Manuelo, the Playing Mantis

by Wysteria Edwards

About the Play

Young Audiences. 10-15 minutes. 6 any gender (with the potential to use puppets instead of live actors). Suitable for elementary school and older.

Adapted for the stage from the book by Don Freeman.

Manuelo, the Playing Mantis is available in print (feel free to place your order on this page) as part of Classics for Kids, a quartet of short plays based on the books of acclaimed children's writer Don Freeman.


Manuelo the praying mantis desperately wants to make an instrument. After many failed attempts and ridicule from insects and other animals, he befriends a spider who helps him make a cello and beautiful music.

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Printed Script $8.00 $0.00
Digital Perusal Script $7.25 $0.00
Performance Royalties $25.00 $0.00
Production Copy License $35.00 $0.00
Classroom Copy License $60.00 $0.00
Bronze Package $35.00 $0.00
Silver Package $50.00 $0.00
Gold Package $65.00 $0.00
Platinum Package $80.00 $0.00
Diamond Package $100.00 $0.00
Fundraising Add-On $35.00 $0.00

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