Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair...
Once Upon a Tower
The Untold Story of Rapunzel and her Twelve-Story Prison
Full-length comedy by Eddie McPherson
Cast: 6 m, 7 w, 10 flexible, doubling possible
Not many folks know the TRUE story of how the beautiful, golden-haired Rapunzel ended up alone, locked in a tower …until now! Tacky sets, melodramatic lines, and tons of humor make this version of the beloved fairy tale one you’ll never forget! Read more.
By Noah Smith
Cast: 2 m, 3 w, 2 flexible
There's more to Rapunzel than just her long, long, hair! Locked in a high tower as a baby, she grew up, raised by Gothel, the witch, and her parents who talked to her from the ground. Rapunzel's father, fancying himself a scholar, taught her how all the planets revolve around a flat earth, and her mother, who thought herself wise in the ways of the world, taught Rapunzel never to have an opinion of her own. One day a goofy prince rides in on stick horse and vows to free her. But here's where the traditional story changes. Our heroine frees herself and learns how to survive on her own by becoming a hairdresser and getting her own apartment. She returns to tell them all that she will make her own decisions now. And as for a "happily ever after," let's just say perhaps the ending is more of a beginning! About 40 minutes.
One Act by Edith Weiss
Cast: 2 m, 4 or 5 w
Prince Charming Smile meets Steve, an itinerant narrator, and after a furious sword fight they become friends. Prince Charming Smile tells Steve that he is the only Prince Charming without a lady fair, and he is on the quest for one. When he meets Rapunzel, “imprisoned” by the wicked witch Imaboil and the New Age witch Esmepus, he falls deeply into shallow love. He decides to rescue her and win her as his wife. But the rather vapid Rapunzel doesn’t want the Prince, so Steve conjures up a sleeping Snow White for him and a happy ending for all the characters. Two optional songs. About 40 minutes.
This children's show has turned two 'standard' fairy tales into a fresh, unique and artful blend. This two-story format delights until the final curtain!
Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin
By Stacey Lane
Cast: 2 m, 2 w, 1 flexible
Two fairy tale classics collide in this fast-paced comedy for all ages. Dame Gothel prepares for a ball with the assistance of her magical minions, Rumpelstiltskin and Hob. Her young daughter Rapunzel ruins the festivities when she cuts her own hair. Dame Gothel banishes her to the tower until her hair looks normal again. Hob, after some awkward failures, places a spell on Rapunzel to make her hair grow faster. Her hair keeps growing, but her social-climbing mother keeps finding ridiculous reasons to keep her locked up. Freedom seems out of reach, especially when a spell turns every pair of scissors into lizards! When the King issues a proclamation that whoever can create gold can marry his son, Rumpelstiltskin uses a spinning wheel to turn Rapunzel’s hair into the precious metal. But his help comes at a high price. A charade scene with the Prince himself adds tons of laughter—until he’s turned into a lump of silver! Will she and Hob ever be able to figure out Rumpelstiltskin’s name to save the Prince and their future happiness together?
Musical by Mary Ryzuk and Regan Ryzuk
Cast: 3 m, 3 w, 2-6 flexible
This musical version of "Rapunzel" is abundant with rich humor. When the old Witch catches the farmer stealing from her tantalizing garden, she allows him to escape her wrath only when he promises to give her his firstborn child. Thinking his wife is barren, he agrees. But soon after, Rapunzel is born and the Witch imprisons the child in a tower to protect her. She grows into a beautiful young woman. When a handsome prince, who is followed everywhere by his "loyal entourage," woos Rapunzel, the Witch is devastated and throws a wild tantrum...until she is saved by a Warlock who promises they can have their own child. The luminous music and lyrics are beautifully accessible to children yet sophisticated enough to charm the most discerning adult palate. From the joyous opening, "What's a Fairy Tale?" to the amusing "Prince of a Guy" and "Let Down Your Hair," this musical shines to the happy ending, even for the Witch!