It Takes A Rainbow is a one-act musical, with a duration of about 45 minutes.


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  • Cast Requirements
  • Cast List
  • Set Requirements/Suggestions
  • Production Photos
  • Frogs/Lizards/Costume Suggestions

Cast Requirements

It Takes a Rainbow was written specifically for younger audiences and performers (4-9), although its meaning will be appreciated by any age group.

With doubling, cast size is 13. For instance, the solo red frog can return in a new costume to portray the solo green frog, etc. The show has been performed with literally hundreds in the cast. In these cases, an entire second grade class might represent the color green, serving as the chorus for that musical number. For the final, titular song, all may return to stage for a big, dramatic effect.

The casting is gender neutral, with the likely exception of only the king and queen. The score features choral numbers that benefit from a large cast, but all choral parts are sung in unison. (That is, there are no SATB parts, contrapuntal lines, or divided sections in the score.)

It is possible for the show to be performed entirely by children, or by adults, or a mix of the two. To get a sense of how adults and children maybe used together, please watch this video:

If you require a smaller contingent of actors, please inquire about the small cast version of It Takes A Rainbow.

Cast List

Primary Roles
Narrator
King Upinde
Queen Wamvua
Rosetta, the red little lizard
Oran, the orange little lizard
Yolanda, the yellow little lizard
Grenit, the green little lizard
Blossom, the blue little lizard
Indy, the indigo little lizard
Viola, the purple little lizard

Secondary Roles
Scarlet Red Frog
Ruby Red Frog
Mango Orange Frog
Mustard Yellow Frog
Emerald Green Frog
Jade Green Frog
Aqua Blue Frog
Sapphire Indigo Frog
Lilac Violet Frog
Mulberry Violet Frog

Set Requirements/Suggestions

The set may be as simple or as complex as you like. The show requires only the representation of a safe home (the bonny brown bog) and the adventures of the colorful world. See photos below for some suggestions.

If available, lighting effects can be very helpful. Also, costume design, such as wearing all red shirts or all green shirts, can represent different aspects of the colorful world. The musical score also evokes many different lands.

Small details can be very suggestive. In past productions, the Narrator has changed (say) a hat, or eyewear. For instance, in “The World of Green” the Narrator might wear an Irish cap, then switch it out for some “cool shades” to represent the world of “You Gotta Sing the Blues.” During the “Violet-Purple Hoedown,” cast members can utilize cowboy hats and kerchiefs. Providing shakers to a few cast members during “When You’re Seein’ Red” is also effective. Simple choreography in different styles can assist in the sense of a scenery change, and of course, lighting is helpful, too.

At the end of the show, the lizards return home and return to the brown set. Ultimately, being able to suggest “home” and “abroad” and then “home again” is all that is needed, and your creative solutions are encouraged.

Photos from past productions

New York City Premiere, Midtown International Theatre Festival, August 2017. Sets by Steven M. Schweer. Costumes by Ashley Lynne James.

Lighting and Set Design by Steven M. Schweer, Bell & Barter Theatre

See the Bell & Barter Theatre website for more information about this fine regional theater.
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Set elements from student productions

Frogs and Lizards

How to represent a character who is a frog? A lizard? This is limited only by the director and design team’s imagination. As a jumping off point: past productions have used masks that are worn as a crown on the actor’s head. (Click photos below for a closer view.)

If you use a frog “face” template, you can encourage your young actors to design their own features, giving each actor a chance to express some individual personality.

Rehearsal and Performance Tools

Piano tracks with (and without) vocals can be provided for a nominal additional fee.