I struggled a bit with this assignment. I don't have any favorite fairy tales and wouldn't know how to add a modern twist. I grew up loving Mother Goose rhymes and The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe is one of my favorites. I saw a lot of dark humor in it. The following is what I came up with. I would like to go in depth some time later.
Original Story Breakdown
Story Beats: Old woman lives in a shoe with her many children.
Old woman doesn't know what to do about this situation.
Old woman gives children only broth for supper
Old woman whips each child then sends them to bed
Setting: Long long ago
An enormous shoe in a quaint village
Old woman at her wit's end
Numerous children of all ages who misbehave
Key Question: How does an old woman cope with so many children in a shoe?
Key Question: Can a television psychologist help a single mother and her shoe full of disobedient children?
The set of "The Dr. Phil' show.
Heavy on dialogue.
Old woman Murray. A single mom at her wit's end.
Dr. Phil: a television talk show host with a background in psychology.
In-laws: concerned and helpful
Oldest son: Shy and sympathetic
the rhyme: 'There was an old woman who lived in a shoe...
Section I: Beginning
Dr. Phil introduces the old woman through a montage of video clips of her at home with children after she has been investigated by Children and Youth
Section II: Middle
On stage the old woman is interviewed by Dr. Phil. She is joined by her brother and his wife who insist she is a good woman with few choices.
Section III: End
Dr. Phil welcomes the old woman's eldest son and through tears the family come to terms with their dysfunction.
Dr. Phil informs old woman that she is going on a spa vacation
Family is to undergo group therapy
In-laws will join the children for a week on the Disney Cruise Ship