The Exciting Exploits of an Effervescent Elf

by  Trisha Sugarek

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 5f, 3boy(s), 3girl(s), 8boy(s) or girl(s)

Cheets, the irrepressible elf, saves Emma and the enchanted forest from certain destruction!... From the author of the beloved titles, Stanley the Stalwart Dragon and Emma the Lost Unicorn.

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The Exciting Exploits of an Effervescent Elf

by  Trisha Sugarek

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The Exciting Exploits of an Effervescent Elf

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 5f, 3boy(s), 3girl(s), 8boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration


    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Cheets, the irrepressible elf, saves Emma and the enchanted forest from certain destruction! Lord Hazard has employed Patsy, the Banana Spider, to keep Emma ensnared in her web while Hazard sells the forest to developers. Given his reputation for mischief, no one believes Cheets when he claims that he has found Emma because no one but Cheets can see her. Audience participation is encouraged, especially when Emma plays charades with Cheets to make herself understood. A stand alone sequel to Emma and the Lost Unicorn, new characters are introduced; Thomas, a sea turtle, nautical to his toes; greedy Patsy, the spider, means well but cannot resist the tasty bugs supplied to her by Hazard. Rose and Lord Hazard, century old lovers, reunite. This fable contains greed, ecology, friendship, enduring love and justice.

The fourth in this series, "Bertie, the Bookworm and the Bully Boys."

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"It's hard to be a hero when everyone just thinks you're trouble... A fantasy fable of friendship and heroism... A fun read for young readers about to cross over to novellas, The Exciting Exploits of an Effervescent Elf is a fine and much recommended pick." - The Midwest Book Review

"Sugarek's remarkable fiction is her ability to draw depth into what might be cartoon characters... Grabs your attention and imagination. The generous dialog makes for a great [story]" -

"An excellent story line that children of all ages can enjoy. The characters are well defined and lively. The plot tells a story and teaches a lesson... As an educator, I could see how this book could be used to stimulate a child's ability to make pictures in their mind." - Chatham Academy, Principal

"Cheets is a perfectly irrepressible elf... Highly recommended... My 7 year old daughter and I read The Exciting Exploits of an Effervescent Elf together and enjoyed it every step of the way!" - Personal testimonial


Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre


  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: The Fabled Forest. The bigger the budget the more fantastical the production. However, a minimal set and beautiful, but budget minded costumes can work well.
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Mime, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)


3m, 5f, 3boy(s), 3girl(s), 8boy(s) or girl(s)
CHEETS - a mischievous elf; is never still or quiet; jumps, runs, hops, skips around the stage; has bigger ears and feet than Donald and the other faeries; can be played by a girl
THOMAS - a large sea turtle; plodding, slow in his movements and speech; speaks only in nautical expressions
STARE - the rhetorical owl
PATSY - the spider; pump and complacent, wants to be good but just can’t resist a free meal; knits her web with gossamer yarn throughout the story
EMMA - an earthling girl; the Queen’s favorite
DONALD - the good and kind faerie; in puppy love with Emma
ROSE - Emma’s mother
MAX - the family dog, a Golden Retriever, red in color
CLEO - Queen of the faeries; reigns over the enchanted forest and cares for the all the faeries, elves, and woodland creatures
SCARLET, YELLOW, ORANGE, BLUE, PURPLE, GREEN - young handmaidens to the Queen; dressed in their respective colors: long flowing gowns, reminiscent of Medieval times; hands, feet, hair, faces and wings are the same color as their gowns and their names
HAZARD - King of the Underworld, the arch enemy of all that is good; plans to sell the forest to developers
HENCHMAN #1,2,3 - soldiers of Hazard; double cast as the land developers
GUTTER - one of Hazard’s henchman
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Cast Attributes

  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

The Fabled Forest series was written so that no child who has auditioned is turned away. The cast is very flexible.



Trisha Sugarek

Trisha Sugarek - playwright, author, poet - has been writing for four decades. Until recently her writing focused on scripts that ranged from prison stories to children’s fables. There are many more stage scripts to view on her website. She has expanded her body of work to include a three novels -  ...

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