The Juniper Tree

by  Grimm Brothers, Wendy Kesselman

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  1m, 2f

Wendy Kesselman has taken 'The Juniper Tree' (the Brothers Grimm story), and turned it into a haunting little musical in the shape of a ballad... The events - including murder and cannibalism - are gruesome, but the telling has a childlike Story Theatre quality... as exemplified by her ballad of The Juniper Tree and her earlier play My Sister in This House, the versatile Miss Kesselman has a fabulist's view of guilt and retribution. - The New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fables/Folktales
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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Wendy Kesselman has taken 'The Juniper Tree' (the Brothers Grimm story), and turned it into a haunting little musical in the shape of a ballad... The events - including murder and cannibalism - are gruesome, but the telling has a childlike Story Theatre quality... as exemplified by her ballad of The Juniper Tree and her earlier play My Sister in This House, the versatile Miss Kesselman has a fabulist's view of guilt and retribution. - The New York Times
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Keywords

Fairy Tales

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Setting: Under the Juniper Tree, two thousand years ago.
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only

Casting

1m, 2f

FIRST WIFE
STEPMOTHER
MARLINCHEN
NARRATOR
HUSBAND
BOY
NARRATOR
SHOEMAKER
MILLER
BIRD

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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

Plus small onstage combo.

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Full Package

4 Piano/Vocal Scores

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Authors

 Grimm Brothers

Grimm Brothers

Wendy Kesselman

Besides her Tony-nominated adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank, Wendy Kesselman’s plays include The Executioner’s Daughter; The Notebook; The Foggy Foggy Dew; The Last Bridge; I Love You, I Love You Not; Maggie Magalita; Merry-Go-Round; The S ...

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The Juniper Tree was originally produced by the Lenox Arts Center/Music Theatre Group in 1982. It was directed by Larry Pine.

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