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Beans and Rice by Linda Wood Edwards

A Christmas Carol – Keyano Theatre Company
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This is a play about imagination, friendship, and understanding (and lice).

Genre: Theatre for Young People (Junior High); Comedy

Acts: One

Time: 40 minutes

Characters: 3 females, 3 male

Aaron, Grade 9 boy who’s pretty cool
Stephen, Grade 9 boy with glasses who’s pretty uncool
Megan, Grade 9 girl who’s bright and popular
Carlos, Grade 9 boy who blends in
Trina, Grade 9 girl who’s popular and wears make up
Ms. Carmax, teacher

Setting: A school gymnasium. Present day.

The kids in the cast enter from the stage right wing through a gym door and arrange themselves. They queue up and often look to the stage left wing. Their short line-up will snake back and forth, up stage and down, perhaps using props or equipment normally found in a gym. They eventually work their way to the stage left wing, where something is happening but they don’t know what. Music could be used to indicate scene changes or to punctuate dramatic tension or comedy.)

Royalties: Yes please

Other: The 2006 production was done by Woodhaven Junior High, Spruce Grove; directed by Kevin Tokarsky.

Beans and Rice  2006
Linda Wood Edwards
9451 Ottewell Road
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6B 2E3


Playwright Bio: 
Linda has been producing her plays since 2005. She is delighted that Northern Light Theatre did the first professional run of The Great Whorehouse Fire of 1921 in November 2021 (co-written w/David Cheoros for Edmonton Fringe 2018). Other plays include Three Nights to Forever (2020), Trail and Error (2016), Spring Alibi (Adelaide AU 2015; 2005, 2014; Washington DC 2006; Yukon 2007; Sask. 2012); Never Let the Crew See You Cry (2013+tour), Four in the Crib (2012, 2013, High River 2018), True Grid (2007, 2010), Support Ho’s (2009), Beans & Rice (2006, Sask. 2017), Gibberish v. Genius (Canmore, YEG 2018), and Almost the Pioneer Brewing Company (Canmore, YEG, Fort McMurray 2018). Linda’s plays have garnered sweet accolades including two Sterling nominations.

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