A sudden rainstorm forces Strawberry to postpone the garden party that she was playing. Blueberry Muffin suggests a new plan for the day: dressing up in costumes to perform “Strawberryella.” Strawberry wants to use old rain coat she loves for her costume, but she’s worried about what her friends will say about it. It’s not long before she realizes that how she wears her costume matters more than what it looks like.
- Strawberry Shortcake - Cinderella (or rather, Strawberella)
- Custard - herself/temporary carriage driver
- Pupcake - himself/temporary horse
- Apple Dumplin' - queen
- Ginger Snap - the smaller-footed stepsister
- Orange Blossom - the larger-footed stepsister
- Angel Cake - fairy godmother
- Huckleberry Pie - prince
- Peppermint Fizz - carriage driver
- Blueberry Muffin - stepmother
- Ginger Snap: Oh, Prince, you dance divinely! (sound of something hard)Ouch! (camera pans to Ginger's foot)
- Custard: Puphorse, whoa! Stop, Puphorse, stop!
- Angel Cake: (as the fairy godmother) One more thing. My magic only lasts a while. You have to be home before eight o'clock.
- Custard: I thought it was midnight.
- Angel Cake: That would be past her bedtime. Eight o'clock's when everything changes back as it was and you -- you once again will be dressed in tatters and rags.
- Strawberry Shortcake: I never knew you had so many books.
- Blueberry Muffin: I absolutely love to read. Don't you?
- Strawberry Shortcake: Oh, I love to read about anything and everything and all the things that happened once upon a time.
- Blueberry Muffin: Reading is the absolute most fun in the whole wide world.
- Strawberry Shortcake: When you read a good story, you feel like you can be anybody, do anything, go anywhere.
Strawberry Shortcake: I can't believe I'm going to a fancy dress ball. Fairy Godmother: Yes, yes, yes. No, no, no. Not like that you're not. (She waves her wand and puts Strawberry in a beautiful dress and glass slippers.)
In "The Play's the Thing," Strawberry and her friends put on a play of the Cinderella. Though there are many versions of this tale, the events of the play seen in the episode are most similar to the version of the story popularized by the Disney Cindrella. In this tale, Cinderella lives with a mean stepmother and two wicked stepsisters. She wants to attend a fancy ball being held by the prince, but is told that she can't go because she doesn't have an elegant dress. A fairy godmother then appears to her, giving her a marvelous dress, glass slippers and a stagecoach led by a horse (Pupcake as Puphorse in the Strawberry Shortcake version, with Custard as the driver.) She is warned that the spell will wear off by a certain time (midnight in the Disney story, Strawberry's eight o'clock bedtime in the show.) Cinderella dances with the prince and is later identified by a lost glass slipper, which only fits her.
Disney's version of the story is followed by two direct-to-DVD sequels --- Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and the 2007 Cinderella III: A Stitch in Time.