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Music and Additional Lyrics by

Carman Moore

Play and Lyrics by


Plays for Young Audiences

2400 Third Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55404

Production Details

Performance Dates: October 4 - December 29, 2018 (Selected Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

Rehearsals begin early September (Selected Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays)

Patrick A'Hearn, producing artistic director

Steve Thompson, director

Mary Thompson, music director

Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre song from the show or in the style of the show. Be prepared to read from the script if asked. Please bring a headshot and résumé. Please contact the Company Manager, Baylee Holloran at (540) 370-4300, ext 230 or via e-mail at companymanager@riversidedt.com with any questions or concerns you may have.

Young, hungry, and on his own, Charles finds himself in a mystical wood with talking plants and animals-the prickly Jeremy Groundhog, Southern belle Ms. Orange Tree, the grounded Mr. Juniper Bush, and more. Catching a glimpse of Yoruban sorcerer Marguerite, the queen of the forest, he is astounded as she makes everyday objects sail through the air, work in the garden, and seem to come alive. He has never seen a sorcerer before! Charles eagerly seeks to become her apprentice, but his arrogance, disrespect, and gullibility have him quickly run through the three chances that Marguerite granted him. After the third incident, the sorcerer’s trust in Charles is gone. In his desperation, he turns to Big John King, a flimflam artist, to convince Marguerite to take him back. Now things look bleak for Marguerite, but Charles comes to his mentor’s aid, fending off John’s giant and sinister minions in a spectacular battle. For his loyalty and bravery, Marguerite gives him another chance. He has finally learned to listen to others and is truly ready to be the sorcerer’s apprentice.

Description of Roles

  • Charles: Boy, age 9. An orphan who has tons of self-confidence and the desire to be the Sorcerer's apprentice.
  • Marguerite: Adult, female. The Sorcerer, of Yoruban descent. She is wise and kind, but does not suffer fools very well.
  • John: Adult, male. The evil conjurer who wants to defeat Marguerite and use the magic of nature for his own selfish desires.
  • Miss Orange Tree: Adult, female. ageless and fussy, and very critical.
  • Miss Grapevine: Adult, female. Snarky sidekick to Miss Orange Tree.
  • Mr. Juniper Bush: Adult, male. The grouchy member of the talking plant family.
  • Mr. Jeremy Groundhog: Adult, male. Easily excitable commentator on Charles' attempts at sorcery.
  • Mr. Who: Adult, male. Eccentric citizen of the forest.
  • Demons: Ageless, either gender. Comic villains in the employ of John.
  • The Old Baron: Adult, Male. Enigmatic interloper in the battle between Marguerite and John. Is he a hero or a villain?
  • Gordagu: Ageless, male. An easily confused monster with some very strongly held opinions.