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Illustration by Judith McCroary.

Madeline Joins the Circus

Ludwig Bemelmans, author
Barry Kornhauser, playwright
Michael Koerner, composer


79 pgs. 19 female, 15 male
Doubling is possible
Originally produced in CTC’s 2008-09 season
Run Time: 1 hour, 48 minutes
Age Recommendation: All Ages


Madeline Joins the Circus, based on the book Madeline and the Gypsies, tells the story of when Madeline and her friend, Pepito, get lost during a visit to the carnival and end up being carried away by gypsies, their rousing adventures with a traveling circus begin! But poor Miss Clavel won’t rest until she has brought them safely home. This new musical bursts with daring circus acts, song and sweet silliness.

If you love the books, love the circus or love seeing CTC work its magic, Madeline and the Gypsies hits the right marks. – St. Paul Pioneer Press

Eye-popping , world-premiere musical adaptation. …The integration of circus onto the CTC stage is a little stroke of magic, making it very clear why the spunky madeline and her friend Pepito would feel the tug of the canvas and greasepaint. …If you love the books, love the circus or love seeing CTC work its magic, Madeline and the Gypsies hits the right marks. – St Paul Pioneer Press

Captures all the magic of Ludwig Bemelmans’ beloved 1959 book and fleshes out the characters and dramatic arc in a charming and convincing way. My daughter…was entranced by the sets, the costumes, the singing, the dancing, the slapstick comedy – basically all of it. – Minnesota Parent Magazine

Childrens Theatre Company goes for the magic…with Madeline and the Gypsies – full of surprises, nice moments about the search for family and home, and real circus thrills throughout. …The play’s message – that both the world of order and creative chaos have much to offer each other – is played out gently and never gets in the wayof the fun. There’s plenty of the latter, and the balance is delightful to watch. …A joyful escape for audiences of any age. – Talkin’ Broadway

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $100 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
The royalty fee includes permission to make copies of the perusal script for your cast.

*Production CD available. Additional fees apply.

Order Madeline and the Gypsies tee shirts for your cast and crew here: Madeline Gypsies – tee shirt order form

Two Straight Lines

Dear Miss Clavel


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