‘A Pirate’s Tale’ is an original script written by the creator of Drama Notebook. There are parts for 12+ students. The play is best suited for grades 2-7. As with all original Drama Notebook scripts, the focus is on creating ‘ensemble’ and giving all students meaningful parts.
In this comedic play, a band of hapless pirates set off in a candy-themed ship to find buried treasure.
Excerpt from the play:
NARRATOR: (May be shared with more actors)
CAPTAIN GOODFELLOW: Too nice to be a pirate.
FLINT: His evil right-hand man.
DIRTY ROBERT: A very well-dressed pirate.
SHORT STACK: The tallest pirate.
CUTTHROAT TOM: A scaredy-cat pirate.
MUTTON: The skinniest pirate.
IVAN THE WICKED: Terribly nice pirate.
BARTHOLOMEW THE HUGE: The smallest pirate.
ONE EYED JOHN: Pirate with great vision.
BLOODY WILLAM: A pirate afraid of blood.
STRING BEAN: Biggest pirate.
(Two pirates, STRING BEAN and Bartholomew the Huge, run onto stage from opposite directions. They crisscross upstage and disappear again offstage. Then they run back on downstage and meet center stage.)
What has eight arms and eight legs?
(They run offstage, and two more pirates (CUTTHROAT TOM and ONE-EYED JACK) run on in the same fashion, crisscrossing and meeting down center.)
How much does a pirate pay for piercings?
A buck an ear. Get it? A buccaneer!
(They run offstage and two more pirates, BLOODY WILLAM and IVAN THE WICKED, run downstage. One stands DR and one DL.)
IVAN THE WICKED
Captain Goodfellow looks for a ship!
(They run offstage as a crew of pirates, DIRTY ROBERT, Short Stack, Bartholomew the Huge, BLOODY WILLAM, STRING BEAN, CUTTHROAT TOM, ONE EYED JACK, and FLINT led by CAPTAIN GOODFELLOW enter stage right.)
Once upon a time there was a pirate Captain named “Goodfellow.” True to his name he was a very good fellow. He always felt bad about stealing things from other people. One day, his ship sank, and he had to go looking for a new one. So, he went to the local ship dealer with his right-hand man, Flint…who had NO trouble stealing and being mean to people.
(to Captain Goodfellow)
We’re supposed to steal a ship, not buy one.
Well, that’s not very nice, now is it?
We’re pirates! We’re not supposed to be nice.
Ah, right, right. But we’re here now. We may as well take a look.
(The crew approaches a ship seller, MUTTON, who leans against a huge, candy striped ship with the word PEPPERMINT emblazoned across the bow.)
Me name’s Mutton. Looking for a ship, are ye?
(trying to sound mean)
Argh! We need a ship as dark as night and as fast as lightning-
This here’s all I got.
Oh, well then, I guess we’ll take it.
(pulling Goodfellow aside)
We can’t take that ship.
Look at it. We’re supposed to scare people, not make them laugh.
(Flint marches up to Mutton.)
Look here, Leg O’ Lamb-
The name’s Mutton.
Whatever. This ship won’t do.
You see, we’re pirates. We’re in search of a magic buried treasure. I have a map that’s been passed down from my father’s father to my father–
(Flint runs over and puts his hand over Goodfellow’s mouth.)
We just need a ship that’s frightening.
(Flint rolls his eyes, as Mutton starts to head offstage.)
Ah! Why didn’t you say so! I’ll fix ya right up!
He’s going to fix it!
Maybe he has another ship.
BARTHOLOMEW THE HUGE
I’m sure that’s it.
(The pirates nod in agreement as Mutton returns with a plank bearing the words, THE DREAD SHIP, which he sticks on the ship right above the word PEPPERMINT.)
That oughta do it.
Ah! Much better.
(He empties a pouch of gold coins and hands them over as Flint throws his hands in the air.)
Captain Goodfellow and his crew climbed aboard the Dread Ship “Peppermint” and started their search for the magic buried treasure.