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How Can You Run With A Shell On Your Back?

2009 Festival

Kent Nicholson

Carey Anderson, Jeffrey James Binney, Gideon Glick, Emma Hunton, Melissa Menezes, Derrick Trumbly and Price Waldman

Number of Acts: 1
Number of Principals (Male): 4
Number of Principals (Female): 3
Total Cast Size: 7
Orchestra Breakdown:

piano, bass, drums

Genre & Style:

Search Set & Costume Registry


After-school detention becomes an adventure when a stranger shows six students the power of a good story. The Tortoise and the Hare, The Ant and the Grasshopper, Androcles and the Lion… Aesop’s timeless fables take an entertaining turn in this new musical that reveals universal truths through simple, appealing, age-old allegories.

Festival Successes

Full productions at Boston Conservatory (MA) and Clarke University ( IA) in 2010, Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire (IL) and Penn State NU Musical Theater Festival in 2011, and Swine Palace at Louisiana State University in 2012.