Ella Enchanted

Book & Lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Based on the Newberry Honor book by Gail Carson Levine


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


Adventure Theatre, Maryland

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.

South Coast Repertory, CA. Photo credit: Debora Robinson/SCR

For licensing inquires, contact Leah Hamos at The Gersh Agency, NYC.


“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

Childsplay, Arizona. Photo Credit: Tim Trumble

Musical Numbers

1. All Will Be Well Opening - Mother, Lucinda

2. Obey - All
2. Obey - All

3. It’s Like Magic - Ella, Char, Bird/Menagerie
3. It’s Like Magic - Ella, Char, Bird/Menagerie

4. Finish You Off - Manners Mistress, Ella, Hattie, Olive
4. Finish You Off - Manners Mistress, Ella, Hattie, Olive

5. Obey Reprise - Ella

6. Meat and Greet - Ogres, Ella
6. Meat and Greet - 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
10. Remember Me - Char, Ella

11. I Say No - Ella

12. All Will Be Well Finale - All

First Stage, Milwaukee

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).

Production Elements

L’Oréal Roaché and Alex Harding, Synchronicity Theatre. Photo Credit: Casey Gardner

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

South Coast Repertory, CA. Photo credit: Debora Robinson/SCR

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


“Art, when done right, can change lives, and this piece will be life-changing for so many.” – Arts Atlanta

Adventure Theatre, MD


KAREN ZACARÍAS (Book & Lyrics) was recently hailed by American Theatre magazine as one of the most produced playwrights in the United States. Her plays include Destiny of DesireNative GardensMariela in the DesertLegacy of LightThe Book Club Play and The Sins of Sor Juana; adaptations include Into the Beautiful NorthJust Like Us and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent. Zacarías has written 10 TYA musicals with composer Debbie Wicks La Puma including Oliverio: A Brazilian TwistElla Enchanted: The MusicalChasing George Washington: A White House AdventureEinstein Is a DummyLooking for Roberto ClementeFrida LibreJane of the JungleCinderella Eats Rice and BeansFerdinand the Bull and The Magical Piñata. She collaborated on the libretto for Sleepy Hollow and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises for the Washington Ballet at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her plays have been produced at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Goodman Theatre, South Coast Repertory, the Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Round House Theatre, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Dallas Theater Center and many more. Zacarías is a core founder of the Latino Theater Commons, a national network that strives to update the American narrative to including the stories of Latinos. She is the founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning theatre company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, D.C., and she is proud to be Arena Stage’s first resident playwright. Zacarías lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and three children.  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.

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South Coast Repertory, CA. Photo credit: Debora Robinson/SCR

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