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The Characters – Singing Roles BAKER
A relatively kind man who lives a simple life in his cottage with his wife. In order to cope with insecurities, he tries to control his wife, while in reality relying on her for quite a lot. He and his wife are childless, and this is their only wish: to have a child.
A sweet, young, indecisive maiden who really does not know what she wants. She wants to marry a prince, but at the same time, she cannot see herself with that life. Mourning her dead mother and living under the thumb of an oppressive stepmother and stepsisters, she journeys into the woods to find out who she is.
BAKER’S W IFE
An independent and stubborn woman who wants to share an equal role with her husband in their relationship. She too, wants to have a child, and her persistence in doing whatever is necessary drives the Baker on when he would have given up. While she tries not to do so, she often ends up taking matters into her own hands.
LITTLE RED RIDIN G HO O D
Like Jack, she has a lot to learn in this play. Starting out extremely naïve and trusting of all people, she’s easy to take advantage of. She goes into the woods innocently to see her granny, and comes out of the woods knowing many new things and ready to protect herself against all strangers and potential threats.
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THE W ITCH
A hideous, powerful witch who places a spell on the Baker and Baker’s wife, then demands that they do as she says in order to have the spell reversed. She is selfish and cruel, but longs to be a good mother and to protect Rapunzel from the evils of the world. JACK
The ‘impartial observer’, he simply passes the story along to the audience, offering extra tidbits of commentary every once in a while about the morality of the characters in the story. He enjoys his role, sometimes making jokes, yet is completely confident that his position is absolutely necessary. It comes as quite a shock when later, the characters turn on him…
RAPUN ZEL A poor boy who lives with his mother and his pet cow, Milky White. He is young and at the start not very worldly-‐wise. But as the story unfolds, Jack learns and discovers new things about this world, both through experiences in his own kingdom, and in a kingdom of giants up in the sky.
A maiden locked away in a tower, she longs to see the world and to be a part of it. While she calls the Witch her mother and tries to please her, she eventually decides to make her own decisions.
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The Characters – Singing Roles FLO RIN DA & LUCIN DA
CIN DERELLA’S PRIN CE
Cinderella’s two mean and cruel Stepsisters. They enjoy abusing and ordering Cinderella around and are eventually punished for their actions. They will do whatever it takes to become a member of the Royal Family, even if it means losing a few body parts in the process…
Much the same as his brother, he agonizes over tracking down the mysterious girl at the ball. He simply cannot figure out why in the world she runs away from him. Comparing his pain to his brother’s, he is sure that he is worse off and continues the endless pursuit for happily ever after. Vain and gorgeous, he is a disloyal lover who is always searching for the next new, exciting thing.
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RAPUN ZEL’S PRIN CE
He is a mysterious character who lives in the woods and often pops out unexpectedly. He has a big secret to hide and his own agenda for helping and advising those with whom he speaks.
He is good-‐looking as any prince should be, and wanders about the kingdom looking for a maiden. Seeing Rapunzel in her tower, he is ‘smitten’ with love and agonizes over his inability to reach her. When he finally does, he (like most princes) is only satisfied for a short time.
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JACK’S M O THER
The classic fairy-‐tale villain, his one goal is to fill his belly. He is particularly keen on Little Red, and invents a plot to devour both Granny and Little Red in the same day. He gets his consequences.
A single mother, raising Jack alone, she struggles to keep their small family unit afloat. She is constantly berating Jack for his lack of world sense, but it all comes out of her love for him. She does what she can to help her family survive.
CIN DERELLA’S M O THER
CIN DERELLA’S STEPM O THER
Cinderella’s mean and cruel Stepmother. She shows no affection for Cinderella and instead orders her around like a maid. She is beautiful of face, but vile and black of heart.
As Cinderella comes to visit her grave (a tree), she sings out advice and gives her gifts, hoping that her daughter will get the happily ever after she deserves.
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The Characters – Non-Singing Roles The following characters do not have any solo singing. However, all will be featured in the large group numbers.
THE THREE LITTLE PIG S (Vocal Range: N/A) (Vocal Range: N/A) Three siblings journeying into the woods, in search of a Although this role is written as a male, it new location for their homes. They quickly fall victim to can be played by a female actor the Wolf, but, thanks to the nature of happy fairy tales, survive. They join Little Red’s Granny in taking revenge Servant to Cinderella’s Prince, he is ornery, demanding on all big bad wolves. and cruel. He is also a selfish man and makes no effort THE STEW ARD
to hide it except when sucking up to the Prince. He likes to do things his own way when not being watched.
SN O W W HITE & SLEEPIN G BEAUTY (Vocal Range: N/A) These very sleepy princesses make a small cameo appearance at the end of the play on the arms of their new princes.
G RAN N Y (Vocal Range: N/A) A no-‐nonsense kind of character, and not as sweet as she is ‘supposed’ to be. She is quick to take revenge on the wolf that ate her.
W O O DLAN D FAIRIES (Vocal Range: N/A) Spirits that fly among the trees in the forest. They are responsible for setting the scene and making important interactions with the other characters in the woods. Some are helpful and assist in granting wishes, while others are mischievous and dangerous.
THE G IAN T (Vocal Range: N/A) – Offstage Voice The angry wife of the giant killed by Jack in the first act. She comes down to this kingdom in search of justice and will not stop terrorizing until she has claimed Jack’s life in return. She is a booming voice from offstage.