’s boots are the pointiest. Ugh!  Just when everything looks hopeless, a wonderful Fairy Godmother appears, rescuing Cindy from her distress and teaching her to stop worrying about the “what ifs.” Cindy suddenly wakes from her dream as her father’s new girlfriend is arriving. Cindy goes to meet her with trepidation, until she notices that the woman is the wonderful Fairy Godmother of her dream!

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Aladdin and the Lamp

Cast Requirements
5 Men
4 Women
4 Teens
6 or More Ensemble

Aladdin is a poor young dreamer.  His mother thinks he will amount to nothing, but a fortune teller (really the Caliph’s wife in disguise) tells him if he uses his wits he can acquire great wealth.  Aladdin is befriended by a mysterious man claiming to be his uncle.  The man is really an evil magician who dupes Aladdin into recovering a magic lamp for him.  He seals the boy in a cave, but the boy discovers the power of the lamp and its amazing Genie.  Aladdin becomes a rich merchant and manages to acquire the hand of the beautiful princess Shahira, but in keeping the Genie a secret, he comes close to losing his wife and his lamp.   The show is wall-to-wall music, with very little dialogue and an eclectic score that ranges from rap and doo-wop to Gilbert-and-Sullivan-type songs.

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Snow White and the 7 Dwarves

Cast Requirements
5 Men
5 Women
7 Dwarves

This version contains a mirror who moves, and will only answer if you speak in rhyme.  Also, the Queen has a sister and several bumbling court attendants.  In the prologue, the father of three daughters does a favor for a Wizard. Each daughter is granted a single wish…One wishes to be a beautiful Queen.  One wishes to be a powerful Witch. One wishes to be married and have a beautiful child.

When Snow White’s parents die, she is sent to live with her aunt, the Queen.  The Queen’s sister, the witch, sends the Queen a mirror as a gift.  The Witch needs assistance.  Her powers are waning and the only spell that can help requires “A locket from the pocket of a princess that is pure.”   Snow White has such a locket, and when the jealous Queen finds out the Snow White is living in the forest with seven little miners, she goes off to snatch the locket.  The other members of the court, a prince and the dwarfs thwart the Queen’s evil plan.  The Queen is trapped in an ugliness spell and learns the lesson of the play, “YOU’RE THE MIRROR OF EV’RY DEED YOU DO!”

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Bunny

Cast Requirements
9 Men
6 Women
3 Either (May be augmented with Ensemble

The lights are out. The people are gone. Now prepare yourself to travel into a world where toys magically come to life! Become part of the heart-warming story of the Velveteen Rabbit who finds a new home with a young boy named Freddy. The rabbit soon becomes Freddy’s favorite toy. Soon he may have the greatest honor—he will be real! But Freddy falls ill. What can a mere toy do?

BUNNY shows us all the power of hope and love. It is the story of a young boy and a Velveteen Rabbit, who after saving a boy from illness, is carelessly discarded. But the spirit who takes care of all toys has seen the great heart of the Velveteen Rabbit, and turns the stuffed toy made of cotton and cloth, into a real live rabbit.

The songs are short, lively, and easy to learn. The perfect story to share with children of all ages.

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