Princess K.I.M. The Musical (TYA)
Princess K.I.M. (TYA)
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Based on the beloved children's book Princess K.I.M. and The Lie That Grew  Written & Illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Princess K.I.M. The Musical is an upbeat, humorous play about a little girl named Kim who moves to a new town with her Dad. Kim wants the kids at her new school to like her, so she tells a teeny tiny lie…she says that her name is really “K.I.M.”-- "Katherine Isabella Marguerite"- and that she is a Princess. At first, Kim relishes in the Royal attention, but when her lie grows and GROWS, her life gets very complicated, especially when her theatrical Grandmother comes to visit and mistaken for the Queen! With the help of her exuberant and hilarious grandmother and the wisdom of her practical father and new friends, Kim finds the courage to drop her ‘Royal ruse’ and simply be her charming self. 

Engaging characters, true-to-life dialog and delightful music will have you laughing and singing along. The underlying thread of the classroom’s Poetry Performance ties the play’s elements together for a moving and electrifying finale, where Kim finds her YOU and children everywhere will be reminded that We Belong!

There are two other versions of Princess K.I.M. The Musical available based on both Princess K.I.M. and The Lie That Grew and the second Princess K.I.M. book, Princess K.I.M. and Too Much Truth:
Princess K.I.M. The Musical (Full-Length)  - 110 minutes, Based on both Princess K.I.M. books.
Princess K.I.M. The Musical (Junior) - 75 minutes, Based on both Princess KIM books

Princess K.I.M. and the Lie That Grew and Princess Kim and Too Much Truth are both published by Albert Whitman and Co.


It’s the last day of summer and Kim Worthington (whose Father calls her Princess), is preparing for her first day in a new school. The play opens with the song “Come Tomorrow”, where her classmates sing about summer ending and school beginning, while Kim sings about how her life is about to change and her worries about fitting in. Kim recently lost her mother, so she and her Dad, Charles, have come to this new town for a fresh start. 

On the first day of school, the teacher, Mrs. Della, introduces Kim to the class. Another classmate, Kimmy, (who has the same name) rants that, “the class is only big enough for one KIM”! Wanting desperately to fit in, Kim tells a teeny tiny lie; that her name is not KIM but K.I.M., which stands for Katherine Isabella Marguerite. When Mrs. Della comments that Kim’s name sounds like the name of a Queen, Kim’s little lie grows as she then announces that she’s a Princess and her Grandmother is a Queen. ‘Princess Katherine’ begins to enjoy the royal attention, prompting her to wear a crown and red “cape” to school the next day. Kim absentmindedly tells her classmates that her Grandmother is coming to visit… to which the kids reply,

“We want to meet the Queen!”  Kim’s tiny lie has grown into a big problem, and she’s not sure how to stop it from growing.

On Saturday morning, Kim’s grandmother, Elizabeth, a former actress, arrives for her visit. Kim and her Grandma plan a weekend of fun. Meanwhile, word has spread of the Queen’s arrival. As Kim and Grandma shop in town, the kids realize that Kim isn’t a Princess at all, and her Grandmother is  “ ‘Just an Old Lady in a Buick’ with a really weird hat!”

On Sunday night, when Grandma says, “Good Night, Princess”, a distraught Kim confesses her Royal Lie. Grandma soothes Kim by telling her “things will look brighter in the morning”.

Kim, “Princess Katherine” unhappily climbs on the bus the next morning. Immediately the kids pounce and call her is a big fat liar. Kim gets a sinking feeling as she arrives at school where she sees her Grandmother, surrounded by her classmates, whom they think is a real Queen. Kim finally fesses up and tells them the truth; that she is Just Plain Kim! The kids are mad and shun her for her deceit. After school, a dejected Kim bumps into Jason and Gracie, who lift her spirits by singing, “We all make Mistakes” and encourage Kim to be herself.

Kim realizes that her lying has caused nothing trouble and decides from now on…no matter what, she is only telling the TRUTH! Sensing that Kim needs her, Grandma decides to move in, and encourages Kim to “Be Strong”. Grandma auditions for a part in a local play and decides to volunteer in Kim’s class by giving  (hilarious) acting lessons for their upcoming poetry performance. Meanwhile, Kim’s comical truth-telling causes more problems when she goes overboard and tells too much truth.

One evening, while Grandma is practicing her lines for the play, Kim mistakenly thinks that her father and grandmother are planning to send her away. Kim feels like everything she does turns out wrong, but her mother’s words, found in a journal, lets her know that she is loved and persuades her to be herself in the song, “Find Your You”.

Meanwhile her classmate, Violet, helps Kim revise her truth-telling by telling her she can find one truthful kind thing to say about everyone, in the song, “One Single Thing”, which sets Kim on a new path.

At the last minute, with renewed confidence, Kim finds her YOU, and creates a new poem for the class’s poetry performance. With her Father, Grandmother and newfound friends surrounding her, Kim performs her inspiring new poem in the Play’s Finale where everyone, audience included, is reminded that we are all different and that “We Belong”!


Cocca-Leffler's relatable heroine delivers the lesson with good cheer. 

–Publishers Weekly

So much fun you don’t even know you are being taught some great life lessons. 

–Brian Marshall, Artistic Director, Caryl Crane Youth Theatre


Kim Worthington - Also known as Princess Katherine Isabella Marguerite Worthington. Only child, called “Princess” by her family. Imaginative and creative, Wants desperately to fit, but is a bit unsure of herself.

Charles Worthington - Kim’s father. Single parent.  A geeky accountant.

Grandma Betty -  (AKA- Elizabeth). Kim’s Grandmother. An over-the top, former actress, who likes to“play the part” and dresses in “themes”. Has an extensive actor’s wardrobe.

Mrs. Della  - A kind hearted teacher. (Could double as Grandma)

Abby - A groupie. Very dramatic. Wants to be a star. Easily impressed. Kim is her idol. She is a Princess wanna-be.

Jason - Cool. Unimpressed. Gets it. He knows from day one that Kim is not a real princess.

Passionate about baseball. Always wears a baseball hat. 

Louis - A nerd who’s into science and outer space. Wants to be an astronaut. Owns a spacesuit.

Violet – Confident. Wants to be the first woman President. Always wears shades of purple/violet.

Kimmy  - (Girl with the same name). Bratty, argumentative, loud. Wants the spotlight all the time and tries to be the leader, but in reality, very insecure.

Collin – Cool, energetic, rapper/skateboarder (Could double as Charles)

Note: Baseball team name can be replaced with local team.

Setting: School has just begun in this small town, USA.

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Maryann Cocca-Leffler is the Author and Illustrator of the children's books, Princess K.I.M. and the Lie that Grew and Princess Kim and Too Much Truth from which this play is based. She holds a BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art and has published over 60 books for children. When not in her NH studio, Maryann often travels to elementary schools nationwide to share her beloved books with young readers. 

Toby Tarnow, an award-winning actress, was the original Anne in Anne of Green Gables the Musical.  Toby acts, produces and directs Theater, Film and TV. She’s founder and Artistic Director of NH’s Riverbend School of Theater Arts, designs workshops at St. Anselm’s School of Politics, and won the NH Theater Award’s “Children and Youth Award”.

Andrew Cass is a composer, writer, performer, and New Hampshire Theater Award-winning actor. He teaches guitar, piano, bass and ukulele in Southern, NH and narrated the audio book “Arrows of Change” by Honor Raconteur. He is also one half of the alternative acoustic duo, A Wink And A Smile.

Premik Russell-Tubbs is a NYC composer, arranger, producer and accomplished multi-instrumentalist, who performs on various flutes, saxophones, wind synthesizers and lap steel guitars. Premik has worked with Carlos Santana, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, Ravi Shankar and Sting, among others. He is equally adept in pop, R&B, jazz, world and experimental genres.

Performance Royalties are based on theater particulars. Please fill out an application for a personalized quote. 

Performance Tracks are available for this show! To hear a sample, please email

Billing responsibilities, pertinent copyright information, and playwrights' biographies are available in the show rider that comes with your license agreement.

To download the show rider for Princess K.I.M.: The Musical, click here.

“Kids will love following the journey of this little girl who lets her imagination get away from her and tells a little lie that turns into a big problem. It is a show family audiences will not want to miss.” –Chase Leyner (Artistic Director) Hoboken Children’s Theatre at Mile Square Theatre

Materials: your materials will be sent to you two months prior to your opening date and will include everything necessary for your production and can be ordered in Printed or Digital format. Printed Materials are provided on unbound three-hole punched loose-leaf paper while Digital Materials are provided via email as downloadable PDF files for you to print in-house. All materials are yours to keep! No deposits, no returns.

The required materials for Princess K.I.M.: The Musical (TYA) include:

Production Scripts, Piano/Vocal Scores

Orchestrations: Piano, Bass, Drums

Available Products:

Print Edition – Beautifully bound scripts of the original full length version available at wholesale costs to sell in your lobby!

Director's Script – Single-sided script with space for director’s notes.

Performance Tracks - Tracks are available for this show! To hear a sample, please email

Reference Recording - Audio recording for reference purposes only

Media Pack – Includes high-resolution artwork, ready-designed posters, prop artwork, coloring book, reviews and pull quotes, reference photos. 




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