THE RELUCTANT DRAGON
Genres: Fantasy, Classics
Themes: Classic Adaptations, Children's Literature, Fairy Tale
Duration: 90 minutes
Speaking Cast: 5 females, 4 males (9 total cast)
Flexibility: 0-20 extras
Set in the medieval fairytale village of Tea ‘N’ Crumpet, The Reluctant Dragon
tells the tale of a young man, Joey Bisfick, whose love of dragons and inquisitive nature force him to venture off in search of a dragon that has reportedly been terrorizing the countryside, much to the chagrin of his worrying parents. What he finds instead is a sweet old dragon (named Dennis D. Dragon) and three baby all-singing, all-dancing dragonettes, who he quickly befriends. Things seem idyllic until the Mayoress of the village hires a dragon-slaying knight to hunt down Dennis – then it’s up to Joey to secure a “happy ending.”
This fun and friendly musical is loosely adapted from the children's book, The Reluctant Dragon
, by Kenneth Grahame. It includes several original musical selections, some highlights of which are: "Gonna Find That Dragon," "A Fabulous Day," "The Dragon Stomp," and "The Mayoress Rap."
With show-stopping numbers and tongue-in-cheek lyrics and dialogue, this show is campy fun for the entire family, carrying a message of tolerance and friendship.The Reluctant Dragon
premiered October 2004 in Edison, New Jersey at Plays-in-the-Park
St. Gerard School
Bemidji Community Theater
Mansfield Drama Department
USD 468 Healy Public Schools
Westville High School
Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School
As Producing Director of NJ's Plays-in-the-Park, I have directed children's musicals for the past 12 years. We have found that the formula for success is to deliver a show that entertains the children AND adults alike, intellectually challenging and full of contemporary gags and jokes that guarantees a good time for all. THE RELUCTANT DRAGON is a result of that philosophy, and is offered to other directors with the hope that they will bring their own style of silliness and creativity to it. Like so many of the Pixar and Disney features of late, colloquial and timely references to current pop culture abound, and anyone mounting the show is encouraged to explore this, while still maintaining the heart of the show and its message of friendship and tolerance.
by Mark Baron and Gary Cohen
Bemidji Community Theater, Dennis D. Dragon, Joey, Sarah, Saul, Sir Lancealittle, Dragonettes,...
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