Musical. Adaptation and lyrics by Moses Goldberg. Music by Ewel Cornett. From the Brothers Grimm.
Cast: 3m., 2w., 1 either gender, with doubling, or up to 10 (4m., 5w., 1 either gender). An American master of participation theatre has adapted this beloved Brothers Grimm tale, with its many levels of psychological truth, and presents it as a musical fantasy for audience ages 4 through 8. A group of actors solicits help from the young audience to perform this well-known fairy tale with its rich characters including a wise frog, a garrulous bush, the lively Briar Rose and her well-meaning but testy father. Briar Rose is blessed by the fairies of earth, wind and water, but the fairy of fire curses her with a slumber that lasts for a century. Briar Rose awakens to recognize "what she has never seen and live in joy." This is the archetypal story of timeless love and the virtues of patience. Production notes area available in the script containing details on set and music. Two simple sets. Contemporary and fairy tale costumes. Approximate running time: 50 minutes.