Chief Five Head’s Reader’s Theater Script for Kids ~ Sample

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Chief Five Heads-Reader’s Theater Script for Kids

CHARACTERS
  • NARRATOR
  • TAWONGA (father)
  • ARANI (elder sister)
  • NIKKI (younger sister)
  • MOUSE / TRIBESMAN #2
  • FROG / TRIBESMAN #3
  • BANGA (boy)BOY / TRIBESMAN #4
  • TAFARI (sister of Chief)
  • TRIBESMAN #1
  • CHIEF FIVE HEADS
  • BRIDAL PARTY #1 / TRIBESWOMAN #1
  • BRIDAL PARTY #2 / TRIBESWOMAN #2
  • BRIDAL PARTY #3 / TRIBESWOMAN #3

 

 Scene 1 – Outside the Chief’s village

[Stage Set: None.  This short scene can take place between the road and the Chief’s village, near the front of the stage, in front of the set pieces.]

[NARRATOR enters.]

NARRATOR:
Hello, everyone.  You are about to see “Chief Five Heads,” a story from Zimbabwe (pronounce: zim-BAB-way), in Africa. The story is brought to you by Stories to Grow by.

[NARRATOR steps forward.]

NARRATOR:
There was once a father of high rank and nobility who had two daughters who were the pride of his life. His name was Tawonga, and he was a curious man.  In those days, if you wanted to know the gossip from other villages and towns, you had to go to the Chief’s village.  (turns to where Father will enter) Ah!  Here is Tawonga now.

[TAWONGA enters from one side of the stage. TRIBESMAN #1 enters from the opposite side.]

TAWONGA:
(tries to catch the attention of Tribeman #1) Excuse me sir, if you don’t mind.

TRIBESMAN #1
What is it?  You look like a stranger, are you?

TAWONGA:
I came from a village far away. Back home, we hear absolutely no news of the land. Can you tell me what’s going on?

TRIBESMAN #1:
That’s easy. About a month ago, our Chief announced he is looking for a wife.

TAWONGA:
That’s big news!

TRIBESMAN #1:
You bet. As you can imagine, every eligible young maiden in the village has been presenting herself before the Chief.

TAWONGA:
And who did he chose?

TRIBESMAN #1:
That’s just it. None of them has met with his approval.

TAWONGA:
How can that be?  I see so many great beauties in your village.

TRIBESMAN #1:
It’s a puzzle, I can tell you that. But that doesn’t seem to be enough for him.

TAWONGA:
What else is he looking for?

TRIBESMAN #1:
(shrugs) Who knows? It’s all anyone can talk about.

[TRIBESWOMAN #1 and TRIBESWOMAN #2 enter.  They speak the next few lines as they continue to walk across the stage.]

TRIBESWOMAN #1:
So Johannah presented herself to the Chief.

TRIBESWOMAN #2:
Oh my gosh!  He must have been impressed with her!

TRIBESWOMAN #1:
You would think, right?  What IS it with this Chief, anyway?

TRIBESWOMAN #2:
Seriously, what IS his problem?

TRIBESWOMAN #1:
I wish I were young enough to try.

TRIBESWOMAN #2:
Me, too.  Those were the days.  But really, what difference would it make?  Nothing pleases this Chief!

[TRIBESWOMAN #1 and TRIBESWOMAN #2 exit.]

TAWONGA:
I see what you mean.  

TRIBESMAN #1:
There’s no shortage of maidens. They flock in from all over. Tell me, you don’t happen to have a daughter, do you?

TAWONGA:
As a matter of fact, I have two.  Both of marriagable age, actually.

TRIBESMAN #1:
Lucky you. I just have sons. (sighs) Five.

TAWONGA:
Five!  So… you think one of my daughters may have a chance?

TRIBESMAN #1:
You might as well encourage them.  Why not give it a shot?

TAWONGA:
Hmm..

[TAWONGA pantomimes conversing with TRIBESMAN #1. The two of them pantomime saying goodbye.]

NARRATOR:
News like this does not come every day. What will his daughters think?

[TAWONGA rushes offstage.]

Scene 2 – Tawonga’s Village

[Stage set:  The stage is divided into three sections.  Tawonga’s Village is on one side of the stage, The road is in the middle of the stage, and The chief’s Village is on the other side of the stage.] 

[This scene takes place in Tawonga’s village, and on stage sits Tawonga’s hut. (See Performance notes for suggestions on how to create a hut.)]

[TAWONGA enters.]

TAWONGA:
Arani!  Nikki! Come quickly! I have most exciting news!

[ARANI and NIKKI rush onstage.]

NIKKI:
Father!

ARANI:
What is it? What’s the word from the Chief’s village?

TAWONGA:
Wait till you hear this. (daughters come closer) You won’t believe it.

ARANI:
What? Tell us!

TAWONGA:
The Chief is looking to marry!

[DAUGHTERS clap hands and squeal with delight.]

NIKKI:
And has he found a bride?

TAWONGA:
Not yet. None of the young maidens in the village have suited him. Meaning…

[Again, DAUGHTERS clap hands and squeal with delight.]

TAWONGA:
(smiles) I see you are both catching my drift. Which one of you would like to travel to the village to present yourself to the Chief?

ARANI:
(speaks quickly before Nikki can answer) Yes, me. I will go. I’ll be the one to present myself to the Chief.

TAWONGA:
(to Nikki) And you, my daughter?

NIKKI:
It is fine that Arani goes. After all, she is older.

ARANI:
ELDER.

NIKKI:
Right. Elder.

TAWONGA:
Then it’s settled. (to Arani) You should prepare yourself with a bridal party.

NIKKI:
Father, I can help Arani get the bridal party ready.

ARANI:
Don’t trouble yourself. It is better if I go alone. (to audience) I know how to court a husband. (tosses hair) I will set off right away!

NIKKI:
Well, if that’s what you want. Good luck, sister!

TAWONGA:
Yes, good luck! 

[ARANI waves goodbye to TAWONGA and NIKKI. TAWONGA and NIKKI exit.]

[ARANI walks toward the road, in the middle of the stage.]

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