Twelve Dancing Princesses

by  Grimm Brothers, Richard Hellesen

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 13f

“Once upon a time, a king had twelve beautiful daughters who danced in secret every night…”

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 13f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

“Once upon a time, a king had twelve beautiful daughters who danced in secret every night…” The king is mystified by their secret, and issues a challenge to the men of his kingdom – find out what his daughters are up to! Of course, one good-hearted young man succeeds – but at what cost? This story, recognizable to any defiant teenager or exasperated parent, is about the walls we build between each other, and how the power of love and communication can tear them down. This play provides an excellent opportunity for ensemble acting and dances.

From the author of our celebrated play Drive-In.

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Reviews

"A 'pop' psychology version of the fairy tale that emphasizes family, communication and relationships along with the fairy tale traditions [...] Helleson's adaptation throws in a lot more characterization than the Brothers Grimm version, and more than a little psychoanalysis." - Irvine World News

"Fantasy and reality intertwine beautifully and musically [...]" - Orange Coast Daily Pilot

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: A faraway land; once upon a time. 
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • 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

4m, 13f

A YOUNG MAN (MICHAEL)

A MYSTERIOUS OLD WOMAN, who appears in a variety of guises throughout

THE TWELVE PRINCESSES:
ASHLEY

CHELSEA

HOLLY

JESSI

JILL

LILY

LINDSAY

LUCY

MORGAN

NICOLE

SHANNON

SARAH 

THE KING, their father

TWO SERVANTS

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

 Grimm Brothers

Grimm Brothers

Richard Hellesen

Richard Hellesen

This adaptation of The Twelve Dancing Princesses was first presented by the Young Conservatory Players of South Coast Repertory on December 14th, 1990. 

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