Northeastern Illinois University Children’s Theatre Workshop Presents
Anne and the Tiger Raja
Script and lyrics by David Eliet
Music by Nancy Rosenberg
Directed by Ann Hartdegen
based on an Indonesian Folk Tale
Wit and folk wisdom help students battle, and understand, bullying and intimidation at school.
A middle school girl, Anne, is being bullied by two
older girls on an urban playground. The
“Bully Sisters” tease her, take her money and, when Anne complains they call
her names, taunting her with “Mama’s Girl”. Anne threatens to get her older brother to
beat up the Bully Sisters. Her friend
Isaac, a storyteller from
ANNE: But why shouldn’t I get my brother to pulverize them?
ISAAC: Because it won’t undo what’s already been done. And it might lead to more fighting. What if the Bully Sisters have an even bigger brother? What will you do then?
ANNE: But what am I supposed to do? Nothing?
ISAAC: That depends on the situation. But violence never really solves anything. You have to use your imagination to come up with other solutions.
Isaac goes on to tell the children a story, “Why There Are No Tigers in
And it’s not that we’re weak, but because we believe
That everyone has the right to live in peace.
Anne and the Tiger Raja introduces students to a charming Indonesian folk tale and Asian geography, but also examines the issue of bullying in schools from the point of view of both the aggressor and the victim. We hope you will join us!
Business Managers Will Mares and Wintana Tedla welcome the audience.
Musician Jenna Portenlanger practices on the empty playground.
(Drop Design by Jenna Portenlanger)
Children on the playground - Background: Adrienne Brandyburg, Adam Francis, Chris Elkiswani.
Foreground: Adilene Arellano, Katrina Boomer, Yim Chiu.
The Bully Sisters arrive and tease Anne -
L to R: Adrienne Scott, Catalina Vasile, Arbella Al-bazi
The nanny Indira agrees to tell the children a story - “Why There Are No Tigers in Borneo”.
L to R: Yim Chiu, Monica White
The children locate Borneo on a map - L to R: Yim Chiu, Arbella Al-bazi
|One of the Bully Sisters becomes “The Meanest Nastiest Tiger in the World” - Adrienne Scott (Mask Design by Kate Murphy)
||The Orangutans call the Tiger a
“fetid feline” but give good advice. Background: Adam
Francis, Chris Elkiswani. Foreground: Arbella Al-bazi (Mask Design
by Kate Murphy)
||Anne becomes the Mouse Deer - Catalina Vasile (Mask Design by Kate Murphy)
The Tigers plot to get meat – L to R:
Arbella Al-bazi and Adrienne Scott (Mask Design by Kate Murphy)
The Tiger threatens the Mouse Deer -
L to R: Catalina Vasile and Arbella Al-bazi (Mask Design by Kate Murphy)
The Mouse Deer sings“What Am I Going to Do?” -
Catalina Vasile (Mask Design by Kate Murphy)
The Orangutans pick on each other - L to R: Adam Francis, Chris Elkiswani
The Porcupine agrees to help the Mouse Deer trick the Tigers.
L to R: Yim Chiu, Catalina Vasile
The Porcupine warns the Mouse Deer – “Don’t get stuck on me!” - Yim Chiu
Post show discussion with the audience. L to R: Adilene Arellano,
Assistant Director Sylvia Alvarado, Adam Francis, Catalina Vasile, Yim Chiu
ANNE AND THE TIGER RAJA
Crew. Standing, L to R: Brittany Gerstenberger, Elizabeth
Soto, Wintana Tedla, Will Mares. Kneeling, L to R: Corin
Gutierrez, Sylvia Alvarado.