4 page play, approximately 5 minutes running time. Parts for at least 8 characters. Includes several pages of extension activities, study guide and more.

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.

Also includes:

  • 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:

Characters

Narrator One
Narrator Two
Prince
Queen
King
Princess
Servants (2)

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.

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