Captain Louie

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Show Credits: Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Anthony Stein

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Based on the children's book The Trip by Ezra Jack Keats and featuring a score by Grammy Award Winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) Captain Louie is a delightfully fresh and touching story perfectly suited for young audiences.
Louie has just moved to a new town and is nervous to make new friends. Alone in his room he takes flight in his imagination back to his old neighborhood where he spends Halloween with his colorful crew of chums. Over the course of trick-or-treating and being introduced to the new kid in that neighborhood, Louie discovers that making new friends is nothing to be afraid of.

Captain Louie is an immaculately crafted story for young audiences. Direction and design for the piece is only as constrained as the creative team's imagination; and Captain Louie is a wonderful choice for theatre companies that have a large population of young patrons. Most of all, Captain Louie is about friendship -- the ability to make new friends and the importance of old ones.

Insight from the experts Casting Tip: Cast size is flexible. In a school or camp setting the roles can be played by children, and in stock as well, or also with young adults as desired. The role of Archie/Angie can be played by a boy or girl, as can the cat. Louie's mom is never seen, but heard.

Costume Tip: Costumes should be simple and reflect what kids would create by themselves, as in kid clothes/outfits for the neighborhood kids, and Halloween costumes of both the lead characters and the ensemble members.

Staging Tip: The scenery should be like cutouts from a child's story book and easy to hold and navigate, as the cast moves all of the pieces themselves on and off stage. Suggestions for the creation of scenic elements and for the making of the Big Red Plane which Louie pilots with the Gang on board, will be offered in the Director's Guide.

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