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RAPUNZEL! RAPUNZEL! 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 “sweet” Aunt Za Za is protecting her - but Socrates the Dragon - who is also Rapunzel's tutor - was enchanted by ZA ZA to keep her at the tower and to scare intruders away. Socrates laments his own captivity while ZA ZA plots and schemes her coronation the next day as the permanent Queen of the Kingdom - What a Very Lovely Day. Later, Rapunzel sighs and dreams of being whisked away by "brave, intelligent suitor" - What a Very Lovely Day Reprise.
[Note: in the EXPANDED CAST VERSION, the townspeople warn Sir Roderick and Edgar not to enter the deep, dark, dank, dreary and dismal forest! There's a Forest]
In the forest, the two encounter an eccentric and slightly neurotic Gypsy Woman who asks them to help her find her powerful and magical jewel that was stolen yers ago by a woman "with very large haior and too much eye makeup" - Song of the Gypsey Woman.
The two agree to help the Gypsy Woman find her jewel and in return, she will guide them to the magical tower where she can hear "beautiful singing - but beware the dragon who guards it!" During a history lesson about famous princesses, Rapunzel laments to Socrates that"all of those princesses had lovely and beautiful names - but not me!" because 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 coiffed 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 of the Realm and 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 actual 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 trapped in a tower in the deep, dark, dank, dismal, dreary forest. It’ll be up to brave Sir Roderick and his equally brave hair-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 musical 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! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale” is a colorful and genially zany musical that will delight the kids and charm the parents as well. With an appealing pop-rock score by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, this musical adaptation of the Rapunzel fairy tale is full of lighthearted hilarity, keeping the proceedings broad and frolicsome. Children will enjoy the musical’s gentle merriment. The inside jokes directed at theater and fairy tales, meanwhile, will likely beguile the adults. Winning! A perfect storybook atmosphere.”
PAUL HYDE - Arts Writer, Greenville Online
"Just saw this show yesterday at Casa Manana Theatre. First time I took my daughter to a play or musical and she absolutely adored it. She can't wait to come back to see another. I thoroughly enjoyed it, too! Very good musical for kids - she kept glued to the stage the whole time and laughed and clapped throughout!"
Melanie K. - A Happy Mom
RAPUNZEL! RAPUNZEL! A VERY HAIRY FAIRY TALE comes in two convenient versions:
8 CAST SIZE VERSION
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 about 60 MINUTES - with the option of playing it with or without an intermission
RAPUNZEL! has beautifully orchestrated MUSIC ACCOMPANIMENT PERFORMANCE TRACKS - and a PIANO-VOCAL SCORE is available for rehearsal and/or live performances.
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MAKE A DATE WITH RAPUNZEL at one of these very fine theatres:
March 23 - 31, 2012
The Children's Theatre of CincinnatiCincinnati, Ohio
September 7 - 12, 2012
The Magical Starlight TheatreNaperville, Illinois
January 8 - February 3, 2013
Story Book Theatre
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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
The Rainbow Theatre
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
Rochester, New York
March 11 - April 11, 2014
Wakefield Theatre Company
Raleigh, North Carolina
June 23-27, 2014
Miami Valley Christian Academy
July 25 - Aug 3, 2014
Topeka Civic Theatre
Sept 19 – Oct 26, 2014
The Dallas Children's Theatre
The Brad Simon Organization
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