Red Series (ages 7 & up)
Copyright 2020 by P. Haines-Ainsworth and Terence Alaric Levitt
published by Winking Kat Books
"The Scarecrow" is a new musical adaptation of a short story by the popular American author, Washington Irving. Like many of Washington Irving's stories, the Scarecrow is set in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains at the beginning of the 19th Century. The main character is a scarecrow constructed by the Widow DeWitt to help keep her company during her lonely exile. She was kicked out of her home town of Delpton by the pompous mayor and his selfish and spoiled daughter, Susannah. With the help of a magic pipe given to the Widow by the little ghosts of the mountains (think the little men of the hills from Rip Van Winkle), the Scarecrow comes to life. The Widow sends the Scarecrow to Delpton as part of her plan to return to her home. The mayor is fooled by the Scarecrow's fancy clothes and manners. He thinks the Scarecrow is a rich stranger and works to unite the wealthy young 'man' to Susannah in marriage . When the true nature of the Scarecrow is revealed, the mayor and his daughter are humiliated. It is they who leave Delpton in embarrassment making way for the Widow to return to her former home.
The story is a light, farcical social satire about false pride and about not judging someone by what you only see on the surface.
Book and Lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth. Music by Terence Alaric Levitt. Narrated by P. Haines-Ainsworth with vocals by Adrian Cerrato, Arwen Dewey, Tristan Carruthers, Krista Curry, Danny Miller, and Patricia Haines-Ainsworth. Recorded at Top of the Hill Studios in Duvall, WA.
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