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“Falling for Rapunzel” is a short adapted play or Reader’s Theater piece that even rhymes

Subject:

Language Arts  

Grades:

3, 4  

Title – Falling for Rapunzel-Dramatic Play
By – Michelle Anthony
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Grade Level – 3-4

Falling for Rapunzel-Dramatic Play
(could be modified for Reader’s Theatre)
Adapted by Michelle Anthony
From the book Falling for Rapunzel ,
written by Leah Wilcox

Characters: Rapunzel, Prince, Maid, Horse, Pig, Sun (Optional character)

(SCENE: Top of the castle tower/window. TIME: Rainy day.
AT RISE: Rapunzel is looking down from her window, with her maid at her side, her swine, which is hiding behind castle prop; as the prince rides up on his horse. SFX: RAIN)

PRINCE
(Cupping his mouth and yelling up to Rapunzel)

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!

RAPUNZEL
(Looking down at the prince with a quizzical look, leaves the window, goes to her maid who helps her)

MAID

(Hands Rapunzel her underwear)

RAPUNZEL

(comes back with a pair of underwear/funny boxers)

You want me to throw down my underwear?

(Shrugs her shoulders, then tosses the underwear out of the window)

PRINCE

(Takes the underwear off of his head, then looks back up at Rapunzel with a surprised look. Realizing she misunderstood, prepares again to yell with his hands cupped around his mouth)

No Rapunzel, your curly locks!

RAPUNZEL

(Puzzled, picks up a pile of dirty socks, throws them out the window, and turns to her maid)

Why would he want my dirty socks?

PRINCE

(Looks up with wonderment as to why she is misunderstanding him)

Please love, just your silky tresses!

RAPUNZEL

(Gathers up and throws out silky dresses/night gowns; winks from the window)

I knew you loved those silky dresses!

PRINCE

(Blushes with embarrassment, then shakes his head)

Rapunzel, do you have a rope?

RAPUNZEL

(Receives a cantaloupe from the maid, throws it out the window)

You’re hungry for a cantaloupe?

PRINCE

(Awkwardly catches the cantaloupe. Frazzled, yet determined, persists.)

Darling, do you have some twine?

RAPUNZEL

(Turns around, looks and finds her pig.)

If you must, he’s my very best swine!

SWINE

(Jumps over the castle prop, as if being thrown by Rapunzel, and tarries to the prince.)

OINK! OINK! OINK! OINK! OINK…

PRINCE

(Encourages the pig to scurry away; feeling frustrated, with brows curled, tries to make Rapunzel understand his intent. Speaks somewhat impatiently and very loudly.)

Rapunzel, do you have a ladder?

RAPUNZEL

(Turns to maid who hands her a box of pancake mix, which is empty.)

MAID

(Gives Rapunzel the pancake mix box.)

RAPUNZEL

Still hungry? Here’s some pancake batter!

(Throws the box to the prince)

PRINCE

(Catches the box. With desperation, near anger, yells)

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your braid!!!

RAPUNZEL

(Confused by what the prince requested, she “picks up” the maid and tosses her out the window)

MAID

(Jumps over the castle wall prop as if being thrown through the window by Rapunzel and lands in the arms of the prince who catches her. She looks at him, blushes and smiles.)

RAPUNZEL

(Seems somewhat saddened)

I’ll miss her, yes! She loves to braid!
But if you must, you can have my maid.

(SFX: RAIN STOPS. SUN COMES OUT ONTO STAGE.)

PRINCE

(Has a look of newfound joy on his face and is mesmerized by the maid. Instantly falls in love with her.)

HORSE

(turns to audience)

NAAYY!!!
You thought the prince would be,
With Rapunzel riding away, we three!
But as it’s told right here, today,
He left the princess for the maid!
NAAYY!!!

MAID, PRINCE, and HORSE

(Riding toward stage right, into the sunset)

PIG

(STAGE RIGHT: wanders over by the prince and maid, oinks poetically)

OINK! OINK!
Rapunzel watched them ride from sight…

RAPUNZEL

(Looks at the audience)

I’m glad I finally heard him right!

MAID

(Leans over to the prince to speak)

I fell for you when we first met!

PRINCE

(Blushes shyly, nodding in agreement)

Yes, me too! How could I forget?

PRINCE, MAID, HORSE, and PIG

(EXIT STAGE RIGHT)

RAPUNZEL

(Watches them leave and does a “Vanna” across the stage, pointing to all of the things she had dropped from the window, looks at audience)

I hope if they come back for more, they’ll think to knock on my back door!

(Turns and leaves the window)

SUN/OPTIONAL LINE (possible 6th group member)

(steps to center stage)

The moral of this story is
Be sure to clean your ears,
So if the prince yells up for YOU,
The message will be clear!

THE END

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