Ella of Frell is given the ‘”gift” of obedience by Lucinda, her misguided Fairy Godmother, and is forced to do anything people command her. On her adventure to rid herself of the curse, she must outwit ogres, sidestep giants, befriend a prince, survive her step-family, and ultimately find the power to be her true self.
“ELLA ENCHANTED heroically speaks to the value of words…the battle between saying ‘yes’ and ‘no’ wages a magical war…delightful and utterly disarming…A story that gives every child a chance to be heroic every day.” – Broadway World
Winner of the 2018 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical Adaptation, Ella Enchanted was co-commissioned by First Stage Milwaukee and Maryland’s Adventure Theatre MTC, premiering in 2016 under the direction of John Maclay in Milwaukee with a large cast of adult and student performers, and at Adventure Theatre under the direction of Mary Hall Surface with a cast of 7. It has since gone on to enjoy productions around the county, including South Coast Rep, Dobama Theatre, Dallas Children’s Theatre, and Oregon Children’s Theatre.
“Like many young women everywhere, the word ‘no’ is not a part of (Ella’s) vocabulary…another moving and delightful First Stage production that carries a profound message wrapped in a story guaranteed to be a fascination to young audience members as well as those who are older and wiser.” – On Milwaukee
1. All Will Be Well Opening – Mother, Lucinda
2. Obey – All
3. It’s Like Magic – Ella, Char, Bird/Menagerie
4. Finish You Off – Manners Mistress, Ella, Hattie, Olive
5. Obey Reprise – Ella
6. Meat and Great – Ogres, Ella
7. Giant Wedding Dance – All
8. Oppressive Obey – Ella, Olga, Hattie, Olive
9. It’s Like Magic Reprise – Lucinda, Ella
10. Remember Me – Char, Ella
11. I Say No – Ella
12. All Will Be Well Finale – All
Audio demo features the voice talents of Caitlyn Calfas (Hattie), Gina D’Acciaro (Mother/Dame Olga), Justin Figueroa (Char), Arielle Fishman (Olive), Joel Gelman (Sir Peter), Malinda Kathleen Reese (Ella), and Erika Whalen Schindele (Lucinda).
Cast: 5 Women, 2 Men and Optional Ensemble
Ella – Mezzo
Mother/ Dame Olga – Alto
Lucinda / Bird / Manners Mistress – Soprano
Hattie / Ogre 2 – Mezzo
Olive / Ogre 3 – Mezzo
Prince Charmont – Tenor
Sir Peter / Ogre 1 / Squire – Baritone
Music: Traditional Pop Musical Theatre, scored for Piano, Reed 1 (Flute/Clarinet), Reed 2 (Oboe/Bassoon), Violin, Cello, French Horn, Bass, and Drums. Accompaniment tracks available.
Musical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Requirements: Intermediate, with potential for puppetry.
Suggested Audience: All ages
KAREN ZACARIAS (Book & Lyrics) world premiere adult plays include Mariela in the Desert (Repertorio Espanol), How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Round House Theatre), and Legacy Of Light and The Book Club Play (Arena Stage) directed by Molly Smith.
Karen is the winner of the 2006 Francesca Primus Award for her play, Mariela in the Desert (World Premiere at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago). Mariela is also the winner the 2005 TCG/AT&T First Stages Award, the 2004 National Latino Playwrights’ Competition, finalist for the 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn prize. Her play The Book Club Play was part of the O’Neill Playwrights Conference in 2007. Her play, The Sins of Sor Juana won Outstanding New Play at the 2000 Helen Hayes Awards and has been produced throughout the country. Karen is a core member of the Playwrights’ Center.
Her musical plays for young people with composer Deborah Wicks La Puma have enjoyed productions at The Goodman Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, The Coterie, Chicago PlayWorks, Nashville Children’s Theater, The Alliance Theatre, Imagination Stage, Arden Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Honolulu Theater for Youth, St. Louis Rep and more.
Karen Zacarías is the founding artistic director of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning non-profit dedicated to enhancing literacy, arts empowerment and conflict resolution through playwriting in Washington, DC area schools. She lives in DC with her husband Rett, and children Nico, Kati, and Maia. www.karenzacarias.com
DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA (Music) – see her bio page
To hear a full demo of Ella Enchanted contact us directly via our contact page.