Book & Lyrics by Karen Zacarias
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Based on the book by Munro Leaf
A classic tale of individuality, Ferdinand The Bull is the story of a bull who doesn’t want to fight and butt heads like all the other bulls: he just wants to take care of his beloved flowers. But when the belligerent Duque Dodo comes looking for the toughest bull in all of Spain to fight in Madrid, he mistakenly picks Ferdinand. In this fun and imaginative adaptation, including a pun-ful pig named Cochina who wants to be a star, and the matador Danilo, who really wants to be a Flamenco dancer, everyone learns to be true to themselves.
‘Ferdinand‘ is outstanding in its field!…A clever script that managers to blend lofty Shakespearean themes with the corniest jokes ever!” – Chris Slattery, The Gazette
You had me at Moo” – The Washington Times
Ferdinand the Bull was commissioned and premiered by Imagination Stage in 2000 under the direction of Janet Stanford. It won the Tenth Annual Actors’ Playhouse’s National Children’s Theatre Festival, and has since enjoyed numerous productions throughout the country, including the Coterie, The Goodman Theatre, The Alliance Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Childsplay, and the Lewis Family Playhouse.
Ferdinand the Bull is currently being optioned as a feature film, and the theatrical production rights are not available.
“This Running of the “Bull” is one to savor” – The Washington Post
Frolicking fun for the entire family” – Country Press
1. OPENING DANCE – All
2. BOOTIFUL FLOWERS – Ferdinand
3. DANILO’S SONG – Danilo
4. BULLY IS WHAT A BULL SHOULD DO – Cochina
5. TORO TANGO – All
6. BULL RING DANCE – All
7. THE BULL IN UNBELIEVABLE – All
‘Ferdinand’ gets a big ‘Ole! – the classic book turns into a perfect mini-musical thanks to Zacarias and La Puma…crafted for English and Spanish-speaking children alike – it’s a hit!” – Holly Johnson, The Oregonian
Cast: 1 Woman, 3 Men
COCHINA – A pig, Ferdinand’s best friend (Alto)
FERDINAND the BULL – A bull who loves flowers (Baritone)
DUQUE DODO – A belligerent Spanish duke (Baritone)
DANILO – The Duke’s son (Tenor)
Music: Songs in the Spanish Flamenco tradition, including the Sevillana and Paso Doble. Accompaniment tracks available.
Technical Requirements: Minimal
Suggested Audience: Pre-School/Elementary/Families
Literally sings with feel-good family fun” – The Evening Bulletin
KAREN ZACARIAS (Book & Lyrics) world premiere adult plays include Mariela in the Desert (Repertorio Espanol), How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Round House Theatre), and Legacy Of Light and The Book Club Play (Arena Stage) directed by Molly Smith.
Karen is the winner of the 2006 Francesca Primus Award for her play, Mariela in the Desert (World Premiere at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago). Mariela is also the winner the 2005 TCG/AT&T First Stages Award, the 2004 National Latino Playwrights’ Competition, finalist for the 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn prize. Her play The Book Club Play was part of the O’Neill Playwrights Conference in 2007. Her play, The Sins of Sor Juana won Outstanding New Play at the 2000 Helen Hayes Awards and has been produced throughout the country. Karen is a core member of the Playwrights’ Center.
Her musical plays for young people with composer Deborah Wicks La Puma have enjoyed productions at The Goodman Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, The Coterie, Chicago PlayWorks, Nashville Children’s Theater, The Alliance Theatre, Imagination Stage, Arden Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Honolulu Theater for Youth, St. Louis Rep and more.
Karen Zacarías is the founding artistic director of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning non-profit dedicated to enhancing literacy, arts empowerment and conflict resolution through playwriting in Washington, DC area schools. She lives in DC with her husband Rett, and children Nico, Kati, and Maia. www.karenzacarias.com
DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA (Music) – see her bio page
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