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A GIRL OF THE LIMBERLOST
Based on Gene Stratton-Porter's 1909 classic novel, A GIRL OF THE LIMBERLOST, Kohler's drama retells an enduring story beloved by generations of women. With a strong environmental theme, the adaptation captures the rich atmosphere of Indiana's once enormous Limberlost swamp and the enthusiasm of those who loved it.

The story revolves around fourteen-year-old Elnora Comstock and her desire to attend high school despite her mother's resistance. With the warming influence of a loving aunt and uncle and an ornithologist "Bird Woman" (who buys the butterflies and moths Elnora loves to collect), Elnora achieves her ambition to enter high school and begins to experience the softening of her mother's heart. The play ends with Elnora playing her violin to her mother, evoking the haunting sounds of the Limberlost.

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SET AND CAST
A GIRL OF THE LIMBERLOST calls for a cast of a minimum of five (including three to five adolescent and one child actor; it can easily accommodate more for impressionistic scenes). Costumes should be period; set can be naturalistic or minimal–atmospheric effects can be successfully achieved with imaginative sound and light design.

PRODUCTION HISTORY
  • Production: Children's Theatre of Madison, Madison, WI, 1993
  • Commissioned by: Next Generation Theatre, Milwaukee, WI, 1992

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