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Northcott, D. M. (American playwright, director, actor, 1960-____), “Rumplestiltskin,”

a 45-minute children’s theatre musical fairy tale in English, set outside Rosalind and Albert’s home, a cell in the castle, the forest, and a garden of the palace,


  © 2001 by D. M. Northcott;  •  in D. M. Northcott’s Rumplestiltskin (St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.: Author, ____);  •  script/rights available from D. M. Northcott, St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri  63110, U.S.A., e-mail dnorthct@slsc.org, telephone (home) 314-361-6703, work 314-533-8887.  •  Cited by D. M. Northcott via ftp May 7, 2002; Northcott says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Albert (m), Rosalind’s brother, the narrator; The Prime Minister (m), aide to Prince Dennis; Rumplestiltskin (m), sarcastic, bad-tempered troll with a talent for spinning straw into gold; Rosalind, a beautiful but vain girl, who tends to stretch the truth.

  §  Synopsis “Rosalind is the most beautiful girl in the kingdom. Unfortunately, she knows it, and relies on her looks to carry her through life. Her brother, Albert, warns her that this will get her into trouble, but she doesn't listen. One day, while boasting about her ability to spin straw into gold, she is overheard by the Prime Minister.  He sees a great opportunity to score points with the Prince, and tricks Rosalind into coming to the palace—with her spinning wheel. Once there, Rosalind is horrified to learn that she must spin straw into gold, or she’ll never be released. Sobbing in her cell, she’s given up hope when a strange man appears. He offers to spin the straw for her for a price. Gratefully, she offers her jewelry, but with each visit, his price gets higher, until eventually, Rosalind is forced to promise her firstborn child to the strange man.

  §  Comment “But since this is a fairy tale, it all ends happily ever after.  •  Settings include: outside Rosalind and Albert’s home, a cell in the castle, the forest, and a garden of the palace. •  This was a touring production for the St. Louis Science Center [Missouri, U.S.A.] and ran in rotating rep with another production. Sets, sound system, costumes and props for both productions fit in the back of a van and a small trailer, although the show could certainly be done in a more elaborate staging. There are also many opportunities for audience participation. The show addresses pre-kindergarten through third grades and teaches students about the scientific method; it encourages honesty, as well. Trust me—it’s not so dorky as it sounds.”

  §  Themes audience participation, brother-sister relationship, conceit, fairy tale, family, honesty, music, science.


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