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Illustration by Judith McCroary.


Janell Cannon, author
Saskia Janse, playwright
Guus Ponsioen, composer


29 pgs. 5 Actors/Puppeteers
Originally produced in SCT’s 1997-98 season
Run Time: 42 minutes
Audience Recommendation: All Ages

Baby bat Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Soon Stellaluna has learned to behave like a good bird should–she quits hanging by her feet and starts eating bugs. But when she finally has an opportunity to show her bird siblings what life as a bat is like, all of them are confounded. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces.
“[Stellaluna] even, if one dares say it, improves on the book, adding wit, humor and hummable tunes to this fable about being different yet fitting in.” -Seattle Times

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $125 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.

Photo gallery includes images from Slidell Little Theatre’s 2014 production of Stellaluna, featuring Melanie St. Cyr, Courtney Stephens, Kellie Brisni, Scott Sauber, Rebecca Chaisson, Clark Long, Anna Gowin and Valarie Aucoin. Photos by Paul Wood Photography. For information on puppet rental contact

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