The Reluctant Dragon
The Reluctant Dragon is a musical adaptation for children of Kenneth Grahame's classic tale. It is a fun study in conflict resolution with a goofy dragon and his determined sidekick.
Music by Gary Rue.
© Copyright 2012 New Music Arts ® dba Musicals 4 Young Audiences.
Originally produced by Stages Theater Company of Hopkins, Minnesota.
Sheep Note: The Shepherd has a “flock” of sheep – a cut-out plywood/fiberboard bunch of eight or ten on wheels, various sizes and heights, that is articulated so parts of it moves in various directions and sheep can be added and subtracted to change the flock size. The flock can be pushed by foot, shepherd’s crook, or hand. Two of the flocks are actors in sheep suits: They supply the voices for the flock.
Dragon Note: The dragon is B-I-G with a full swishable dragon tail and enormous ga-lumpfing feet, tall ears, and long dragon claws. He can breathe fire (somehow).
Carl - the shepherd
Ruth - his wife
Will - their son
James - the knight
Kelso Kranz - Pots and Pans
Shirley Simes - Fruit Seller
Gretel Graves - Vegetable Seller
Henry Hale - Milk and Cheese Seller
Marvin Monk - Furniture Seller
Bronwyn Bagg - Lantern and Candle Seller
Polly Peek - Flower Seller
Kenneth Kahn - Flower Seller
Rita Raines - Candy Seller
Virgil Vohl - Soap Seller
"I’m Hummin’ "
"And We Do Not Like The City"
"There’s A Dragon!"
"And We Do Not Like The City" Reprise
"It Had a Tail That Was Big As a… "
"Poor Little Lambs"
"It Had a Face That Was Wrinkled and…" "Dragon!"
"Are There Other Names?"
"The Pre-Battle Tra-La Song"
"The Post-Battle Tra La Song"
"Isn’t It Nice To Be Nice?"