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Music by Aaron Kenny, book and lyrics by Danny K. Bernstein

Dramatic Comedy

On Your Mark!


A contemporary re-imagining of the Aesop Fable 'The Tortoise and the Hare,' this fun new show takes the familiar classic and exposes the truth behind this infamous woodland race.


Cast Size

5+ (2m, 2f, 1x, + Flex. Ensemble)


12 Mins.


Woodland Critters Race, the forest.


Theatre For Young Audiences Fantasy Fables/Folktales


Business, Fairy Tales, Friendship, Parenting/Family, Economic/Financial Interest

Target Audience

Appropriate for all audiences


Classic/Standard Musical Theatre


Piano/Vocal, Violin, Bass, Woodwind, Percussion

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Casting Information

  • HARE -  Sharp, spritely, determined and practical. Our heroine.

  • TORTOISE - A large, shadowy figure. Mysterious, full of ulterior motives. Holds all the power in the forest.

  • BADGER - Sneaky and conniving. A financial vulture. Raises the rent on the hare family because he can.

  • ENSEMBLE 1 - Plays Mrs. Fox, a sportscaster, Mother Hare, a kindly old mother, and one of the Tortoise’s lackeys.

  • ENSEMBLE 2 - Plays Jamie The Fox, a sportscaster, Father Hare, a kindly old father, and one of the Tortoise’s lackeys.

NOTE: The ensembe tracks can be divided up depeneding on cast and production needs.


Who Will Finish First
00:00 / 02:42
The Fast Shuffle
00:00 / 03:47
00:00 / 00:00
00:00 / 00:00
Casting & Songs


Production History

  • 2016 - First produced as part of Theatre Now's SOUND BITES 3.0, festival of 10-minute musicals at the 47th Street Theatre in NYC.

Production History
Author's Bios

Author Bios

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AARON KENNY is an Australian composer based in New York, featured by ASCAP as a "composer to watch". Composing for film, television, theater, and the concert hall, he was nominated for Best Song at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (2019), as well as being awarded Australian Young Composer of the Year. His theatrical writing debut happened in 2016 with On Your Mark!, a contemporary musical adaptation of “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Aaron is a current member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Advanced Workshop. He has also previously been selected for the ASCAP Foundation’s Broadway Conductors Program (NYC 2012), and the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop (NYC 2017). He is also the Music Assistant to Disney Legend and Broadway composer Alan Menken, and has worked on Beauty and the Beast (2017 film), Hercules (Stage) and the upcoming The Little Mermaid (film).

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DANNY K. BERNSTEIN is an award-winning composer/lyricist, director, music director and pianist. His music and lyrics have been heard Off-Broadway, Feinstein’s 54 Below, Green Room 42, Club Cumming, Prohibition, and all over New York City. NYC: Far From Canterbury (Book, Music, Lyrics) - Outstanding Overall Musical, 2015 New York International Fringe Festival, The Bishops (Book, Music, Lyrics), Danny has Friends! At The Green Room 42 (Music, Lyrics), Procrasticomposer (Music, Lyrics) Danny K Bernstein in Concert at 54 Below (Music, Lyrics). TV: Broadway At The White House. 2019 and 2017 Jonathan Larson Award Finalist, 2014 Winner, New Voices Project, New Musical Inc., through Walt Disney Imagineering, Los Angeles. Proud member of ASCAP and the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop.

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