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Katy McEwen, Dean Holt and Emily Zimmer. Photo by Rob Levine.

Once Upon a Forest

Grimm Brothers, authors
Moniek Merkx, playwright
Elissa Adams, playwright


46 pgs. 3 female, 5 male (characters interchange)
Originally produced in CTC’s 2002-2003 season
Audience Recommendation: 6+
Run Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes


The fairy tales in Once Upon A Forest come to us in parts, like a puzzle slowly coming together piece by piece. We meet Snow White, a fame-seeking Tailor, a hedgehog boy, and one generous young man. Bordering this intricately detailed puzzle is a dragon chasing a group of children. One falls behind and, whoosh, is gone. As the puzzle and the dragon begin to merge, we see the characters, who have been wandering through the wood, congregate and unite against the fiery foe. They slay the dragon and each gets to wish for their heart’s desire.

“Moniek Merkx makes the game of engaging in her dip into the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales in Once Upon a Forest irresistible.” –

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $75 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
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