Schartz-Metterklume Method

Play #: 2323
Pages: 30 pgs
Cast: With doubling 3 m, 7 w
Adapted by Burton Bumgarner From the short story by H.H. Munro (Saki). Here is a delicious tale of conventional manners and expectations turned topsy-turvy. When an upper-class family goes to meet their new English governess, they mistakenly bring home Lady Carlotta. Her eccentricities at first delight the parents, whose four children have been the cause of past governesses' psychological breakdowns. The mother likes the idea of education being interesting and relevant to children; the father prefers discipline. Carlotta claims to teach by the "Schartz-Metterklume" method, which has her young charges acting out their lessons. Mathematics means learning to play poker, a foreign language is pig-latin, and science is a lesson on the solar system, and how close to the sun Carlotta can toss the children if they don't behave. Chaos reigns with history, when Carlotta has the four children act out the founding of Rome with yelling and screaming and kidnapping the neighbor's daughters. The parents send Carlotta back to the airport, where she meets the real governess, whose flight had been delayed. Carlotta, in her inimitable way, gives the young woman plenty of advice, getting in the last word after all.
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STERLING PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2 Performance(s)
STERLING, NE 11/27/2017
WINDHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WINDHAM, ME 9/15/2012
ODYSSEY MONTESSORI 1 Performance(s)
FREDERICKSBURG, VA 6/11/2011
YORK COLLEGE 2 Performance(s)
YORK, NE 11/13/2007
EAST LAURENS HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
EAST DUBLIN, GA 11/5/2007
WINDHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
WINDHAM, ME 5/11/2007
JORDAN VALLEY SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
JORDAN VALLEY, OR 3/30/2007
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VIRGIE, KY 11/15/2006
CIDER HOUSE THEATRE 4 Performance(s)
NEBRASKA CITY, NE 7/14/2006
HILLWOOD MIDDLE SCH 2 Performance(s)
FORT WORTH, TX 4/1/2005
LAKERIDGE JR HIGH 1 Performance(s)
SUMNER, WA 2/11/2005
JAY M ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CONCORD, NC 9/16/2004
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LAKE MILLS, IA 1/24/2004

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