In this dramatization of the Rumpelstiltskin story, the miller's daughter (who is nameless in the Borthers Grimm fairy tale) is a pretty girl named Missy who is often embarrassed by her father's constant bragging about talents which she doesn't have. Her sister, Sissy, is plain but intelligent and capable—but no one, not even her parents, pays much attention to her. Rumpelstiltskin, although he has magical powers, is basically a lonely little man longing for someone to love him. The story follows the Grimm's fairy tale very closely. Missy's father brags that she is so talented she can even spin straw into gold. So the king asks her to spin him some gold ... and if she can't, the villainous captain of the guard threatens to invoke an old law which says that anyone who lies to the king must be put to death. When she is frantic with grief, a funny little man appears and spins the straw into gold for her in exchange for her promise to give him her first-born child. The king is so impressed with Missy's talent (as well as her loveliness) that he marries her. When their first child is born, the funny little man comes to claim his part of the bargain. Missy begs him to let her keep her baby, and he makes one more proposition—if she can discover his name within three days, she may keep the little child. The scene in which Missy and her family discover that his name is Rumpelstiltskin is one of the funniest your stage will ever have the delight of portraying.
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