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Charming Princes and Wicked Queens

by Mickey Coburn

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Adaptations of three favorite fairy tales, these plays for the young at heart have been produced in children’s theaters, as well as classrooms. Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White count unique characters among their more familiar companions.  (The dwarves are the seven brothers Hoffenstein–Mandel, Mertel, Werther, Wenzel, Stoffel, Steffel and Fritz! The Sleeping Beauty is an adaptation of the original Perrault.)

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Overview

Cinderella:From the classical fairytale by Charles Perrault, Mickey Coburn spins a funny, lively play for children of all ages. This Cinderella is feisty and fiery, the dialog is full of humor; the addition of two sprites – Junot and Julie – give additional casting possibilities for younger actors. A charming version of the well-loved story.

The Sleeping Beauty: Once upon a time…in an enchanted kingdom, all gathered to celebrate the birth of the royal princess. Wicked Godmothers, good Godmothers, magicians, kings, clowns are fantastically woven into a delicious tale luxuriating with sorcery, processions, and whimsical escapades! THE SLEEPING BEAUTY glitters and charms, amuses and delights. The perfect family entertainment! The Sleeping Beauty was first produced by the Boston Children’s Theatre, directed by Mickey Coburn and designed by Karl Wendelin.

Snow White: Snow White often considered a Grimm Fairytale, actually came from books by the French Huguenot Charles Perrault, the creator of Mother Goose. This re-creation of the story is made contemporary with it’s humor, timeless charm and a touch of “camp” that adults as well as children enjoy. A delightful romp!  Snow White was first produced by the Boston Children’s Theatre, directed by Mickey Coburn, with sets by Bobby Summerlin, costumes by James Beaman, lighting by Christopher Akerlind.

 

From the Play

SNOW WHITE
Time: The play takes place in 18th century fairytale time
​Place: There are several scenes, which can be achieved with drops and/or painted flats.

Cast List:
Lieber Raimund: The Woodsman/Prince
Snow White: The Princess
Walpurga Gerhardina Belechech: The Queen
Eudoxia: The Mirror
Euphemia
Hedwig The Siamese Cat
Flogelind The Bird
Sussig The Skunk
Misha The Lion
Frithmund The Prince/Huntsman
Petrus The Henchman
Mandel The Seven Little Men
Mertel
Werther
Wenzel
Stoffel
Steffel
Fritz
Sprinzchen The Jolly Hag
Fritzinn The Silly Hag
Sigismonda The Ugly Hag
Snow White

From the Play:
(She grabs a broom & starts to sweep; then she polishes the floor with a rag. The 7 little men appear in a choreographed parade. The first is the leader; the seventh, taller than the rest, attempts continually to cover up the fact that he’s taller. They have long white beards & all wear pointed hats or hoods and wooden shoes & carry burlap bags filled with something. They chant to the rhythm of their shoes.)

Together: We’re the 7 brothers Hoffenstein,
We work together in our mine.
No one shirks and no one quits
(one at a time) Mandel, Mertel, Werther, Wenzel,
Stoffel, Steffel and Fritz!
All for one and one for all,
Against a world that’s much too tall;
We use our brains, we use our wits,
(one at a time) Mandel, Mertel, Werther, Wenzel,
Stoffel, Steffel and Fritz!
Together through the thick and thin,
The best of friends, the best of kin,
A brotherhood of opposites –
(one at a time) Mandel, Mertel, Werther, Wenzel,
Stoffel, Steffel and Fritz!

(Mandel opens the door & goes inside; the others are behind him. He sees Snow White & comes out again, forcing the others back.)

Mandel: We seem to have company
OTHERS: (echoing him) Company? Company?? (etc.)
Mandel: Probably a thief — or a murderer –
OTHERS: (hub-bub of alarm) What ? No! oh — (etc.)
Mertel: (looking into the house) It looks like a girl –
OTHERS: A girl? A what? A who? (etc.)
Mertel: (looking again) She seems pleasant enough. (The others crowd
to the door to peer in)
Wenzel: Can she cook?
Werther: Is she somebody or just a peasant girl?
Stoffel: She may have lost her way.
Steffel; She’s gonna make more work for us.
Fritz: She’s – she’s – she’s awful pretty.
Others: Pretty?????
Mandel: Let me see –
Mertel: You’re right –
Wenzel: Too skinny –
Werther: Her dress is plain.
Stoffel: She looks nice. (etc. adlibs)
Stoffel: One of us should go in and find out who she is.
Fritz: (quickly) I will!

(They all leer at him; he backs off)

Fritz: (shrugging) I would.
Wenzel: I wish she’d come after dinner; there won’t be enough for . . .

CINDERELLA

CHARACTERS

CINDERELLA: Young, sweet beautiful but not sappy;  “Puckish and high spirited
AUBERT: Stepsister; eats all the time; slightly round
ARMENTINE: Stepsister; the skinny one; everything is hers; bosses Aubert; throws tantrums
GASPARDE CRISPIN: Stepmother: silly  and vain; has-been; Opera singer; equipped with strays, gargles and continual scales; sings part of all her sentences
HYPATIA IGNATIA HESPARA MINETTE (MINNIE): Fairy Godmother; a bit of a bag lady; absent minded; talks in riddles; adorable
JUNOT : Well-Wishers/Sprites; elves; tricksters;
JULIE: Invisible to all except Cinderella and Minnie
CLAUDE: The Prince; charming, regular; bored with the royal life
DARCY: Prince’s sidekick; devoted to Claude; overly interested in the ladies
KING  FONTAINE: Jolly: more Chevalier than Boyer; something of a voyeur
SIBELLE: King’s Girlfriend; the floozy of her time; Speaks with Brooklyn accent
FOOTMAN/PAGE
GUESTS AT THE BALL; CHARMING COURTIERS:
MARC
RENE
METISSE
REINETTE

DANCER CINDERELLA Cinderella’s dancer double to permit magic; wears duplicate ball gown; same hair-do, etc.

Act I

(The French countryside, early 19th century; the kitchen and garden of a small, country house.  Inside, there is a cooking hearth, table, chairs, etc.; outside, there is a wishing well, garden bench.  It is morning of the day of the great ball.

As the curtain opens, we hear GASPARDE CRISPIN, a widow in her early 40’s, practicing her scales.  She gets stuck on a high note, repeats it several times and then trills downward as she enters.  She wears a flowing negligee over her corset and bloomers; and though not having completed her toilette, is nonetheless “done up.”  She attempts her scales again; gets stuck again – this time going to the counter near the hearth, pours water from the pitcher, gargles – tries scales again  — succeeds at the high note.)

GASPARDE:  Manifique!  Manifique!  Ma-ni-fique!! (kisses her hands, arms, fingertips) Tonight I’ll be la belle du balle – My gown – my hair – my eyes – but most of all – (hits high note).  (Improvising; giggling)  Oh, your majesty – you flatter me.  But I’ve already sung eight songs – (flirtatiously)  Well, maybe just two or three more.  Of course, if you dance with me, I’ll sing all night.

(She dances around the kitchen.)

GASPARDE: This is a magnificent ball!  I was so pleased to be invited.  You old meany, you didn’t invite me last year.

(She continues dancing singing; suddenly she stops – lets out a vibrato screech—)

The ball!!  Aubert!  Armentine !! Armentine!! Aubert!! Up – up – up!! Tonight’s the King’s ball!  Aubert!!

(She sings the last word and is off vocalizing again.  AUBERT and ARMENTINE enter; AUBERT is eating an apple; ARMENTINE carries a mirror and hairbrush)

AUBERT:  What’s all the screeching about?  It isn’t even noon yet.  We’ve got ten hours until the ball.
GASPARDE:  Only ten?  I’ll never have you looking beautiful by then.  Would you please stop eating?  You’ll pop your seams tonight!

(She takes the apple away from her;  AUBERT gets another from a bowl,  and eats it.)

ARMENTINE:  (has been looking in the mirror; let’s out a scream) Aaaaaagh!! Aaaaagh!!  Aaaaagh!!!!
GASPARDE:  What?  What?  What?
ARMENTINE:  A gray hair!  I found a gray hair!
AUBERT:  (laughing and singing) Mademoiselle called Armentine how old are you?  Mademoiselle called Armentine how old are you?

(ARMENTINE chases her, grabs her and pulls hairs out of AUBERT’S head)

SLEEPING BEAUTY
​​ Cast List:
Prank, The Jester
The Cook
Two Scullions/Attendants
King Pompus
Queen Imagine
Nurse Hopestill
The Faerie Primrose
The Faerie Thistle
Hemlock
Grunt, The Troll
The Faerie Mistletoe
The Faerie Court (4)
Allura, As A Child
Princess Allura
Prince Gallant
Tripp, Valet To The Prince

(Music in. The procession appears down the theatre aisle. King, Queen, four Pages carrying a baby sedan chair, Followed by Nurse Hopestill. They arrive on stage. Queen proceeds to her throne. Nurse takes baby from sedan chair which the Pages then remove. She shows the baby to the servants, Cook and Prank who make appropriate sounds of delight. She takes her place near the throne. The music stops. Fanfare. The King is at the banquet table picking at the food.

Queen: (stage whisper) Pompous! Pompous! Everyone’s waiting.
King: Just a moment, my dear. Mmmmm — everything looks delicious —
Queen: Pompous!
King: I thought I might just have a bite –
Queen: It isn’t time to eat yet – Pompous – please –
King: Well, all right. (he goes to his throne and sits)
Queen: (jabbing him) Pompous –
King: Hmmmm?
Queen: Everyone’s waiting – up! Up!
King: Oh, yes. (rising ) Royal subjects! This is indeed a happy day. Queen Imagine and I invite you all to celebrate the birth of our daughter, Princess Allura –
Queen: They know all that, Pompous –
King: They do?
Queen: Of course they do.

(All smile, whisper, nod)

King: Well, then – (he sits)
Queen: Well, then – go on – go on –
King: (rising) Well then – (to Queen) Well, then – what?
Queen: Tell them to proceed –
King: Of course. I knew that. Proceed! (he sits)
(Attendants alter their stage positions. Prank tumbles forward)

Prank: (not speaking; using mime and sign language)
Not yet your majesties – no!
King: What’s the matter with him?
Queen: What is it, Prank? Time for the gifts perhaps?
King: Attendants! The gifts –

(The attendants begin to gather up the gifts to bring to the Queen; Prank stops them)

Prank: (silently) no – no – your majesty – gifts – no –
Queen: Well, then –
King: The dinner! I’m starved –

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