Here is another delicious mixture of fairyland fantasy and modern social realism as only Herman Ammann could do it. Children love his plays because of the make-believe, and adults love them because of the subtle jabs at human foibles. For those who are young in spirit, Ammann is a master of putting real everyday people with real current problems beneath the fairyland costumes. King Cole is un-merry because he has three daughters of marriageable age—and no prospective sons-in-law to take them off his hands. The king also has the problem of all political leaders: "To never be able to admit you are wrong ... it is a curse." A professional hunter comes to rid the kingdom of a dragon, but the local environmentalist thinks dragons should be protected as an endangered species. There's a well with magic powers and a frog. An Old Hag is troubled with inflation—the price of lizard tongues has gone out of sight! There is humor in the villagers' reactions to all this. The Magic Well can be played by adult actors or by pre-adults of virtually any age. This show is an extremely popular contest play.
- Type of Show One-act Play
- Product Code ML3000
- Cast Size 10
- Min. Royalty Rate $40/perf
- Cost $9.95
- Approx. Run Time 35 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group Elementary School | Middle School | High School | College Theatre | TYA | Touring Group
- Genre Comedy
- ISBN(13) 9780886801229
- "This show was so much fun for the kids because they got to star in a fairytale. Highly recommended it!!"
- Review by Lora Mcfarland, Covington School, Covington, Texas
- "The Magic Well is a comedy for people of all ages. This play leaves a lot of room for flexible director choices and character development. "
- Review by Lorie Harkins, One Act Play, Paradise, Texas
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "The most important thing to remember about this show is that it is silly. I told my cast members that in this show, every character should be competing for "the biggest idiot in the world" award. It was enough to get us third in our district competition. Every character should be trying to showboat in this play."
- Tip by Kelly Rhoads, Liberty Hill Middle School, Killeen, Texas
- "When selecting a play, it is important to select an age appropriate play, so I was pleased that the humor was not to over the top."
- Tip by Tracie Scheffler, Poth Jr High School, Poth, Texas
- "The playwright allows for you to choose the time period in which the play takes place. Choose something fun. "
- Tip by Lorie Harkins, One Act Play, Paradise, Texas