The Elves and the Shoemaker (Walter)

by  Kristin Walter

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 3f, 1girl(s)

"The script by Kristin Walter is a joy; true to the original story, but with enough clever asides to keep the parents in the audience laughing along with the kids." - nytheatre.com

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The Elves and the Shoemaker (Walter)

by  Kristin Walter

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f, 1girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, 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)

Additional Info

Unfortunately, Eric, the lone shoemaker of Grimmsville, makes shoes that are miserably uncomfortable and impossible to walk in... leaving a lot of barefoot villagers and Eric without a means to provide for his family. While his wife tries to be supportive, his daughter Shannon just can't take it anymore! Sitting alone in the woods pondering her family's fate, Shannon is confronted by a stranger who offers her the deal of a lifetime. In exchange for her torturous pair of shoes, she is given a magical medallion that holds the charm of the elves. Wanting to help her family, Shannon tries the chant. Her words beckon a pair of elves that show up night after night at the shoemaker's home creating the most fabulous shoes EVER! With his shoes now wanted throughout the land, Eric and his family have more gold than they can count. But they quickly begin to realize that all the money in the world doesn't necessarily buy happiness.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"The script by Kristin Walter is a joy; true to the original story, but with enough clever asides to keep the parents in the audience laughing along with the kids." - nytheatre.com

"Walter is a clever playwright. She masterfully writes one line for the children to enjoy and follows it up with a quick-witted one that seems to nudge the parent in the rib." - Off-Off Broadway Review

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups
  • Youth/Camp Programs

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting:

    A shoemaker's shop in the town of Grimmsville, and just outside the town in a beautiful, unspoiled wood. 

  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy 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, 3f, 1girl(s)

ERIC - a shoemaker.
FIONA - his wife.
SHANNON -  their daughter.
A PEDDLER
HERBIE - an elf.
ZUZU - an elf.

 

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Additional small roles.

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Authors

Kristin Walter

Kristin Walter is the author of The Selfish Giant, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel,

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The Elves and the Shoemaker was originally presented at Manhattan's Children's Theatre in November, 2003. It was directed by Bruce Merrill. 

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