How to Eat Like a Child
by Delia Ephron, John Forster, Judith Kahan
Full Length Musical, Comedy / 30boy(s) or girl(s)
This musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child is hilarious.
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"Applause, applause, applause!" - Steve Allen
"Delightfully clever." - Hollywood Reporter
"Razzle dazzle staging, Broadway style songs and an imaginative script." - TV Guide
"A musical revue for children that can also be enjoyed by the parents...A charming and witty score." - Backstage
"A winner...should become a classic." - The Seattle Times
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- Time Period: Contemporary
- Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
- Setting: HOW TO EAT can be performed in almost any space using a very simple set. The open stage should suggest a child's environment with 10 or 12 lightweight cubes (2 feet on a side) that can be arranged into chairs, beds, playgrounds, kitchens, minivans, etc.
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock
- Vocal Demands: Easy
- Orchestra Size: Piano Only
- Chorus Size: Medium
Casting30boy(s) or girl(s)
BILLY - George's sidekick.
COREY - the comedian; does not need to sing well.
RACHEL - bossy; dramatic; strong singer.
ANDY - a very good singer.
REBECCA - the role does not require much singing.
ARLENE - sings "I FEEL SICK;" older sister to Kimberly and Paula.
KIMBERLY - sings "I FEEL SICK;" middle sister to Arlene and Paula.
PAULA - sings "I FEEL SICK;" younger sister to Kimberly and Arlene.
BRANDON - the youngest cast member.
- Ensemble cast
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
- Room for Extras
"How To Eat Like A Child" is designed for a cast of typical school kids aged 5-15. It works especially well when the group includes a spectrum of ages. For instance, "I Feel Sick" features three sister - big, mediume and little. "We Refuse To Fall Asleep" is started by the older "ringleaders" and ends with one kindergartner as the last one awake. The character names listed here are the actual names of the children in the Original production. So, in each specific production, characters should be referred to by their own names.
Music Material Rental Packages
2 Piano/Vocal Scores
30 vocal/chorus books
Samphony Available! Rehearsal Tool and Performance Tracks (Additional Fee)
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HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD is based on the Viking book of the same name by Delia Ephron. The musical version began its life as an NBC prime time special starring Dick Van Dyke (the chimney sweep in MARY POPPINS). It was an immediate hit in schools, camps and community centers everywhere and has enjoyed thousands of productions all over the the US, Canada and many other countries where kids smuggle their least favorite vegetables to the garbage instead of eating them.