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RAPUNZEL! RAPUZEL! A VERY HAIRY FAIRY TALE Synopsis
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After the Overture, we meet Socrates - an enchanted but tired, old, be-spectacledand dragon who introduces each character and describes what is about to happen in A Very Hairy Fairy Tale.
From the tower, Rapunzel sings about her dreams as she imagines a life “beyond the forest tree” Oh I Wish!
Rapunzel’s Aunt, the evil Lady Za Za, is having her hair done by Edgar - the greatest hair stylist in the kingdom.
She laments that "Oh my poor neice Rapunzel has been missing for so long" and if she does not return to the kingdom by her 18th birthday (which is also the next day) "I must - reluctantly - be crowned Queen."
In fact, it was Za Za who imprisoned Rapunzel in the tower and deceived her into thinking it is only for her safekeeping. Za Za tells Edgar of the hardships of ruling the kingdom saying It’s All About Me.
Edgar’s best friend Sir Roderick arrives and reveals to Edgar that he is in need of a quest but can think of none worthy of his great skills. Edgar reveals that he also has a quest "to find the perfect head of hair.”
Sir Roderick tells Edgar that they must go on the quest together- for attached to the perfect head of hair must, in fact, be the perfect princess. They are off! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale Reprise.
Despite her captivity, the ever optimistic Rapunzel is thankful her “Nice” Aunt Za Za is protecting her What A Very Lovely Day
But Socrates the Dragon – who is also Rapunzel’s tutor - was enchanted by Za Za to keep both her at the tower and intruders away. He laments his own captivity while Za Za plots and schemes her coronation the next day as Queen – What a Very Lovely Day Reprise.
[In the EXPANDED CAST version of the script, the townspeople warn Edgar and Roderick not to enter the “deep, dark, dank, dismal, and dreary forest” There's a Forest.]
In the forest, Edgar and Sir Roserick encounter an eccentric and slightly neurotic old Gypsy Woman who tells them that years ago her "magical and powerful jewel was stolen by a woman with too much eye makeup and very large hair” - Song of the Gypsy Woman.
The two agree to help her find her magical jewel - and in return she guides them to a tower “where I can hear beautiful singing – but beware the dragon who guards it!”
During a tutoring session at the tower, Rapunzel tells Socrates that “all those other princesses have lovely names – not me!" And that Nothing Rhymes with Rapunzel!
Narrowly avoiding a confrontation with Lady Za Za and Socrates, Edgar and Roderick prepare to scale the tower as Roderick teases Rapunzel with a melody What a Very Lovely Day Snippets.
Rapunzel is, at first, alarmed at the two intruders. But they tell her of the evil plan of Lady Za Za - that her birthday is tomorrow - and that she needs to get to the Kingdom to be declared Queen. Edgar and Sir Roderick hatch a plan and Roderick vows to stop Za Za. Edgar – overjoyed to have found the perfect head of hair - asks Rapunzel What Would You Do with All This Hair?
Smitten with love, Sir Roderick sighs and sings Everything Rhymes with Rapunzel.
After a confrontation and Battle with Socrates, Sir Roderick makes his way through the forest and back to find Lady Za Za about to be crowned Queen – It’s All About Me Reprise.
Joined by Edgar and the Gypsy Woman, the three disrupt the proceedings and a discredited and enraged Za Za vows to take her revenge on Rapunzel. All engage in a comic and frenzied Chase.
Back at the tower, Lady Za Za shouts “Rapunzel, Rapunzel – let down your hair.” But when she climbs up, she is surprised to find the hair is not attached to Rapunzel and Socrates waiting for her. He breathes fire and singes her big hair and traps Za Za in the tower with no way to escape.
When the other’s arrive and the Gypsy Woman has her magical jewel restored, she casts a spell which restores the kingdom to normal.
Newly coifed with a cute and shorter stylish hairstyle, Rapunzel is surprised to find her parents returned to the kingdom – no longer under the spell of Za Za. They tell Rapunzel they wish for her to be Queen and rule the kingdom while they retire to a warmer climate.
Sir Roderick asks the King for permission to ask Rapunzel out on a date – he replies “only if she wishes.” Which she does.
For his outstanding service, the King dubs Edgar a Knight, promotes Socrates to Prime Minister, and gives the Gypsy Woman free reign of the palace kitchen.
Za Za is forever banished to the tower as it all ends “happily ever after!” A Very Hairy Fairy Tale Finale.
And the real script is ever so much more fun, twisty, hilarious and musical! So call and we'll send you one!
Hold on to your hair and prepare for a brand new magical musical re-telling of the classic fairy tale!
On the edge of glory, the evil Lady Za Za determines to rule the kingdom by keeping the beautiful Princess Rapunzel - with the long, long, long hair - trapped in a tower in the deep, dark, dank, dismal, dreary forest.
It’ll be up to Sir Roderick and his haird stylist friend Edgar (who is on a quest to find the perfect head of hair) to rescue Princess Rapunzel and restore the kingdom - with the help of a slightly neurotic Gypsy Woman -isn't there one in every fairy tale? and a tired, yet witty, old dragon named Socrates - who has lost his poof!
In this hilarious fairy tale adventure, Princess Rapunzel may indeed find a way to escape the tower and take her rightful place as the ruler of the kingdom - she will surely find a way into your heart!
Fun for the whole family with a score that ranges in style from pop to country!
RAPUNZEL! RAPUNZEL! comes in two convenient sizes:
The ORIGINAL 8 CAST SIZE VERSION
An EXPANDED CAST VERSION which features additional minor roles and ensemble songs - especially crafted for large casts or for youth casts
Both above versions have a RUNNING TIME of approximately 60 MINUTES - with the option of playing it with or without an intermission
We also offer a 6 PERSON TOURING VERSION
PERUSAL SCRIPTS are available upon request. RAPUNZEL! has beautifully orchestrated MUSIC ACCOMPANIMENT PERFORMANCE TRACKS - and aPIANO-VOCAL SCORE is available for rehearsal and / or live performances.
Licensing for RAPUNZEL! RAPUNZEL! A VERY HAIRY FAIRY TALE is through Mark and Janet at VOGT FRIEDMAN MUSIC LLC Contact them by phone at 513-310-8149 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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March 23 - 31, 2012
Children's Theatre of Cincinnati
September 7 - 16, 2012
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January 8 - February 3, 2013
Story Book Theatre
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February 4 - 17, 2013
February 8 - 24, 2013
Casa Mañana Theatre
Ft. Worth, TX
February 9 - March 2, 2013
February 18 - March 8, 2013
SCERA Center for the Arts
March 1- 17, 2013
The Town Hall Theatre
March 5 - 7, 2013
Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts
April 19 - 28, 2013
South Carolina Children's Theatre
April 26 - May 5, 2013
Las Vegas, NV
June 25 – August 4, 2013
Lilly Theatre at the Children's Museum
August 3 - 11, 2013
San Diego Junior Theatre
San Diego, CA
September 5 - 8, 2013
Columbus State University
Sept 10 – Dec 3, 2013
Columbus State University
November 2 - 10, 2013
Rochester Children's Theatre
The Brad Simon Organization
RAPUNZEL! ON TOUR IN 2014
July 25 - Aug 3, 2014
Topeka Civic Theatre
The SOUNDTRACK to RAPUNZEL! RAPUNZEL! A VERY HAIRY FAIRY TALE is available on I TUNES, AMAZON, SPOTIFY, AND MANY OTHER ONLINE SITES!