Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Nancy K. Wallace
Illustrator: Michelle Henninger
Publisher: Magic Wagon
Rapunzel is a girl living in modern times, but some of the rules that she has to live by are quite old-fashioned. She can’t cut her hair until she is married, and she has to have a ball for her sixteenth birthday. Rapunzel is quite sick of her long hair, so she cuts it and attaches her braids to her hat to disguise it. Eventually, her braids put her life at risk when they get stuck, and her mother is grateful that she is safe and long hair-less. In the end, the audience learns that tradition isn’t so important.
This readers' theater script and guide includes all the information one would need to put on a puppet show or play. Information about school plays along with a list of cast, crew, sets, props, makeup, costumes, and stage directions are included. The different parts are color-coded, making it easy for students to identify different characters’ parts. A teacher’s guide with reading levels for each character and additional production tips for this play can be found online. The play is appropriate for students reading between a third and sixth grade level.