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The Neverending Story (Atreyu and the Great Quest)

"A gripping adventure, full of weird and wondrous creatures... In pursuit of a goal, a boy becomes a man."

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • Full Length Play
  • Drama
  • 85 minutes

  • Target Audience: Adult, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18), Children (Age 6 - 10), Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student, High School/Secondary
Told with all the thrills of a classic adventure, the story begins with Bastian, a lonely boy, who stumbles into a curious bookshop where he discovers a curious book -- The Neverending Story.

Bastian hides in the attic of his school and begins to read, and a huge adventure surges into life. Fantastica, a land of stories, is being destroyed by the Nothing. The Childlike Empress has chosen Atreyu, a young hunter, to be the Hero of the Great Quest. Atreyu, an orphan, is an unlikely choice, but he accepts and, with his horse and companion, Artax, rides to face the menace.

First, he experiences the Nothing and discovers its thoughtless destruction. Then he is guided by a dream to the Swamps of Sadness where he meets Morla, the Ancient One, who reveals another solution. He must find the Childlike Empress a new name. With this new direction, Atreyu faces Ygramul the Many, befriends Falkor the Luck Dragon, and solves the riddles of the three magic gates to meet Uyulala. From her he learns that only a human child can give the Empress a new name.

In despair he faces his final test -- the werewolf Gmork -- and returns to the Childlike Empress without a new name. However, his quest has attracted a human child. It is Bastian himself who calls out a new name for the Empress, and the story rushes to its triumphant and moving conclusion. 

REVIEWS:

"A gripping adventure, full of weird and wondrous creatures... In pursuit of a goal, a boy becomes a man."

 Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Beguiling... The Neverending Story is as much about the power of imagination and friendship as it is about colorful demons and otherworldly locales."

 The Seattle Times

"Craig's adaptation... captures the adventure and magic of the story, creating the theatrical equivalent of a real page turner."

 Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis.

"A magical tale that will enthrall young viewers."

 The Seattle Times

Premiere Production: Commissioned by Seattle Children's Theatre and Imagination Stage.
  • Casting: 6M, 3F
  • Casting Attributes: Expandable casting
  • Casting Notes: May be expanded to a cast of 18 plus.

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Told with all the thrills of a classic adventure, the story begins with Bastian, a lonely boy, who stumbles into a curious bookshop where he discovers a curious bookeThe Neverending Story. Bastian hides in the attic of his school and begins to read, and a huge adventure surges into life. Fantastica, a land of stories, is being destroyed by the Nothing. The Childlike Empress has chosen Atreyu, a young hunter, to be the Hero of the Great Quest. Atreyu, an orphan, is an unlikely choice, but he accepts and, with his horse and companion, Artax, rides to face the menace. First, he experiences the Nothing and discovers its thoughtless destruction. Then he is guided by a dream to the Swamps of Sadness where he meets Morla, the Ancient One, who reveals another solution. He must find the Childlike Empress a new name. With this new direction, Atreyu faces Ygramul the Many, befriends Falkor the Luck Dragon, and solves the riddles of the three magic gates to meet Uyulala. From her he learns that only a human child can give the Empress a new name. In despair he faces his final testethe werewolf Gmorkeand returns to the Childlike Empress without a new name. However, his quest has attracted a human child. It is Bastian himself who calls out a new name for the Empress, and the story rushes to its triumphant and moving conclusion. Commissioned by Seattle Children's Theatre and Imagination Stage. Unit set. Approximate running time: 85 minutes.

$19.95