Fairy tale. By David F. Eliet. Music by Kenneth Kacmar.
Cast: 2m., 2w., with doubling or up to 15 (5m., 10w.) with roles distributed. The oldest and most universal of folktales is the story of Cinderella. Versions come from almost every known culture around the world. The Oldest Story Ever Told combines in one telling variations on the Cinderella stories from Africa, India and China, of which the latter is the oldest. All of the beloved and familiar elements of the story are here, but with highly theatrical variations representing the different cultures. The Cinderella of the Indian tale is a boy, Changez, and instead of fairy god mothers, these Cinderellas are sided by the King of Frogs, a magic fish and a bull. Masks and puppets add theatricality to the play, while original music by Ken Kacmar enhances the production. It is highly recommended for children ages 5 to 9. Approximate running time: 65 minutes. Music in book.