National Youth Theater is very excited to present the musical Grimm Fairy Tales. The story follows Red, a young girl that doesn’t quite fit in in the real world. After all, she’s not like everyone else—especially the other girls in town. She loves to sketch, loves books, dresses a bit odd, and sees adventure and fantasy in the most mundane happenings around the town square. After two mean girls confront her (and a young, handsome boy comes to her rescue), Red ducks into a shop to avoid having to talk to the boy.

There she meets two old men, who are the curators of some pretty amazing trinkets littered around the rickety old shop: a glass slipper, a shiny red apple, a spindle, and other fantastical odds and ends. Curious Red accidentally pricks her finger on the spindle and falls into a deep sleep…only to wake up in the magical land of Happily Ever After.

In Happily Ever After, the town is populated with characters from the Grimm Fairy Tales—numerous Prince Charmings, dwarves, the Frog Prince, and many princesses, including Snow White, Cinderella, and Rapunzel, to name a few. The town of Happily Ever After has a shrine for the Grimms built in the center of town, which display the magic inkwell, pen, and scroll with which the Grimms write and create their stories. Upon Red’s surprise arrival, the whole town is so enraptured with having a “new addition” that no one sees Rumplestiltskin creep in and steal the magic objects from right under their noses.

Rumplestiltskin, along with three witches—The Queen, from Snow White’s story, Carabosse, from Rapunzel’s story, and Lady Damara, the evil step-mother from Cinderella’s story— begin wreaking havoc on the town by rewriting everyone’s “happily ever after.” Rapunzel is now tone deaf, a brave Prince Charming is terrified of his own shadow, Snow White hates dwarves, and they’ve stripped the Fairy Godmother of her magic, stopping Cinderella from attending the ball.

Red, now in the middle of the town and the middle of a fine mess, begins a journey to try to set things right. With The Frog Prince, Egan the 8th Dwarf, a magic-less Fairy Godmother, and a confused Prince Charming, she weaves her way through numerous Grimm tales, such as Hansel and Gretel; she meets the famed (and surprisingly young) Grimm brothers, she dances at the Prince’s ball, and dons a brightly colored cloak while standing up to a big, bad, wolf. At Grimm’s climax, Red challenges Rumplestiltskin to a battle of wits, and eventually faces the witches in a winner-take-all confrontation with the very existence of Happily Ever After hanging in the balance.

Through it all, Red finds acceptance, her true love, and her very own “happily ever after”…though it’s not where she thought it’d ever be.



Red: She’s the main lead that the musical revolves around, and this is the story of her grand adventure. Teen female, mezzo-soprano, lead soloist.

The Frog Prince: The Frog Prince is Red’s confidant. He’s also her love interest, though their relationship doesn’t start out that way. He is loyal, the kind of friend everyone would want on his or her side. Teen male, charismatic, tenor, lead soloist.

Rumplestiltskin: He steals the magic objects (that can change everyone’s story) for the witches, but wants to change his story as well. This role has a lot of stage time, and several fast, Russian-influenced patter songs with lots of words. Teen male, tenor/baritone, character actor a must.

Lady Damara: Cinderella’s step-mother, and one of the three main witches. Teen female, character actor/singer a must.

The Queen: Snow White’s witch-queen, once beautiful but now wretched and wrecked because of the fair, beautiful Snow White. Teen female, character actor/singer a must.

Carabosse: Rapunzel’s witch/guardian/keeper, and one of the three main witches. Teen female, character actor/singer a must.

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm: The elderly brothers that own a shop filled with trinkets from fairy tales. Non-singing roles, but they need to act as “old men.”

Prince Charming (Snow White’s Prince): Completely and totally over the top. He verges on ridiculous. He is almost a caricature of a real person, princely in every respect. Teen male, baritone/tenor, comedic timing a must.

Snow White: This Snow White is fed up, annoyed and ready to throw a dwarf out a window. Her story has been tampered with so she despises her situation. Still, there is a comedic side to her. Teen female, alto/mezzo, comedic timing a must.

The Dwarfs – Stuffy, Grouchy, Snarky, Barky, Lumpy, Fluffernutter, and Mime: These are fun, irreverent, gross, inappropriate little men (can be played by girls) who drive Snow
White insane with their disgusting habits. Any age, but must be able to sing well.

The 8th Dwarf: A dwarf that is always left out of the Snow White story, and for good reason; he has a bad habit of always rushing into harm’s way… or in the way of an oncoming carriage.
Pre-teen and up, non solo-singing role, other than ensemble.

The Fairy Godmother: The fairy godmother is young and beautiful, someone who wants order, and who strives for excellence. Pre-teen/teen female, mezzo soprano.

Cinderella: She is kind, speaks to the animals, and is a bit wistful about the prince and romance in general. She is humble and knows her place. The one hang up about her is that she is a terrible dancer—like, REALLY bad. Teen female, mezzo-soprano.

Cinderella’s Prince Charming: A good-looking, charismatic prince that needs to be able to dance. This is a non-singing role (other than ensemble), but he has a comical scene with Cinderella when the ball is rewritten.

The Wolf: A blues-lovin’, beatnik, big, bad wolf with a deep, dark secret. He is one very smooth puppy and his life’s ambition is to stay away from the huntsman who wants to chop him into bits. Teen male, tenor/baritone, big voice.

Rapunzel: A beautiful, stir-crazy princess who has been locked in a tower for most of her life. Her story’s been changed, and she been rendered completely tone-deaf. She sings a powerful ballad, but completely off key. Pre-teen – up female, soprano, must be able to sing in order to purposefully sing off-key.

The Cowardly Prince (Sleeping Beauty’s prince): Normally a brave prince, his story has been changed so he’s scared of everything, including small, furry, woodland creatures. Teen male, tenor/baritone.

Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty): She’s in love with “love,” and everything to do with it. Once she’s awakened by the Prince, she looks for every opportunity to be googly-eyed with him. A non-singing role (other than ensemble).

Hansel & Gretel: Two, sugar-crazed kids who are found eating pieces of the gingerbread house. A very brief speaking role, but they appear in other group singing ensembles. Any age.

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Wolf’s Babes: Back-up singers and dancers to The Wolf; must be able to move well. Lead dance ensemble, preteen and up.

Sprites/Fairies: They dance and sing with The Fairy Godmother, with her beautiful song in a forest clearing.

Grimm Family Chorus: Jacob and Wilhelm’s family, seen in a flashback to when the boys were kids growing up. Can be any age, for they had numerous brothers and sisters.

Woodland Creatures: They dance with Cinderella, help capture one of the witches, and scare the Cowardly Prince. They also appear several times throughout the show.

Townspeople: The main ensemble group. This group is seen in the opener, in the town of Happily Ever After, at the opening of Act II, at the battle of wits, and in the close of the show.

Witch’s Villains Group: Wherever the witches appear, this group is nearby. They appear in the Wolf’s Den, sing with the witches, and appear at the Battle of Wits between Red and