Gathering Grimm — a play

Gathering Grimm — a play

A Play for Young People

by J.D. Newman

Part of the Noorda Theatre Youth Plays

(Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School and TYA and other Youth Theatre Groups)

A tale in itself about tale tellers has been gathered, like the original stories, from various sources. The Brothers Grimm may have written these stories down, but they did not come directly from the voices of the people of Germany. They were almost all filtered through the ‘sisters’ and the female friends of the brothers, who had heard them from various mouths throughout their childhood. The play centers on Lottie Grimm, the sister of Jakob and Wilhelm and their three younger brothers. Lottie refuses to help her brothers compile their collection until they acknowledge the source of the tales:  middle class schoolgirls. The script includes dramatizations of seven of the Grimm tales: The Frog Prince, Cinderella (Cendrillon) or (Ashputtle),  Brier Rose, The Three Spinners, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Brementown Musicians, and The Six Swans. This is a play for all children and their families to enjoy together and may best be performed by teens and younger 20-somethings. The script is written in story theatre format where the tellers of the tale become the characters in it. However, when produced at CMMS, it was adapted to encompass a large cast of students, with the story roles being played by additional students.

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A VIDEO of the original cast of the NOORDA Theatre Summer Camp Youth Production (Complete original show)


  • 16f 6m (Doubling is possible for the female roles) (4 males in their 20s, 6 females in their 20s, 1 teenboy, 8 teen girls, 1 boy of 10, 2 girls aged 9 & 11)
  • OR a large cast of 30 roles in addition to the principals listed above (For school and community productions)
  • 75 minutes
  • 2 interiors and a neutral space in one setting.
  • Costumes of early 1800s Germany (Westphalia)
  • Order # 3119

Available for ALL producing groups SOON.


  • Perusal Pages File Available here: Gathering GrimmPERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of the play along with all background information.
  • Contained in the anthology: NOORDA THEATRE YOUTH PLAYS: Five Age-Appropriate Scripts for Young Actors • Order #5019
  • EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.


(Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account?), email us. CDs will be mailed to a snail mail address) Before we ship any rehearsal material we will need your performance dates, the name of your organization and the theatre where you will perform.

    • Script in PDF format — Order #3119a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

    • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3119d : $60

    • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3119e : $50

    • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application



  • Fuller Middle School, Framingham, Massachusetts — May 2020
  • Brownell Talbot School, Omaha, Nebraska — April 2020
  • Bak Middle School for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach, Florida –December 13, 2018
  • Rocky Mountain Jr High School, West Haven, Utah — November 1 & 2, 2018
  • Carroll Theatre Company-Carroll Magnet Middle School — 2014
Cast members Robin and Virginia on either side of Dr. J.D. Newman
Directors Robin and Virginia on either side of Dr. J.D. Newman
  • Premiered by the Noorda Theatre Summer Camp Youth Production Company in the Noorda Theatre-Utah Valley University, Orem UT — June 2013
  • GatheringGrimmNOORDA1
    from the Noorda Theatre Production Summer 2014


The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:
Gathering Grimm
a play by
J.D. Newman

NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play.


Gathering Grimm is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT,”

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