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Elves and the Shoemaker, The (Walter) - Short Play, Comedy

Elves and the Shoemaker, The (Walter)

Kristin Walter

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Short Play, Comedy

2m, 3f, 1girl(s)

ISBN: 9780874407303

"The script by Kristin Walter is a joy; true to the original story, but with enough clever asides to keep the parents in the audience laughing along with the kids." - nytheatre.com

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales

60 minutes (1 hour)

Settings Of Play -

A shoemaker's shop in the town of Grimmsville, and just outside the town in a beautiful, unspoiled wood. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Fantasy Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Young Children (Age 2 - 5), Children (Age 6 - 10)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Elementary School / Primary, Jr High/Primary, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Church / Religious Groups, Youth/Camp Programs

Unfortunately, Eric, the lone shoemaker of Grimmsville, makes shoes that are miserably uncomfortable and impossible to walk in... leaving a lot of barefoot villagers and Eric without a means to provide for his family. While his wife tries to be supportive, his daughter Shannon just can't take it anymore! Sitting alone in the woods pondering her family's fate, Shannon is confronted by a stranger who offers her the deal of a lifetime. In exchange for her torturous pair of shoes, she is given a magical medallion that holds the charm of the elves. Wanting to help her family, Shannon tries the chant. Her words beckon a pair of elves that show up night after night at the shoemaker's home creating the most fabulous shoes EVER! With his shoes now wanted throughout the land, Eric and his family have more gold than they can count. But they quickly begin to realize that all the money in the world doesn't necessarily buy happiness.

"The script by Kristin Walter is a joy; true to the original story, but with enough clever asides to keep the parents in the audience laughing along with the kids." - nytheatre.com

"Walter is a clever playwright. She masterfully writes one line for the children to enjoy and follows it up with a quick-witted one that seems to nudge the parent in the rib." - Off-Off Broadway Review

The Elves and the Shoemaker was originally presented at Manhattan's Children's Theatre in November, 2003. It was directed by Bruce Merrill. 

Characters

CASTING

2m, 3f, 1girl(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Multicultural casting, Roles for Children, Room for Extras

CASTING NOTES

Additional small roles.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

ERIC - a shoemaker.
FIONA - his wife.
SHANNON -  their daughter.
A PEDDLER
HERBIE - an elf.
ZUZU - an elf.

 

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Kristin Walter

Kristin Walter

Kristin Walter is the author of The Selfish Giant, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, The Elves and the Shoemaker, and The Last of the Dragons, among others. Her work has been seen at Vital Theatre Company, Peninsula Youth Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre, the Jersey Arts Centre (UK), and Manhattan Children’s Theatre. A committed advocate for children’s theatre, Ms. Walter has toured as an actress and ... view full profile

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