Fairy Tale Courtroom

by  Dana Proulx

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 4f, 21boy(s) or girl(s)

This extremely adaptable comedy shows the other side of several familiar fairy tales, when two of their biggest villains, the Big Bad Wolf and the Wicked Witch, are brought to trial.

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Fairy Tale Courtroom

by  Dana Proulx

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 4f, 21boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

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

    Accolades

    Winner Southwest Festival of New Plays 2000
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This extremely adaptable comedy shows the other side of several familiar fairy tales, when two of their biggest villains, the Big Bad Wolf and the Wicked Witch, are brought to trial. Both the Wolf and the Witch have been frolicking from fairy tale to fairy tale, wreaking havoc as they try to prevent the general public from living happily ever after. Hear the personal accounts of what happened, told in testimonies and flashback sequences, from characters such as Snow White, Dorothy, Sleeping Beauty, the Three Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and many others, including the Witch and the Wolf themselves, as each trial unfolds. The audience is the jury, so each trial has two endings, depending on the verdict. The trials can be performed separately, with a few small cuts for a running time of approximately thirty minutes each, or together with no cuts for a running time of about one hour and fifteen minutes.

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Reviews

"This show has the rare qualities necessary to be funny for the whole family." - M.A. Sterling, Director

Keywords

legal issues

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: $125 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting:

    A modified courtroom.

    The set can be as simple as a couple of tables and several chairs, or as elaborate as a good scenic designer wants to make it. It can be a woodland courtroom, a straight courtroom appearance, or any other fanciful rendition of a courtroom the director and designer come up with. The Witch can be made to fly for the dramatic ending to part two.

    Costumes should reflect the familiar characters (Dorothy, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty) in the attire they are known to wear, or something similar that makes sense to the character. For those characters that are ambiguous (the Badger, the Wolf, the lawyers, etc.), have fun with it!

  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

2m, 4f, 21boy(s) or girl(s)

BOTH PARTS 
JUDGE
BAILIFF 
DISTRICT ATTORNEY (D.A.)
CLERK - (A HAND ONLY)

PART 1
WOLF 
PIG #1
PIG #2 
PIG #3 
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD 
BOY WHO CRIED WOLF 
GRANDMOTHER 
BADGER 
SHORT ORDER CHEF 

PART 2
DEFENSE ATTORNEY 
SCARECROW 
FLYING MONKEY 
DOROTHY 
WITCH 
HANSEL
GRETEL 
SLEEPING BEAUTY 
PRINCE 
SEVERAL DWARVES 

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Roles for Teens
  • Parts for Senior Actors
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

12-28 male or female roles. Certain parts should be accurate to gender; Snow White, Dorothy, Sleeping Beauty and Grandmother should be cast female.  The Prince should be male, and the Wolf works best male as well. While the Witch is female, a male in a witch costume can work just fine. All other roles are not necessarily gender-specific. Cast is very flexible, with as few as 12 people covering all parts with doubling, or as many as 32 characters with all roles represented and two sets of lawyers.

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Authors

Dana Proulx

Dana Proulx

Fairy Tale Courtroom was first professionally read by the Stages Repertory Theater in Houston, TX when it was honored in the Southwest Festival of New Plays contest in 2000 and was dircted by Brian Byrnes. It was subsequently professionaly produced by the Navasota Theater Alliance, who performed it in conjunction with the Brazos Valley Troupe, and was directed by M.A. Sterling.

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