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About the Play

The new play Have You Filled a Bucket Today? is a modern take on the golden rule with humor, heart, and larger-than-life characters. Based on Carol McCloud’s award-winning books, the play tells the story of Trey, a 4th grade student who learns about bucket filling from his summer camp counselor and her memorable friends.

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead first heard about Carol McCloud’s book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? at a meeting at her son’s school. She read it, loved it, and thought it would make great theatre. She was confident that a play would be a fun and effective way for schools and theatre companies to address bullying. Ann Marie was thrilled when Ms. McCloud gave her permission to adapt the book for the stage. She had great fun setting the play at a summer camp and creating original characters, like Bucket Filling Fairy (BFF), a magical creature who speaks in rhyme, and Professor Smarty Pants III, a science professor who loves to talk about himself.

Tips for Using the Play


There are many classroom applications for the play. For instance, the summer camp skits with bucket filling and dipping scenarios make great role-play exercises for elementary school students.

Schools can produce the play with either student or staff actors. A middle or high school drama club could present the play to the elementary school(s) in their district. The running time of 45-50 minutes is perfect for a school assembly. Please note that we offer discounted rates for schools.
To apply for production rights, click here.

Theatre Companies and Other Organizations:

Carol McCloud’s award-winning book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? is popular in elementary schools across the U.S. and abroad. Many schools have adopted the bucket filling concept as their school theme. Therefore, the play is popular among teachers and children alike. Parents appreciate its positive message as well. Your organization could either produce the play at a single venue or tour it to schools.
To apply for production rights, click here.

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About the Playwright

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead is an Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Performance and Communication Arts Dept. at St. Lawrence University where she teaches acting, theatre for young audiences, and theatre for social change. She has an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy/Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in English/Secondary Education from Le Moyne College. Ann Marie is an actor, director, and author of the popular children’s play Have You Filled a Bucket Today?, based on the concepts of Carol McCloud’s award-winning books. The theatrical adaptation, with its strong bullying-prevention message and larger-than-life characters, has been produced in the U.S. and abroad. Ann Marie has been invited to speak on the topic of bullying-prevention programing at diverse venues such as: radio (Parenting Matters Radio, Dr. On Call, and NCPR), t.v. (international television show The Big Picture With Thom Hartmann), and to members of AAUW and PFLAG. In addition to writing plays, Ann Marie blogs for The Huffington Post and has also been published in Southern Theatre and Compact Impact. She is currently at work on a series of children’s books and her second play. Ann Marie lives in northern New York with her husband and two sons.