Androcles and the Lion


April 6-8, 1984


Community Players Theatre

A Theatre for Young People Production


One of the most popular children’s plays ever written, Aesop’s fable,”Androcles and the Lion” has been produced in 20 countries. Refreshingly antic, this irreverent version is written in the style of Italian commedia dell’arte. In commedia tradition, a group of strolling players set up their stage and give a performance. Using authentic staging and stock characters of commedia—the miserly Pantalone, the bragging Captain, the romantic lovers, the trickster Arlequin, plus an endearing lion—this fable becomes a colorful theatrical experience. The play skyrockets with zany comedy. It also glows with the warmth of friendship.

Book by Aurand Harris
Music by Glenn Mack
Based on Aesop’s Fables

Historian’s Corner

The Players presented a three day run of the children’s play “Androcles and the Lion.” It was the first Community Players’ “Theater for Young People” production featuring adults performing for children. It was the directing debut of John C. Wiseman. The show was well-received and was a financial success. Starting with no budget, the show had a three day run and made close to $1,200.00 in profit for the Community Players.