Ferdinand the Bull

Book & Lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Based on the book by Munro Leaf

Synopsis

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

History

The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia
The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia


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.

The theatrical production rights to Ferdinand the Bull are not currently available, but contact us via the contact page to be put on our interest list.

“This Running of the “Bull” is one to savor” – The Washington Post

Frolicking fun for the entire family” – Country Press

Musical Numbers

1. OPENING DANCE - All
1. OPENING DANCE - All



2. BOOTIFUL FLOWERS - Ferdinand
2. BOOTIFUL FLOWERS - Ferdinand



3. DANILO'S SONG - Danilo



4. BULLY IS WHAT A BULL SHOULD DO - Cochina
4. BULLY IS WHAT A BULL SHOULD DO - Cochina



5. TORO TANGO - All
5. TORO TANGO - All



6. BULL RING DANCE - All



7. THE BULL IN UNBELIEVABLE - All


ferdy from wash post
Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD

‘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

Production Elements

MainStreet Theatre Company, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
MainStreet Theatre Company, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Cast: 1 Woman, 3 Men

Female:
COCHINA – A pig, Ferdinand’s best friend (Alto)

Male:
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.
Musical Difficulty:Moderate
Technical Requirements: Minimal
Suggested Audience: Pre-School/Elementary/Families

Literally sings with feel-good family fun” – The Evening Bulletin

Authors

KAREN ZACARÍAS (Book & Lyrics) is hailed by American Theater Magazine as one of the ten most produced playwrights in the U.S. and the most produced Latina playwright in the nation. Her comedy Native Gardens,  about race, class, plants, and fences, hit a political zeitgeist and was one of the top produced plays of 2019. Her musical homage to the telenovela Destiny of Desire, “a terrifically entertaining theatrical roller coaster”(Charles McNulty, LA Times) has sold-out the largest regional theaters from East to West (Arena Stage, The Goodman, Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and is now heading to Broadway. Her gripping drama The Copper Children,  about a controversial child separation case in 1905, just had an acclaimed world premiere at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and her bilingual translation of Romeo y Juliet will premiere at California Shakespeare Festival in September of 2021.  Other award-winning plays include  The Book Club PlayLegacy of LightMariela in the DesertThe Sins of Sor Juana, and the adaptations of Just Like UsInto the Beautiful North, and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent. Her work has also been produced at The Kennedy Center, The Guthrie, Cincinnati Playhouse, The Goodman, South Coast Rep, and many more.

 

Karen is also one of the most produced children’s theater playwrights in the country. She is the author of ten renowned TYA musicals with composer Deborah Wicks La Puma including Ella Enchanted, Einstein is a Dummy, Ferdinand the Bull, Looking for Roberto Clemente, Chasing George Washington, Jane of the Jungle, and Frida Libre.  Karen is also the author of the Marvel play Squirrel Girl Goes to College, and the librettist of several Ballets. She is one of the inaugural resident playwrights at Arena Stage, a core founder of the Latinx Theatre Commons – a large national organization of artists seeking to update the American narrative with the stories of Latinos – and she is the founder of the award-winning Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT). YPT was cited by the Obama administration as one of the best arts-education programs on the nation.

Karen was voted 2019 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine for her advocacy work involving the arts. She is an inaugural 2019 Sine Fellow for Policy Innovation at American University for advocating for the intersectionality of art and policy and was selected by The League of Professional Theatre Women to receive the 2019 Lee Reynolds Award given annually to a woman in theater who has helped illuminate the possibilities for social, cultural, or political change. She was awarded the 2019 Medallion by the Children’s Theater Foundation of America for excellence and craft and a 2019 speaker at TEDEX Broadway. A graduate of Stanford University and Boston University, Karen lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children. She is represented by the Gersh Agency. www.KarenZacarias.com

DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA (music) – see her bio page

Purchase

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