for children's voices, instruments, & piano
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In her work with young people, Dr. Larson wrote the libretto and music for The Picnic or Teresa and the Youfoes in 1981 for Spring Hill Elementary School in McLean, Virginia. The play was revised in 1991 for a performance at The Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park, Illinois, and in 1994 became the basis for The Youfoe Trilogy, written for the children of Play's the Thing!, a series of musical theater workshops at Catholic University of America beginning in 1994, of which she was musical director. She was also founding president of Theater & Song, launched in 1999 to produce Sky's the Limit, a workshop series for teens for which she wrote new music. For both of these workshops she received grants from the American Composers Forum's Community Partners Program.
The three plays of the trilogy are The Picnic or Teresa and the Youfoes, Return of Youfoe 6, and Megamoon Rescue. In addition to the musical and theatrical aspects of the plays, there is also content regarding how to handle anger in an acceptable manner ("When I Am Mad"), how to get along with others ("You Be You"), and how to make decisions—along with other life lessons.
1. The Picnic or Teresa & the Youfoes
2. Return of Youfoe 6