After being disowned by his kind parent, “The Wicked Prince,” (yes that’s his name), decides that he will become king of four other kingdoms by making four different princesses fall in love with him and marry him. With the help of his not-so-funny jester and a bottle of love potion, Wicked Prince sets out on a slamming doors farce of an adventure in an attempt to become king of Kingdoms One, Two, Three & Four. Needless to say, things don’t turn out as he expects them to.
This slapstick comedy is perfect for high-energy students and offers a fun way to introduce the concepts of melodrama! And with lots of audience participation, audiences of young and old alike will delight in this show.
Bob Johnson is a member of The Recording Academy, co-producer of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winning recordingPrincess Revolution! by Moey’s Music Party and associate producer of the off-Broadway hit Cougar the Musical. Honors and awards include winning the Jim Henson Award for Projects Related to Puppetry, an artistic achievement citation from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and New York Press’s “Best Straight-Faced Cover Story Interview with Joan Rivers.” You can learn more about Bob by visiting his website: http://bittenbyazebra.com/.
More plays by Bob Johnson on Drama Notebook:
Attack of the Vampire Pigs
Mother Duck and the Golden Goose
Excerpt from the play:
The Wicked Prince
Stage is preset with four curtains upstage. (STAGE RIGHT TO STAGE LEFT) Curtain 1, Curtain 2, Curtain 3. Centerstage is preset with five signs (STAGE LEFT TO STAGE RIGHT) Kingdom 1, Kingdom 2, Kingdom 3, Kingdom 4, Kingdom 5). Each kingdom sign is also preset with a King crown, preferably numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.
Once upon a time in a land far, far away, there were five kingdoms.
NARRATOR moves to KINGDOM 1 sign.
Kingdom one was ruled by a kind king. And he had a daughter who liked to talk a lot.
NARRATOR puts on KING 1 crown.
PRINCESS BLABBY enters. Blabby talks, as always, rapid fire.
No. Let me guess. You have something to tell me, don’t you? Am I right? Of course,I’m right. Why wouldn’t I be right?
Yes, Blabby, I have something to tell you. I am retiring. The kingdom is yours.
Does this mean I get to be queen? Of course, it does, doesn’t it?
When you marry, you can become queen.
BLABBY removes KING 1’s crown, continuing to talk, and exits.
I can’t wait to tell Princess Winifred. She will just die. I mean: the kingdom is mine…
NARRATOR moves to kingdom 2.
Kingdom 2 was also ruled by a kind king. And he had a daughter with a very high metabolism who liked to eat a lot.
NARRATOR puts on KING 2 crown.
SNARFALOT enters. She is perky and cheery. She also has a very large behind.
I am retiring. The kingdom is yours.
Gee, Dadums, thanks! Can I be queen?
When you get married.
How many sides of beef can I have for dinner?
As many as you like, Snarfalot. I just don’t know where you put it all.
You’re the best, Daddy.
SNARFALOT gives KING 2 a kiss on the cheek, grabs his crown and sign and exits. NARRATOR moves to KINGDOM 3.
Kingdom 3 was ruled by yet another kind king. He had a daughter who was…well…she was somethin’…
NARRATOR puts on KING 3 crown.
PRINCES HOT-CHA-CHA enters. She is carrying shakers.
One, two. Cha, cha, cha. Three, four. Cha, cha, cha. Five, six. Cha, cha, cha. Yes, Father? Cha, cha, cha.
I am retiring. The kingdom is yours.
Do I get to be queen?
After you’re married.
Way cool. Cha, cha, cha.
KING puts his crown on HOT-CHA-CHA. CHA-CHA picks up KINGDOM 3 sign and exits.
Seven, eight. Cha, cha, cha. Nine, ten…
NARRATOR moves to KINGDOM 4.
(to audience) Guess what kind of king ruled Kingdom 4? (hopefully, they say “a kind one”). That’s right, a kind one. And he had a daughter who loved to sleep.
NARRATOR puts on KING 4 crown.
Princess Slugabout! (nothing) Princess Slugabout! (nothing, then to audience)I’m going to need your help. On the count of three, shout “wake up!” Ready. One, two three…
Let’s try again. One, two, three…