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Oliver


Inspired by an idea from Penopp of NY

CAST:
Narrator
Butler
Prince
Queen
Princess
Oliver (the gardener)
PROPS/COSTUMES:
throne (or chair); hand mirror and brush; garden props for gardener (like a small shovel and garden gloves). Costumes: everyday clothes for Narrator; dark suit jacket for Butler; small crowns for Prince and Princess; big crown for Queen; overalls for Oliver.

SETTING: The entrance to the palace and the Queen's chamber. (But you could perform this play in your living room.)

(All characters speak with English accents.)

Narrator:
Once upon a time there was a princess who had the most horrible temper. It was so awful that the queen could do nothing about it. But one day...

(Sound of a doorbell.)

Butler:
Yes? What would you like?

Prince:
I have come to ask the queen for her daughter's hand in marriage.

Butler:
Really? Well, wait here while I go ask the queen. Oh, queen?

Queen:
Yes?

Butler:
There's a prince out there who wants your daughter to give him a hand.

Queen:
Really? Well, I'll go tell the princess. Oh, princess?

(The princess is busy looking in the mirror and brushing her hair.)

Princess:
What?

Queen:
There is a prince at the door who wants you to give him a hand.

Princess:
Fine.

(Princess claps, applauding.)

Queen:
Fine.

(Queen turns to the Butler.)

The princess says . . .

(The Queen applauds.)

Butler:
All right!

(Butler returns to the Prince, who is waiting at the door.)

The princess says . . .

(The Butler applauds.)

Prince:
What are you doing?

Butler:
You wanted the princess to give you a hand.

Prince:
No. I want the princess's hand in marriage.

Butler:
You want to marry her hand?

Prince:
No! I don't want just her hand. I want ALL OF HER!

Butler:
Oliver?

Prince:
All of her.

(Butler returns to the Queen.)

Butler:
The prince says he wants Oliver.

Queen:
Oliver? The gardener?

Butler:
Yes. He wants his hand.

Queen:
Oh, princess! The prince says that he wants Oliver.

Princess:
The gardener?

Queen:
Yeah. He's handy.

(Princess goes to the Prince.)

Princess:
Are you the prince?

Prince:
Yes! Yes!

Princess:
Well, this is Oliver.

(Oliver enters with a shovel.)

Oliver:
You need a hand?

(Prince looks at the audience, completely confused.)


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