The Magic Bus to Asian Folktales
When the kids get on the old school bus to go home, the mysterious new bus driver treats them to a whole series of Asian folktales. His words are sprinkled like magic-dust on them and they are transported back to Asia. His stories are new versions of old folktales such as the Chinese story where a young boy’s honesty about his own failure leads to success; and the Hmong story about two brothers, (one generous and one greedy), who find a magical tree; and, the Filipino story of a young woman who goes after bandits to avenge her father’s death. The stories are full of action and songs, and make the kids on the bus so much more aware of the richness of their own Asian heritage.
A bus driver’s versions of Asian folk tales causes young passengers to discover the depth of their culture.
© Copyright 2012 New Music Arts ® dba Musicals 4 Young Audiences. Originally produced by SteppingStone Theatre For Youth Development, St. Paul, Minnesota, Richard Hitchler, Artistic Director.
Bus Driver (Asian)
Cha Thao (Hmong boy)
William Cheng (Chinese Boy)
Marlina Augusin (Filipino girl)
Little Lo (played by William)
Mother of Little Lo
Crowd of Chinese people
Brother Pao - uncle of Lo
Cousin of Lo
Little Lee/Father Lee/Little Siu/Little Wing
Hlee - Ger's wife
Kee - Ger's brother (played by Cha)
Woman - daughter of Dragon King
Kansilay (played by Marlina)
Chorus of reptiles, animals, insects
Kids 1 and 2
Lawa–on, Village warrior
Several village warriors
Diwata - Fairy Princess
"Riding the Bus"
"How to Make a Plant Grow"
"Emperor Wu is Very Pleased!"
"My Name is Kee"
"Meant To Be"
"Welcome to Our Deepest Jungle"
"Riding the Bus" (Reprise)