The Whirling, Twirling Fairytale Musical
By S.J. Henschel and Jim Schmitt
A clumsy prince, a sleepy princess, an evil spell, and a kingdom filling with ducks. "You're probably wondering what is going on here," sings Lord Chamberlain at the top of this musical fractured fairytale. He tells of a spell cast upon the princess, who awakes each day with her shoes ripped and so exhausted that she sleeps the day away. The king and queen have offered half the kingdom to anyone who can break the spell, however any who fail (and many have) are transformed into ducks. Along comes a prince and his trusted sidekick, who set off on the adventure of their lives to save the princess. Based roughly on The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Gotta Dance! is delightful fun for the whole family.
In the elegant palace of King Varibald and Queen Hapless, The King and Queen, along with their loyal subjects, tell of a mysterious spell cast upon their daughter, Princess Poppy (What Is Happening Here?). Poppy rises every morning, with her shoes ripped and torn to shreds, so exhausted that she sleeps the day away. The King has offered half of his kingdom to anyone who can solve the mystery of Poppy’s shoes, but, so far, no one has succeeded in doing so. Instead, those who fail are turned into ducks.
The Lady Livia, Poppy’s Lady in Waiting, tries to encourage Poppy not to waste her days (Sleepy Princess), and tells Poppy of all the wonderful things she is missing out on (There’s a World Out There).
Along comes Prince Tripsalot (P.T.) and his trusted Valet, Valentine, who are journeying to attempt to solve the mystery of Poppy’s shoes (Noblesse Oblige).
In the forest, they come across a terrible wretched beast, trapped in a snare. They set the creature free, and it transforms into the enchantress, Jellahndra the Good. In gratitude for being set free, she gives the two travelers three assists in their quest: cloaks that render them invisible, a magical digital mirror that records images, and a warning not to drink the cocoa. They continue their journey to Varibald’s kingdom, grateful for the assistance and blessing from Jellahndra (Noblesse—Reprise).
King Varibald is very discouraged, and tells of his woes about his daughter’s condition (Shoes). When P.T. and Val arrive, the King and Queen warn the visitors of the quacky consequences of their task (Of All the Rotten Luck). Val ignores the warning because he has been completely taken in by the Lady Livia, who returns the attention. So, P.T. asks the King to explain the rewards if successful (Glory and Honor).
In the bedchamber of Princess Poppy, Poppy’s spell is beginning to take effect, while she and Lady Livia prepare for the night’s event (Gotta Dance!). P.T. and Val, determined to solve the mystery, have been sealed up in Poppy’s chamber for the entire evening. Poppy and Livia have a scheme to get the boys to drink drugged hot cocoa (Don’t Drink the Cocoa). Having been forewarned, P.T. and Val only pretend to drink. Poppy and Livia (aided by the magical spell) steal out of the castle to a waiting boat. The boys put on their invisibility cloaks and follow.
The group begins to row across a magical lake (The Magical Lake). While crossing, the boys collect evidence: pictures with the magical digital mirror, a branch from the silver trees, a diamond nightingale, and a golden rose, which they hide under their cloaks. The girls finally arrive at the mysterious castle, where a ball is held nightly (The Ball). P.T. and Val gather more evidence while Poppy waltzes nonstop throughout the evening.
Early the next morning, King Varibald and Queen Hapless worry whether their daughter will be freed from the spell or doomed to continue under its mysterious curse, (Sleepy Princess—Reprise). By noon, all gather in the King’s Court. P.T. and Val arrive and show their evidence to the Court (The Mystery Solved). P.T. refuses any reward form a very grateful King and Queen, asking only that he be allowed to remain in the kingdom to get to know Poppy better. Poppy, free of the spell for the first time, accepts, and everyone lives happily ever after (There’s a World Out There—Reprise/Finale).