CANDELSTEIN

A story of revenge, confrontation, and forgiveness.

Four years before the play opens an adult raccoon was walking in the woods with his young son.   As they entered a clearing they were set upon by a viscous dog.  They tried to take refuge by climbing a sapling, the only tree available to them, but the father realized that the higher they climbed on the tree, the more the tree was bending to the ground, putting father and son in harm’s way.  In an effort to save his son, the father raccoon descended the sapling, and left the son in the crotch of the tree looking on in terror as the dog killed his father.  The young raccoon was so horrified that his hair turned white.

The play opens four years later when the son, now called Candlestein, gets involved with a group of woodland creatures and three runaway farm animals.  The animals belong to the man who owned the dog that killed Candlestein’s father.  After a series of events the man is captured and held for trial for crimes against animals.  Candlestein serves as prosecuting attorney and is successful as the man is judged to be guilty.  But what would be a suitable punishment?
  

CAVE SONG

Encourages children to understand and appreciate order in nature and to have a greater awareness of our precious natural resources.

  
After many years of dormancy, stalagmites and stalactites in an undiscovered cave awaken and take the form of cave spirits.  They discover that their growth has been stunted and that the stalagmite and stalactite that were supposed to have joined to form a column are still several inches apart. 

One of the spirits is sent to the outside world and discovers that a mall and parking lot have been built above the cave, preventing moisture and the resulting dissolved minerals from seeping into the cave.  The intrusion of a punk rock bank called the Zitz inspires the cave spirits and leads them to a solution to their overwhelming problem.