5 characters. 2M, 1F, 2 Either; 8 pages in length. Approximately 10 minutes running time. A hilarious fairy-tale for children and teens written by Jason Johnson-Spinos.
The Kingdom of Dragons is about Priya and Diego, the two children of the protective King Drafia. They desperately want to go on an adventure but when Princess Priya sneaks out to meet a wizard, she accidentally gets turned into a dragon. Meanwhile, Prince Diego has stolen a sword and run off to the forest in search of a dragon to slay. What will happen when Diego actually finds a dragon, but has no idea that it’s really his sister? This fairy tale comedy is full of adventure for children and teens alike!
Jason Johnson-Spinos is a theatre and film artist and educator. He has taught theatre to students from age five to eighteen. As a playwright, Jason has co-written with his wife, Becca Johnson-Spinos, adaptations of Alice in Wonderland and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. He is the co-founder and marketing director of Outcry Theatre. He is also an actor, director, and designer of projections, sound, and lights. He loves the magic of theatre and hopes to instill that love into young people everywhere. www.jasonjohnsonspinos.com
Excerpt from the play:
CAST OF CHARACTERS
NARRATOR – can be split between multiple actors, or performed by the teacher
KING DRAFIA – wants to protect his kingdom and his children
PRINCESS PRIYA/DRAGON – wants more from life than just being a princess
PRINCE DIEGO – wants to be a knight and prove his bravery by defeating a dragon
WIZARD – (male or female) a bumbling, inexperienced wizard who wants to be powerful
TIME:Once upon a time
SETTING:The Kingdom of Dragons, a fairy tale land
Once upon a time, there was a magical place called the Kingdom of Dragons, ruled by King Drafia. (DRAFIA enters.) He was very protective of his kingdom, and especially of his two kids, Princess Priya and Prince Diego. (PRIYA and DIEGO enter.) He never let them do anything dangerous, and he never let them leave the castle alone. (DRAFIA exits.) But Priya and Diego desperately wanted an adventure.
(DIEGO and PRIYA pretend to be a knight and a dragon.)
I slowly approach the dragon, clutching my sword nervously. The dragon breaths fire at me, but I roll out of the way. I lift my sword high in the air above the dragon’s neck, then swing it down with all my might!
Stop this foolishness.
(DIEGO and PRIYA stop.)
What kind of game is this, Diego? You know there are no more dragons.
To be clear there used to be dragons. Back in the day there were hundreds of dragons. Which is why everyone still calls this the Kingdom of Dragons.
But they’re all gone now. I defeated all the dragons, and now everyone is safe in our kingdom.
How can you be sure you got all the dragons, dad? There must still be one out there, somewhere. And I’m going to find it. And I’m going to kill it, so I can be a brave knight, just like you!
If I found a dragon, I wouldn’t kill it. I would tame it and keep it as a pet.
That’s impossible, Priya. No one can tame a dragon, and certainly not a little girl. And definitely not a princess! Your job is to stay in the castle and inspire the people by wearing pretty dresses and being very nice to everyone.
I like wearing pretty dresses and being nice, but I want to do so much more!
Dad, teach me to fight!
Let me go outside, dad!
DIEGO AND PRIYA
We want to go on an adventure!
Enough, you two. I have royal business to attend to. Run along. But no more of this obsession with dragons!
I’ll show him. I will find the dragon. And I will kill it. And then dad will know I’m just as brave and strong as he is!
Let me come with you!
No Priya, this is too dangerous for a girl. I don’t want you getting hurt.
(yelling after him) Fine! Then I’ll just go on my own adventure! (to herself) I’ll show him.
(PRIYA exits the opposite way.)
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