After Ever Happily

Play #: 2267
Pages: 23 pgs
Cast: 6 m, 8 w

Christine's in big trouble. Her mother warns her not to open the old book of fairy tales, but Christine breaks the rules and opens it anyway. Now the pages are strewn across the stage. The book just happens to be magic, and the characters from the stories inside soon appear in Christine's family room. Chaos ensues as Cinderella kisses the Frog Prince, and the evil Queen from Snow White falls in love with Rumpelstiltskin. Hansel and Gretel are eating the aluminum siding off the house, and the Miller's Daughter convinces Rumpelstiltskin not to kidnap her baby, what with the dirty diapers and all. Prince Charming ditches Snow White for the very sleepy Sleeping Beauty, and the Prince from Sleeping Beauty can't understand why he doesn't have a name. This quirky one-act gem is simple to produce and will delight all.

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Plymouth Community School Corporation 1 Performance(s)
Plymouth, IN 3/22/2019
ROBERTSON COUNTY SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
MT. OLIVET, KY 3/31/2018
FORTUNA DANCE CENTRE 1 Performance(s)
PORT ELLIOT, SA 12/16/2017
PRAIRIE MUSIC ARTS 1 Performance(s)
SUN PRAIRIE, WI 8/12/2016
STORYBOOK LAND THEATRE 3 Performance(s)
ABERDEEN, SD 6/14/2016
WASATCH HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HEBER CITY, UT 2/1/2016
ARTIE HENRY MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CEDAR PARK, TX 11/17/2015
NEW RICHMOND MIDDLE SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
NEW RICHMOND , WI 4/17/2015
MCCORMICK JR. HIGH 1 Performance(s)
CHEYENNE, WY 3/18/2015
ARTIE HENRY MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CEDAR PARK, TX 11/18/2014
FREEPORT MIDDLE SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
FREEPORT, IL 2/6/2014
WHISTLING WORKERS 4-H CLUB 1 Performance(s)
BETHEL, MN 4/6/2013
SENECA HIGH DRAMA CLUB 1 Performance(s)
SENECA, SC 3/22/2013
BOONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BOONVILLE, MO 3/15/2013
ENFIELD HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ENFIELD, CT 2/17/2013
YELLOW DOG THEATRE COMPANY 2 Performance(s)
FORTROSE, UK 12/15/2012
WESTERN BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CHESAPEAKE, VA 5/31/2012
CARQUINEZ MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CROCKETT, CA 5/17/2012
ANNAWAN JUNIOR HIGH 1 Performance(s)
ANNAWAN, IL 5/14/2012
RICHFIELD SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
RICHFIELD, ID 3/15/2012
MCLEES ACADEMY OF LEADERSHIP 1 Performance(s)
ANDERSON, SC 3/1/2012
LAKE MICHIGAN COLLEGE 1 Performance(s)
BENTON HARBOR, MI 12/8/2011
YOUNG ACTORS THEATER COMPANY 1 Performance(s)
EAGAN, MN 12/3/2011
GREATER ATLANTA CHRISTIAN JH 2 Performance(s)
NORCROSS, GA 10/21/2011
GRACE CHRISTIAN SCOOL 2 Performance(s)
RALEIGH , NC 10/14/2011
THE PHOENIX THEATRE 5 Performance(s)
MARSHALL, IL 7/29/2011
NORTH FRANKLIN THEATER GROUP 1 Performance(s)
MOIRA, NY 7/23/2011
ENTER STAGE RIGHT 4 Performance(s)
MARYSVILLE, MI 6/22/2011
LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL THEATRE 2 Performance(s)
GREEN RIVER, WY 6/1/2011
GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
GREENVILLE, OH 5/24/2011
PAWNEE JUNIOR HIGH 1 Performance(s)
PAWNEE, IL 5/14/2011
LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
TWIN FALLS, ID 5/3/2011
PUTNAM COUNTY SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
EATONTON, GA 3/15/2011
AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
DECATUR, AL 10/12/2010
AIKEN COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE 4 Performance(s)
AIKEN, SC 7/2/2010
LIBERTY INTERMEDIATE DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
KERMAN, CA 5/27/2010
ANKENY HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA 2 Performance(s)
ANKENY, IA 5/1/2010
NEW RICHMOND MIDDLE SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
NEW RICHMOND, WI 4/30/2010
FREDERICKSBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
FREDERICKSBURG, TX 3/15/2010
DEER CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
EDMOND , OK 3/5/2010
LIBERTY MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CLIFTON, VA 1/14/2010
BERTRAND HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BERTRAND, NE 11/30/2009
THEATRE FOR KIDS BY KIDS! 2 Performance(s)
PARKVILLE, MO 7/24/2009
LAKE HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
KNOXVILLE, TN 7/18/2009
PESHTIGO SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
PESHTIGO, WI 7/2/2009
THOMASTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
THOMASTON, ME 5/22/2009
THEATER ARTS FOR CHILDREN 9 Performance(s)
SPOKANE, WA 5/15/2009
ST. JOSEPHS SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
NEW LONDON, CT 4/24/2009
FRONTIER PUBLIC SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
RED ROCK, OK 4/15/2009
FRESNO CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
FRESNO, CA 1/29/2009
FRESNO CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS 4 Performance(s)
FRESNO, CA 1/29/2009
REETHS/PUFFER MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MUSKEGON, MI 1/14/2009
SOUTHERN N.H. UNIVERSITY 4 Performance(s)
MANCHESTER, NH 12/5/2008
SHERIDAN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
THORNVILLE, OH 12/4/2008
AYALA HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE ARTS 7 Performance(s)
CHINO HILLS, CA 11/24/2008
AYALA HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE ARTS 1 Performance(s)
CHINO HILLS, CA 11/24/2008
ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BROKEN ARROW , OK 11/15/2008
MOHAWK HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BESSEMER, PA 10/22/2008
CADILLAC FOOTLITERS JUNIOR 6 Performance(s)
CADILLAC, MI 8/1/2008
LOS ALTOS UCC 1 Performance(s)
LONG BEACH, CA 6/14/2008
EATONVILLE ELEMENTARY DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
EATONVILLE, WA 5/29/2008
PITTSFIELD JR SR HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
PITTSFIELD, NH 5/22/2008
STILLWATER JR HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
STILLWATER, MN 4/15/2008
BYNG HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ADA, OK 2/29/2008
THEATRE GROUP 3 Performance(s)
FRESNO, CA 1/26/2008
CHERAW INTERMEDIATE SCH 1 Performance(s)
CHERAW, SC 1/15/2008
MT. VERNON PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ATLANTA, GA 1/10/2008
O W HUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MATTESON, IL 12/17/2007
LAKE MICHIGAN COLLEGE 1 Performance(s)
BENTON HARBOR, MI 12/5/2007
CREEK VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CARROLLTON, TX 11/15/2007
MOORER MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
EUFAULA, AL 4/26/2007
WHITESIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BELLEVILLE, IL 4/19/2007
WHITESIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
BELLEVILLE, IL 4/19/2007
J. C. ERHARDT MEMORIAL SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MAKKOVIK, NL 3/22/2007
MAPA 2 Performance(s)
MIDDLEFIELD, CT 1/27/2007
NEWFANE HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
NEWFANE, NY 12/2/2006
CLASSICAL CHRIS SCH OF ART 1 Performance(s)
PINELLAS PARK, FL 10/20/2006
HARRISON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HARRISON, AR 10/3/2006
COMMUNITY PLAYERS INC 6 Performance(s)
SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX 7/27/2006
TATUM HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
TATUM, TX 4/15/2006
OSCEOLA HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
OSCEOLA, MO 3/10/2006
INDIAN VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
HARLEYSVILLE, PA 3/2/2006
OAK KNOLL ALTERNATIVE SCH 1 Performance(s)
GLENDORA, CA 12/16/2005
RANDOLPH HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
RANDOLPH, NE 11/22/2005
NORTH OLDHAM HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GOSHEN, KY 11/10/2005
DESERT HARBOR ELEMENTARY SCHOO 1 Performance(s)
PEORIA, AZ 11/3/2005
STEPHENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
STEPHENVILLE, TX 9/17/2005
FULTON FAMILY YMCA 1 Performance(s)
FULTON, NY 8/18/2005
APPLAUSE ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
KISSIMMEE, FL 6/24/2005
PINEAPPLE PLAY HOUSE 1 Performance(s)
PORT ST LUCIE, FL 6/17/2005
RODNEY THOMPSON MIDDLE 2 Performance(s)
STAFFORD, VA 6/2/2005
BRUNSWICK SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
GREENWICH, CT 5/18/2005
ST JOHNS LUTHERAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WINSTON SALEM, NC 5/15/2005
LYNNVILLE -SULLY CSD 1 Performance(s)
SULLY, IA 5/13/2005
CLINTON MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CLINTON, TN 5/12/2005
JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY 1 Performance(s)
STERLING HTS, MI 5/6/2005
BENJAMIN LOGAN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BELLEFONTAINE, OH 5/1/2005
PLATEAU VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
COLLBRAN, CO 4/29/2005
SACHEM HS N 2 Performance(s)
RONKONKOMA, NY 4/28/2005
BROOKLAND HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BROOKLAND, AR 4/15/2005
SOUTHSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
COLUMBUS, IN 4/15/2005
REGIS SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
EAU CLAIRE, WI 3/20/2005
LFO HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
FORT OGLETHORPE, GA 11/23/2004
ST MICHAEL-ALBERTVL 2 Performance(s)
SAINT MICHAEL, MN 2/24/2004

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT KANDIE KELLEY

TALKS ABOUT "AFTER EVER HAPPILY"

 

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

 

A: I always wanted to do something with fairy tales, something I loved reading as a child. Of course, when I went back to read the stories over, I discovered how eerie these fairy tales actually were. Also, it seemed strange and somewhat misleading that the characters were so underdeveloped. Really, why would Cinderella want to marry someone she just met? She didn't even know his name! So, I went from there.

 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

 

A: I like the character, Rump, especially when he realizes that he has no desire to raise a baby. What little old man would want to care for a baby?

 

Q: HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AS A PLAYWRIGHT?

 

A: Interestingly, I started writing plays as a very young girl -- about nine or ten. I remember writing a one-act called, "Don't Miss the Bus, Easter Bunny." My teacher allowed me to direct and produce all the plays I wrote. We would then perform them in front of the school.

 

As I got older, I detoured into poetry and fiction but came back around to plays after I started my youth theatre program, the Cracked Walnut Troupe. The cast would either be smaller or larger than the plays I would order, so I have ended up writing most plays my troupe produces. Last year, I produced, wrote, and directed eleven plays.

 

Q: WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WRITING PLAYS?

 

A: Most of my plays are comedies, so for me, it's a complete release. My other writing tends toward the serious, so a lighthearted leap is great fun.

 

Q: WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THE WRITING PROCESS?

 

A: Having time! I have four children, a dog, and a husband (not in that order). I teach full time, am director of the English department, run a successful youth theatre company, and am finishing my MFA in Writing for the Performing Arts on a full dean's fellowship at the University of California at Riverside.

 

Q: WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN WRITING A PLAY?

 

A: The characters must be interesting. Fancy sets and all the action in the world won't matter if the characters are boring. Of course, I tend to consider how easy the sets might be to build since I end up doing much of the set building and designing myself. I think most directors appreciate simple sets when they don't have a huge budget to work with. And I believe that's the case with almost all school productions.

 

Q: WHERE DO YOUR CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

 

A: Mostly, I just make characters up. .

 

Q: WHAT DO YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH YOUR PLAYS?

 

A: I try to make people laugh and maybe see old stories in a different way.

 

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

 

A: Hobbies? Spare time? I wish. I do like to knit, but I haven't had much time lately for yarn and needles. At night, when all are sleeping, I read.