Superb Musicals, Songs & Assemblies for Primary Schools

Sleeping Beauty – the ugly truth

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By Andrew Oxspring & Ian Faraday
Musical production for youth theatre & drama groups
Ideal for ages: 9-13+
Speaking roles: 35
Adaptable to cast size: 25-60+
Ideal cast size: 45
Running time approx: 70 minutes


When Bella Vista, a kingdom obsessed with looks, trendy fashions and celebrity gossip, falls foul of a witch’s curse, it’s down to a humble gardener, armed only with green fingers and good intentions, to save the day!

With fantastic songs and a hilarious script, this delightful twist on a popular fairytale hammers home the message that top-notch clothes and hairstyles are no substitute for an honest heart full of love!


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What do you get?

This musical production bundle is available to buy in 2 different formats. When ordering, simply choose the option (details below) which best suits your requirements.

  • Option 1 – Physical Product
    A wire-bound book containing the full script with detailed stage directions, character information, tips and suggestions for costumes, props and scenery, and a piano score with vocal top-line for all songs. An audio CD of all songs, fully-orchestrated (backing tracks & demo vocal tracks) plus continuity/incidental music and sound effects where required. A disc containing digital backdrops for all scenes which can be projected onto your back wall or copied onto scenery boards. Cover artwork for the production of posters and promotional material. Licences to cover your copying of scripts, public performances and recording, duplication, streaming and upload to social media of those public performances.
  • Option 2 – Digital Download
    All content from Option 1 above, downloaded directly to your computer as MS Word documents, PDF, MP3 and JPEG files. Upon completion of your order, a link will be automatically sent to the email address you provided, from which all the files can be downloaded.
  • Any order containing a digital download option must be paid for online at the point of ordering. Any order containing a digital download which is not accompanied by payment will not be processed.

    UK youth theatres and drama groups an order the physical product with an invoice to be paid within 30 days. Non-UK youth theatres and drama groups and private individuals and private individuals (not ordering on behalf of a school) are required to pay for these at the point of ordering.

Plot Summary

In this twist on a traditional tale, behind some hilarious shenanigans lies the important message that a person’s true beauty comes from within.

In the kingdom of Bella Vista, what matters most is how you look, how you dress and how your hair is styled! If you’re beautiful then you’re somebody, if you’re not then you’re nobody! (song – Celebrity Status) Our story begins with King Hugo (the ‘Boss’) and Queen Maybelline discussing with their courtiers, Ralph and Lauren, the forthcoming banquet to celebrate the birth of their daughter, Princess Tiffany. Down in the palace kitchens, along with other lowly palace workers, the cooks take a break from preparing the feast to toast the birth of another baby. The gardener, Bert Mulcher, has had a son, Alfie, and has come to sneak a few titbits from the banquet platters to help his poor family celebrate. (song – Crumbs From The Table)

On the day of the banquet, crowds gather to watch the glamorous guests arrive at the palace. (song – Let’s Have A Party) With reporters and ‘paparazzi’ present, the guests preen and pose as they show off the expensive gifts they have brought for the new princess. It is, however, her two fairy godmothers, Nip and Tuck, who bestow the best gift of all upon Tiffany…the gift of beauty! Things soon take a turn when the party is ‘crashed’ by the mysterious witch, Wanda, who chastises everyone for their shallow vanity. Enraged by the way these people live their lives, Wanda too bestows a gift on the baby princess, in the form of a curse: on her 21st birthday Tiffany will prick her finger and fall into a sleep from which she will never wake! Believing Wanda to be a crackpot, the king and queen have her evicted and her curse is soon forgotten.

As the years pass, Tiffany indeed grows up to be beautiful, but she is also kind-hearted, loving and generous, unlike those around her. She has become close friends with the poor gardener’s son, Alfie Mulcher, who tends to the rose bushes. Although fond of each other, they both know there would be uproar if their friendship was discovered. (song – A Million Miles Apart) Having been tipped off by Ralph and Lauren, the Bella Vista Bugle exposes the couple and, to avoid further scandal, Alfie is exiled from the kingdom while plans are made to find Tiffany a ‘suitable’ husband! At the subsequent banquet to celebrate her 21st birthday, whilst mournfully carrying one of the roses grown by her lost friend, Tiffany pricks her finger on a thorn and Wanda’s forgotten curse is realised. However, it is not only the princess who falls asleep; the entire kingdom succumbs and Bella Vista falls silent! (song – Sleep)

As time moves on, a tall, thorny hedge grows around the sleeping kingdom. Outsiders talk of the legendary curse and of the beautiful princess that lies asleep within the palace walls. This prompts some very posh (if slightly sleazy) princes to try and chop their way through the hedge to wake the beauty up, but they fail rather comically!

Alfie returns from exile to discover Bella Vista’s sinister circumstances. However, his honourable heart and character mean that he can break the curse. The thorny hedge softens and parts at his touch and he enters the kingdom where all wake from their slumber (song – Rise And Shine), all that is apart from Tiffany. How can she be awoken? Well, this is a fairytale so there’s only one thing to do….the girl needs to be kissed and there’s only one man for the job! With Alfie and Tiffany reunited, the kingdom is dramatically changed for the better. Everyone realises what is important, namely being honest and true to one’s heart, and the behaviour of old is no more.
Bella Vista is now a truly beautiful place in which to live!(song – Look Inside)

Sample Songs

Listen below to the songs from Sleeping Beauty the ugly truth


35 Speaking parts in order of appearance

NB – for larger numbers, extra speaking characters can easily be added to groups (shown below by *) and lines shared out between them.

Narrator(s) *
2 Reporters *
2 Paparazzi *
3 ‘Beautiful’ Ones *
King Hugo
(a.k.a. the ‘Boss’)
Queen Maybelline
Ralph and Lauren
– scheming courtiers
5 Cooks *
Bert Mulcher – the palace gardener
Nip and Tuck – fairy godmothers
Wanda – a mysterious mystic
Alfie Mulcher – Bert’s green-fingered son
Princess Tiffany
5 Citizens *
4 Princes *

Ensemble characters for featured songs and scenes

‘Beautiful’ Ones
‘Not-So-Beautiful’ Ones
Palace Workers
Tall Trees

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  1. RA Butler Academy

    Lauren Oxspring

    I highly recommend this product to anyone that is in need of a hilarious play with excitement and meaning!!

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