Play for Glove Puppets: "The princess and the magic pet"

Theatrical play for one or two glove puppet players

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Characters:

Princess

The Frog Prince

Prince

Vinni the dragon (or another monster)

Note: The story may be slightly modified depending on which characters are available. You can reenact the classic fairy tale version, or put on the modified version included here.

The Princess and the magic pet

(Princess comes onto the stage)

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Lalalalala, what a lovely day! Oops, who's there? Hello children! Are you all right today?

(the children answer)

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It's awesome that you're all here! Today is my actual birthday, and do you know what I asked my parents for? A pet! What will I get? Maybe a sweet little cat? Or a fluffy dog? Maybe even a pony? Or a... a... a... a glittering unicorn? I am so excited already! What would you wish for?

(the children answer)

(the prince comes onto the stage from the other side)

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Oh no! Here comes my brother, Prince Waldemar. He never lets me play with his toys, but I share all my toys with him. I think that's pretty mean.
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Ah, look, my sister Princess Friedelinde! Why are you in such a good mood? Do you already know what pet you're getting as a birthday gift?
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No, but it's sure to be an awesome pet. I think it might be a unicorn!
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Haha, I don't think so. I already secretly peaked into your room in the castle, and the animal was not as big as a unicorn! Haha! But I'm sure you'll be pleased. Hahaha!

(the Prince goes off)

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Oh no! I wonder what my stupid brother means by that. And why was he laughing like that? Children, what do you think I should do, go into my room and see what animal is in there?

(the children answer)

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Good! Then that's what I'll do! I'm a brave princess and I'm looking at the pet right now! Don't run away, kids, I'll be right back and then I'll show you my new pet! Can you wait that long?

(the children reply, the princess goes off for a moment, then comes back crying)

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Sniff, Sniff, waaah, that is just soooo mean! Sniff, Sniff, that is soooo mean! I am sooo unlucky! My parents said I would be getting a pet fit for a real fairytale princess. Sniff, sniff! Oh, it's so ugly, I can't even show it to you.

(the princess goes off, on the other side the frog king jumps slowly on the stage)

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Hello princess, please slow down! I've only got short legs and I can't jump as fast as you can run. Princess, where are you? I am the enchanted Frog King and the princess's new pet. But I don't think the princess likes me. I'd like to be her friend. Kids, can you help me? Shall we call the princess together? Shall we call the princess on the count of three? One, two, three, princeeeesssss!

(the children call along with him, the princess comes back again)

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Did you call me, children? Oh, there's that creepy frog. I don't want a pet like that. If my brother Prince Waldemar sees that, I'm sure he'll laugh at me.

(The Frog King hops toward the princess)

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Oh, princess. Please don't be so sad. I know you were looking forward to getting a different pet, but maybe I can help you out with your mean brother? In fact, I'm not a normal frog, I'm an enchanted frog king!
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You are an enchanted frog king? What do you mean? Can you turn yourself into a pony or a unicorn?
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I can't do that, but I can do something even better! Actually I am a big green dragon, but because he was afraid of me, a magician turned me into a small green frog. But if I try very hard, I can change back for a few minutes.
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Wouldn't you rather be a dragon the whole time? Being a dragon is so much cooler than being a little green frog.
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When I was a dragon, I hardly had any friends at all, because people were scared of me. No one is afraid of me now that I'm a frog. It's much better. Do you think I should scare the life out of your mean brother?
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Oh, dear Frog King, that would be awesome. Kids, should the frog king scare my brother?

(the children answer)

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I think I can hear my brother coming. The best thing I can do is hide and can you scare the prince, my dear Frog Prince?

(the princess goes off)

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Oh, that's my sister's frog! Hahaha, you are a funny kind of pet. When I get a pet, it's going to be a terrifying lion, not a puny frog! Hahaha!
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Do you think I'm puny? You want me to scare you?
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You can try, but I'm not afraid of a frog.
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Then just you wait!

(the Frog King hunches, gets smaller and disappears downward, then shortly afterwards Vinni the dragon comes up from there).

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Gggrrrrr! Who's the puny one now, you puny little prince? Grrr, shall I eat you up?
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Help, help, the frog is a giant dragon! Please don't kill me. From now on, I'll always be nice to my sister!

(the prince quickly goes offstage, Vinni the Dragon disappears down again, then the princess and the frog king come back on stage.)

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Heehee, the prince was pretty scared of me.
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That was great, my dear frog king! You are the best pet anyone could ever wish for! I think we will be the best of friends!

(Princess and Frog go off)