Play for Glove Puppets: "The Enchanted Princess"

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One-person show

Kasper (or the Prince)
Magician (or Witch)
Princess (or Gretel)
Crocodile (or Grandma or a HABA monster glove puppet)
 

Note: The story may be slightly modified depending on which characters are available. The Princess is transformed into the Crocodile, but she could also turn into Grandma or another character. A few suggestions are in parentheses above.

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Tri tra trullala, Kasper's back! (gets tangled up in the curtain and can't see anything) Oh hello, what's going on here? Help me! Can you all hear me?

(the children answer)

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Oh! I can hear children calling! But I can't see anyone. Hello, is anyone there?

(the children answer)

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(battles his way out of the curtain) Oh hi children, that's better, now I can see you all. Phew, that was exhausting. What a mean curtain. But now we can start. Do you want to hear an interesting story?

(the children answer)

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Imagine this: Once upon a time, the Princess was under a spell and I saved her. (pauses for a moment) What, don't you believe me?

(the children answer)

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It's true! Really! I really did it! Watch carefully, then you'll all see! (exits)

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(enters) Oh, what a lovely day it is today! It's so sunny today, I think I'm going to go for a walk. Yikes, who's there? Is that you, children?

(the children answer)

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(peeks around a corner of the stage and watches what happens)

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Oh, it's you, children, that's good. I'm all on my own you see. There's no-one around...

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(enters) Hello Princess!

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(jumps aside surprised) Oh, hello! Who are you? (to the children) Do you know who this is? Who is it?

(the children answer)

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I am the famous magician, The Great Vanisher. I'm a wonderful magician and I can turn things into whatever I want.

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(in amazement) I would certainly like to see that.

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(laughs and nods)No problem, stand back, little Princess. (He raises his wand/hand and says imploringly) Hocuspocusvanishbanish... turn the Princess into a Crocodile!

(the Princess disappears and the Crocodile appears)

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(shocked) Oh no! What's wrong with me? Where are my arms and my blonde hair? Where is my pretty dress? And my crown? What am I?

(the children answer)

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Yes, exactly! Now you're a crocodile. Ha ha ha! And now you have all seen what a wonderful magician I am. (exits)

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(crying) Oh children, what am I going to do now? Who can help me? Oh, I know who. Kasper! Will you help me to call Kasper?

(the children call Kasper)

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(enters) Did someone call me? Did you want something children?

 

(the children answer)

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(sees the crocodile and is scared)
 Help meeee! A green monster! Oh my! Where did that come from?
 

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(speaks reassuringly) Oh Kasper. It's me, the Princess.

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No! My Princess isn't green. And she has a prettier mouth. And a nicer nose. And: (he shudders) You can't be the Princess, she doesn't smell as bad as you do!

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It's me, I promise! Please, Kasper, you have to believe me! Children, will you help me?

(the children answer)

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Am I the Princess?

(the children answer)

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But children, the Princess looks very different indeed.

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The evil magician, The Great Vanisher, put a spell on me.

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Hey children, is that true?

(the children answer)

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Hmmm, that silly magician! Well, then I guess we need to outsmart him together and turn the crocodile back into the Princess. So, Crocodile-Princess, go and hide yourself behind the curtain for a moment. (Crocodile-Princess exits) And you, children, will you help me call the Magician?

(the children answer)

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(enters) Ha, who's calling me at such a volume? Oh, it's Kasper. Hello my dear friend!

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(in an exaggerated voice) Oh, there he is, the greeeeat magician. Imagine this: I just saw a strange crocodile claiming to be a princess. Now he's hiding behind the curtain, because he's ashamed. But, you're such a greeeat magician, I bet you can't turn a crocodile into a princess, or can you?

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(turns to face the curtain) Of course I can! Stand back Kasper! Vanishbanishbishbosh Vanishbanishticktock... turn the crocodile into a princess!

(Kasper sticks his head behind the curtain and carries the unconscious Princess onto the stage)

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Oh look at that! The Princess is back! But you, you horrible old magician - just go away! The children told me everything. I know that you put a spell on the Princess! Get lost! Get out of here!

(the children call along with Kasper)

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(offended) No-one cares that I'm such a great magician! I think I'd rather go home then. (exits)

(use your free hand to bring the Princess back onto the stage)

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(sits up and rubs her head) Oh dear, my head hurts! (in amazement) Oh, look at that! My hands are back... and my dress... and my crown! Kasper, you're the best. Thank you so much. You saved me! (She hugs Kasper)

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That wasn't too hard! Children, you were such good helpers!

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Thank you for your help children!

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Anyway Princess, we should go home now. My Grandma baked a big cake and I'm really hungry after all that!

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Goodbye children! Until next time!