Musical. Adapted by Moses Goldberg. Music and lyrics by Lisa Palas. Based on the story by the Brothers Grimm.
Cast: 3m., 3w. A group of strolling players prepares to perform one of the best-loved fairy tales. After the prologue—which delightfully introduces young audiences to the conventions of the stage—they enact the story of the bragging baker, his patient daughter, and her attempt to spin straw into gold for the greedy queen so she may marry the shy prince. An evil dwarf provides the gold—but at a terrible price of the royal pair's first-born child. Aided by a witty mime, and with some help from the audience, the comic Rumpelstiltskin is thwarted, and a lesson is learned by all. This musical version of the popular fairy tale is interpreted especially for younger children from ages 4 to 6 years old. It is a work of humor and honesty by one of the American master playwrights of participation theatre. Simple set. May be performed in the round. Approximate running time: 55 minutes.
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