Cinderella, or, It's Okay to Be Different

by  Cynthia Mercati

Short Play, Comedy  /  1m, 4f

Cinderella on a school playground? For sure! A group of lively students discover that their familiar Cinderella story isn't the only one - that there was a Cinderella in ancient Egypt and one among the Algonquin Indians and that there are hundreds of Cinderella tales all around the world! In an innovative, sophisticated, and theatrical style, this fast-paced, up-beat, multicultural show focuses on the universality of folk literature and finds that it's okay to be different.

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Cinderella, or, It's Okay to Be Different

by  Cynthia Mercati

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Cinderella, or, It's Okay to Be Different

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Kim is new on the playground and is dressed differently from the others. She tries to join in the games of the other kids, but is consistently rebuffed.

LACEY: She's new.
JODIE: She's different.
JEREMY: She's weird.
TERESA: Why is she weird?
JODIE: Cuz she's different.
JEREMY: Cuz she's new.

But it turns out that Kim knows an exciting story based on the legend of the Egyptian Cinderella. The kids enact this new version, then move on to the Native American story of Cinderella, and finally the Urban Cinderella that they make up themselves. By the end the five are friends, realizing if they hadn't let Kim play, they wouldn't have known the stories she had to tell - and realize it's okay to be different. Better than okay. It's cool.

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Reviews

The show was embraced by teachers as an inventive way to tackle the problem of bullying, and cliques. And also as a way to teach multi-culturism. Teachers also liked the energy and the imagination the show requires, both from the cast and the audience.

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: The setting is a city playground. All the set pieces are painted in exhuberant colors - red, yellow, orage, blue, with graffiti painted on them. The characters carry in hand props, a hula hoop, jump rope, nerf ball, catcher's mitt, toy car, other types of toys.
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Mime, No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

1m, 4f
JODY
JEREMY
TERESA
KIM
LACEY
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting

Casting Notes

The characters, JODY, JEREMY, TERESA, KIM and LACEY are children on a playground, but are played by adults or late teens.

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Authors

Cynthia Mercati

Cynthia Mercati has had shows performed in each of the fifty US states, as well as Australia and Canada. Many of her plays are published by Samuel French. As Playwright-in-Residence at the Des Moines, Iowa, Playhouse, Ms. Mercait wrote a show each season for Actors on Tour, the professional childre ...

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Cinderella, Or It's Ok to Be Different was first presented by Actors on Tour at the DesMoines Playhouse in Iowa on September 22nd, 1993. It was directed by T. Valada. The show toured Iowa and Midwest for the 1993 school year.

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