Agrita is a modern princess who has everything. She has designer dresses, flashy jewels, opulent restaurant food, and the unconditional love of two parents. What she doesn’t have is grace and charm. With a turned-up nose, down-turned mouth, dull eyes, and generally sour disposition, many in the kingdom find it hard to want to be near her. The King finds help for his daughter in the most unexpected heroes: a simple woman and her three daughters.
This play includes discussion questions and director’s notes regarding casting, costumes and simple set design.
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Excerpt from the play:
PRINCESS AGRITA — (F) Princess who is very sour – turned up nose, down turned mouth, and dull eyes
KING — (M) Loving father but maybe gives too much
QUEEN — (F) Loving mother and tries to temper the excesses of King
EXPERANZA — (F) Mysterious woman who says she has the magic to help the princess – mother of three daughters
AMOROSA — (F) oldest daughter of Esperanza- very loving
PENSA— (F) middle daughter of Esperanza – very thoughtful
TIPO — (F) youngest daughter of Esperanza – very kind
(The action takes place in modern day in a palace and a tiny house.)
(Lights come up on a King and Queen sitting on two elaborate modern-day thrones. Both are dressed with elegant style and sit with great posture and elegance.
(soothingly) Dear, you mustn’t fuss over her so.
But she is our daughter! She should have everything her heart desires.
I understand, dear, but she has so much already.
Nonsense. You know she is working with some…issues.
Yes. Those. Did you hear what happened at Prince Michael’s birthday party yesterday?
(worried) Oh no…
Well, as usual, our dear Princess Agrita went thinking that everyone would love and accept her immediately, because, well, she is a princess and our daughter, but…
Let me guess. Everyone moved as far away from her a possible. I just don’t understand.
Dear, you know she isn’t always the most graceful or well-mannered.
Why should she have to be? SHE IS A PRINCESS! All should bow to her every desire… despite her actions.
Dear, you know that will not work long-term for the monarchy. One day she will be Queen, and we want the entire country to respect and honor her because of her good deeds… not just because she will be Queen.
I just don’t get it. That up-turned nose of hers. THAT is not from my side of the family. Our noses are level and just right.
…after a little plastic surgery… sure, but you think that down-turned mouth is from my side of the family? No, sir, it is not. My family all smile and charm those who meet us. (smiles in a beautiful and slightly stiff way)
Well, neither of our sides of the family have dull eyes. Both of our eyes twinkle with light and joy. Where have those come from?
(Both blink and flash their eyes to the audience.)
(embarrassed) Look at us! We are picking our dear daughter apart. She wasn’t like this as a baby. She was perfect. 7 pounds 8 ounces of pure beauty.
No. These traits came on much later, as she grew. I wish everyone could see her for who she once was – a perfect, radiant, and happy young lady.
(Enter Princess Agrita stage left. She holds her nose to the ceiling, frowns, and squints her eyes. She looks overall very uncomfortable and generally tight.)
Daddy, my new Vitzen Von Bon designer dress has a tiny hole. We must contact the designer to make another one immediately!
Yes, dear child.
Oh, and my bath water was quite tepid today. When I went to place my orange crush scented bath bomb in it, it didn’t sizzle or pop. The tiny ball just floated there. YOU need to fire the royal plumber. If he can’t make it so I can have a HOT bath, then he has no business working for the King. I think I’m going to go online and give him the worst review of his career.
Yes, dear child.
One more thing, it IS Monday. (hinting)
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