About the Program
This breezy two-character musical by Cy Young features timeless tales of The Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and The Fox and the Crow, framed by the story of how Aesop learned his true calling.
A musical number introduces us to the world of Aesop’s Fables and their famous morals (“Look Around You”). Aesop, in our fable, is a disgruntled carpenter who is unhappy in his profession (“Woe is Me”). His friendly workshop companion, Miss Mouse, encourages him to pursue his true calling by asking him to act out his tales. With the students’ help, they enact the stories of “The Tortoise and The Hare” (“Speedy Hare”) -- Slow and steady wins the race; “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” (“I Just Saw a Wolf”) – No one will believe a liar, even when he tells the truth; and “The Fox and the Crow” (“The Handsomest Crow I Know”) -- Flatterers live at the expense of those who believe them. Aesop, with a little help from Miss Mouse and the students, finally realizes that storytelling is what he does best. He changes the sign on his shop from Aesop’s Tables to Aesop’s Fables (“Look Around You -Reprise”). Everyone is master of his own fate.
This fun performance will inspire students and teach them the timeless morals of Aesop. Literature will come to life and students will have fun as they are entertained by a professionally-written musical that tells three classic fables in a way that will entertain kids and adults as well!
Book, Music and Lyrics by Cy Young; Directed by Marta Cross ; Setting by Sal Perera and Mattt Tognacci; Cast: Satya Vanii and David Hunter Jr.