Harold and the Purple Crayon

Book by Don Darryl Rivera, Music by Auston James, Lyrics by Rob Burgess
Based on the books by Crockett Johnson
All Rights Reserved by The Estate of Ruth Krauss
Stewart J. Edelstein, Executor

Anything is possible with a crayon and a big imagination. With a burst of inspiration, Harold launches a magical exploration and simply draws where he wants to go. After sketching himself into adventurous situations, Harold quickly problem-solves: he draws an apple tree when he’s hungry and a rocket ship when he finds himself falling through the sky. With spirited song and creativity, Harold travels from under the sea to outer space, making many friends along the way.

Harold is a child’s icon for playfulness. Bringing him to stage with animation, puppetry and music bridges the book-theatre connection for young children,” says SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell. “This will inspire our earliest readers while the nostalgia of the story will intrigue
older youth. All audiences will be excited by the dynamic special effects.”

ASL Interpreted Dates:

Public - Oct 15 @ 2pm
Schools - Oct 12 @ 10am

In the Wings Dramashop:

Saturday, October 15

Age Recommendation:

All Ages
A beloved character, extremely visual storyline, and perpetual song make this play perfect for young children. The magical special effects and the message that we all have the power to guide our own destiny make it equally appealing to older youth and adults.

Curriculum Connections:

Imagination, Creativity, Adventure, Travel, Problem Solving, Self-Esteem

Running Time:

90 Minutes

Harold is a creative little boy with an extraordinary crayon. When we first meet him, he is happily drawing and wondering what his next adventure should be. With a sudden burst of
inspiration, he sketches the moon and a horizon that leads out of his room and into the enormous realm of his imagination.

His first stop is a clearing where he draws seeds to plant and a cloud to water them. Trees grow into a forest filled with creatures that welcome Harold. When he’s hungry he draws himself an apple tree, but can’t seem to keep the fruit for himself, so he draws a dragon to guard the tree. His drawing is a little too good. The dragon scares Harold and, as he nervously backs away from it, he finds himself falling into an undersea world.

He discovers a sunken ship and a mischievous puffer fish. Together Harold and his new friend evade a pinching crab, restore the boat and sail off across the sea with the moon following along. Harold and the puffer fish part ways when they reach an island.

Harold steps into the center of an argument between a porcupine and moose. They are cranky because they’re hungry. Harold can help with that. He draws an enormous pie that accidentally falls right atop the porcupine. During the playful food fight that follows, pie gets on everything, including the moon. Harold feels responsible for the mess and sets off in a rocket ship to do some cleaning up. Unfortunately, the rocket packs more power than he can handle and he goes shooting past the moon into deep space.

Just as he gets the moon back in his sight, an alien spaceship careens towards him. They collide and go plummeting to a distant planet. Harold helps the alien pilot repair his ship and hitches a ride home. But first they stop by the alien’s home where Harold is made an honorary citizen. In the midst of the celebration, Harold gets too enthusiastic and jumps right off the planet. He floats his way back to Earth’s atmosphere and is enjoying the beautiful clouds when he thinks he sees a cloud shaped like a dragon. Wait. That’s no cloud! It is a dragon! A hungry dragon who thinks crayons look delicious.

When Harold finally manages to get his crayon back from the dragon, it’s broken in two. The dragon sees how heartbroken that makes Harold and mends the crayon with some magic dragon fire. It’s been a long busy day for Harold. It’s time to go home. He heads into the city where he gets lost in the bustle of activity around him. He can’t even find the moon to guide him. With the help of a police officer, Harold finds his way back home and into bed. He drifts off to sleep in awe of the moon, pleased with his new friendships and filled with peace.

Show Summary

September 22 - October 30

All Ages - visual storytelling and accessible language

Charlotte Martin Theatre

Harold and the Purple Crayon

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