An Original Musical by Joshua Goldberg
60 minutes, optional intermission | flexible cast
It's a rainy day at home when siblings Kate and Anna are whisked away to the magical land of Candy Country, where chocolate birdies sing and cotton candy clouds dot the bluest sky you've ever seen. But something's gone sour... it's the day before Princess Sweetheart's coronation, and the Candy Crown has been stolen! Journey through Candy Country with Kate and Anna as they race to retrieve crown– and discover a few things about bravery, friendship, and forgiveness along the way.
Premiered in April 2015 at the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts in Portsmouth, NH. Directed by Joshua Goldberg.
October 2022 by Upside Arts at the Players' Ring in Portsmouth, NH. Directed by Joshua Goldberg.
Anna's nervous older sister
Kate's (slightly) more adventurous younger sister
Lonely and unconfident at school, she joins Kate and Anna on their journey
Mary Jane’s loyal pup
Wicked-witch-of-the-west-like, trying to steal the candy crown and rule over all of Candy Country
THREE GUMMY BEARS
Upset with Goldilocks for breaking into their house, but not deaf to her apologizes (MAMA BEAR, PAPA BEAR, BABY BEAR)
On the run for her crimes, but there’s more than one side to every story
The cheerful and encouraging ferryman on the Lemonade River
KING CANDY CORN & QUEEN CARAMEL
The level-headed, beloved rulers of Candy Country who are ready for retirement
About to inherit the throne but unsure if she’s ready for the responsibility of ruling
A friendly, all seeing fairy who lives in the dark forest near the Chocolate Witch’s castle
M & M
The royal family's rapping courtiers
SOUR PATCH KIDS
Three mean kids at Sugar Rush Elementary School, who also work for the Chocolate Witch
A joke-telling, corny henchmen of the Chocolate Witch
One of the Chocolate Witch’s henchmen, cannot control her laughter
A hyper, loose-cannon citizen of Candy Country
Friendly owner of the Animal Cracker Farm
PEEP & PINK
Baby chicks living on the Animal Cracker Farm
A slinking farm cat at Animal Cracker Farm
SMARTIES & NERDS
Two pretentious, calculating students at Sugar Rush Elementary School
An interrupting, less-than-bright student at Sugar Rush Elementary School
Underwhelmed with the outcome of his sugary beanstalk adventure
He has a nose for sugar
Stuck floating in the current of the Lemonade River
Three inept and bumbling, but well-meaning, lifeguards
Two fish zooming down the Lemonade River
MARKETPLACE VENDERS & CUSTOMERS
The first people Tom and Anna meet in Candy Country (JAWBREAKER VENDER & CUSTOMER, TWIX VENDER & CUSTOMER, BUTTERFINGERS LADY, CANDIED APPLE MAN, WRAPPER
CITIZENS OF THE CANDY CAPITAL
Loyal supporters of the King, Queen, and Princess, and worried about the missing Candy Crown (including ANNOYED CITIZEN, WORRIED CITIZENS 1 & 2)
POSSIBLE DOUBLING (13 actors)
King Candy Corn
Princess Sweetheart/Sour Patch Kid/Swedish Fish/Butterfingers Lady
Jolly Rancher/Sour Patch Kid/Swedish Fish/Candied Apple Man
Mama Bear/Sour Patch Kid/Life Saver/Worried Citizen 1/Twix Vender
Papa Bear/Laffy Taffy/Nerds/Life Saver/Worries Citizen 2/Twix Customer
Pixie Stix/Goldilocks/Peep/M/Dum-Dum/Life Saver/Jawbreaker Vender
Gingerbread Man/Baby Bear/Snickers/Pink/Baby Ruth/Jawbreaker Customer
1. Rainy Day - Kate, Anna, Ensemble
2. Candy Country - Ensemble
3. We Three Bears - Three Gummy Bears
4. Two Sides to Every Story - Three Gummy Bears, Goldilocks, Kate, Anna, Mary Jane, Ensemble
5. Lollipop Man - Lollipop Man, Kate, Anna, Mary Jane
6. Stuck - Lollipop Man
7. Finally Queen - Chocolate Witch, Laffy Taffy, Snickers, Sour Patch Kids
8. Candy Country (Reprise) - Kate, Anna, Mary Jane, M & M
9. All Hail - Ensemble
10. True Friends - Pixie Stix, Kate, Anna, Mary Jane, Ensemble
11. King Or A Queen - King Candy Corn, Queen Caramel, Princess Sweetheart
12. Together (Preprise) - Kate, Anna, Mary Jane
13. Together - Ensemble
It’s a boring, rainy day at home. Through a window, Kate and Anna watch other kids playing in the rain (Rainy Day). Anna is scared to go out and make new friends, and Kate is scared of the thunder. When Anna starts reading out loud from a book titled "Candy Country" they start arguing, and the book is ripped in half.
In a dark interrogation room, the Chocolate Witch and her henchmen intimidate the Gingerbread Man into revealing where the Candy Crown is kept.
Kate and Anna find themselves in a Candy Marketplace, where the friendly vendors and shoppers welcome them to Candy Country (Candy Country).
The song ends at Animal Cracker Farm, where Jolly Rancher introduces Kate and Anna to his farm animals. He is shocked to read in a newspaper about the disappearance of the Candy Crown. Kate and Anna volunteer to help, and set out to the Candy Capital to talk to the King and Queen.
They find themselves at Sugar Rush Elementary School where Smarties, Nerds, and Dum-Dum are discussing mathematics – or at least trying to. The Sour Patch Kids are bullying Mary Jane, who Kate and Anna invite to join them on their journey (along with her dog, Licorice).
Jack laments exchanging his cowtails for magic jelly beans when he is scared by an approaching giant, bumping into Goldilocks as he runs off. Goldilocks hides behind Kate, Anna, and Mary Jane when the Three Gummy Bears burst in looking for her. They explain to the group why they are angry with Goldilocks (We Three Bears). Tom and Anna encourage them to listen to Goldilocks’ side of the story, and hearing her plea they decide to adopt her (Two Sides to Every Story).
As they continue on their way, Kate, Anna, Mary Jane, and Licorice encounter the cackling Chocolate Witch, who has the crown! Rather than chase after they decide to keep going, to talk to the King and Queen about what to do.
Swedish Fish float down the Lemonade River as the group enters and meets the Lollipop Man, who can ferry them across (Lollipop Man). They’re scared to cross the fast-moving waters, but encourages them to face their fears and they cross the river safely (Stuck). As they part ways, the Life Savers attempt to scoop Baby Ruth out of the river but all fall in.
Meanwhile, the Chocolate Witch and her henchmen celebrate the success of their mission, and her future as Queen of Candy Country (Finally Queen).
Kate, Anna, Mary Jane, and Licorice arrive at the Candy Capital (Candy Country- Reprise) and are quickly ushered in to meet King Candy Corn, Queen Caramel, and Princess Sweetheart (All Hail). Anna convinces Kate and Mary Jane that together they can get the crown back, and with the royal blessing they set out with M&M for the Chocolate Witch’s castle.
In the dark forest M&M get scared and run off, leaving the group alone. Suddenly Pixie Stix appears, and shines a guiding light to help them through the forest (True Friends).
In the Chocolate Witch’s castle the group is taken prisoner, and Mary Jane is surprised to find the Sour Patch Kids working for her. They think it’s cool of her to stand up to the Witch, so they give her some hot chocolate when she’s cold. Watching over them, Pixie Stix encourages the group to not give up. Anna realizes that the ropes tying them up are made of twizzlers and Licorice quickly eats through them. They try to reason with the Chocolate Witch, but when she threatens to destroy Licorice Mary Jane throws the hot chocolate at the her, which melts her... and the crown. Celebrating the vanquishing of the Chocolate Witch but dejected over the loss of the crown, the group returns to the Candy Capital.
Waiting for their return, Princess Sweetheart is nervous that she isn’t ready to be a queen, but her parents comfort her and tell her she is (King Or A Queen). When the group arrives, the royal family is impressed by their defeat of the Chocolate Witch.
A national celebration is thrown to thank Kate, Anna, Mary Jane, and Licorice, but it is soon interrupted by a deformed Chocolate Witch. She surprises everyone by giving Princess Sweetheart the crown, apologizing and telling the crowd that when she melted and reformed, her heart did too. She is renamed “Lady Chocolate”, and Sweetheart is finally crowned Queen. Kate and Anna say goodbye as M&M give them a magical book to take them home (Together- Short).
Back at home, Kate and Anna decide to face their fears and head go out into the rain to make new friends. They reflect on all the things they learned in Candy Country (Together).