Drama. 95-105 minutes. 6 females, 2 males, 14+ any gender (8-20+ performers possible). Suitable for middle school and older performers, and audiences of all ages.
Premiered at Children's Theater of Madison (Madison, WI).
Adapted from the classic 1909 novel, A Girl of the Limberlost transports us to Indiana's once-vast Limberlost Swamp. Meet Elnora, a 14-year-old girl with a passion for butterflies and moths. She loves the Limberlost but longs to attend high school in the city, despite her widowed mother's resistance. With the help of her loving aunt and uncle, along with a naturalist who shares Elnora's enthusiasm for winged creatures, Elnora works to find her footing first at school and then at home. Will she achieve her academic ambitions? Will she warm her mother's heart? Find out in this beautifully visual adaptation of an enduring story beloved by generations.
"A Girl of the Limberlost provides a marvelous glimpse into the life of a young woman as she deals with issues of class, family, loss, independence, and her profound appreciation of the natural world in the heartland of America at the beginning of the 20th century. In Elnora Comstock we have a young heroine who comes into her own through her understanding of the Limberlost and her place both in it and the larger world." - Laura Gordon, Freelance Director, ADA
"Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us and for your amazing creativity..." - Julia Magnasco, Education Director, First Stage Children's Theater
"...touching adaptation of the popular Gene Stratton-Porter classic..." - Jay Joslyn, Milwaukee Sentinel
"The story is poignant and hopeful..." - Sherri Wilder, The Capital Times
"Its passionately pro-environmental message makes it very timely." - Sherri Wilder, The Capital Times