Stone Soup – Musically Delicious


BY RACHEL NELSON FORTNER
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY JAMES RUSSELL
See MUSICAL NUMBERS list below for audio samples.
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"STONE SOUP" SYNOPSIS
Recommended Ages for Performers: 6-10 years old
Cast: 7 M, 17 F
Set: Two simple sets
Time: About 45 minutes
For those with an appetite for top-notch entertainment, this classic folktale is guaranteed to give you a belly full of laughs as it demonstrates the satisfaction of collaboration and mutual generosity. A band of hungry soldiers, denied food by some suspicious villagers, publicly declare that they can create soup from stones. They just need an onion, and perhaps a carrot, and maybe a rutabaga to make it taste first-rate. As pantries are pilfered and root cellars ransacked, everyone in the village provides something. In the end, the soup is proclaimed scrumptious, and more importantly, this little hamlet discovers the true magic behind the recipe: sharing. You’ll want to hum along with engaging tunes like “Trouble’s Afoot,” “A New Hat,” and “We Soldiers at Your Door.” Soup’s on so pull up a chair because this show promises to be musically delicious!

 

“Stone Soup is a tried and true recipe that will satisfy the heartiest appetite for children’s theater, tickle the funny wishbone, and prove that preteen thespians can master the performing arts. Director Rachel Nelson Fortner’s Stone Soup is a gourmet delight suitable for all ages. It’s guaranteed to leave its audiences gratified and asking for a second helping as the curtain closes on the young cast that has managed to find a way to share with others the abundance the community possesses.”

 

       --Patrick G. Metoyer, award-winning poet and visual artist
“Every new play becomes my new ‘favorite.’ Stone Soup is no exception! Between the wit, humor, and thoughtfulness put into each and every line, there was (as is always) a valuable message to be shared. I've seen my 8-year ‘performer’ thrive in this environment, gaining strength, security, and a genuine joy through the amazing instruction and scripts provided. Perhaps she says it best: ‘Every class is just soooo much fun!’”

 

       --Lori Austin

 

Cast
(Opening song and Finale included)
Soldiers
A band of hungry soldiers fresh from battle
Captain Cook…11 lines
Private Campbell…7 lines
Private Fisher...7 lines
Private Moore...7 lines
Private Baker...7 lines
Milkmaids
The maidens who milk all the cows in the area
Mary Maid...7 lines
Mavis Maid...5 lines
Minnie Maid...5 lines
Mandy Maid...5 lines
Myra Maid...5 lines
Minerva Maid...5 lines
The Stew Family
The Stew Family work at the nearby quarry
Ma Stew…11 lines
Sam Stew...9 lines
Silas Stew...6 lines
Sue Anne Stew...5 lines
Sadie Stew...5 lines
Sara Jane Stew...5 lines
Stella Stew...5 lines
Milliners
The Head Sisters own the local hat shop
Harriet Head...5 lines
Hattie Head...7 lines
Hazel Head...5 lines
Helga Head...5 lines
Hortence Head...5 lines
Henrietta Head...5 lines
Musical Numbers

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Stone Soup
(Cast)

 

March, March
(Soldiers)

 

Trouble’s Afoot
(Milkmaids)

 

Hungry
(Stew Family)

 

A New Hat
(Head Sisters)

 

We Soldiers at Your Door
(Soldiers)

 

The Answer is NO!
(Cast Except Soldiers)

 

Let's Stir the Soup
(Cast)

 

Finale
(Cast)

 

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