Pied Piper to stage ‘Fairy Tale Courtroom’

By M. SCOTT MORRIS / NEMS Daily Journal



TUPELO – For years, a pair of fairy tale villains have blown down houses and handed out poison apples.
Pied Piper Playhouse will put the Big Bad Wolf and the Wicked Witch on trial in the “The Fairy Tale Courtroom.”
“Act I is the trial of Big Bad Wolf. Act II is the trial of the Wicked Witch from ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” said Debby Gibbs, director. “The big thing is the audience is the jury. They actually decide each night if they’re guilty or innocent.”
B.B. Wolf will serve as his own attorney. The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Grandmother and the Boy Who Cried Wolf are witnesses.
Before testifying, each witness will be asked to put a hand or a hoof on a book of fairy tales and swear to tell “The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you Brothers Grimm.”
Briana Gray is the district attorney who presses the cases against Wolf and Witch for their ill deeds.
“You get to see the other side of the fairy tales,” Gray said. “You get to see both sides of the story.”
The Witch’s accusers include Dorothy and the Scarecrow, as well as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Hansel and Gretel.
“I’m excited because I get to be evil and wicked, then I try to be nice all of the sudden,” said Madison Nanney, who plays the Witch. “The mirror tries to rat me out about Snow White. I get pretty mad about that.
“And Dorothy? I am very angry about Dorothy because I do not like her,” Madison continued. “Hopefully, I’m found not guilty because I really am a nice old lady.”
But these cases won’t be tried in the newspaper. You’ll get to judge guilt or innocence.
The play opens Friday at Milam School auditorium. It’ll take about an hour, and there will be an intermission between the two acts.
“The fun thing is you get to see a lot of the fairy tale characters that you grew up with,” Gray said, “but you’ll see them in a different way.”

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.