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Rumpelstiltzkin (Robbins)

Norman Robbins

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Full Length Play, Pantomime

3m, 2f, 8m or f

ISBN: 9780573064593

In this adaptation of the Grimms' story, children are discovered playing "Ladder words', changing one world to another, a letter at a time, retaining an actual word during each change. Grettle says she can change "flax' into "gold'. Unfortunately, the King, whose gold has been mysteriously disappear…

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Description

Full Length Play

Pantomime

Christmas/Holiday, Fables/Folktales

120 minutes (2 hours)

Settings Of Play -

Multiple sets as simple or elaborate as finances allow

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Opportunity for Spectacle

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget

In this adaptation of the Grimms' story, children are discovered playing "Ladder words', changing one world to another, a letter at a time, retaining an actual word during each change. Grettle says she can change "flax' into "gold'. Unfortunately, the King, whose gold has been mysteriously disappearing, hears this and mistakes it for an actual boast. He orders Grettle to work the change, or she will lose her head, despite the Prince's protests who's in love with her. She's shut in the Tower to perform her task, and Rumpelstiltzkin, the gnome, offers to help her-- at a price. The play then follows the gnome's defeat by the guessing of his secret name and, despite other complications from the wicked Baron and his henchmen, all ends happily.

First productions in 1979

To date nearly 300 productions worldwide

Characters

CASTING

3m, 2f, 8m or f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Flexible casting

CASTING NOTES

Mother Hubbard (Dame) preferably played by a man - not a female impersonator

Prince preferably played by a woman (Principal boy character)

The Herald and Footman may be doubled up if desired.

Chorus of guards, villagers, courtiers can be any number, age, or gender

KING MARMADUKE (M)

PRINCE (F or M)

ALAN (F or M)

ROSAMUND (F)

MOTHER HUBBARD (M or F)

GRETTLE (F)

SAMMY (M or F)

BARON (M)

SMASH & GRAB (M or F)

RUMPELSTILTZKIN (M)

HERALD (M or F)

FOOTMAN (M or F)

Author
Norman Robbins

Norman Robbins

Norman, one of Amateur Theatre's most popular authors wrote his first stage show almost 60 years ago whilst working for the Yorkshire Evening Post. An avid theatre-goer from the age of 3, (his Grand-parents ran the pub near the local theatre so free tickets were always available) he was equally fascinated by Operettas, Musical Comedies, Oratorios, Plays and Pantomimes. A keen amateur actor and ... view full profile

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