The Reluctant Dragon: A Play for Young Audiences

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Based on the classic story by Kenneth Grahame, this was the first theatrical adaptation sanctioned by Grahame's estate. The townsfolk of Sussex, England are shocked when they discover a dragon living amongst them. But this dragon is far from the menacing fire breathing creature they envision. The truth is Alexander the Dragon is a peaceful fellow who likes to eat tarts and write poetry. Malcolm, the dragon's new friend, tries to convince the townsfolk that they need not fear the dragon, but because of the townsfolk's prejudices against dragons they insist on eliminating him from their town. It is up to Malcolm to come up with a solution to save the poor Dragon. Emma Gelders Sterne's adaptation captures the spirit and excitement of the original story and creates a marvelous theatrical adventure.

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Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932), Scottish-born author, was raised by his grandmother in Berkshire, England, along the banks of the Thames River. He was educated at Oxford and then worked for the Bank of England. As a pastime, he wrote light nonfiction and articles for newspapers. The Wind in the Willows, originally written as letters to his son, established him as a writer of children's books and had a deep influence on fantasy literature.

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This dramatization of Grahame's story has wonderfully expressive characterizations to tickle young imaginations. There's a full gamut of sound effects and music reminiscent of phonograph records of the '50's. A young boy plays the hero, an innocent voice wiser than the eccentric adults around him. The dragon speaks his pacifist message in slow cartoon-like cadences while St. George delivers his role in a stalwart voice. The male narrator is warm and expressive as host of this appealing program. D.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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