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The Stagehands prepare the TV studio for taping the next episode of the "Kids Court" reality TV show.
The Floor Manager regales the Assistant Producer with a tale of his amorous adventure of the night before, but she interrupts him, pointing out that there are people in the audience.
The Security Guards, led by Sargeant-At-Arms Donovan, march in and sing of their pride in their work.
The Kids run in. Donovan and the Security Guards lecture them about obedience and discipline.
The Kids sing of their awe and rapture at the prospect of being on TV in a reality TV show as Donovan and the Security Guards try to herd them into place.
It's five minutes to showtime and the Floor Manager gives the Kids a pep-talk. The Kids respond by singing of the show's many merits.
The Floor Manager and Assistant Producer instruct the Kids and the audience on how to behave when the show starts taping. The Kids reiterate their enthusiasm for the show.
Kids Court is now in session! The Floor Manager introduces Judge Trudi, who sings of her love for life on the bench, accompanied by the adoring Security Guards.
The first duty of the court is to choose a jury from the pool of Kids.
Judge Trudi asks Donovan to announce the first case: Plaintiffs Fairlawn (Hansel and Gretel) vs. Defendant Fairlawn (their Stepmother).
In his opening statement, Counsel for the Plaintiffs tries to ingratiate himself with the Jury Kids and prejudice them against the Defendant.
The Floor Manager and Assistant Producer remind the Kids to obey the overhead signs. Donovan and the Security Guards, as usual, go overboard in yelling at the kids; Judy Trudi warns them to mind otheir P's and Q's. The Plaintiffs introduce themselves to the Audience Kids and Jury Kids, who are already sympathetic.
Counsel for the Defense objects to the Plaintiffs' shameless attempts to dazzle and hoodwink the Jury. Judge Trudi sustains, but warns Counsel to be civil.
The Plaintiffs are sworn in by Donovan. Counsel for the Defense immediately objects, but Judge Trudi overrules.
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Counsel for the Plaintiffs introduces the washed-up soap opera star Barbara Strother to play the role of the villainous Stepmother in the show's dramatic reconstruction of the alleged crime.
The Plaintiffs and Barbara re-enact their version of the alleged crime: the Stepmother leads the poor trusting Hansel and Gretel into the woods and abandons them there.
The Jury Kids are so incensed by the re-enactment that they can't wait for any more testimony before declaring a guilty verdict. Judge Trudi admonishes them to wait or be thrown off the show. The Jury Kids apologize abjectly.
Counsel for the Plaintiffs calls Hansel and Gretel back to describe their incredible discovery in the woods.
Barbara re-enters as the Wicked Witch, and continues the re-enactment by luring Hansel and Gretel into the Gingerbread House where she locks them in a cage.
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Kids Court 2007: Cast 1368: Act Two