by  Robin Seidman, Spencer Stephens

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  3m, 4f

This colorful, comedic tale, complete with a singing Fish puppet and a dancing Cow, paints the story of young artist Marc Chagall's pursuit of being true to both his art and his family.

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    Cast Size

    3m, 4f
  • Duration


    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre


    Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences, Biography

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This colorful, comedic tale, complete with a singing Fish puppet and a dancing Cow, paints the story of young artist Marc Chagall's pursuit of being true to both his art and his family.

How Marc dreams of painting! But Papa wants Marc to be a fishmonger, who fishes for delicious herring, and Mama imagines her son as their Russian village's noble photographer. But Marc's beloved Cow delights in Marc's drawings, so turns his birthday present of an ordinary fishing pole into a magical paintbrush. The vibrant hues Marc paints offend his parents' cultural heritage, forcing him to choose between his joy of painting or his family's professional plans for him. When he abandons his paintbrush, his entire world turns to black and white. The singing Fish and dancing Cow pull Marc through a series of adventures to find his reds, yellows, and blues. On the rooftop, schoolhouse, and studio, he encounters math-crazy Professor Chicken, Auntie with a nose like a pickle, Mrs. Guzzenteit, and violinist Uncle Neuchensteinblattenberg Cohen, who help him in his color search.

Marc discovers that if he paints human bodies with animal faces, he may not be going against his religion after all. His Aunt, who is a berry balancer, understands unusual passion, so whisks him off to get the ultimate permission to draw from Yehuda Pony, the art teacher. Pony decrees at last that Marc has "some ability!" When the entire village witnesses Marc's discovery of his colors, the young Chagall is finally given permission to pursue his art! Marc signs a canvas "Marc Chagall" as his journey as an artist artfully, playfully, comes to life.

ARTIST MARC CHAGALL, born in Vitebsk, July 7, 1887, may have adapted the Hassidim’s philosophy that the vase of the world that God fi lled was shattered into innumerable objects, and that each of these contains a portion of divine love, where reality and legend combine. Chagall paints beyond mere representation. Nothing remains itself. An acrobat becomes a winged chicken, the clock folds softly over an arm, the fi ddle changes to a green donkey face, women are stretched into comets, and a clown with an open umbrella is riding a four-headed monster.

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Quotes from audience testimonials and local reviews!

"This amusing musical will enchant young audiences with singing and dancing animal characters as the artist magically transforms objects from his vivid imagination into colorful art forms with the wave of a paintbrush."

"Paint! inspires us to relish Marc Chagall's love of art with the unique style of painting for which he is known worldwide today."

"Chagall's larger-than-life mystical style sizzles in Paint!as the young boy's journey to overcome obstacles to pursue his love of painting prevails!"

"Paint! challenges the audience to ask ourselves if we will follow our art and heart or work at the job our family or society wants us to do?”


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  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: A simple, fluid colorfully lit set (for the non-touring shows) is interspersed with interchangeable crates and the suggestion of a barrel for the fish puppet. A three ring effect pervades, a moving circus of sorts, highlighting an upside down shtetl roof, as found in Chagall's painting, "I and the Village."
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Play w/ Music, Puppetry


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus


3m, 4f
COW - our narrator
MARC - Chagall as a child
MAMA - sturdy, energetic, finger tapper;
AUNT - in clown attire (MRS. GUZZUNTEIT)
CHICKEN - (also plays FISH puppet and PONY)
PAPA - a weary figure in a prayer shawl
UNCLE - Neuchensteinblattenbergcohen (GOAT)
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Roles for Children


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Full Package

Piano Vocal Score
Vocal Track CD
Instrumental Track CD

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Robin Seidman

Robin Seidman is an accomplished playwright, librettist, and lyricist for the stage. Her play Women of Roswell earned "Best New Play" at the Georgia Theater Conference,’06 Finalist at New York’s American Globe Theater, Kennedy Center participation following a ACT/KCT nomination, and Finalist ...

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Spencer Stephens

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