Stage Play Versions of Lesser-Known Grimm's Fairy Tales
Why Less Grimm?
A very old volume of Grimm's Fairy Tales that appears to have been published some time around 1900 inspired the writing of these lesser- known tales as play scripts. In reading through the book, I was reminded how truly grim and violent the original versions seemed to be. While it is possible to portray gruesome actions on stage without the actual shedding of blood, the violence is not necessary for the principal storyline to be maintained.
The Tales Less Grimm stage plays are intended to be more humorous, entertaining and less grim versions of the originals. As is fitting with the constant theme of the number three in Fairy Tales, each volume is a made up of a trio of plays.
Volume 1 carries forward the all-important theme with three tales, each with three in the title.
The Three Feathers - three brothers must meet the challenges presented by their father (the king) in order to determine which of them would be most worthy of inheriting the throne
The Three Heirs - three siblings must meet the challenge of taking the simplest of inheritance from their poor father and turning each seemingly insignificant item into something valuable enough to earn each a fortune
The Three Golden Hairs - three golden hairs are the final challenge for the young man given the task of retrieving them in order to keep the hand of his young bride and take the throne from the undeserving king
Each Script includes suggestions for staging, character, costume and scenery/prop lists to help with organizing and presenting the play.