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Emma and The Lost Unicorn - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Emma and The Lost Unicorn

Trisha Sugarek

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

2m, 2f, 6boy(s), 6girl(s), 8boy(s) or girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573701825

Rainey the unicorn is a prince who has been banished to the forest for centuries by the warlock, Kodak. The prince can never return home unless someone solves more riddles than the warlock and discovers Kodak's secret weakness. Emma, the earthling girl, befriends the shy unicorn and seeks a way to break the curse and return Rainey to his world.

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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales

90 minutes

Settings Of Play -

The Fabled Forest. The set can be simple or as elaborate as budget allows, spilling into the aisles and out into the lobby.


Audience Participation/Interactive, Physical Comedy, Special Effects

Exterior Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Fantasy Costumes


No Special Cautions




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


Elementary School / Primary, Jr High/Primary, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Rainey, a unicorn, is really a bewitched prince who has been banished to the Fabled Forest by the warlock, Kodak. The prince can only return home if someone solves more riddles than the warlock and discovers Kodak’s secret weakness. A surprise twist ending makes this modern fable appealing to adults and children alike. Mythical creatures, scary henchmen, a warlock, a Fairy Queen, faries, all living in the enchanted forest. Giggles are provided by Stare, a rhetorical owl and Cheets, a naughty elf.                     

Riddles are part of the story and in the past children's theatres producing this play had a riddle contest for the audience members.

"Sugarek's remarkable fiction is her ability to draw depth into what might be cartoon characters." - Bookreview.com

"Sugarek has a very special way of tying together fairy tale and fable to make a story that's fun, believable and instructive too!" - Must Read Book Review

Emma and the Lost Unicorn premiered in 2008 at DreamChasers Children's Theatre in Boston, MA.



2m, 2f, 6boy(s), 6girl(s), 8boy(s) or girl(s)


Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Expandable casting, Features Children, Features Teens, Flexible casting, Multicultural casting, Roles for Children


The Fabled Forest series allows for every child who auditions to receive a part. The number in the cast is very flexible.


N/A (Not a musical)

EMMA - a ten year old girl; wears a brace on her deformed leg. She is lonely and doesn't have many friends because of her crippled leg. She spends much of her time in the forest witht he wild creatures. 
CLEO - queen of the faeries; she reigns over the forest and she and her band of faeries care for the unicorn. 
RAINEY - a white and silver unicorn; the guardian angel of the true Prince. He has been banished to Emma's forest with his Prince by the evil Lord of the Underworld. Rainey has no lines but speaks eloquently with his head and body gestures. 
KODAK - Warlord of Hazard, Lord of the Underworld. He is powerful, tall, and strong. Hazard, having fallen in love with Rainey's mother, centuries ago and being rejected, cast a spell on the real Prince and changes the good Prince into kodak. Only one thing can break his spell: pickles. 
STARE - the rhetorical owl. 
CHEETS - the mishcievous elf: always in trouble with Cleo. He is jealous of Cleo's attention to Rainey and Emma. 
DONALD - The good and kind faerie; Donald is devoted to Emma. He will do anything to help her and Rainey. 
SCARLET, YELLOW, ORANGE, PURPLE, GREEN, BLUE - young handmaidens to the Queen. 
HENCHMAN #1, #2 and #3 - soldiers of Kodak
DOG CREATURES - played by two actors/dancers. 
VARIOUS FAERIES AND SMALL CREATURES - rabbits, skunks, squirrels, cub bears to include children of all ages. 


Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)

Trisha Sugarek

Trisha Sugarek

Trisha Sugarek - playwright, author, poet - has been writing for four decades. Until recently her writing focused on scripts that ranged from prison stories to children’s fables. There are many more stage scripts to view on her website. She has expanded her body of work to include a three novels - Women Outside the Walls, Wild Violets, and Song of the Yukon - books of poetry, and a group ... view full profile

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Victoria Portsmore 10/15/2014 9:05 AM
It starts out promisingly with really fun, interesting characters, but becomes pretty boring and relatively plotless.  The central girl character doesn't really learn much, and as a character, she is relatively unremarkable.

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