As a baby, Ella was given the "gift" to obey every command. Forced to do whatever is asked, including rubbing her stepsister’s stinky feet, Ella fights for independence. She sets out on an extraordinary journey to battle ogres, befriend a prince, and crash a giant’s wedding to find her fairy Godmother, Lucinda, to undo the spell. A mythical musical based on the book by Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted explores what it means to find your voice and decide your own fate.

Run Time: 90 minutes with intermission

Photo credits: Pre-production, Jerry Siegel; Production, Casey Gardner


Karen Zacarias was recently hailed by American Theater Magazine as one of the ten most produced playwrights in the US. Her award-winning plays include The Copper Children, Destiny of Desire, Native Gardens, The Book Club Play, Legacy of Light, Mariela in the Desert, The Sins of Sor Juana, and the adaptations of Just Like Us, Into the Beautiful North, and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent. She is the author of ten renown TYA musicals (including Ella Enchanted: The Musical) and the librettist of several Ballets. She is one of the inaugural resident playwrights, Arena Stage, a core founder of the Latinx Theatre Commons – a large national organization of artists seeking to update the American narrative with the stories of Latinos – and she is the founder of the award-winning Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT). YPT was cited by the Obama administration as one of the best arts-education programs on the nation. Karen was just voted 2018 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine for her advocacy work involving the arts. She is an inaugural 2019 Sine Fellow for Policy Innovation, American University and is selected by The League of Professional Theatre Women to receive the 2019 Lee Reynolds Award given annually to a woman in theater who has helped illuminate the possibilities for social, cultural, or political change. Karen lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.

Cast + Crew

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L'Oréal Roaché


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Alex Harding

Prince Char/Servant 2

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Marcie Millard

Mother/Dame Olga

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Robert Hindsman

Sir Peter/Menagerie creature/Ogre 1

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Amy Reynolds

Lucinda/Bird/Mistress Manners

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Meg Harkins

Hattie/Servant 1/Menagerie creature/Ogre 2

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Alexandria Joy

Olive/Servant 3/Menagerie creature/Ogre 3

Amanda Sachtleben

Video Archival Recording

Jerry Siegel


Alice Zheng

Technical Intern

Stefnie Cerny, Estefania “Nia” Perez Vera

Scenic Painters

Pat Young, Amy Morrow, Joshua Campbell, Matt Brohamer, Domonic Cassamajure


Zachary Grizzle

Master Carpenter

Dakota Adams, Tom Priester


Cody Evins

Master Electrician

Kevin Roost

Associate Fight Choreographer

Jake Guinn

Fight Director

Chase Weaver

Properties Assistant

Samantha Eubanks

Properties Designer

Dakota Adams

Lighting Designer

Elisabeth Cooper

Technical Director

Nancy Nguyen, Emily Harrington

Wardrobe Crew

Emmie Thompson

Costume Assistant/Stitcher

April Andrew

Costume Designer

Derrick Vanmeter

Set Designer

Omar Rodriguez-Arroyo

Assistant Stage Manager/Intern

Dionna D. Davis

Stage Manager

Jennifer Kimball

Assistant Production Manager

Vallea E. Woodbury

Production Manager

Jeremiah Davison

Co-Sound Designer/Audio Engineer

Amanda Wansa Morgan

Sound Designer

Taryn Carmona

Assistant Director