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.
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.
"This show has the rare qualities necessary to be funny for the whole family." - M.A. Sterling, Director
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
- Time Period: Not Applicable
- Duration: 75 Minutes
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
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: No Chorus
Casting2m, 4f, 21boy(s) or girl(s)
DISTRICT ATTORNEY (D.A.)
CLERK - (A HAND ONLY)
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
BOY WHO CRIED WOLF
SHORT ORDER CHEF
- 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)
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.
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.