Open Wardrobes: The Theater and Writing of T. James Belich
The Princess and the Moon: A Fairytale
by T. James Belich

Genre: Fairytale
Length: About 75 minutes
Total Cast: 23 (9 women, 4 men, 10 men or women) – Extras and doubling possible
Set: Representational
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Princess Lizzy wants to be a knight.  Bored with the usual duties of a princess, she dreams of fighting in tournaments, slaying dragons, and doing all the things that good knights do.  For what Princess Lizzy desires above all else is to be special one-of-a-kind, absolutely unique!  And so on her sixteenth birthday she becomes a knight... and is crushed to learn that she is not the first, but actually the ninety-sixth.  Still determined to be special, Lizzy resolves for her quest to do the impossible: go to the moon!  She soon finds the magical Medallion of the Moon and thinks herself well on her way, but when she fires the storyteller in a fit of anger, he steals the medallion, becomes an all-powerful wizard, and takes over Lizzy's kingdom as the new villain!  What begins as an ordinary fairytale takes Lizzy on a journey filled with danger and sacrifice where there is no promise of a "happily ever after."

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Production History

The Princess and the Moon was first performed by the Shade Tree Players in Bismarck, North Dakota, July 15-18, 2010.  It was directed by Laura Rysavy.

The Princess and the Moon was also performed by the Hawkeye Community Theatre in Fort Dodge, Iowa, December 16-18, 2010.  It was directed by Michael Shoopman.