artwork by Mikyong Rodgers http://www.mikyong.com


Renowned Canadian Playwright
Morley Shulman 

ww​w.InfinityStage.com

Infinity Stage
An indispensible site for new plays & musicals, music and sound effects. 
We are dedicated to the production and publication of exciting new works.

   Zolushka

THE RUSSIAN CINDERELLA 

music by
lyrics by
​book by

Steven W Rodgers
Wendy Christopher
​Antonina Rodgers

   Zolushka Medley with slide show                

running time: 100 minutes      19 songs / 60 minutes of music    7m,7w + extras   

COMPLETE SCRIPT

                  Original production Washington DC  September 2017     
Directed and Choreographed by Cristina Cayere  Photos by Julia MacInnis                 


 
 
                      Fairy Tale Land
 
                                                                        Company
                              HEAR THE TRUMPETS SOUND
                              IN THE LAND OF STORIES
                              IN A LAND WHERE EVERY DAY
                              IS FILLED WITH LAUGHTER, TEARS AND GLORIES
 
                              WHERE YOU MEET US ALL
                              WICKED WITCH AND PRINCESS
                              AND OUR STORIES
                              ALWAYS END IN HAPPINESS
                              WE’VE GOT THE GOOD, THE BAD
                             
                                                                        King
                              AND DON’T FORGET THE UGLY
 
                                                                        Company
                              IF YOU WANT GIANTS THIS IS WHERE YOU’LL FIND ‘EM
                              AND THE FAIR PRINCESSES
                              HAVE THEIR DARING PRINCES RIGHT BEHIND ‘EM
                              ALL THE GOOD GUYS WIN
                              AND THE BAD GUY LOSES
                              AND THE HANDSOME HERO
                              CAN WIN ANY GIRL THAT HE CHOOSES
                              WELCOME TO A WORLD WHERE EVERYTHING IS PEACHY
                             
                              WHERE ALL WISHES COME TRUE
                              FAIRY TALES, OLD AND NEW
                              SONGS, MUSIC AND MAGIC, GOOD TIMES AND BAD
                              HAPPY AND SAD
 
                              ONCE UPON A TIME, SO THE STORY GOES
                              IS THE WAY THE BEST ONES ALWAYS START
                              AS EVERYBODY KNOWS
 
                              STEP INTO OUR WORLD
                              COME AND JOIN THE LAUGHTER
                              FOLLOW US UNTIL WE ALL MEET HAPPY EVER AFTER
                              IN THE END YOU KNOW THAT EVIL ALWAYS FAILS
                              STEP INTO OUR FAIRY TALE!


                             
                           Wishing
 
                                                                 Zolushka
                              SO THIS IS MY DESTINY
                              HIDING IN SHADOWS WHERE NO ONE CAN SEE
                              SCRUBBING FLOORS ON HANDS AND KNEES
                             
                              TRYING OH SO HARD TO PLEASE
                              AND DREAMING OF THE DAY
                              FORTUNE SMILES ON ME
                              I SPEND MY DAYS BELOW THE STAIRS
                              WISHING AND WONDERING IF ANYONE CARES.
                              GUESS I SHOULD KNOW MY PLACE
                              ACCEPT MY FATE WITH ALL GOOD GRACE                   
                              OR CAN YOU CHANGE THE WAYS OF THE WORLD                           
                              WITH YOUR WISHES AND PRAYERS?
                             
                              WHO WIPES AWAY MY TEARS?
                              WHEN I AM CRYING, WHO HEARS?
                             
                              THOUGH MY DREAMS ARE DEAD AND GONE
                              I MUST BE STRONG AND KEEP SILENT IF I'M TO GO ON
                              WHO KNOWS WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS?
                              I'LL MAKE THE BEST OF THINGS                          
                              THIS UGLY LITTLE DUCKLING
                              WHO DREAMS SHE'LL TURN INTO A SWAN  
 
 
                Men of Higher Quality
 
                                                             Stepmother
                             YOU MUST MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION AT THE BALL
                             SO YOU’LL NEED SOME LESSONS IN DECORUM
 
                                                                  Anna
                             BUT MOM, WE’RE PRETTY AS WE ARE
 
                                                             Anna and Sara
                             ANYONE WHO DISAGREES, WE’LL IGNORE ’EM
 
                                                                Stepmother
                             WEALTHY MEN LOVE A LADY
                             WITH POISE AND CLASS AND THAT JE NAIS SE QUOIS,
                             YOU’LL BE JUDGED ON WHAT THE PEOPLE THINK YOU ARE!
                             STOMACH IN, CHEST OUT!
 
                                                                  Sara
                             OW!
 
                                                            Stepmother
                             LOOK DOWN YOUR NOSE!
                             ALWAYS WALK AS IF YOU’RE KNEES ARE TIED TOGETHER
 
                                                                 Anna
                             WE’LL LOOK SO DUMB

                                                                 Sara
                             IT’S UNDIGNIFIED!
 
                                                            Stepmother
                             DO YOU THINK HE’S GONNA WANT SOMEONE TO
                             TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER?
                             THE PRINCE WILL WANT TO FIND A LADY
                             WHO MOVES WITH GRACE
 
                                                         Anna and Sara
                             THEN THAT’S WHAT WE WILL DO
 
                                                            Stepmother
                             IF YOU REALLY WANT THE PRINCE TO DANCE WITH YOU.
 
                                                          Anna and Sara
                             OH, WE DO! WE DO!
 
                                                            Stepmother
                             IF YOU DO EVERYTHING I TELL YOU TO DO
                             THE PRINCE WILL CROSS A CROWDED ROOM FOR YOU
 
                                                          Anna and Sara
                             WE MUST SHINE BRIGHTER THAN THE BRIGHTEST STAR
                             TO SHOW THEM ALL JUST HOW REFINED WE ARE!
 
                                                            Stepmother
                             KEEP YOUR VOICE HIGH PITCHED
                             AND GIGGLE LIKE A GIRL
                             EVEN IF YOU THINK THAT HE’S NOT FUNNY
                            
                                                                  Anna
                             OLD MEN BORE ME!
 
                                                                   Sara
                             THE YOUNG ARE IMMATURE!
 
                                                              Stepmother
                             THEN GRIT YOUR TEETH AND THINK ABOUT THEIR MONEY.
                             SOCIAL STATUS IS IMPORTANT
 
                                                           Anna and Sara
                             AND WEALTH MEANS MORE THAN PERSONALITY
 
                                                              Stepmother
                             ALWAYS AIM FOR MEN OF HIGHER QUALITY.
 
                                                        Stepmother and girls
                             WE MUST ALWAYS AIM FOR MEN OF HIGHER QUALITY!                  
 
                                               


              Just a Garden Pumpkin
 
                                                            Pumpkin
                             I WAS JUST A GARDEN PUMPKIN
                             SITTING THERE IN THE DARK BY MYSELF
                             SOON TO BE A JACK-O’-LANTERN
                             ALL CARVED UP ON SOMEBODY’S SHELF
                             AND THEN A STRANGE THING HAPPENED:
                             A FLASH OF LIGHT, AND I STARTED TO GROW
                             NOW SUDDENLY I’VE BECOME A NOBLE CARRIAGE
                             AND THAT’S ALL I EVER WANTED FROM LIFE


 
                             WHAT A WONDROUS PLACE THIS WORLD IS
                             THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS FOR ME TO LEARN
                             NOW THAT I’M A NOBLE CARRIAGE
                             I FIND I HAVE NO DESIRE TO RETURN
                             TO THAT LOWLY PLACE IN THE GARDEN
                             THAT I CAME FROM ONLY MOMENTS AGO
                             THOUGH NOW IT SEEMS I’VE BEEN LIKE THIS FOREVER
                             IF I COULD ONLY STAY….THIS WAY.
                 
                   

         


                 
              Mistress Ballet
 
                 



             




















                 
            Keeping up with Royalty
 


                                                                 Stepmother
                             KEEPING UP WITH ROYALTY’S SUCH A BIND
 
                                                                       Sara
                             IF YOU GET LEFT BEHIND YOU FALL FROM GRACE    
                            
                                                                       Anna
                             YOU CAN BEAT SOCIETY AT THE GAME  
 
                                                           Stepmother and girls
                             AS LONG AS YOU SCREAM YOUR NAME AND SHOW YOUR FACE
 
                                                    Stepmother  (to Forest Keeper)
                             WHILE I’M BEING SEEN, DEAR
                             WITH THE WELL-TO-DO
                             WHERE THE HECK ARE YOU?
                             I’VE WORKED SO HARD AND
                             ALL THIS TIME WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, DEAR?
                             DO I HAVE TO DO IT ALL ON MY OWN?
                             NOW THAT MY GIRLS HAVE GROWN, THE TIME IS RIGHT
                             WE MUST FIND THEM SUITORS WITH LOTS OF CASH
                             IF THEY’VE GOT PANACHE THEIR FUTURE IS BRIGHT
 
                                                                     Sara
                             IF WEALTH AND STATUS ISN’T IN-BRED
                             YOU HAVE TO MARRY IT INSTEAD
 
                                                               Stepmother
                             THAT’S THE THING TO DO, DEAR
                             THOUGH IT’S PLAIN TO SEE
                             IT DIDN’T WORK FOR ME
                                               (To Forest Keeper)
                             ‘CAUSE I’VE GOT YOU, DEAR
 
                                                                     Anna
                             MOMMY DIDN’T MARRY QUALITY
 
                                                                Stepmother
                             RUNNING AROUND AND PUTTING MYSELF ABOUT
                             ALL OF THE TIME WITHOUT MUCH HELP FROM YOU
                             YOU SPEND YOUR TIME COMPLAINING
                             AND STARING OFF INTO SPACE
                             TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE
                             AND FIND SOMETHING TO DO!
 
                            (In the musical interlude, the daughters run around,
                            trying to get the attention of eligible                               
                            men, posing, shouting “yoo hoo,” etc.)
 
                                                                 Party Goers
                             SEE HOW THEY SNIFF OUT ALL THE RICH GUYS
                             THE SMELL OF HONEY DRAWS THE FLIES          
                             SEE THEM CHASING MONEY
                             FLIRTING WITH THE BEST
                             BUT NO ONE IS IMPRESSED
                             IT’S NOT ATTRACTIVE
                             WHEN THEY DO IT, IT JUST LOOKS FUNNY
                            
                                                                    Company
                             BUT KEEPING UP WITH ROYALTY’S SUCH A BIND
                             IF YOU GET LEFT BEHIND YOU FALL FROM GRACE
                             YOU CAN BEAT SOCIETY AT THE GAME
                             AS LONG AS YOU SCREAM YOUR NAME AND SHOW YOUR FACE!
 

                               

                                 Come and Join the Ball
 
                                                                      Guests
                             COME AND JOIN THE BALL, MY DEAR
                             COME AND MEET US ALL, MY DEAR
                             WE’RE ALL HAVING SO MUCH FUN
                             HAPPY SMILING FACES HERE
                             DROPPING AIRS AND GRACES DEAR
                             THAT’S HOW THINGS SHOULD BE DONE
                             COME JOIN THE LAUGHTER
                             AND THEN AFTER
                             WHEN WE’VE DROPPED NAMES                 
                             WE’LL PLAY SILLY GAMES
                             ‘CAUSE THIS KING KNOWS HOW TO MAKE PARTIES SWING
                             WHO IS SHE WITH HIS MAJESTY?
                              HAVE YOU EVER SEEN HER BEFORE?
                             WHERE IS SHE FROM?
                             SHE JUST HAS TO BE SOMEONE WHO’S VERY IMPORTANT
                             SOMEONE FAMOUS,  MAYBE ROYALTY
                             QUITE A MYSTERY IS SHE! DOES ANYONE KNOW WHO SHE IS?
 
                             (A music interlude as the guests dance, underscoring the
                                  following dialogue):         
          
                                                                      Prince
                            I know what you are thinking of me.
 
                                                                    Zolushka
                            No, Prince, I hope you don’t.
 
                                                                     Prince
                            I know, unfortunately, you are thinking:  what a silly and clumsy guy!
 
                                                                     Zolushka
                            Oh, thank goodness you didn’t guess what I was really thinking!
 
                                                                            All
                             WON’T YOU COME AND DANCE MY DEAR              WHO IS SHE?
                             COME AND FEEL THE ROMANCE HERE                    WITH HIS MAJESTY?                                             
                             THIS WILL BE A NIGHT OF WONDER                        HAVE YOU EVER     
                             ALL THE STARS ARE BRIGHT FOR YOU                    SEEN HER BEFORE?
                             SO YOUR WISHES MIGHT COME TRUE                    WHERE IS SHE FROM?
                             IT’S A WONDERFUL SPELL WE’RE UNDER                SHE JUST HAS TO BE
                             AND I FEEL WONDERFUL                                          SOMEONE WHO’S
                             MARVELOUS, WHAT A BLAST                                   VERY IMPORTANT.
                             EVERY HAPPY HOUR SEEMS TO FLY PAST               SOMEONE FAMOUS
                              JOIN IN THE FUN                                                       MAYBE ROYALTY
                             FOR THE NIGHT’S JUST BEGUN                                 QUITE A MYSTERY IS SHE                                                        FRIVOLITY, JOLLITY                                                    DOES ANYONE KNOW
                             SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE                                     WHO SHE IS?
                             TONIGHT!                                                                    WELL, SHE’S A STAR TONIGHT!
 



                              Land of Our Dreams
 
                                                                 Zolushka
                             SO WHAT HAPPENS NOW, IN THIS LAND OF OUR DREAMS?
 
                                                                   Prince
                             EVERY WISH THAT WE’VE YEARNED FOR
                             WILL SUDDENLY BE GRANTED
                             IF IT’S AS FULL OF MAGIC AS IT SEEMS
 
                                                                Zolushka
                             SHALL WE MAKE SOME WISHES?
                             LISTEN HARD TO OUR HEARTS?
 
                                                                 Prince
                             DO WE DARE HAVE THE COURAGE
                             TO REACH OUT FOR THE MOON
                             WHEN DEEP INSIDE THE SOUL IS WHERE THE MAGIC STARTS?
 
                                                               Zolushka
                             DREAMS, LIKE DEW DROPS, WHEN THE RAIN STOPS
 
                                                                  Both
                             RUN DOWN THE LEAVES AND QUENCH THE EARTH
                             YOU CAN’T PUT A PRICE ON WHAT THEY’RE WORTH
                             ALL YOUR HEART CAN HOLD
                             CAN’T BE BOUGHT WITH GOLD
                             TAKE A JOURNEY THROUGH YOUR MIND
                             SEE WHAT RICHES YOU CAN FIND
 
                             ALL THESE GENTLE DAYDREAMS
                             THAT WE HOLD IN OUR HANDS
                             FILL OUR HEARTS WITH A GLOW
                             THAT WILL LINGER IN THE MEMORY
 
                                                                Prince
                             EVEN IF WE’VE BUILT OUR DREAMS ON SHIFTING SANDS
 
                                                                 Both
                             DREAMS LIKE RAIN, GLOWS
                             BRIGHT AS RAINBOWS
                             CAUGHT IN A SHAFT OF APRIL SUN
                             AND THOUGH THEY FAD AWAY, THEY’RE NEVER GONE
 
 
                 

                               Zolushka Shuffle
                                                           
                      



































                The Escape
 
                                                               Prince
                             STOP! NO, WAIT! WHY DO YOU HAVE TO GO?
                                                                       
                                                             Zolushka
                             PLEASE, DEAR PRINCE!  THERE’S SO MUCH YOU DON’T KNOW!
                             I MUST LEAVE BEFORE I SHATTER ALLYOUR DREAMS
                             FOR I AM NOT EVERYTHING THAT I SEEM.
 
                                                               Prince
                             WHAT WENT WRONG, WHAT MADE HER RUN AWAY?
                             SHE JUST UP AND LEFT, WHAT DID I SAY?
 
                                                             Zolushka
                             I WISH OUR WORLDS WEREN’T SO FAR APART
                             ALL I CAN OFFER HIM IS MY HEART!
    
                                                     Pumpkin Carriage
                             IT’S TIME TO SPLIT, THE HOUR’S GETTING LATE
 
                                                             Zolushka
                             OH WHAT TO DO, I’VE LOST MY SHOE,
                             I CAN’T KEEP UP, OH WAIT!
 
                                                           Coachman
                             SISTER LEAVE IT, THERE’S NO TIME TO STOP
                             LOOKS LIKE FOR NOW, YOU’LL JUST HAVE TO HOP
 
                                                            Zolushka
                             WOULD THE PINCE REJECT ME IF HE KNEW?
 
                                                           Coachman
                             A GIRL WHOSE FRIENDS ARE RODENTS? 
                             WOULDN’T YOU?
 
                                                      Pumpkin Carriage
                             AND THEN, TO GET HOME, IT’S A PUMPKIN YOU GRAB
                             WHEN MOST ARE CONTENT TO JUST TAKE A CAB
 
                                                             Prince
                             IT’S ALL MY FAULT, WHERE DID SHE GO? WHAT DID I SAY?
 
                                                           Zolushka
                             WHAT DID THE PRINCE THINK OF ME WHEN I RAN AWAY?
 
                                                    Pumpkin Carriage
                             IN OUR DREAMS TONIGHT WILL GO ON AND ON
 
                                                         Coachman
                             BUT NONE OF US ARE DREAMING ANYMORE
 
                                                    Pumpkin Carriage
                             NOW WE’LL GO BACK TO THE DULL LIVES WE HAD BEFORE
 
                                                          Zolushka
                             AND I WILL GO BACK TO SWEEPING THE FLOOR.
 
                                                 Prince and Zolushka
                             DID I FIND LOVE JUST TO SEE IT DISPAPPEAR?
 
                                                               All
                             LOOKS LIKE OUR WISHES END HERE!
  ​​
play song
play song
play song
play song
play instrumental
play song
play song
play song
play instrumental
play song
ACT TWO MUSICAL NUMBERS