The Contest of the Fairies Reader’s Theater Play Script ~ Sample

Contest-of-the-Fairies

CHARACTERS

NARRATOR
• FAIRY BUTTERCUP  (*1)
• FAIRY PIXIE   (*2)
• FAIRY TWINKLE  (*3)
• FAIRY SPARKLE  (*4)
• FAIRY DAISY
• FAIRY ROSE
• QUEEN LOUISE
• KING LOUIS
• QUEEN HENRIETTA  (*5)
• KING HENRY  (*6)
• PRINCE PHILIPPE
• PRINCESS BRAVE BLUE  (*7)
• PRINCESS CARING CHERRY  (*8)
• PRINCESS FUNNY FUSCHIA  (*9)
• PRINCESS OUTGOING ORANGE  (*10)
• PRINCESS VALIANT VIOLET  (*11)
• PRINCESS WISE WINTERGREEN (*12)
• PRINCESS ROSANELLA

(*1)  actor who plays FAIRY BUTTERCUP also plays BEE #1 and CARRIAGE FAIRY #1
(*2)  actor who plays FAIRY PIXIE also plays BEE #2 and CARRIAGE FAIRY #2
(*3)  actor who plays FAIRY TWINKLE also plays BEE #3 and CARRIAGE FAIRY #3
(*4)  actor who plays FAIRY SPARKLE also plays BEE #4 and CARRIAGE FAIRY #4
(*5)  actor who plays QUEEN HENRIETTA also plays BEE #5
(*6)  actor who plays KING HENRY also plays BEE #6
(*7)  actor who plays PRINCESS BRAVE BLUE also plays NURSEMAID #1 and MALE WEDDING GUEST #1
(*8)  actor who plays PRINCESS CARING CHERRY also plays NURSEMAID #2 and MALE WEDDING GUEST #2
(*9)  actor who plays PRINCESS FUNNY FUCHSIA also plays NURSEMAID #3 and MALE WEDDING GUEST #3
(*10)  actor who plays PRINCESS OUTGOING ORANGE also plays NURSEMAID #4 and FEMALE WEDDING GUEST #1
(*11)  actor who plays PRINCESS VALIANT VIOLET also plays NURSEMAID #5 and FEMALE WEDDING GUEST #2
(*12)  actor who plays PRINCESS WISE WINTERGREEN also plays NURSEMAID #6 and FEMALE WEDDING GUEST #3

Scene 1 – Fairyland

[Stage set: The stage is divided into two sections.  One half of the stage will be two castle bedrooms. Divide into two sections, one for KING MILFOR and QUEEN MILFOR, and the other one for KING BRIGHTON and QUEEN BRIGHTON.  Each bedroom has a bed and a small table.  The other half of the stage is the royal garden.  There is a fountain and a bench in front of it.]

[Scene 1 takes place at the front of the stage, in front of all the other set pieces.  It is indicated by four mushroom stools made from milk crates.  (See Performance Notes for ideas on set design)]

NARRATOR:
Hello, Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to our performance of “Contest of the Fairies.” This is a story from France and it’s brought to you by Stories to Grow by.

[NARRATOR steps forward.]

NARRATOR:
May I present to you (with a grand gesture) the Fairy council?

[FAIRY BUTTERCUP, FAIRY PIXIE, FAIRY SPARKLE and FAIRY BUTTERCUP “fly” in from both sides of the stage. FAIRY BUTTERCUP takes a seat the center of the semi-circle. FAIRY PIXIE, FAIRY BUTTERCUP, and FAIRY SPARKLE take seats on the mushroom chairs that form a semi-circle, and happily chat with one another.]

[FAIRY BUTTERCUP claps. FAIRY PIXIE, FAIRY BUTTERCUP, and FAIRY SPARKLE all stop talking. They sit up straight and tall, looking at FAIRY BUTTERCUP.]

[NARRATOR steps back.]

FAIRY BUTTERCUP:
Fellow Fairies, it is time for the Fairy Council to begin. As you know, this meeting was called to discuss who should take my place as next Head of Fairyland. Now we have quite a conundrum (pronounce: kuh-NUN-drum) on our hands because we have two qualified candidates – Fairy Daisy and Fairy Rose.

FAIRY PIXIE:
(shakes head) A conundrum indeed. (looks around) Where are they?

FAIRY BUTTERCUP:
Not here at the moment. So we are free to discuss the matter. Now, your thoughts?

FAIRY TWINKLE:
(enthusiastically) Are we going to take a vote?

FAIRY BUTTERCUP:
Of course. But first, let’s discuss–

FAIRY TWINKLE:
I vote for Fairy Daisy! She has big bright dreams for the future of Fairyland. And she is the best flier of any of us. Have you seen her flip somersaults in mid-air?

FAIRY PIXIE:
Since when is flipping somersaults in the air a qualification to be Head of Fairyland? We need a leader who has her head AND her feet firmly on the ground. And you know that means Fairy Rose!

FAIRY SPARKLE:
We’re FAIRIES, not trolls. My vote is also for Fairy Daisy. She has the vision to lift us to bold new worlds!

FAIRY PIXIE:
Really, ladies? You prefer a leader who follows some vision to who-knows-what-new-world and leaves behind the duties at home? Apparently SOME of you (glares at Fairy Sparkle and Fairy Twinkle) have forgotten what happened when FAIRY LUNA was head of Fairyland.

FAIRY BUTTERCUP:
(shudders) How could we forget?

FAIRY PIXIE:
One bad spell, and all our wands in Fairyland disappeared – like that!

[FAIRIES gasp, hold one or both hands to their cheeks, and shudder.]

FAIRY PIXIE:
What do you say now, Fairy Buttercup?

FAIRY BUTTERCUP:
Well I must say, you have a point. Fairy Rose is always calm and thoughtful. Important qualities, no doubt. But where does that take us? My vote counts as one, the same as everyone else. So we’re at a tie. Two votes for Fairy Rose and two votes for Fairy Daisy.

FAIRY SPARKLE:
What do we do?

FAIRY BUTTERCUP:
Let’s put our heads together.

[FAIRY SPARKLE rushes to FAIRY BUTTERCUP’S side and places her head against FAIRY BUTTERCUP’S head.]

FAIRY BUTTERCUP:
Well, I don’t mean literally! Fairies, follow me.

[FAIRY BUTTERCUP leads FAIRIES in circling the stage for a few moments. Each fairy holds one hand to her chest while cradling that arm’s elbow with the other hand and tipping her head in a thoughtful pose.]

FAIRY BUTTERCUP:
(stops, looks at audience, and points one finger upward in the air) Perhaps we should call them both in to help.

FAIRY SPARKLE:
Of course! The Head of Fairyland must be a problem solver. What better way to find out who is the better candidate than to let them solve this very problem?

FAIRY PIXIE:
Let’s call them at once.

[FAIRIES join arms and yodel the words “FAIRY ROSE” and “FAIRY DAISY”. When they have repeated the names twice, FAIRY ROSE and FAIRY DAISY appear from opposite sides of the stage. They both curtsy with respect.]

FAIRY ROSE:
Great Ones!

FAIRY DAISY:
We are summoned.

FAIRY BUTTERCUP:
Fairy Rose, Fairy Daisy. Thank you for coming. We have been discussing the position of Head of Fairyland. Frankly, it seems you are both equally worthy of being named to the position.

FAIRY ROSE:
Yet one of us is a TAD more worthy than the other, I would think.

FAIRY DAISY:
And that would be ME.

FAIRY BUTTERCUP:
Both of you stop, for goodness sake! The truth is, we’re in a bit of a pickle. There can only be one Head of Fairyland. And there are two of you. So, we were kinda hoping you two could…

[FAIRY BUTTERCUP, FAIRY SPARKLE, and FAIRY TWINKLE nod. FAIRY DAISY and FAIRY ROSE exchange a long look. FAIRY DAISY puts her hands up in a “WHAT?” gesture. FAIRY ROSE shakes her head and puts her hands up with palms outward as if to say “I have no idea.”]

FAIRY DAISY:
Oh! You want US to decide?

[Other FAIRIES nod.]

FAIRY ROSE:
May FAIRY DAISY and I have a moment to confer?

[FAIRY DAISY and FAIRY ROSE move off to the side and whisper to one another. They gesture wildly with their hands. Then they both return to the elder fairies.]

FAIRY DAISY:
(smiling brightly) We have conferred. What we are proposing is a little friendly competition.

FAIRY ROSE:
The winner to become the new Head of Fairyland.

FAIRY BUTTERCUP:
Hmm. What kind of competition do you have in mind?

FAIRY ROSE:
I shall raise a princess who is irresistible to all men. Every man who meets her will fall madly in love with her.

FAIRY PIXIE:
That’s not so new…

FAIRY DAISY:
(holds up her index finger) Hear us out. And I will raise a prince. A prince so charming, he can resist any woman. In fact, (pauses dramatically) he will stay true to no one woman.

FAIRY BUTTERCUP and FAIRY PIXIE:
Oooh!

FAIRY PIXIE:
I get it!

FAIRY SPARKLE:
(perplexed) I don’t!

FAIRY BUTTERCUP:
Look. If Fairy Daisey’s prince can resist the charms of Fairy Rose’s princess, then Fairy Daisy wins and is Head of Fairyland. If Fairy Rose’s princess can win the heart of the prince and gain his proposal of marriage, then Fairy Rose wins and is Head of Fairyland.

FAIRY SPARKLE:
I see!

[FAIRY BUTTERCUP, FAIRY SPARKLE, and FAIRY PIXIE begin to talk excitedly.]

FAIRY BUTTERCUP:
(rings her bell to bring the meeting back to order) Fellow Fairies! You heard the motion. Fairy Rose will bring up a princess who is irresistible to all men. And Fairy Daisy will raise a prince who can be true to no one woman. Of course, this will take time, but what’s a few years in Fairyland?

FAIRY SPARKLE:
Over in a flash.

FAIRY PIXIE:
No time at all.

FAIRY BUTTERCUP:
So. All who agree to this competition, say aye!

EVERYONE:
Aye!

FAIRY BUTTERCUP:
All opposed?

[All are silent.]

FAIRY BUTTERCUP:
It is settled. (to Fairy Daisy and Fairy Rose) Good luck. (to audience, in a announcer’s voice) Let the games begin!

[FAIRY SPARKLE pulls out a bag of popcorn and a large fountain soda cup. She begins crunching and slurping loudly.]

FAIRY PIXIE:
FAIRY SPARKLE! What on Earth are you doing?

FAIRY SPARKLE:
What’s wrong with a little refreshment?

[All of the fairies glare at FAIRY SPARKLE.]

FAIRY SPARKLE:
WHAT????

[All of the other fairies continue to glare.]

FAIRY SPARKLE:
Oh, very well!

[FAIRY SPARKLE puts the popcorn and soda back behind her. She sits up regally. FAIRY ROSE and FAIRY DAISY curtsy before FAIRY SPARKLE, FAIRY BUTTERCUP, FAIRY PIXIE and FAIRY BUTTERCUP. FAIRY SPARKLE, FAIRY BUTTERCUP, FAIRY PIXIE and FAIRY BUTTERCUP nod regally as FAIRY DAISY and FAIRY ROSE exit.]

[Mushroom stools are removed.  Either FAIRIES take them offstage as they exit, or stagehands come on to remove them.]

Scene 2 – Castle bedroom of King Louis and Queen Louise, also the castle bedroom of King Henry and Queen Henrietta

[Stage Set: One half of the stage is divided into two bedrooms.  Each bedroom has a bed, and a night table, with a candle on it. (See Performance Notes on how to simply create the beds, and how to simulate the flame of a candle – no actual candle flames on stage.  Also, ideas on how to set up the two sets of furniture.)  QUEEN LOUISE’S room also needs another small table and a chair.  This can be placed wherever is most convenient to your layout.  On this table is a vase (not glass) with a pink rose.]

[As the scene opens, KING LOUIS is in his bed reading a scroll. QUEEN LOUISE is seated at the dressing table beside him, brushing her hair. On the opposite end of the stage, KING HENRY is also in bed reading a scroll, however he is frozen in place. QUEEN HENRIETTA is also beside him and she is brushing her hair however she, too, is frozen in place.]

[NARRATOR enters.]

NARRATOR:
You remember Fairy Rose, right? She’s the one raising a princess who will be irresistible to all men. And Fairy Daisy. She’s the one raising a prince who will be true to no one woman. Fairy Rose has the princess, and Fairy Kate has the prince – get it? Anyway, Fairy Rose chose this castle over here (gestures to area where King Louis and Queen Louise are situated) where King Louis and Queen Louise are raising a daughter. The young princess Rosanella is the pride and joy of the kingdom.

QUEEN LOUISE:
(to King Louis) Did I tell you what our Rosanella did today?

KING LOUIS:
(puts down scroll) Another escapade (pronounce: ess-kah-PAYD).

QUEEN LOUISE:
You love these stories as much as I do. So our daughter was having her very first riding lesson. Beauregard (pronounce: BOUGH-rih-gard) asked if she needed a boost to get up in the horse’s saddle. Obviously she does, since Rosanella can’t even reach the belly of the horse.

KING LOUIS:
(nods) Of course.

QUEEN LOUISE:
So I said, “Rosanella, let Beauregard help you up. It’s too high for you.” Rosanella looked at me and said, “Mama, sometimes you just have to let me do things by myself!”

[KING LOUIS and QUEEN LOUISE laugh.]

KING LOUIS:
Such a tiger, and only five years old! Who knows what we’re in for when she grows up?

QUEEN LOUISE:
Let’s not think about THAT. But don’t you know, she got onto that horse without any help!

KING LOUIS:
How did she manage it?

QUEEN LOUISE:
She grabbed hold of the stirrups and climbed up like a mountain goat!

KING LOUIS:
Is it because we’re her parents, or is our Rosanella truly the most amazing little girl in the entire kingdom?

QUEEN LOUISE:
What kingdom – the world! Everyone knows our princess is special. Isn’t it proof that she was born with a birthmark of a pink rose on her neck? (picks up a pink rose from her dresser and holds it under her chin) All the village ladies are now painting a pink rose on the necks of their own infant daughters. But of course it’s not the same.

KING LOUIS:
There is only one Rosanella.

QUEEN LOUISE:
You should hear those at court. If one court attendant offers to help with something, the other will say: “Sometimes you just have to let me do things by myself!”

KING LOUIS:
Well, I’m not sure THAT’s a precedent we want to encourage.

[KING LOUIS rolls his scroll and puts it to the side.]

KING LOUIS:
It is time to turn in. Come to bed, my dear. I shall blow out the candle.

[QUEEN LOUISE goes to her bed and takes off the robe she wears over her long nightgown. KING LOUIS blows out the candle. (See Performance Notes for ideas on how to simulate this).]

KING LOUIS:
Goodnight, my Queen.

QUEEN LOUISE:
And goodnight to you.

[KING LOUIS and QUEEN LOUISE settle into bed and freeze. NARRATOR walks to the other side of the stage where KING HENRY is still frozen, reading his scroll. QUEEN HENRIETTA is still frozen, brushing her hair.]

NARRATOR:
Let’s travel a moment to another castle a mountain range away, where Fairy Rose has chosen her young prince. This is the palace of King Henry and Queen Henrietta.

[KING HENRY and QUEEN HENRIETTA start to move.]

QUEEN HENRIETTA:
Darling, I know you told me not to fret. But I just can’t shake the feeling something isn’t quite right with our little Prince.

KING HENRY:
(sighs and puts down his scroll) Here we go again.

QUEEN HENRIETTA:
He seems to have some sort of power over people. Especially the little ladies at court. They fawn over him beyond all reason.

KING HENRY:
What do you expect? He’ll grow up to be the perfect Prince Charming. Just like me.

QUEEN HENRIETTA:
Uh, I’m going to let that one go… But listen. This is different.

KING HENRY:
Why?

QUEEN HENRIETTA:
Whenever a little girl is within ten feet of the Prince, she is drawn to him like a moth to flame. He seems to have a different playmate every day! How will he ever learn to stay true to one woman when he grows up?

KING HENRY:
My love, he’s only seven years old! We don’t have to worry about such matters for years. Come, now. You need your sleep so you can awake refreshed. To find new things to worry about tomorrow!

[QUEEN HENRIETTA gives KING HENRY a playful (light!) swat on the arm before she gets into her bed.]

KING HENRY:
What was that for? I’m just being my usual Prince Charming self.

QUEEN HENRIETTA:
Is THAT what that was?

[KING HENRY blows out his candle (See Performance Notes for ideas on how to simulate this) and he and QUEEN HENRIETTA lay down and freeze.]

NARRATOR:
Asleep, are they? Let’s mosey on back to King Louis and Queen Louise. They seem to be resting peaceably.

[QUEEN LOUISE begins to toss and turn.]

NARRATOR:
Or not.

QUEEN LOUISE:
(cries out in her sleep) Rosanella! No! NOOOOOOO!

[KING LOUIS is awakened and sits up. He starts to shake QUEEN LOUISE awake.]

KING LOUIS:
Wake up! Darling, you are having a nightmare!

[QUEEN LOUISE bolts up in bed.]

QUEEN LOUISE:
Oh my! Thank goodness, it was a dream!

KING LOUIS:
What are you talking about?

 

QUEEN LOUISE:
Our Rosanella. She had changed into a bouquet of roses. I held the bouquet, I mean our little daughter, in my two hands. Then a bird swooped down, and snatched the bouquet from me. And carried our baby away!

[QUEEN LOUISE gets out of bed and puts on her robe.]

KING LOUIS:
Darling. You know it was a dream.

QUEEN LOUISE:
Just the same. I need to check on her and make sure she’s all right.

KING LOUIS:
If you must.

[QUEEN LOUISE exits. KING LOUIS lies back down. From backstage we hear a scream. KING LOUIS sits up, horrified.]

QUEEN LOUISE:
(from backstage) She’s GONE! My baby!!

[KING LOUIS exits, rushing offstage in the direction of QUEEN LOUISE.]

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