7 characters. 5M, 2F. 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A fairy tale mash-up written by Mariah Beachboard.
The Narrator War is a clever play that includes three well-known fairy tales and one huge war between their narrators! When all the narrators are scheduled to perform at the exact same time, there’s quite a ruckus, but when a passerby sees the commotion, he’ll come up with a very clever solution. They’ll combine Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, and Snow White into one short story and the narrators will even get to play the parts! This comedy for children and teens teaches how to resolve conflict through compromise and creativity.
Mariah Beachboard has taught acting and directing over 13 years. She directed Mary Poppins, Honk!, Scapin, and The Canterbury Tales for CYT Fredericksburg. She performed with Theatre IV, Carpenter Science Theatre Company, the Rude Mechanicals, and Riverside Dinner Theatre in Virginia, and with Theatre Huntsville in Alabama. As co-owner of Spoken Word Events, LLP, she co-wrote and produced marketing videos for the Spotsylvania Education Foundation. Mrs. Beachboard holds a BA from Mary Washington College (MWC) and toured in Turkey with the college’s acting troupe. She apprenticed with the Fredericksburg Theatre Company. She holds an MBA in Marketing from American Intercontinental University. Most recently she was named a finalist in the Rocket City Playwright Series. Currently, she studies voice acting at Hollywood Huntsville. She hopes to work one day with the creative networks Minnow Beats Whale or Night Vale Presents.
Excerpt from the play:
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Brandon: A narrator who becomes International Champion of Pigs’ Weightlifting
Molly: Brandon’s assistant who becomes an Evil Queen
Lilly: A narrator who becomes Lilly White
Matthew: Lilly’s assistant who becomes a handsome prince and then the Huntsman
Zell: A narrator who becomes the Furry Godfather
Nico: Zell’s assistant who becomes the Big Bad Wolf
Sam: A passerby who fixes everything when she becomes the narrator
(Enter BRANDON. He bows.)
Hello, everyone. I’m here to tell you a story.
And I’m here to help him tell you a story.
That’s right! Tell everyone what today’s story is, Molly.
Well, Brandon, we’re telling the story of Snow White.
Hello everyone. I’m here to tell you a story –
Who are you?!
I’m the Storyteller.
No you’re not! I am.
Oh, yes I am!
Lilly, are we ready to tell the story?
No, look who’s here.
Oh, no! I thought it was our turn to tell the story.
Let’s ignore them and tell our story anyway. Ahem! Once upon a time –
There was a beautiful evil queen.
Mwahahahaha! I’m an Evil Queen!
Once upon a time there was a Handsome Prince!
I’m a handsome prince!
Hello, everyone! I’m your Storyteller today.
Well this is a mess!
What’s a mess?
Hey, Zell! Are we ready to tell our story?
Apparently there’s a mess.
There are 3 Story tellers with 3 different stories scheduled for the same exact time.
Oh, no! Not again!
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