James Devita Bambi, a Life in the Woods

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Bambi, a Life in the Woods

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Recipient of the AATE Distinguished Play Award Here for the first time is a stage version of the ORIGINAL story of BAMBI written by Austrian novelist Felix Saltern in the 1920's. It is an eloquent, fascinating tale of a young deer growing up in the woods. Open stage and light. 5 women, 4 men who with variable casting may play 13 roles. Felix Salten's classic book of BAMBI tells a haunting tale of growing up. Bambi truly becomes heir to his father, the Great Prince when, having encountered and mastered for the first time the novel feelings of love, fear, loneliness and independence, he comes to understand that all of Earth's creatures are guided by a greater force than themselves. All are dependent on each. Intertwined in this great story is Bambi's growing awareness of the fragility of the forest environment and the impact of human encroachment on all of the forest inhabitants. A superbly theatrical and sensitive work of theatre, appealing to children and adults alike.

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Bambi comes into the world in a forest glade, loved by his mother, protected by a thicket. He grows up frolicking in the meadow, befriending butterflies and screech owls, and learning about the dark fear of all the woodland creatures: man. Over time, Bambi seeks out the wisdom of the prince of deer, a magnificent old stag who walks alone through the paths of the forest. Bambi is torn between his desire to be with his beloved mate, Faline, and his yearning for the knowledge and solitude the prince represents. He is also conflicted about his friend Gobo, who has returned to the forest after a winter living among humans. Gobo behaves unnaturally by strolling through the woods by day when other deer are sleeping, showing no fear of his natural mortal enemy.

This 1926 classic has been stretched and squeezed into many forms over the years, but the Felix Salten original should not be missed. With the richer, more highly wrought language of his time, Salten crafts a story layered in meaning, weighty with its message. The sometimes cruel, often joyful cycle of life continues, in spite of those who try to defy nature's law. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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The Prince of the Forest

Bambi's life in the woods begins happily. There are forest animals to play with -- Friend Hare, the chattery squirrel, the noisy screech owl, and Bambi's twin cousins, frail Gobo and beautiful Faline.

But winter comes, and Bambi learns that the woods hold danger -- and things he doesn't understand. The first snowfall makes food hard to find. Bambi's father, a handsome stag, roams the forest, but leaves Bambi and his mother alone.

Then there is Man. He comes to the forest with weapons that can wound an animal. He does terrible things to Gobo, to Bambi's mother, and even to Bambi. But He can't keep Bambi from growing into a handsome stag himself, and becoming...the Prince of the Forest.

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James Devita; Cover Art courtesy of First Stage [Illustrator]; Milwaukee [Illustrator];
Published by Anchorage Press Plays (1997)
ISBN 10: 0876023472 ISBN 13: 9780876023471
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Book Description Anchorage Press Plays, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Trade Paperback. New. Clean, tight and unmarked. Bookseller Inventory # UT1518534

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