This is a tongue-in-cheek adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea.” In this tale, a rain-soaked princess must prove that she is in fact, a ‘real princess’ by enduring a ridiculous test by the queen.
The script itself is four pages long and has an approximate running time of ten minutes.
- Study guide that gives background on the author and the origin of the story.
- List of discussion questions related to the story.
- Three pages of extension activities.
- Production notes that list tips for performing the story in an ordinary school setting.
The Drama Notebook Scripts+ Activities are unique to Drama Notebook. The scripts are written to accommodate a flexible number of cast members, and the extension activities and study guides are designed to help students develop a connection to the lessons in the story and to deepen their understanding of the text.
Excerpt from the play:
Setting: A castle.
(The narrators stand downstage left and downstage right. They take turns narrating the story from the edges of the stage.)
Narrator One: This fairy tale is true.
Narrator Two: Hard to believe, but true.
Narrator One: Once upon a time there was a prince—
(The Prince leaps onstage.)
Prince: (sing-song) I am a prince! I am a prince!
Narrator Two: Okay, we get it. You’re a prince.
(The prince stands annoyed with his hands on his hips.)
Narrator One: Now, where were we. Oh yes. Once upon a time there was a prince who wanted to marry a Princess.
Prince: But she would have to be a real Princess!
Narrator One: I was getting to that.
Narrator Two: He traveled all over the world to find one.
Prince: I went to Italy and Spain and Norway and Russia and China and Australia and Egypt and Mada-sad-car—
Narrator One: I think you mean Madagascar.
Prince: Whatever. I went to Brazil and Venezuela and Hawaii and Canada and the North Pole—
Narrator Two: You really thought you’d find a Princess at the North Pole?
Prince: No, but I got to meet Santa and one of his elves.