Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Princess Poppy is in peril! She was supposed to marry Duke Dudley today, but nobody knows where she is! The royal detective has been summoned to solve the mystery. This script is based on the interactive mystery of the same name, also on Drama Notebook. If you enjoyed playing the mystery as a class and working to figure out ‘who dunnit,’ you can now perform the mystery using this script.
Jennifer Reif has been teaching, directing, and performing around the Pacific Northwest for decades. Her shelves are lined with children’s books and her happy place is in the woods. She loves devising creative theatre projects with kids and sharing ideas with teachers. Jennifer holds her BA in Theatre from Morningside College and also studied at Oxford University in England.
Excerpt from the play:
Lily, a Lady in Waiting
Royal Scroll Master
Daisy, Younger Sister to Princess Poppy
(Feel free to add or subtract characters as needed)
It’s the morning of the wedding. All the characters are buzzing about preparing for the big day. (Except for Dudley, Daisy, and the Detective who enter later) In the prologue, all the characters cross the stage with purpose and urgency, each with a prop, which will help identify their character and provide a clue needed for the investigation. Jaunty violin music underscores the opening scene. We later learn this happy music is being played off stage by Daisy.
(King and Queen enter at the end of the prologue. Beautiful violin music is heard off stage.)
Daisy! Stop playing that dreadful music and come here at once! (music stops.)
We really should find something for that girl to do.
I know. Poor thing. If only she had some talent.
(Daisy enters with her fiddle or even just a violin case.)
Did you call, Mother?
Yes. It’s your sister’s big day. Put away that silly instrument and make yourself useful.
(eagerly) I could play a song for the wedding.
(King and Queen laugh dismissingly)
Oh, Daisy. That is sweet. But you are no musician.
(Sadly, for she really is good) Oh. All right then.
Go see if your sister needs help.
I don’t know if we’ll ever find a husband for that girl. All she wants to do is play that silly fiddle.
Enough about Daisy. Today is all about Princess Poppy.
(Jester enters playfully)
Her marriage to Duke Dudley will be a perfect match for our kingdom.
That’s what you think. (Sarcastically under their breath)
What was that?
Out with-it Jester! What did you say?
Well, it’s just that you two are out of touch with the people.
What? How can you say that? We are so generous and loving and kind…
Everyone in the kingdom loves us.
Ha Ha Ha!
(Jester laughs hysterically as the others enter and quickly form a line in order of who speaks. Dudley enters last.)
We are not out of touch!
That’s enough Jester. Poppy and Dudley will be married today, and everyone approves. Isn’t that right everyone? (Addressed to the line of servants. All pretend to agree. Adlibs…yes, of course…)
(clapping hands to get their attention) Come, everyone! Let’s welcome the bride-to-be.
(Everyone looks in direction of where Poppy should enter. Daisy enters alone.)
Well Daisy, where is your sister?
She’s not in her room.
Where could she be?
(Consider standing in order of line delivery.)
She’s not in the garden.
She’s not in the gallery.
She’s not in the drawing-room.
She’s not in the dressing room
She’s not in the lookout.
She’s not in the library.
She’s not in the chapel.
She’s not in her chamber.
She’s not in the kitchen.
She’s not in the castle?
Oh, Duke Dudley. Have you seen Princess Poppy today?
No! That would be bad luck.
Well then. I suppose there is only one thing to do.
We must call in the Royal Detective.