Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
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
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences, Young Children (Age 2 - 5), Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
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.