Robin Redbreast

Robin Redbreast
Birds can represent the fluttering, darting thoughts of intuition. This is why little birds helped Cinderella help herself.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Cinderella #22 Curtain Up! A Photocopiable Play

artwork by Maile Ware

Once upon a time in London, "during 14 hair raising years teaching primary school", Kaye Umansky produced the play of Cinderella with children many times. Here are notes from the version she created for children and teachers everywhere to enjoy!  All material is copyrighted by Kaye Umansky, yet is free for educational purposes if no money is collected.

See notes below for further info. 
 Characters in Order of Appearance:
The Mice: Main Mouse, Swkeek, Tiptoe, Longtail, Wetnose, Snitch, and as many more as you wish!
Grabber the Cat
art by Crossland, C. 
Mean Sisters: Semolina and Ravioli
Buttons the Butler
Gary the Guard
Prince Charming
Old Woman/Fairy Godmother
Baron Hardup
Courtiers and Guests
List of Scenes and their locations:
Prologue: Mouse Talk
Act 1
scene 1- Poor Cinderella/ the kitchen
2-Rotten Relations/ the bedroom
3-Chance Meetings/ the wood
4-Great News!/ the kitchen
Act 2
scene 1- The Transformation/ the kitchen
2-Having a Ball!/ the Palace Ballroom
3- The Shoe Fits/ the kitchen
4-Happy Ever After/ front of stage area
Play length: approx. 45 minutes

Montessori Notes: Many Montessori schools frown on fairy tales, and this is a loss. I did not have the chance to put on  a Cinderella play, but during the 2009/2010 school year, my class wrote and performed a version of the Artemis myth. It was a huge success! The stag painting above is part of the scenery.