Teen Mystery Party:
The Hair-Raising Case of
Rapunzel's Green Tresses
A THEATRICAL MYSTERY FOR 13-16 YEAR OLDS by Theresa Heckenkamp. Everyone in Upstage Heights is excited about the new production of Rapunzel, especially since the star's real hair will be used for a famous scene. But, who would dye it green?12 Suspects: 7 girls, 5 boys
MANY MORE can investigate the case
For years, the Upstage Heights Theater lay vacant and neglected until Harry D. Rector arrived with a vision, determination, and enough cash to turn the crumbling brick building into a fancy fairy-tale theater. He wrote a script, held auditions, and signed on promising actors - actors who were none other than eager townspeople of Upstage Heights caught up in his star-struck plan.
Yes, Harry promised to make them all shining stars. And his first production would be a glitzy version of a famous Brothers Grimm fairy tale - the story of how the beautiful Rapunzel would let down her hair from the top of an isolated tower to be used as a golden stairway for visitors to climb.
With the grand opening night of "Rapunzel" fast approaching, his predictions seemed to be coming true. Playbills were circulating like wild fire around the town, and all anyone could talk about was the show. "Have you heard? Prince Charming is going to climb real hair!"
No one had ever attempted such a feat before. Tickets were sold out. Actors were reciting lines day and night and, best of all, a big producer was in Upstage Heights. Rumor had it that if he liked what he saw, he might sign on the actors and take the show on a nationwide tour. Ultimate destination - Broadway.
But now he may not see anything. The play - or, more precisely (but just as devastatingly), the star - has been sabotaged TODAY, on opening day. The long lustrous, golden waves of hair on the head of Rapunzel, played by Jeanie Us, have been dyed a slimy, gross green. No prince would even want to touch such hair, let alone climb it.
And no audience will want to see it. How can the show go on when no golden hair dye can be found that’s powerful enough to cover the green? An understudy isn’t an option. No one, not even her twin sister, Jill, has hair as long as Jeanie’s.
Everyone involved in the production is gathered at Trendy Tresses Hair Salon, trying to decide what to do. Only careful questioning by cast and crew can uncover the truth about the perpetrator of this dastardly dye job. If, as feared, the show must be canceled, the culprit must be made to announce it to the disappointed crowd - and suffer the consequences of a colossal bombardment of rotten tomatoes.
We’d tell all of you to "break a leg," but the way this show is going, it makes more sense to wish you "locks of luck!"
One of these suspects dyed Rapunzel's hair green:
JEANIE US, Starring asRapunzel
She had stage fright until she landed the coveted starring role.
JILL US, Jeanie's twin sister
She tried out for the starring role, but her sister got it instead. Now, she's writing a new, improved version of "Rapunzel."
HARRY D. RECTOR, Director
The new production is his brainchild. He's sunk a lot of money into making this play a success.
RICH N. CHARMIN, Portraying the Prince
He hopes the play isn't too good because he really doesn't want to go on the road with it.
EVE N. TEMPERED, Portraying Rapunzel's MotherGoing on the road with the play would mean she'd have to leave her six children to the care of someone else.
LUKE E. CHARMIN, Portraying Rapunzel's Father
He'd rather be studying chemistry. Besides, why did his older brother, Rich, get a better part?
COB WEBB, Portraying the Witch
She has to climb Rapunzel's tresses in the play, but she keeps slipping.
SID LINES, Auto Mechanic
He's Jeanie's boyfriend and would hate to see her leave town if the play started a nationwide tour.
TRESSA MAY, Hair Salon Owner
She fears that people might begin to abuse their own hair if "Rapunzel" is a hit.
RUBY LIPS, Apprentice Hair Dresser
Her boyfriend, Rich, is playing the prince and she doesn't like the part where he kisses Jeanie.
RAY SINBLADES, Teen Rollerblader
He'd rather see the old theater used for roller hockey.
WANDA BEE, Set Painter
She tried out for the part of Rapunzel and, instead, ended up as Jeanie's understudy.