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.)

BRANDON
Hello, everyone. I’m here to tell you a story.

(Enter MOLLY.)

MOLLY
And I’m here to help him tell you a story.

BRANDON
That’s right! Tell everyone what today’s story is, Molly.

MOLLY
Well, Brandon, we’re telling the story of Snow White.

(Enter LILLY.)

LILLY
Hello everyone. I’m here to tell you a story –

MOLLY
Who are you?!

LILLY
I’m the Storyteller.

BRANDON
No you’re not! I am.

LILLY
Oh, yes I am!

(Enter MATTHEW.)

MATTHEW
Lilly, are we ready to tell the story?

LILLY
No, look who’s here.

MATTHEW
Oh, no! I thought it was our turn to tell the story.

LILLY
Let’s ignore them and tell our story anyway. Ahem! Once upon a time –

BRANDON
There was a beautiful evil queen.

MOLLY
Mwahahahaha! I’m an Evil Queen!

LILLY
Once upon a time there was a Handsome Prince!

MATTHEW
I’m a handsome prince!

(Enter ZELL.)

ZELL
Hello, everyone! I’m your Storyteller today.

(Everyone groans.)

ZELL
What?!

BRANDON
Well this is a mess!

ZELL
What’s a mess?

(Enter NICO.)

NICO
Hey, Zell! Are we ready to tell our story?

ZELL
Apparently there’s a mess.

NICO
What mess?

MOLLY
There are 3 Story tellers with 3 different stories scheduled for the same exact time.

NICO
Oh, no! Not again!

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