Full Length Play
Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales, Parody / Spoof
Settings Of Play -
A modified courtroom.
The set can be as simple as a couple of tables and several chairs, or as elaborate as a good scenic designer wants to make it. It can be a woodland courtroom, a straight courtroom appearance, or any other fanciful rendition of a courtroom the director and designer come up with. The Witch can be made to fly for the dramatic ending to part two.
Costumes should reflect the familiar characters (Dorothy, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty) in the attire they are known to wear, or something similar that makes sense to the character. For those characters that are ambiguous (the Badger, the Wolf, the lawyers, etc.), have fun with it!
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Audience Participation/Interactive, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle
No Special Cautions
Adult, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Youth/Camp Programs
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Winner Southwest Festival of New Plays 2000
This extremely adaptable comedy shows the other side of several familiar fairy tales, when two of their biggest villains, the Big Bad Wolf and the Wicked Witch, are brought to trial. Both the Wolf and the Witch have been frolicking from fairy tale to fairy tale, wreaking havoc as they try to prevent the general public from living happily ever after. Hear the personal accounts of what happened, told in testimonies and flashback sequences, from characters such as Snow White, Dorothy, Sleeping Beauty, the Three Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and many others, including the Witch and the Wolf themselves, as each trial unfolds. The audience is the jury, so each trial has two endings, depending on the verdict. The trials can be performed separately, with a few small cuts for a running time of approximately thirty minutes each, or together with no cuts for a running time of about one hour and fifteen minutes.
"This show has the rare qualities necessary to be funny for the whole family." - M.A. Sterling, Director
Fairy Tale Courtroom was first professionally read by the Stages Repertory Theater in Houston, TX when it was honored in the Southwest Festival of New Plays contest in 2000 and was dircted by Brian Byrnes. It was subsequently professionaly produced by the Navasota Theater Alliance, who performed it in conjunction with the Brazos Valley Troupe, and was directed by M.A. Sterling.