13 characters. 5M, 2F, 5 Either; Flexible casting; 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A comedy about a competition to marry a princess by Jasmine Rodgers.
Wanted: An Ethical Prince is a hilarious fairy tale about a contest to marry a princess. When the king decides it is time to find a suitor for his daughter, he announces a contest to the kingdom. Four brave knights will compete in several categories to win the hand of the princess. The only stipulation is that there can be no cheating. Anyone behaving unethically will be disqualified. What will happen when the most devious and unscrupulous knight keeps winning? Find out in this comedy about ethics for children!
Jasmine Rodgers is a full-time performing arts teacher for Berkeley International, an international school in Bangkok, Thailand, where she is an active choreographer and director for both primary and secondary school musicals. She holds a BS in Early Childhood Rehabilitation/Special Education and a MA in Education with a focus on the performing arts with English language learners. This will be her 9th year teaching dance and drama full-time. Jasmine enjoys creating theatrical scripts that her students can easily understand and enjoy performing!
Excerpt from the play:
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Once upon a time, in a land far away, there was a kingdom. And in that kingdom there was a king and Queen. The king and queen wanted someone noble and brave to marry their daughter and become the next king.
My daughter is now 18 and is looking for someone brave and ethical to marry. I will host a contest to see who is good enough to marry my daughter and rule the kingdom.
So the king made an announcement to his kingdom.
Attention, everyone! I will choose one of you to marry my daughter. First you must win my three challenges! But remember, no cheating. Cheating is not ethical and a king should be ethical.
Soon, four knights were chosen and the queen introduced them to her people.
Firstly, Bob the Brave!
I’m not afraid of any challenge! I will get the princess!
Ok…Next up, Lukas the Lucky!
I will destroy this competition with a single wave of my sword!
Thirdly, Loe the strong!
The princess will be mine!
And lastly, Wade the sneaky!
Oh, hi, everyone! Happy to compete with you. (evil smile)
The four knights are ready to begin the competition. May the best knight win!
The first challenge is the race. Whoever gets to the end of the line first, wins.
Ready? 3..2..1.. GO!
(Wade pushes Bob and he falls down. Wade runs ahead of Lukas and Loe and he reaches the other side first.)
Wade pushed Bob when the King wasn’t looking and won the race.
The winner of the first round is.. Wade! Now for our loser of the round… Bob!
It’s not fair! Wade cheated!
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