Voice of the Prairie
CAST (Touring) VERSION
Running Time: About 50-55 minutes
Cast of 4: 2 Male, 2 Female
Easily adapted for larger cast
Laura's Husband (M)
Also plays Narrator, Neighbor, Doctor, Indian
Also plays Susan B. Anthony, Citizen
Also plays Northerner, Mary, Rose
Charles Ingalls (M)
Also plays Southerner, Alfred A. Knopf
Running Time: About 50-55 minutes
Flexible cast of 14: 4 Male, 5 Female, 5 M/F
Easily adapted for smaller cast
In Alphabetical Order:
ALFRED A. KNOPF: Publisher and Editor (30 lines, M)
ALMANZO WILDER: Laura's Husband (62 lines, M)
DOCTOR: (6 lines, M/F)*
INDIAN: (3 lines, M/F)*
LAURA INGALLS WILDER: (140 lines, F)
MA: Caroline Ingalls (50 lines, F)
MARY INGALLS (45 lines, F)
NARRATOR: (28 lines, M/F)
NEIGHBOR: (1 line, M)*
NORTHERNER: (4 lines, M/F)*
PA: Charles Ingalls (79 lines, M)
ROSE WILDER LANE: Laura's Daughter (53 lines, F)
SOUTHERNER: (3 lines, M/F)*
SUSAN B. ANTHONY: (1 line, F)*
*These parts are easily doubled.
Life On Stage for Kids!
"With quick, sure brush strokes Miller evokes both the vivid sensory world and the loving family circle that surrounds Laura."
Andrea Urice, Director, Imaginary Theatre, St. Louis
LAURA INGALLS WILDER
Laura's life on the Prairie is full of hardship and hope. The rugged American landscape helps shape her into a courageous young woman. When she meets Manly, she knows exactly what kind of life she wants to live...
LAURA: I thought when I grew up Id wander, wherever the horizon took me. But when Almanzo I called him Manly - asked me to ride in his buggy...
(ALMANZO helps her into buggy and then climbs up beside her.)
ALMANZO: Would you like to hold the reins?
LAURA: Oh, I shouldnt! The horses look so young and wild.
ALMANZO: All of them are that way at first. Theyre not wild exactly. They just havent decided to behave yet.
LAURA: But they wouldnt be as much fun if they behaved.
ALMANZO: You think so? Here give them a try.
(LAURA sits and takes reins. The "horses" immediately kick up and LAURA and ALMANZO are thrown back.)
Hold on now, keep the reins tight. Dont let him get the start on you.
LAURA: Look how the people stare, Manly. (Waving.) Oh, hi, Nellie! Yes, its me, Laura Ingalls! Arent these some fine horses? Theyre from Egypt! (To ALMANZO.) Why is it such a sight to see a woman drive a horses anyway?
ALMANZO: They just dont expect it, I guess.
LAURA: (Waving.) Maybe they should get used to it.
(ALMANZO takes the reins and stops the horses.)
ALMANZO: Would you like an engagement ring?
LAURA: What kind of engagement ring?
(ALMANZO opens a box.)
ALMANZO: I asked your Pa yesterday. He said it would be all right. If you should decide to say yes.
LAURA: He did, did he? Ill take the ring ... on one condition.
LAURA: I dont want the preacher to ask if Ill obey you. I see how hard Ma and Pa work together and it seems like theyre partners. And they should agree on things together. Pa never asks Ma to obey him.
ALMANZO: Thats fine with me. I never had a single thought youd ever obey me.
LAURA: And two...
ALMANZO: Two? You said you had one condition.
LAURA: Oh, Manly, I know you want to be a farmer, but I have a different kind of life in mind. A farmer is a slave to the animals, the weather...
ALMANZO: (Crestfallen.) Laura, Im a farmer. Thats all I know how to be.
LAURA: Ill make a deal with you.
ALMANZO: A deal?
LAURA: Three years. Ill farm with you for three years and if were successful well stay and earn our claim. And if were not well find another way to live. Agreed?
(She puts her hand out for a shake. ALMANZO is take aback by the business deal but finally decides to shake on it.)
LAURA: You may kiss me now.
(He is so shy he barely pecks her cheek. Satisfied with the deal, she takes the reins and shakes them.)
All right then! Giddy-up!
Note: This is a sample from the actual script. To review the entire play, order the PERUSAL SCRIPT (online instant download).
Laura Ingalls Wilder has two versions:
Recommended for Jr High, Middle Schools, High Schools, Theatres.
Flexible Cast of 10-14 (5M, 3F, all others M/F)
Cast (Touring) Version
Recommended for Professional Tours and Outreach Programs.
Cast of 4 (2M, 2F) for adult actors, larger cast possible.
Includes suggestions for easy touring.