Willabella Witch's Last Spell

by  Thomas Hischak

Short Play, Comedy  /  3m, 5f

Now that Willabella Witch is 400 years old, she decides to retire from witchcraft. But a gaggle of fairy tale characters descend on her cottage and get her mixed up in their problems, making for a riotous farce that will please both young and adult audiences.

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Willabella Witch's Last Spell

by  Thomas Hischak

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Theatre for Young Audiences, Period, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

It is Willabella Witch's 400th birthday and she's retiring from the witch business and vows: no more spells. She's dying her hair, losing her whitchy wardrobe, and changing her diet, too. But her plans for retirement are interrupted when Hanzel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Snow White, the Frog Prince, Sleeping Beauty, and others show up with demands! Hansel and Gretel want more candy, Rapunzel wants her long hair back, the Frog Prince wants his spell removed, Snow White is still lost in the woods, a hypnotized Sleeping Beauty looks for a spinning wheel and a series of Princes still want to do battle with the witch. No wonder she wants to retire! Somehow the beleaguered Willabella straightens them all out and sets out on her new lifestyle with her pet Crow. This whimsical farce makes it just as enjoyable for adults and older children as it is for younger audiences.

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Keywords

Fairy Tales, Feminism

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Youth/Camp Programs

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, 16th Century / Elizabethan, Medieval (6th-14th c.)
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: Inside Willabella's cottage in the woods.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Puppetry
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

3m, 5f

WILLABELLA WITCH
CROW
FROG PRINCE
RAPUNZEL
HANSEL
GRETEL
RAPUNZEL'S PRINCE
SLEEPING BEAUTY
SLEEPING BEAUTY'S PRINCE
SNOW WHITE
SNOW WHITE'S PRINCE

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

Parts for up to 5 men and 8 women. Doubling options specified in script.

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Authors

Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak is an internationally recognized author and teacher in the Performing Arts. He is the author of thirty-three published plays which are performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. His playwriting awards include the Stanley Drama Award (New York City) for Cold War Comedy and the J ...

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Willabella Witch's Last Spell was first presented at the Dowd Fine Arts Theatre at the State University of New York College at Cortland on June 28, 1998. It was directed by the author.

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