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Prince Charming’s Quest for Love and Ecology in NYC


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Have you ever wondered why Prince Charming always shows up to kiss the princess and break the spell? Go Green!, an original family musical (cast of 5), answers that question with an modern-day fairy tale about Prince Charming who must choose between his passion for saving the earth or completing his birthday quest to preserve true love forevermore.

In the opening scene in Fairyland we learn that long ago Prince Charming ignored princesses in favor of cultivating his green thumb. So a wizard decreed that he and all his descendants had to bestow a kiss of true love by their 21st birthday or true love would disappear forever. Every Prince Charming through the ages completed his birthday quest, but fast-forward to 2012 to find a Prince Charming who is more interested in saving the planet than damsels in distress.

Prince Charming, a/k/a P.C., is the leader of the ecology group, “Go-Go Green.” He must select a spokesperson for the upcoming rally from five finalists from its ecology contest. The rally will occur in Times Square at 2pm the next day, coinciding with his 21st birthday. P.C.’s parents are frantic that he has refused to go on his birthday quest, so they secretly substitute the names of the descendants of five fairy tale princesses (think Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel and Rapunzel) for the contest finalists in hopes that P.C. will fall in love with one of them at their interview and bestow his true love kiss by his birthday the next day.

P.C. and Rosie, his talking-singing dog, go off to meet the “finalists” (all played by the same actress). First they meet Cindy, the snooty owner of a Madison Ave. shoe store that sells only plastic evening shoes. Plastic is hardly ecological, and Cindy is not a “friend of the earth.” Next is Snowflake, the battle-ax manager of The Wee Inn, a B & B for male midgets in the entertainment business. Although everything there is small--less waste, more ecological--Snowflake doesn’t actually like small things since she is very big, though she admits to having a crush on one of the “little people.” Snowflake’s candor gets P.C. to reveal to Rosie that he could fall in love with a girl who likes ordinary things. Then they meet Rory, the scheming owner of The Drowzee Costume Company on the Lower East Side. Her factory has just been shut down for safety violations and she downs coffee to keep awake (falling into deep slumbers runs in her family). Rory mistakes P.C. for a city agent, but when he tries to illicit her views on “green,” she touts her green costumes and tries to bribe him with “green” in hopes he’ll unlock the door. But when he won’t take the bribe, she pokes him with her giant hat pin. Rory’s off the list. The fourth “finalist” is Ariella, a shy fish feeder at The Little Mermaid Aquarium on the Upper West Side and advocate of saving the whales. She reveals she’d rather be a fish than a human, but is terrified at public speaking.  No go. 

The clock is ticking. At the Ziegfeld Theatre on 42nd St. where Hairdo is playing, P.C. and Rosie find the wigmaker Zel in the basement workshop just before the rally. She is devoted to reducing waste and likes public speaking. She also makes wigs for cancer patients in her spare time. P.C. is falling in love with her. As he leans over to kiss Zel, his parents arrive, interrupting the kiss. Then there is an explosion and fire. P.C., Zel and his parents reach the street safely, but Rosie is missing. Wind fans the flames, but P.C. goes back to save Rosie. When all seems lost, P.C. appears with Rosie, holding the special cancer wig, and P.C. gives Rosie a big kiss. Like in “The Frog Prince,” Rosie turns into a beautiful princess. She reveals that 18 years ago the evil Witch Hazel had put a spell on her that could only be broken when rescued from “earth, wind and fire” by someone who bestows a kiss of true love. All are elated that P.C. has completed his birthday quest in time and continues the legacy of Prince Charming. At the rally Zel, the Go-Go Green spokesperson, launches their campaign for reusable canvas grocery bags, and P.C.’s parents, now supporters, announce a $10,000 gift. The clash between preserving tradition and following one’s heart is resolved in a fairy tale ending where Prince Charming can save the earth, as well as a princess.


Go Green!

Prince Charming’s Quest for Love and Ecology in NYC

(family musical)

Music by Mary Feinsinger

Book and Lyrics by Joan Ross Sorkin

New York Children's Theater Festival, Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, NYC (2012)
Go Green! was one of only three shows selected for the inaugural year of the Festival, and Go Green! kicked off the Festival as well. 

Honorable Mention, Jackie White Memorial National Children’s Play Writing Award (2012); Second Place (2013)

“An Ordinary Girl” was sung in the 2012 Songwriters’ Showcase “Are You Working On Something New? #4” at Don’t Tell Mama, NYC. 

“An Ordinary Girl” is listed in the Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers,  (also sheet music for purchase on-line)http://www.contemporarymusicaltheatre.comshapeimage_9_link_0

Poster Design: Stefano Imbert

Photos: Carol Rosegg