Aesop's Falables: A Moral Rock Musical for Young People
. The Anchorage Press, Inc. . New Orleans, LA
ML50.G733 A481 1969 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A rock musical for the whole family. Jack In The Box pops up regularly to dish out morals and various proverbial phrases. These are Aesop's falables because the stories are sometimes done a little differently, for a falable is defined as a falsehood….a story that is meant to deceive the listener and change it from the original. The play's action is interspersed with the song Rock, rock, rock with old Aesop and several other rock songs. Costumes and props are minimal; the characters--sheep, mice, wolf, hare, crow, tortoise, stork, ant, grasshopper, and eagle--have names and are meant to be human with perhaps a few whiskers to suggest their animal character. The stories presented or touched on include The Country Mouse and the Pail of Milk, The Country Mouse and Basket of Storks, Little Red Riding Hood, The Wolf and the Grapes, The Nurse, the Baby, and the Wolf, TH, The Tortoise and the Eagle, GA, The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, TMCM, WL, and The Wolf and the Crow. The wolf is the bad guy until he reforms and becomes kind. There are some creative developments of the fables: e.g., the wolf tries to get the grapes using a pogo stick, the grasshopper is saved by a compassionate ant, and because he is taken for the wolf that has worn sheep's clothing, the tortoise gets locked into the prop-box in which he is napping during his race. There is a clever play on what it means to dust crops. From the age of the hippies, this play is very datable.