On Our Shelves Now
Comedy / Fantasy
Cast: 3m., 3m., 1 to 2w., 1 to 2 either gender (1 is puppet).
Book and lyrics by Sandra Fenichel Asher. Music by Ric Averill.
Together again after their award-winning romp in both the picture book and stage versions of Too Many Frogs!, Froggie and Rabbit eagerly prepare for the arrival of guests—Goose, Gander and especially baby Gosling. "I can't wait!" Froggie croaks in his excitement to meet Gosling, but Rabbit assures him they have much to do in the hours before the guests arrive. Indeed, there is spinach salad and carrot cake to prepare, a perfectly pleasant picnic spot to discover, books and flowers to gather and bubble baths to take, all accompanied by songs set to Ric Averill's charming music. Soon enough the goosey family comes knocking at his door, but Froggie's enthusiastic greeting terrifies Gosling, who launches into a fit of nonstop honking. In turn, that frightens Froggie and sends him into hiding, and nothing Rabbit can say or do will bring him out. While the others take turns trying to calm the honking baby, Froggie is perfectly content to wait … and wait … and wait. While he waits, he hums. And then, he sings. And then, he dances. Lo and behold, a captivated Gosling quiets her honking to watch him, and their friendship finally begins. The visit culminates happily with a picnic, a story and a farewell lullaby. Here Comes Gosling! is perfect for the very youngest theatergoers and their families, especially older siblings who will recognize the challenges presented by a new baby. The script is ideal for proscenium or in-the-round presentation. Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 35 minutes.