56 pgs. Cast of 6 doubled
Audience Recommendation: 8+
The Miller is overprotective of his young daughter and refuses to let her help with any work; despite her rare beauty, she is helpless when it comes to the mundane chores of everyday life. In an attempt to defend his daughter’s uselessness, the Miller makes the mistake of falsely proclaiming that his daughter can spin straw into gold.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom in a predicament when the King suddenly dies leaving the young price to inherit the throne. As the years progress, the wealth of the kingdom is squandered on frivolous expenses, and the young prince quickly turned king, finds himself at odds with his subjects. All that remains in the treasure rooms of the palace are piles upon piles of straw. The King, in dire need of wealth, seeks the assistance of the Miller’s daughter. He believes her to be capable of returning him to his affluent state by turning his piles of straw into gold. The story concludes with the characters facing life-altering decisions, broken promises, and an array of mysterious events.
“Mike Kenny’s adaptation of the age-old story invokes the humor and the darkness of the original, engaging both children and adults alike.” -The Stage, UK
*A One-Act, four character version is also available