Engage creative thinking skills and spark the imagination with the use a new twist on a familiar story in this idea for a classroom theater production!
Grade Level: 3-6
Story Preview: Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters announce the release of their tell-all book about her childhood!
Roles: Narrator, Attorney, Stepmother, Stepsister 1, Stepsister 2, Reporters 1-5
Setting: Once upon a time in a conference room.
Theme: Fairy Tales
Props: (Optional) a long table with three chairs behind it, a cone-shaped hat with flowing ribbons or streamers for stepmother, a hooded jacket or cape for Reporter # 5
Invite students, writing from Cinderella's point of view, to rebut the stepmother and stepsisters' charges. Arrange students in small groups and have each read a different version of the story of Cinderella, paying close attention to how the story supports, or fails to support, the stepmother and stepsisters' charges. When they're done reading, bring students back together and ask them to present their findings to the group. A spokesperson from each group might "appear" as a witness for the plaintiff or the defense!
The following resources contain plays also based on the character of Cinderella.
Click here for a printable script.
Article by Cara Bafile
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