The Woodsmen and the Fairy

by  Candice Cain, Aesop

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 1f

Henry is a simple and happy woodsman. Every day, he chops trees down and sells them at the market. One day, his friend Jim startles him and Henry drops his axe into a pond. Lily, the water fairy of the pond, appears and retrieves Henry's axe. She gives Henry a test to find out his honesty.

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The Woodsmen and the Fairy

by  Candice Cain Aesop

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes, 40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

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

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Young Children (Age 2 - 5)
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)

Additional Info

Henry is a simple and happy woodsman. Every day, he chops trees down and sells them at the market. One day, his friend Jim startles him and Henry drops his axe into a pond. Lily, the water fairy of the pond, appears and retrieves Henry's axe. She gives Henry a test to find out his honesty, and Henry passes with flying colors. As a reward for telling the truth, Lily gives Henry two ornate axes. Jim finds out about Henry's good fortune, and seeks Lily for his own gain. He drops his axe in the same pond, and Lily appears. Lily gives Jim the same test to find out how honest he is, and Jim fails miserably. To punish him for lying, Lily turns Jim into a tree. Jim finally learns the importance of telling the truth and being honest, and becomes a man once again.

Based on one of Aesop's fables, The Woodsmen & the Fairy teaches children the importance of being honest and telling the truth. The Woodsmen & the Fairy is a brief, yet fun and educational play for children ages 5 - 9. There is a great deal of audience participation in this play, which keeps the audience involved and interested. Only three actors are required for this play: Jim, Lily, and Henry. The entire story takes place in one area of the woods. During one scene, the action takes place in front of the curtains. The costumes are simple. Because of the minimal production requirements, this makes an excellent play for any group to perform, either formally or informally.

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Keywords

Fairy Tales

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 30 minutes, 40 minutes
  • Setting: A forest.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • 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

2m, 1f
JIM - Begins the story as a tree, comes back as a man, who is later turned into a tree by Lily. Devious and a liar, Jim learns the lesson of the important of telling the truth.
LILY - A no-nonsense water fairy. Turns Jim into a tree to teach him the important of telling the truth.
HENRY - Jim's friend who drops his axe into the pond by accident. Lily gives him two ornate axes for telling the truth. Honest and good, Henry already knows the importance of telling the truth and is rewarded for it. 
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Authors

Candice Cain

Candice Cain (formerly Candice Cook) was born and raised in Brookhaven, NY. She attended The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and graduated with a BA in Dramatic Literature. A few years later, Ms. Cain found herself in Los Angeles, acting in a variety of television shows and films. Ho ...

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Aesop

Legendary figure Aesop is presumed to have been born around 600 B.C. and is the supposed author of a collection of Greek fables. Various attempts were made in ancient times to establish him as an actual personage. He was most likely invented to provide an author for fables centering on beasts, so that “a story of Aesop ...

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