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Cinderella, or, It's Okay to Be Different - Short Play, Comedy

Cinderella, or, It's Okay to Be Different

Cynthia Mercati

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Short Play, Comedy

1m, 4f

ISBN: 9780874409079

Cinderella on a school playground? For sure! A group of lively students discover that their familiar Cinderella story isn't the only one - that there was a Cinderella in ancient Egypt and one among the Algonquin Indians and that there are hundreds of Cinderella tales all around the world! In an innovative, sophisticated, and theatrical style, this fast-paced, up-beat, multicultural show focuses on the universality of folk literature and finds that it's okay to be different.

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales

40 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The setting is a city playground. All the set pieces are painted in exhuberant colors - red, yellow, orage, blue, with graffiti painted on them. The characters carry in hand props, a hula hoop, jump rope, nerf ball, catcher's mitt, toy car, other types of toys.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Audience Participation/Interactive, Mime, No intermission, Physical Comedy

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Young Children (Age 2 - 5), Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Youth/Camp Programs

Kim is new on the playground and is dressed differently from the others. She tries to join in the games of the other kids, but is consistently rebuffed.

LACEY: She's new.
JODIE: She's different.
JEREMY: She's weird.
TERESA: Why is she weird?
JODIE: Cuz she's different.
JEREMY: Cuz she's new.

But it turns out that Kim knows an exciting story based on the legend of the Egyptian Cinderella. The kids enact this new version, then move on to the Native American story of Cinderella, and finally the Urban Cinderella that they make up themselves. By the end the five are friends, realizing if they hadn't let Kim play, they wouldn't have known the stories she had to tell - and realize it's okay to be different. Better than okay. It's cool.

The show was embraced by teachers as an inventive way to tackle the problem of bullying, and cliques. And also as a way to teach multi-culturism. Teachers also liked the energy and the imagination the show requires, both from the cast and the audience.

Cinderella, Or It's Ok to Be Different was first presented by Actors on Tour at the DesMoines Playhouse in Iowa on September 22nd, 1993. It was directed by T. Valada. The show toured Iowa and Midwest for the 1993 school year.

Characters

CASTING

1m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting

CASTING NOTES

The characters, JODY, JEREMY, TERESA, KIM and LACEY are children on a playground, but are played by adults or late teens.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

JODY
JEREMY
TERESA
KIM
LACEY
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Cynthia Mercati

Cynthia Mercati has had shows performed in each of the fifty US states, as well as Australia and Canada. Many of her plays are published by Samuel French. As Playwright-in-Residence at the Des Moines, Iowa, Playhouse, Ms. Mercait wrote a show each season for Actors on Tour, the professional children's company at the Playhouse. The shows, which played to literally thousands of young people ... view full profile

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