The Funny Little Woman and Her Dumpling • A Short Play for Children

by George King and Gayanne Ramsden King

Based on the Japanese Fairy Tale : The Woman Who Lost Her Dumplings

When this Japanese fable begins there is a famine in the land. An old woman is making one last dumpling to eat when it suddenly rolls away from her. As she runs after it, she is captured by a terrible Oni monster. He takes her to his home to make dumplings for him and his friends and gives her a magic paddle that makes rice. One day the old woman finds her lost dumpling and decides to use the magic paddle to return back to her home. Although Onis are usually portrayed as villains, in this tale the Funny Little Woman ties them up and squirts them with a water gun ending the story with a happy twist on the old pie throwing gag. Rather than throw the pie, the Storyteller eats it.  The Funny Little Woman escapes from the Onis and saves her friends while she makes dumplings with the magic rice paddle. Children will love the slapstick routines and seeing how cleverly the Funny Little Woman can outwit the Oni monsters

Also a part of THREE TIMELESS TALES


PLAY DETAILS:

  • Characters: (9 total)
    • Can be doubled to 3m 1f, or 2m 2f, if absolutely necessary
      STORYTELLER 1 & ONI 1 (M)
      STORYTELLER 2 & ONI 3 (F or M)
      JIZO-SAN & ONI 2 (M)
      LITTLE WOMAN (F)
      There can be 9 players if you separate out the ONIS and add 2 Players who manipulate the scenery and effects in Japanese Kabuki Fashion
  • Traditional Costumes
  • Traditional setting or Kabuki Style
  • About 10-12 minutes
  • Order # 3297

PERUSAL MATERIALS:


PRODUCTION/REHEARSAL MATERIALS:

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  • Script in PDF format  — Order #3297a : $10.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)



  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3297d : $15




  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3297e : $15




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PRODUCTIONS

  • Premiered by The Afternoon Players — 2019

BILLING CREDITS

The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:

The Funny Little Woman and her Dumpling
a short play for children

by  Gayanne Ramsden King

NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play. (In a press release all type, will of course, be the same size.)

ALSO:

THIS NOTICE MUST APPEAR IN ALL PROGRAMS, ON ALL POSTERS AND PUBLICITY MATERIALS AND INTERNET ADVERTISING/WEBPAGES FOR THE PLAY:
The Funny Little Woman and Her Dumpling is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT, www.leicesterbaytheatricals.com”