The Heart of the Forest


The story of a girl who challenges an ancient law by trespassing among a gathering of animals who have the ability to change their shapes.

Program

 

Cast:

Humans:

A woman of the town. Works to protect it from the animals.

Nora-Belle

The oldest townsperson; a storyteller who wants the two worlds (Humans/Animals) to unify again.

Elder

A young woman who wants to join the world of the animals.

Olive

A woman who seems to appear in many of these shows.

Kayla

A farm hand who is fascinated and also afraid of the animals.

Milton

An older gentleman who has spent many years living in fear of the animals.

Herald

 

Animals:

The first bear, one of the oldest animals in the forest.

Bear

A collector and admirer of human artifacts.

Fox

A vain but heroic bird.

Crow

The first animal, a source of great magic and change.

Forest Spirit

A bird who seeks to uphold the separation between animals and humans.

Vulture

A confident yet slightly arrogant animal who is kinder than he seems; although he tends to be a bully to other animals.

Wolf

The first alligator and one of the oldest animals. Mistrusts humans and not one to take orders.

Alligator

An ordinary rabbit who may not be as it seems.

Rabbit

The other animals are ones who are most likely to dissent.

Owl, Raccoon, Goat, Blue Jay

Act 1
Scene 1 – The Town at Dusk
Lock the doors
Scene 2 – Elder’s Home
Lock the doors Reprise
Scene 3 – The Forest at Night
Hello, Bear’s Dance
Scene 4 – Fox’s Lair
Bells
Scene 5 – The Heart of the Forest
The Forest Spirit, The Dance

Act 2
Scene 1 – The Heart of the Forest
Scene 2 – Another Section of the Woods
Scene 3 – Fox’s Lair
Scene 4 – The Forest Meadow
Bells Reprise
Scene 5 – Fox’s Lair
Scene 6 – The Town
Scene 7 – Conference in the Woods
Good Point
Scene 8 – Elder’s Home in the Town
All of this trouble, I Remember
Scene 9 – The Heart of the Forest
Scene 10 – The Town, a year later
Lock the Doors Reprise, The Dance Reprise

Performance Selections