and The Frog Prince
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and The Frog Prince - A
uniquely comical and romantic adventure that cleverly
blends the two Grimm tales into one story. Two Acts. 5
major characters; 2 women, 3 men, plus 4-6 smaller roles
(which can be divided between 2 of the men) plus extras
as desired. Settings: (I) the forest, (II) a castle room
overlooking and adjoining the royal garden. Costumes:
fantastical fairy tale. Approximate Playing Time: 70-75
"Children and adults alike can let down their hair and enjoy the fun-filled production of 'Rapunzel and the Frog Prince.' The hilarious play doubles the pleasure by combining two tales by the Brothers Grimm. Michele Vacca's adaptation . . . isn't your standard fairy tale.
The actors cast a magical spell over their rambunctious audience by using quips, frantic antics, and audience participation. Young playgoers . . . scream . . . (and giggle) at the cackling (Witch Jones), who turns handsome Prince Beauregard into a frog so he can't marry Princess Rapunzel . . . (Rapunzel) elicits sympathy as the fair princess in distress who's alarmingly level-headed and more forceful than her clumsy affable prince . . . Rapunzel's bird-watching father (King Alexander) . . . is a character worth snickering at. But (Leroy) . . . charms one and all as the frolicsome gnome who constantly sputters gibberish and pauses only a minute to catch his breath between leaps and bounds . . .
And even though it's obvious that Rapunzel and her prince wind up living happily ever after, the journey through fantasy land is a memorable trip . . . " - Wood, Chicago Sun-Times / Chicago Daily News
"Vacca's adaptation of the two fairy tales is unique . . .
'Rapunzel and the Frog Prince' is everything a children's play should be. The kids were on the edge of their seats as the wicked witch . . . imprisoned Rapunzel in the tower; as Leroy . . . the enchanting witch's gnome, jumped in and out of his stump; and as the klutzy Prince Beauregard . . . stumbled his way into Rapunzel's heart . . .
The second act takes place in the king's palace after the prince has been turned into a frog . . . (and Rapunzel has returned home) . . . a series of 'candidates' are presented to Rapunzel in hopes that one will be able to replace her lost Prince Beauregard . . .
But all is not lost, for soon Prince Beauregard, who is now a giant frog, hops on stage and the act quickly finishes with all living happily ever after; that is, except the witch, of course. Witches never get to live happily ever after. But this one is a little more enterprising than most and begins to make a play for Rapunzel's father . . . " - Hoboy, Vidette Messenger, Valparaiso, Indiana
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