Munsch at Play: Eight Stage Adaptations for Young Performers by Irene N. Watts and Robert Munsch
Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
In this collection of plays based on the stories of Robert Munsch, experienced playwright Irene Watts has adapted eight of his best-loved tales for the stage, classroom or backyard!
Complemented by funny, energetic illustrations, including those of long-time Munsch collaborator Michael Martchenko, each story is presented in an accessible play format, making it easy for children to act out their own versions of the adventures of Angela, Elizabeth, Mortimer, and others.
These lively, interactive adaptations include suggestions to encourage audience participation, as well as casting ideas that can involve the whole class. Innovative, uncomplicated (and inexpensive!) ideas for props and costumes can also be found.
The stories included are:
• Angela’s Airplane • Stephanie’s Ponytail • Mortimer • 50 Below Zero • Mud Puddle • Millicent and The Wind • Murmel, Murmel, Murmel • The Paper Bag Princess
“Provides an exciting alternative to reading the Robert Munsch books . . . [and] a safe way for English-language learners to speak out in a natural, fun and social way.”
—Professionally Speaking, 12/10
“The suggestions . . . should prove to be excellent examples for students to develop their own dramatic interpretations of their favourite narratives.”
—Resource Links, 06/10
“The students . . . thoroughly enjoyed reading the adaptations, and they had a great deal of fun working together to present the pieces.”
—CM Reviews, 06/10
“The plays capture Munsch’s sense of humour and will definitely delight the young actors who have read the original stories.”
—ABQLA Newsletter, 08/10