TOP 10 PLAYS FOR CHILDREN

1 Theatre for Young Audiences: 20 Great Plays for Children - An excellent collection of plays, many of which are based on favorite children's tales, including such titles as: "Charlotte's Web", "Really Rosie", "Wiley and the Hairy Man", "Wise Men of Chelm", and "The Crane Wife".

2 Eight Plays for Children: The New Generation Play Project - The New Generation Play Project was a daring experiment in American children's theatre. Begun in 1989 by a consortium that included the Seattle Children's Theatre, The Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis, Stage One: The Louisville Children's Theatre, and the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, the NGPP raised half a million dollars to commission major American dramatists such as Tina Howe and Mark Medoff to create new works for young people.

3 Pushing Up the Sky: Seven Native American Plays for Children - From acclaimed Native American storyteller Joseph Bruchac comes a collection of seven lively plays for children to perform, each one adapted from a different traditional Native tale. Filled with heroes and tricksters, comedy and drama, these entertaining plays are a wonderful way to bring Native cultures to life for young people.

4 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day : A Musical - In this delightful adaptation of her popular children's book, Judith Viorst sets Alexander's rather trying life to music and brings to the stage one of America's feistiest characters.

5 James and the Giant Peach - A dramatization of of Raold Dahl's classic children's story in which James escapes from his fearful aunts by rolling away inside a giant peach. Includes suggestions for staging, easy-to-make costumes and scenery, and lighting procedures.

6 Mystery Plays : 8 Plays for the Classroom Based on Stories by Famous Writers - Students explore the genre of mystery through these eight dramatic interpretations of stories from such well known authors as Edgar Allan Poe, Ellery Queen, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Also contains background information on each mystery author plus cross-curricular extension activities.

7 ¡Aplauso! - A collection of Hispanic plays for children, providing a wide range of plots and multicultural characters throughout. Plays are provided in English, Spanish and bilingual formats.

8 Charlotte's Web - This exciting new musical version of Charlotte's Web brings a new dimension to E.B. White's beloved classic with music and lyrics by Charles Strouse (Annie and 'Bye, 'Bye Birdie) and book by Joseph Robinette (national award-winning children's playwright).

9 Three Children's Plays - This entertaining collection of plays from Pulitzer-winning playwright David Mamet includes "The Poet and the Rent," "The Frog Prince," and "The Revenge of the Space Pandas."

10 The Little Fur Tree - A musical for primary children based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson.

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