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
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences, Young Children (Age 2 - 5), Children (Age 6 - 10)
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.