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Large Cast School Play for Kids to Perform

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Running Time: About 40-45 minutes
Flexible Cast of 24: 5 Male, 9 Female, All others M/F

Easily adapted for larger or smaller cast.

Athol-Royalston School Theatre, WA

BLUE (M/F, 9 lines)
GREEN (M/F, 7 lines)
ORANGE (M/F, 8 lines)
PURPLE (M/F, 9 lines)
RED (M/F, 8 lines)
YELLOW (M/F, 8 lines)

NIBBLES (M/F, 7 lines)
SQUEAKY (F/M, 9 lines)
SWEETIE-PIE (F, 9 lines)
CHEESE-HEAD (M/F, 9 lines)
NOSY (M/F, 10 lines)
SAM (M, 12 lines)

CINDERELLA: (F, Total of 37 lines)
CINDERELLA #1 (F,  9 lines)
CINDERELLA #2 (F,  7 lines)
CINDERELLA #3 (F, 11 lines)
CINDERELLA #4 (F,  8 lines)

GRETA SNAGGLE-BONES (Stepmother): (F, Total of 26 lines)
SNAGGLE-BONES #1 (F. 16 lines)
SNAGGLE-BONES #2 (F, 10 lines)

LULU-LOLLY (F, 11 lines)
BELLA-BOMB (F, 9 lines)

KING GRUMBLE-KNEES (King) (M, 9 lines)

SNITWICK (King's Assistant) (M, 15 lines)


MISTER SEZ-SO (Announcer) (M, 8 lines)

MISS HOOTY-TOOT (F, 7 lines)
MISS PEEPER  (F, 4 lines)
MISS FUSS-POT (F, 5 lines)


Everyone Has a Role in Cinderella!
Cinderella Large Cast Script
North Texas Performing Arts, Plano - Athol-Royalston School Theatre WA

"Thanks for your encouragement! Our performance went great! The children painted the sets, helped with the costumes and really did a super job. Your script was great. I think our "Greta Snagglebones" will be famous one day!

Katie McAllister, Central Elementary


Written especially for young people to perform.
While you may find large cast plays from other publishers, most of those were originally written for adults or professional actors to perform. They often contain difficult dialogue, unfamiliar or complex language, and speeches too long for young children to memorize. They may even contain jokes, innuendos and subject matter that may not be appropriate for children.

Easy to understand and memorize.
Dialogue is simple, fresh, quick and humorous, keeping the action flowing without stops and starts between scenes. This keeps young people and young audiences engaged throughout the performance - no awkward pauses, no dead-time, no wiggles!

Everyone participates!
All children are involved throughout the performance. This builds confidence, promotes team spirit and eliminates rehearsal rowdiness. The audience is often asked to join in the fun, and action often spills into the aisles! All of our SCHOOL PLAYS give suggestions on how to divide up large parts (such as Snow White or Cinderella) among several performers so that no one child is the "star".

Familiar stories with upbeat endings.
The story line stays as close as possible to the familiar story the kids already know.  While some authors feel the need to "improve" the story, our SCHOOL PLAYS stay as close to the familiar narrative as possible, making it easier for children - and your audience - to understand.

Feel free to edit!  Go ahead and tape it!
Most publishers insist that no changes may be made to their scripts.  We know that your goal is to engage every child in the most meaningful way and that your needs are unique.  Cut, eliminate, re-assign lines, or add as much as you like!  Also, there are no restrictions on video tapes.  Parents want a tape or DVD to remember their child's big moment.   Go ahead and tape away!

"No one child is the star."
Cinderella play for kids Mice!
ArtReach's Alice in Wonderland - Actors Studio, Hemphill TX


In the past few years we've seen a tremendous increase of confidence in the teachers we hear from.  Most are finding it easier to let the process flow and worry less about the final product.  I firmly believe that the experience will be best for all when you keep a few things in mind:

Free yourself from worry about whether or not it's "good".  No one is paying big ticket prices; no one expects a Broadway success.  The key to making this project meaningful is to put the emphasis on process; realize that rehearsal and practice are as much a part of the experience as the actual performance.  Encourage fun and you will free the children from embarrassment and stress.  If the kids can't learn the lines let them carry a script or use their own words to convey the character's message.  If they seem to wander the stage, let them explore where they want to go - they might surprise you with a wonderful idea.  In every aspect of the process give them the wings to create and think.  Give them a comfortable, supportive place to go and their confidence and self-expression will soar!

Above all else, make sure you are having fun.  If you've never directed a play before, don't worry.  It's all just pretend -- you can't do it wrong!  The quality of your experience is every bit as important as that of the children.  You need the joy of self-expression too, that doesn't go away when we grow up.  So give yourself a break.  And when all else fails, laugh!

Thank you so much for choosing Cinderella.  I hope you and your young friends have as much fun performing this play as I did writing it.


"Give them the wings to create and think."
Mie and Cinderella in children's play
Shawnee Playhouse, Shawnee on Hudson PA - Let Your Light Shine Youth Theatre, Columbia MO 

Cues, sound effects, background music (traditional-classical)

The CD Soundtrack contains special sound effects and background music (public domain traditional-classical) that may be used to greatly enhance the performance. It does not contain music and songs from the popular animated film, movie or stage musical, nor does it contain music for the performers to sing along with. Cues have 10 seconds of silence at the end - times shown below include silence.
[ Click on [sample] to hear a short sample of the indicated cues ]

1. FANFARE 1, MICE  (0:41) [sample]

 2. FANFARE 2  (0:15)

 3. STROLLING THROUGH THE PARK  (0:48) [sample]

 4. SAD MUSIC  (0:29)

 5. SAD, MAGIC WAND, CHIMES  (1:05) [sample]

 6. MAGIC WAND  (0:18)

 7. MAGIC WAND, CHIMES  (0:44)

 8. MAGIC SOUND, WALTZ, FANFARE  (0:32) [sample]

 9. MAGICAL WALTZ, CLOCK CHIMES  (0:57) [sample]

 10. SHOE MAGIC  (0:23)

 11. MAGICAL WALTZ FINALE  (1:07) [sample]

Note: Some teachers choose familiar songs, obtain sheet music and insert these songs into the play.  We recognize that each school has a wide variety of educational needs to fulfill and we invite you to be creative in your use of our scripts; including changes or additions that are appropriate for your students. As author/publisher of our own creative works, we do ask that you obtain proper copyright permission for any additions you might make - that responsibility is up to you.

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The story is just as you remember it... Here is Cinderella's moment of triumph.
(Script pages 26-27)

Prince looks for owner of slipper in Cinderella Cinderella Play for Kids sample Sister try glass slipper in Cinderella
Pittsboro Youth Theatre, Pittsboro NC

CINDERELLA:  It’s such a lovely day!  Just smell that spring air!  I was hoping we might all go for a walk but...

(GRETA SNAGGLE-BONES calls from where she is sitting.  She waves a bell, calling for her tea.  She goes upstage to get her hat, then marches in.)


SAM:  Here she comes, the stepmother, Greta Snaggle-Bones.

            (SNAGGLE-BONES enters.)

SNAGGLE-BONES:  There you are, Cinderella!  You lazy girl!

NOSY:  And here come the step-daughters...

SQUEAKY:  Lulu-Lolly...

(LULU-LOLLY enters, putting on her silly hat.  A silly sound, like jingle bells, from the CHORUS.)

SWEETIE-PIE:  And Bella-Bomb.

(BELLA-BOMB stumbles in, falling down.  Down-sliding sound such as slide whistle or kazoo* from the CHORUS as she falls.  She struggles up.)   

BELLA-BOMB:  Did you see that, mother?  She tripped me!

CINDERELLA:  No I didn’t!  I would never do that!

LULU-LOLLY:  You did so, I saw you. 

CINDERELLA:  But it’s not true.

SNAGGLE-BONES:  Well, how can anybody think around here without any tea???

CINDERELLA:  But I served you tea just ten minutes ago...

SNAGGLE-BONES:  And I drank it all!  I need a new cup!

CINDERELLA:  I beg your pardon, stepmother.  I’ll go and get another now.

BELLA-BOMB:  And don’t forget my silk blouse needs to be ironed!

LULU-LOLLY:  And my leather pumps need to be polished!

SNAGGLE-BONES:  And don’t lolly-gag, Cinderella.  You need to earn your keep around here, you know.

CINDERELLA:  Yes, stepmother.

(CINDERELLA exits.  MICE sadly watch her go.


CHEESE-HEAD:  Poor Cinderelly.                     

SQUEAKY:  She has too many things to do.  How can she ever get them all done?

SAM:  We better go help her.

(MICE agree and scurry off.  SNAGGLE-BONES puts a book on each of her daughters’ heads.)

SNAGGLE-BONES:  Posture, girls!  Posture!  You’ll never catch a man by slouching around the way you do!

(SNAGGLE-BONES leads the way.  LULU-LOLLY and BELLA-BOMB stumble after her, trying to stand straight, scrambling to pick up their books as they fall from their heads.  They exit.  CHORUS may stand or sit for the following lines.  KING GRUMBLE-KNEES and SNITWICK get their costumes from the stand and begin to enter.)

RED:  Meanwhile, up at the castle...

ORANGE:  King Grumble-Knees had a problem...

(SOUND CUE #2:  Fanfare. KING GRUMBLE-KNEES enters, barging in.  SNITWICK follows, bumbling behind him.)

KING GRUMBLE-KNEES:  I won’t have it I say!  It’s high time the boy is married!

SNITWICK:  But your highness, we’ve introduced the Prince to hundreds of beautiful ladies.  Not one of them seems to measure up&ldots;

KING GRUMBLE-KNEES:  Cockle bells and horse patoots!  There must be someone. I need grandchildren, Snitwick!  The kingdom needs an heir!  And also&ldots;

SNITWICK:  And also sir?

KING GRUMBLE-KNEES:  (Whimpers.)  I’m lonely.  I need the pitter-patter of little feet.  A little wookie-snookie grandson to tuck in at night...

(KING GRUMBLE-KNEES weeps on SNITWICK’s shoulder.)

SNITWICK:  There, there, sir.  I’m sure the ball this evening will lift your spirits.

            (KING GRUMBLE-KNEES suddenly recovers.)



KING GRUMBLE-KNEES:  Of course!  Why didn’t I think of this before?   I want every maiden in the kingdom here tonight in my castle.

SNITWICK:  Sir, that’s a lot of ladies.

KING GRUMBLE-KNEES:  Every single one, I tell you!   Round ‘em up!  Cart em in!  That goggle-brained kid of mine is bound to fall in love with one of  ‘em!

SNITWICK:  But sir...

KING GRUMBLE-KNEES:  My mind’s made up!

Note: This is a sample from the actual script.  To review the entire play, order the PERUSAL SCRIPT (online instant download). Or to save 20% on the full production kit and royalty for one performance, order the SCHOOL PLAY PACKAGE (below) and start rehearsals today!

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