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Cinderella's Family Tells All


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

Additional Resources

* Cinderella, Cinderella, Cinderella is a WebQuest for third graders created by Ruthi Roch and Lynn Ryan of the San Diego Unified School District.

*Cinderella Around the World was an online project from 2001 in which students in grades 1-4 read multicultural Cinderella tales and engaged in related activities that were showcased online. Although the project has ended, the site still offers a look at the projects made by the students, a book list, and suggested activities.

Setting: Once upon a time in a conference room.

Theme: Fairy Tales


  • podium: a stand used by a speaker
  • unbearable: awful
  • dcor: decorations
  • deplorable: terrible
  • poised: ready, prepared
  • scheme: plan
  • curfew: time by which a person must return home (or be indoors)
  • cloak: cape or coat

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

Follow-Up Questions:

  • What is the significance of the names of the characters Hyde Pryce Shark, Charity Abounds, Patience, and Harmony?
  • What is unusual about the statements of Stepsister 2 (Harmony)?
  • Compare and contrast the classic story of Cinderella with the stepmother and stepsisters' version.
  • Who is Reporter # 5 of the Royal Record?
  • What does Stepsister 1 mean when she says to her family, "You have them hooked, Mother. Now reel them in, Sis?"
  • Whose story of Cinderella's childhood do you believe?

Follow-Up Activity:
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!

Additional Notes:
The following resources contain plays also based on the character of Cinderella.

  • In Cinderella Outgrows the Glass Slipper and Other Zany Fractured Fairy Tale Plays, by Joan M. Wolf, Cinderella wears to the ball shoes she has made from recycled materials!
  • The book 12 Fabulously Funny Fairy Tale Plays by Justin McCory Martin tells the tale of "Spiderella" and her life with two evil ladybug stepsisters.

Click here for a printable script.


Article by Cara Bafile
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