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Play script developed from Horatio Alger by Aurand Harris. Musical score by Glenn Mack available from the publisher, Anchorage Press Plays. Perfectly straight-faced treatment of the dime-novel hero who rose from rags to riches. Cast of 3 women, 6 men, extras. Four sets, painted on reversible screens and set in place by the actors. Late Victorian costumes. Produced at the Shanghai Children's Art Theatre, 1987.
Ragged Dick, an honest, upright lad who earns his meager living by shining shoes, is entrusted with a $2.00 bill by a rich banker. When he delivers the change to the banker's home, this manly boy attracts the interest of the banker's daughter, who stirs his ambition. In a dramatic scene, Dick has the opportunity to rescue a poor little Match Boy from a tenement fire; and when the Match Boy proves to be the heir to a fortune, the banker recognizes Dick's sterling qualities, and starts him on the road to riches.
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The plays of Aurand Harris have been produced and applauded in thousands of productions around the world for nearly a half century. Harris was a prodigious dramatist, writing a new published play each season. He was a tireless experimenter of forms, themes, subjects. This modest man of irrepressible imagination and energy carried a vast array of honors and accolades. He was the first recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in Children's Theatre. He received an honorary doctorate from a mid-western university, and was introduced into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. He was the first playwright to receive the Medallion of the Children's Theatre Foundation of America.
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Book Description Anchorage Pr, 1966. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0876021852
Book Description Anchorage Pr, 1966. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0876021852