Susan C. Hunter and Others
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Musical / 8m, 7f, plus 18 children / Carol Ryrie Brink’s Newberry Award-winning novel Caddie Woodlawn is brought to exuberant life as a musical. Caddie (the iconic, high-spirited Wisconsin pioneer girl beloved by generations of readers) leads her willing siblings in a series of thrilling adventures, not always with the approval of her traditional Bostonian mother. Her father, however, encourages her antics, that she might thrive amidst the new, tougher ways of the West. In a dramatic climax, Caddie single-handedly diffuses a potentially deadly clash between the terrified settlers and the local Dakota tribe through a daring and dangerous act. But her action only deepens her conflict with her mother. Ultimately, Caddie learns invaluable lessons about reconciling the head-strong child she’s been, and the responsible adult she is soon to be. Through it all, the sacredness of tradition – passed from one generation to the next – is powerfully dramatized. As one wise friend tells Caddie: “Families – they’re our link to forever, lass.”
Can't Believe This is Available!
Children's theaters, schools and community theater groups are challenged season after season to find and produce material with a female protagonist who has enough spunk to hold the attention of boys, girls, parents and grandparents. Caddie Woodlawn is exactly what we have been looking for. Caddie, the heroine of Carol Ryrie Brink's 1936 Newbery winning novel, is the anti-princess, a pioneer pre-teen whose adventures are not defined by traditional gender roles or expectations . After wondering why this beloved title has not been dramatized before, it suddenly dawned on me that its recent publication date means that we can actually produce an area premiere. I can't believe this is available! This story is exciting and family friendly, and the music is beautiful. I hope we might be able to partner with schools and libraries. Kids, teachers, parents and librarians can read and discuss the book, then everybody can come to the theater and enjoy the musical. What a find! Yay!!!!
A gorgeous musical.
A great adaptation of the classic novel. Caddie is a wonderful role model for young women everywhere.