Summer Conservatory: Festival of Plays

The Adventures of Tommy Higgins

And now Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Welcome to another episode of "The Adventures of Tommy Higgiins, A Boy with Imagination." This radically live radio drama follows an average American boy of twelve during his Summer vacation. 

Performed with live sound effects and narration, you won't want to miss this exciting tale of Tommy Higgins!

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Totally Red!

This is a unique and fun retelling of the classic battle of wit and deception as told in the beloved fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood. We meet Red (who is nobody's fool) and the wolf (who tries to be cool) and granny—well, sometimes she's left in the dark! Totally RED! begins with a humorous version in storybook theatre style. The story continues with three to five minute retellings of sections within the tale, told in multiple styles: melodrama; Elizabethan; '80s hip-hop slang; and avant-garde. There is also an additional scene in American musical style, RED! The Musical!. 

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The Monsters Under the Bed

Stephanie's having a sleep-over with her friends when they are joined by her young cousin Melissa who can't get to sleep because she's afraid of the dark. But soon the monsters come out from under the bed and no one can get to sleep. As each girl describes her own personal fear, those fears come to life as Crumplebump (the funny noises monster), The Final Freak (the math test monster), Big Bad Boom (the thunderstorm monster), and several other terrifying creatures of the night. The girls help each other overcome their fears, and with some help from Stephanie's older sister Cathy and her monster friend Gruntable, the other monsters are banished. 

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James and the Giant Peach Jr.

Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this "masterpeach" of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.

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In One Basket

A collection of little-known folk and fairy tales, dramatized with artful simplicity for production in the story-theatre style. The Rich Man: A rich man's life is near perfection, with the exception of one thing—silence. At the ends of his street live a tinsmith and a blacksmith. Gustav Is Always Right: A widowed mother lives with her only son, Gustav, in a poor cottage. Whatever Gustav said or did, his mother always thought he was right. Crown of Dew: A princess is given anything she might dream of by her father, the king. Yet, she is unsatisfied with what she has. When she finally discovers the object of her desire, an old jeweler helps her realize the true path to her satisfaction. 

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