Heidi

Heidi

Music and Lyrics by Joan Cushing

(6m, 6w; Some May Be Double-Cast; Multi-Location Set)
RUNNING TIME
70 Minutes
STYLE
Children’s Play, Drama, Musical
CHARACTERS
HEIDI: A young girl.
GRANDFATHER: Heidi’s grandfather, in his seventies.
PETER: Heidi’s friend, a slightly older boy.
CLARA: Heidi’s friend, a girl of ten.
DETIE: Heidi’s aunt, in her forties.
HERR STRASSER, HERR REINGOLD, FRAU STRASSER, & FRAU MUENSTER:
The townspeople of Mayenfeld, all in their forties and fifties.
FATHER: Clara’s father, in his forties.
FRAU ROTTENMEIR, SEBASTIEN, & TINNETTE: The servants in Clara’s house.
SYNOPSIS
In this musical retelling of the classic Victorian-era book, Heidi moves from a small Swiss village to the Alps, to Frankfurt, Germany, and back to her beloved mountains (complete with singing goats!). Everywhere she goes, Heidi brings joy to the people around her: her lonely grandfather and neighbor Peter in the Alps, as well as her sickly friend, Clara, in the city. This story celebrates how the power of love can restore hope for the future and a better life.

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NOTES
Adapted from the book by Johanna Spyri. Music and Lyrics by Joan Cushing.
www.joancushing.com
World Premiere at Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD, April 2009.
www.imaginationstage.org
For script information, please contact Susan Gurman: susan@gurmanagency.com

 

Reviews

“HEIDI” RECEIVED TWO HELEN HAYES NOMINATIONS ON MONDAY, JANUARY 25TH.

The award nominations were announced at the National Theatre. “Heidi” was nominated for Outstanding Resident Production, Theatre for Young Audiences, as well as for Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Musical (Tara Giordano, who played the role of Heidi.) The awards will be announced on Monday April 5th, at the Warner Theatre.

 

“A Goat-To Musical For The Kids (Washington Post Editors’ Picks)”
– Nelson Pressley, The Washington Post – Full Review
“…Plenty To Yodel About…”
– Jayne Blanchard, The Washington Times – Full Review
“..A Highly Recommended Musical For The Whole Family.”
– Bob Anthony, All Arts Review 4 You – Full Review
“An Enjoyable New Look At A Beloved…Children’s Classic”
– David Cannon, Maryland Sentinel – Full Review
“Here It Is – 3 Weeks Later – And That Gorgeous Song And Those Haunting Lyrics, And The Scene Stealing Voices Of Tara And Kate Still Linger In My Mind.”
– Joel Markowitz, DC Theatre Scene – Full Review
Cushing’s plays for young audiences have been produced at theatres across the U.S, including: Seattle Children’s Theatre, Childsplay, Dallas Children’s Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Mill Mountain Theatre, Barter Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Stage One Louisville, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Manhattan Children’s Theatre, California Theatre Center, and Omaha Theatre Co. TYA Magazine has called her the “the most produced playwright in children’s theatre.”
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For script information, please contact Susan Gurman: susan@gurmanagency.com