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Sleeping Handsome By D. M. Larson

Copyright (c) 2004 All Rights Reserved*

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Cast of Characters


EMMA: A girl from the village who has a little bit of royal blood and is in love with Prince CHARLES at the start of the play.


IZZY: Isabella is the QUEEN�s most valuable servant. Isabella is EMMA�s best friend and goes by the nickname of IZZY.


CHARLES: This sleepy prince thinks he is the best looking man in the entire kingdom. CHARLES has long, blond hair and dresses in frilly clothing.


QUEEN: The Queen is the mother of Prince CHARLES and Prince JAMES. She runs her kingdom (and her son CHARLES) with an iron fist. She speaks using the royal �we� meaning that she says �we like this� instead of �I like this.�


JAMES: The second son of the QUEEN who would rather go on an adventure and rescue someone in need than rule a kingdom. JAMES is dark haired and dresses in rather plain clothing that is good for going on adventures. NOTE: If desired, JAMES may be played be the same actor who plays CHARLES by using a blond wig and costume changes.


MORGAN/WIZARD: MORGAN is an evil princess who tries to use her evil witchly powers to put CHARLES under her spell and rule the kingdom. She disguises herself as the WIZARD to try and trick everyone later in the play.


SERVANTS: Extra actors are needed for various parts throughout the show. You can have one or more actors serve in this capacity. Every time you see the phrase SERVANT CHATTER the extras can either mumble miscellaneous lines such as �peas and carrots� or they can write lines of their own. The SERVANTS play different roles including guards and evil henchmen.


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ACT I Scene 1


(EMMA and IZZY wait with SERVANTS for the QUEEN to arrive. They all are in meadow beyond the castle. The set is a ceremonial meadow where the QUEEN makes announcements. A large throne is UC of the stage. The set also has several bushes and trees including at least one apple tree. Rocks can be on set for actors to sit on if desired (but not necessary). The backdrop can be rolling hills and a castle should be seen in the distance.)


EMMA I wonder what the Queen is going to announce to everyone.


IZZY She probably is going to tell we get to polish the crown jewels again.




QUEEN We�re so happy all of your are here. All of you are our most trusted servants� Wait� (sees EMMA) Who is this, Isabella?


IZZY Sorry, my Queen. This is my friend Emma. She was sort of just tagging along.


QUEEN Tagging along? This is not acceptable


IZZY I�m sorry my Queen. It�s just that Emma is your biggest fan.


EMMA I am? (IZZY gives EMMA a kick) Oh, yes I am. The biggest.


QUEEN (smiles a little) Oh, really?


IZZY She has a whole Queen collection�


EMMA (nervous) Izzy


QUEEN You do?


IZZY She has all the coins with your likeness� except the gold and silver ones.


QUEEN What a shame. We look so good in gold.


IZZY And she makes a doll that looks exactly like you and gives it to orphans who are comforted by having their queen to cuddle each night.


QUEEN How lovely.


EMMA (sighs) Oh, Izzy.


QUEEN She may stay, but she must promise me she�ll bring us a Queen doll when we return from our trip.


IZZY A trip?




QUEEN Oh, dear. We gave away the surprise. Yes, that�s the big news. We�re going on a trip.




IZZY Another channel cruise, my Queen?


QUEEN No, we�re off to rescue our good for nothing son.


IZZY Not Prince Charles?


EMMA Prince Charles is so handsome.


QUEEN No, Charlie is fine. It�s our other son, James.


IZZY Oh, no. Not James. In trouble again, huh?


EMMA Prince James?


QUEEN We try not to talk about James much. He�s always getting himself in trouble. He just had to go save some old widow from getting her castle stormed by the Scots. Now he got himself captured and for what? That old widow is as useless as he is.


IZZY James does sound just terrible. I�m so happy he�s never around anymore.


QUEEN But good news everyone. Prince Charles will be ruling in our place while we�re gone.


IZZY How wonderful.


EMMA Charles will do a great job for sure.




QUEEN So that�s the big news. All of you must do your best to do whatever Charles wishes. As far as you are concerned, he is the King.


IZZY No, problem here. I�ll serve up Charles some serious TLC.


EMMA Now, I wish I was a servant. Imagine, waiting on Prince Charles.




QUEEN Take good care of my Charlie. He will be here soon to give you the day�s tasks. Hopefully we won�t be gone too long. If the Scots give us any trouble, we�ll probably just let them keep James. He�s not worth the trouble anyway. (QUEEN exits) Farewell.


(Other servants rush about getting ready for CHARLES)


EMMA The younger prince always has it hard, doesn�t he?


IZZY Hardly. He is a thorn in his mother�s side. She has suffered so much because of him.


EMMA But wasn�t he trying to save a widow who couldn�t defend her castle.


IZZY Well�


EMMA What else has he done wrong?


IZZY He beat up a bunch of knights last month.


EMMA And what did those knights do?


IZZY Well, they were burning down villages in a distant kingdom.


EMMA So he stopped this bad knights from hurting innocent villagers.


IZZY You�re twisting the facts. Those villagers aren�t even in our kingdom. We can�t go around helping villagers in other kingdoms.


EMMA I guess I just don�t understand politics.


IZZY Don�t worry. Nobody does. Not even the politicians.


EMMA (Excited) Here comes Prince Charles!




(CHARLES enters with trumpets sounding. SERVANTS all get excited and cheer)


CHARLES (Fake smile) Thank you everyone. I�m happy that you see me for the wonderful person I am. (Laughs at his little joke and checks his hair in a hand mirror) Mother has put me in charge and you all have to do exactly as I say until she comes back, right?


IZZY Yes, Prince Charles. You say. We do.


CHARLES (He sits on his throne) So if I want you to fetch some water� you�ll do it.


IZZY Oh, yes. Nice, ice cold water for the prince. (SERVANT brings him some)


CHARLES (Drinks and thinks) If I want you to all� jump up and down, you will.


IZZY Yes, my prince.


(SERVANTS jump and down)


CHARLES: Now bark like dogs! (SERVANTS bark like dogs and CHARLES laughs) Oh, this will be fun.


IZZY Uh, my prince. Is there any work you�d like us to do today? The Queen has a list�


CHARLES Throw out the list!


IZZY Throw it out?


CHARLES It�s all a bunch of boring nonsense. Let the rain clean the gutters I say. Let the villagers fetch their own food. We need to have a party!


(SERVANT CHATTER. They are excited)


EMMA A party will be fun.


IZZY I guess so. But we have all these things to do.


CHARLES No, wait. I have a better idea. Let�s have a contest.


IZZY What kind of contest?


CHARLES Mother has been after me to find myself a wife. Well, I�ll have a contest to see who gets to marry me.


EMMA A contest? I�ll sign up. What do we have to do?


CHARLES Well, my dear. First you have to be royalty. I�m not going to marry a peasant, you silly girl.


(Other SERVANTS laugh at EMMA, except for IZZY)


CHARLES Oh, don�t be sad. You�re certainly pretty enough. But rules are rules. A prince must marry a princess.




CHARLES: Don�t bother me now, girl. I�m thinking. Let�s see. Let�s make it a riddle contest. The princess who can solve all my riddles first will be my bride.


IZZY Shall I advertise the riddles, my prince?


CHARLES Only the first. They have to solve that riddle to get into the contest. Then they must answer my other riddles to win.


IZZY Very clever, my prince.


CHARLES Now for the first riddle� (Thinks during SERVANT CHATTER) I know. Who is the most handsome man in the entire kingdom� no, wait� the world?


(SERVANT CHATTER such as �oh, that�s a good one.� Some giggle)


IZZY You sure you want to use that one, my prince?


CHARLES There will be others but I don�t want anyone who can�t answer that one correctly.


IZZY Good point.


CHARLES Post the contest all over the kingdom and make sure every castle in the land gets a copy.


IZZY Yes, my prince.


CHARLES (to other servants) Now who wants to give me a foot rub?


(SERVANTS volunteer eagerly and follow CHARLES off stage. SERVANT CHATTER such as �I get his left foot� and �I get his big toe�)


EMMA I�m going to do the riddle contest.


IZZY But you heard the prince. You have to be royalty.


EMMA I am. I have a great, great Aunt who was a princess�


IZZY That�s a stretch.


EMMA It still counts. I�m 1/8 royalty� or is it 1/16? I�ve never been good with fractions.


IZZY I guess you can try but don�t be too disappointed if it doesn�t work out.


EMMA For some reason, I have this feeling it will work out. It�s like Prince Charles and I were meant for each other.


IZZY Well, you do have one thing in common. You�re both madly in love with him.


EMMA I knew we were meant for each other when we were children.


IZZY When was that? Last week? You hardly past your childhood, now.


EMMA No, it was many years ago. I was walking along the middle of the street in the village when the royal carriage came rushing around a corner. They didn�t see me and the horses tumbled into me. I fell in the mud and thought I was dead for sure but the wheels of the carriage just missed me. Then Prince Charles, although only a boy then, stepped from the carriage and rushed over to me. He helped me out of the mud and kindly checked my wounds. He even kissed the small cut on my hand as he helped me to my feet. I still have a little scar there. (Shows it)


IZZY That�s quite a kiss. It left a scar.


EMMA Oh, you know what I mean.


IZZY I wonder if he remembers all this.


EMMA I don�t think so. I was all covered in mud so there�s no way he�d recognize me. I could hardly see him with all the mud that was on my face. But he didn�t care. He was so kind to me anyway. A dirty little peasant girl�


IZZY No, a dirty little princess, remember.


EMMA Right. I�m a princess.


IZZY Well, princess. We better get you some better clothes than that if you�re going to be in this contest of his.


EMMA You�re right. But I don�t have anything.


IZZY As one the Queen�s most trusted servants, I�m sure I can find you something.


EMMA Oh, no. You shouldn�t. What if the Queen finds out?


IZZY You should see how many dresses she has. She won�t miss one and we�ll borrow one from her more youthful days� she hasn�t fit into one of those dresses in years.


EMMA Well, if you think it�s okay.


IZZY Let�s go.



ACT II Scene 2


(Sign that says Prince Charles� Riddle Contest has been added)


CHARLES Today is the day some lucky girl gets to be engaged to me. It�s so exciting.


IZZY Well�


CHARLES I can�t believe no one is here yet. I thought for sure I�d have to fight through crowds of princesses to get here. I even snuck up here the back way just in case. I was afraid I�d start a riot.


IZZY No riots here, my prince.


CHARLES Okay, then. Where are you hiding the girls?


IZZY I�m not sure how to tell you this, but�


CHARLES Go on. Spit it out.


MORGAN Are you ready for me yet? (MORGAN looks like a witch)


CHARLES Oh, great goblets. Who�s that?


IZZY The princess who answered your riddle.


CHARLES (sees witch) Ewwww� you�re a princess?


MORGAN (not at all discouraged) I am Princess Morgan. I am the daughter of King Red-dragon. Granddaughter of King Green-dragon and Aunt to King Blue-Dragon. (holds out royal papers)


CHARLES I guess these papers look like they�re all in order.


IZZY I�m afraid so.


CHARLES And you do look a lot like your father.


IZZY She even has the same mustache.


CHARLES That�s it? She�s the only one who showed up?


IZZY No, she�s the only one who answered your riddle correctly so far. The handsomest man in all the land� Prince Charles.


CHARLES No, one else guessed correctly?


IZZY Well, one other person said King Charles, but she meant your Grandfather. And someone else said your dog�


CHARLES Enough� Fine, Princess Morgan... here are the riddles� you�ll never get them right.


MORGAN You might be surprised. I�m very good at riddles.


CHARLES First. What has six legs but only one handsome head?


MORGAN (Smiles) Why it�s you upon a horse, my prince.




MORGAN Next riddle.


CHARLES Number two. If I have a mirror in my room that shows me even when I�m not in my room. How is this possible?


MORGAN The mirror must show the reflection of a portrait of us that hangs in your room.


CHARLES Wrong. Game over. Good-bye.


MORGAN What? That has to be right. Unless you have a magic mirror�


IZZY My prince. According to this scroll, she had the right answer.


CHARLES Thanks a lot. Some servant you are.


IZZY You asked me to be a fair judge of this competition.


CHARLES I didn�t really mean it. I just want it to be fair in my favor.


MORGAN Last riddle, my prince.


CHARLES You read it Isabella. I can�t do it.


IZZY Here is the last riddle. Which portrait of Prince Charles is the handsomest? The one of him at age 15 or age 30.


MORGAN 15 of course since his is not yet 30.


(CHARLES has been frantically looking through scrolls of contest rules)


CHARLES Did she get that right?


IZZY It did.


MORGAN So Prince Charles. It looks like we�re getting engaged�


CHARLES Ha! Found it! Scroll #55, paragraph 7. Princess Morgan. I�m afraid you�re disqualified.


MORGAN And why is that?


CHARLES According to my rules, you�re too ugly to compete.


MORGAN Let me see that. (grabs scroll) This is horrible. I didn�t know about this.


CHARLES These scrolls were available for public viewing last night.


MORGAN How was I supposed to know that?


CHARLES On the contest notice, here at the bottom it says�


MORGAN Oh, I hate the fine print. You should be ashamed at having a rule like this.


CHARLES What a sore loser.


MORGAN You haven�t seen anything yet. (she pulls out her magic wand)


CHARLES Hey, what are you doing? Guards! Guards!


(EMMA enters just as MORGAN casts her spell. IZZY goes to EMMA nervously)


MORGAN (Waves wand) Here�s a nice spell who will make girls weep. Get a pillow - he�s going to sleep. (Points wand at CHARLES. Light flash. Zap sound. Blackout. Evil laugh from MORGAN)


EMMA (In Blackout) What�s going on?


IZZY (In Blackout) I don�t know.


EMMA (In Blackout) Am I blind?


IZZY (In Blackout) Not unless I am too. (Lights come up. MORGAN is gone and CHARLES is lying on the ground asleep) That was odd.


EMMA Where�d that lady go?


IZZY Princess Morgan? I don�t know.


EMMA What�s wrong with Prince Charles?


IZZY He looks like he is asleep. (They go up to him)


EMMA (CHARLES snores) Definitely asleep.


IZZY (Stand behind him) Hey, Prince Charles. Wake up. (Pokes him with her foot)


EMMA Don�t do that.


IZZY Sorry, just want to make sure he was really asleep.


EMMA I don�t think he�s going to wake up any time soon. Was that a spell I heard when I was approaching?


IZZY It was. She muttered something about weeping and sleeping and waved her want.


EMMA A sleep spell. She put a sleep spell on Prince Charles.


IZZY And I suppose someone has to kiss him to wake him up. Here�s your big chance, Emma.


EMMA You think I should?


IZZY It�s worth a try.


EMMA (bends down) Okay. If I must� (Guards and other SERVANTS rush in)


IZZY (IZZY stops EMMA) Here�s come the guards. Get up. (EMMA stands embarrassed)


(SERVANT CHATTER such as �We heard the prince calling us.� and �What�s wrong?�)


IZZY Everyone, please, calm down. I have some terrible news. Prince Charles has had a spell cast upon him.




IZZY Please everyone, calm down. I know you are worried. You wonder what we can do without the leadership of our Prince and our Queen. What can we do in such a crisis? (She looks at EMMA) But we have someone among us who can lead us in this terrible time. Someone of royal blood who Prince Charles has decided will be his bride� Introducing Princess Emma. (Everyone gaps and EMMA is shocked-chatter) Yes, Princess Emma won the riddle contest and was selected by Prince Charles to be his future wife. So it seems she should be the one to lead us in the time of crisis. (SERVANT CHATTER) You might wonder what has happened to our Prince. I�m afraid a jealous princess who knows the witchly arts was angry at losing the riddle contest and cast a sleeping spell on the Prince. (EMMA is shocked into silence. SERVANT CHATTER) Please. Take the prince to his bed chamber and Princess Emma will begin to plan what we shall do next. Go, please. Hurry the Prince to the safety of the castle. (SERVANT CHATTER as they remove CHARLES)


EMMA (when everyone is gone except IZZY) What do you think you�re doing?


IZZY Now, Emma. Don�t be upset�


EMMA Upset? I�m not upset. I�m furious. How could you tell all those lies to everyone? I didn’t win the contest. Prince Charles doesn�t want to marry me.


IZZY Look, Emma. We had a crisis situation on our hands and this was the best way to handle it. We can�t run this kingdom without a ruler and both the Queen and her sons are not in a position to rule. Since no other family is present, logic dictates that the future wife of the prince would be in charge.


EMMA But he didn�t really pick me.


IZZY Technically the witch won the contest but we can�t exactly have her rule the kingdom. That would be a disaster.


EMMA And I�m better?


IZZY You�re perfect.


EMMA Why is that?


IZZY Because you�ll do exactly what I say.


EMMA (mad) I will?


IZZY Don�t get me wrong, Emma. I�m not trying to control you, but I do know how to run this kingdom. But they won�t listen to me. They need royalty.


EMMA This is a bad idea. It isn�t even true. What if people find out�


IZZY Trust me, Emma. With me at your side, nothing can go wrong.


(IZZY and EMMA exit. MORGAN peeks out from behind a tree or from off stage)


MORGAN Nothing can go wrong huh? We�ll have to see about that. (Evil laughter) Where are those evil henchmen of mine? You pay good stolen money to find these henchmen but they�re never around when you need them. (SERVANTS as evil henchman stumble in) There you are. Where have you been?




MORGAN Oh, never mind. Now I have a plan�




MORGAN I figured Charles would cheat at his own game and not allow me to win the riddle contest. That�s why I had the sleeping spell ready. And it�s a very special sleeping spell that we have to let work over time. In time, the spell will be powerful enough for me to have my revenge over Prince Charles. (Laughs evilly as lights fade to black)



ACT II Scene1


IZZY Emma, here are a few things we can do now that we are running this kingdom. (a huge scroll unrolls)


EMMA You wrote all this since this morning?


IZZY I�ve been thinking about this for a while.


EMMA Look at all this. Holidays?


IZZY Isabella day is my favorite. All you can eat cake for everyone. We�d just bake a huge cake in the town square and everyone could literally dive in and eat it. But I doubt everyone would go for that one.


EMMA If I could be queen� that�s the title of your list?


IZZY Come on, haven�t you ever imagined what it would be like to be Queen?


EMMA I guess so.


IZZY What would you do?


EMMA Well� (thinks) First, I�d make sure no one would go hungry.


IZZY (smiles and pull out a quill and fresh scroll) Good. I like that. It won�t be cheap though.


EMMA So what? We sell one little jewel from the royal treasury and everyone in the entire kingdom can eat for a month.


IZZY I like it (writes it down). Then what?


EMMA Next� I�d make sure we found homes and jobs for all the beggars.


IZZY Very nice. (Writes) Sell another jewel for that one?


EMMA Why not? Don�t they have tons of jewels?


IZZY So they say. Never seen the treasury myself, but�


EMMA And then I�d�


IZZY Ah, there�s more.


EMMA �I�d help all the widows and orphans.


IZZY How do we do that?


EMMA We�ll have the widows help care for the orphans. A little TLC for both!


IZZY Brilliant.


EMMA And I must give them presents too. All the children of the kingdom need a little present from me! Their Queen!


IZZY Now, Emma. You�re not queen� yet.


EMMA Sorry, it kind of all went to my head there for a second.


IZZY It�s okay. It�s fun to think about being queen, isn�t it?


EMMA For sure. Well, can we actually do any of this?


IZZY I�m afraid not.


EMMA The Queen would be really angry when she returns wouldn�t she?


IZZY You bet she would. Unless we told everyone it was her idea and then she might have a huge surge in popularity. There�s no way she�d take back all those things we did if the people loved her for it. If she did, she�d have a revolt on her hands.


EMMA But that won�t stop her from doing something to us, will it?


IZZY I�m still working on that part of the plan.


EMMA Oh, great.


IZZY Don�t be such a worry wart. The Queen and I are super close. I doubt she would do anything to me. At least I hope not.


EMMA What about me?


IZZY You�re her future daughter in law. She wouldn�t do anything to you either.


EMMA Future daughter in law? I wish. There�s just one little problem with that plan. What if the prince wakes up?


IZZY He won�t. Not if I can help it.


EMMA Izzy, that�s terrible. You wouldn�t dare hurt Prince Charles.


IZZY Of course not. But I might help him sleep a bit longer. Just until I figure out a way to make him believe that he chose you as his future bride.


EMMA Once he wakes up, it�s over. We know that. In fact, I don�t even know if I want to wait that long.


IZZY You have to Emma.


EMMA But I can�t live a lie like this.


IZZY Fine, we�ll tell the truth.


EMMA When?


IZZY I don�t know yet.



EMMA Soon?


IZZY Soon� maybe.


EMMA Maybe?


IZZY For now, let�s keep pretending the prince chose you until I get all the details worked out in the plan. Things might get pretty bad for us if we suddenly change our story now.


EMMA And what if the prince wakes up soon?


IZZY We�ll just have to make sure he stays asleep.


EMMA And how do you plan on keeping him asleep?


IZZY I�m still working on that too?


EMMA Are you making this all up as you go along?


IZZY Uh� no.


EMMA Izzy.


IZZY Maybe a little. (JAMES walks in but isn�t seen by IZZY and EMMA. He decides to step behind a tree and listen)


EMMA That�s it. We�re calling the whole thing off right now. When the servants come here to get their instructions, you will tell them what you did.


IZZY But who will run the kingdom?


EMMA It doesn�t matter. What matters is that we�re honest with them about what is going on?


IZZY Honest huh? I don�t know if that�s such a good idea.


EMMA It�s a great idea. Because this lie is only going to get us into more trouble.


IZZY If you say so�


EMMA I do say so.


IZZY But don�t you like being the prince�s future bride? (JAMES leans out on this, very curious to hear an answer)


EMMA I can�t pretend to be his future bride. Even if he doesn�t wake up, I can�t live a lie.


IZZY What about the witch? You want her to run the kingdom?


EMMA Everyone knows she is the one who put the Prince to sleep. They won�t let her be in charge.


IZZY But if they found out you lied, maybe they�ll think you lied about her too.


EMMA I believe you�re the one who did all the lying.


IZZY Oh, right. Well, couldn�t you kind of say you lied? This could be a bad mark on my record with the Queen and you don�t work for her�


EMMA You should have thought about that before you lied about all this.


IZZY Some friend you are. (They are angry a moment)


EMMA Oh, Izzy. I�m sorry. I shouldn�t be mad at you. I know you were just trying to do what was best for the kingdom.


IZZY And you�re right too. There must be a better way to handle this than lying. Here come the servants. Let�s go down and meet them. Maybe if we all put our heads together we can come up with a good solution. (IZZY and EMMA exit and MORGAN sneaks up behind JAMES)


MORGAN Hello, my pretty. (JAMES jumps)


JAMES Don�t sneak up on me like that.


MORGAN So Prince James. Did you overhear the evil web of deception these women weave?


JAMES I did overhear them, but they don�t seem to be evil at all.




JAMES It seems the problem has resolved itself.


MORGAN It did?


JAMES Yes, these women have decided to take the honest route and tell the truth to everyone.


MORGAN What? How could they? What is it these days with people teaching their children good values like telling the truth? What happened to the good old Dark Ages where everyone looked out for themselves? What�s a villain to do?


JAMES It appears everything is under control here. Perhaps you should go spread ill will in some other kingdom. I hear a witch is needed in Snow White�s realm.


MORGAN Ha, ha. Very funny.


JAMES I�m not sure what the problem is. So far things look under control.


MORGAN But you�re brother is still in a deep sleep.


JAMES And this is bad, because?


MORGAN Oh, so you approve of my evil work?


JAMES No, it�s just that I can�t imagine he�s much different in his sleeping state than in his waking one.


MORGAN Hardly. He is the most handsome man in all the kingdom and I will make him mine if it�s the last thing I do. (evil laughter and starts to go)


JAMES Wait. One last thing.




JAMES Who was that women that I saw talking?


MORGAN Isabella the servant? Or Emma the princess?


JAMES The princess Emma. Such a lovely name. Who is she?


MORGAN So you fancy her huh?


JAMES I just thought she was�


MORGAN Pretty?


JAMES Never mind. Just do your evil laughter thing again and leave, okay?


MORGAN No, this is more fun. Tell you what. Help me get to Prince Charles and I�ll help you capture Princess Emma�s heart as well.


JAMES What are you talking about? I haven�t even met the women.


MORGAN You�re smitten. I can tell.


JAMES And I won�t help you get Charles. No matter how much I dislike him, he�s still my brother and I won�t betray him.


MORGAN You people and your goodie-goodie values. This is disgusting. What�s the fun in tempting people if you can�t be tempted. Good-bye. (Crosses her arms and waits for JAMES to leave)


JAMES Princess Emma. I must meet her. She is most� intriguing. (Exits and MORGAN groans in disgust)


(IZZY and EMMA enter)


EMMA Why didn�t you tell them?


IZZY I couldn�t. They all looked so eager to serve you. I didn�t want to disappoint them.


EMMA I want this to be over before we get in too big of trouble. And now you�ve ordered them to redecorate the castle.


IZZY It�s badly in need of a change in d�cor. The Queen said so herself. She�ll be very pleased.


EMMA What about all the things I came up with? You know, like helping the needy people of our kingdom?


IZZY Well, we�ll get around to that eventually.


EMMA Either we do some good or I tell everyone now.


MORGAN (Laughs evilly) Problems, my dears?


IZZY Oh, no. It�s the witch.


MORGAN That�s princess witch to you.


EMMA Everything is fine. You can go on your way.


MORGAN But I would be happy to step in and help you in your time of crisis. Handling an entire kingdom should not be left to peasants.


EMMA Peasants? I�m no peasant�


MORGAN Oh, really?


IZZY Emma, don�t argue with her. She�s only trying to trick you.


MORGAN Trick her? Into doing what?


IZZY I don�t know yet.


MORGAN Fine. If both of you want your Prince Charles back so bad, bring him here and I�ll wake him.


EMMA You will? Really?


MORGAN Princess�s honor.


EMMA Let�s go get him.


IZZY Now, wait, Emma. What are we going to say when he wakes up and finds out what we did?


MORGAN Good point. It�s much better to go on living a lie.


EMMA I�m going to tell the servants to bring him here now. I want this all to be done with. (EMMA exits and JAMES sneaks in)


MORGAN What about you, Isabella? You seem to be level headed about all this. Help me keep the Prince asleep and we�ll continue helping the people.


IZZY As tempting as it might sound, your story isn�t adding up. Something about it has me a little suspicious.


MORGAN Have I ever led you wrong before?


IZZY Of course not. I just met you.


MORGAN Then give me a chance.


IZZY I know you�re up to something. You have something up your sleeve. You put Prince Charles to sleep for a reason. And now you think it�s okay to wake him. We�re simply pawn in some scheme of yours to take over the kingdom. We�ve walked right into your trap and you�re about to succeed. Well, I refuse to let Emma do anything until we know exactly what it is you�re up to.


MORGAN You�re so smart, Isabella. You�ve figured me out. I am up to something.


IZZY I knew it.


MORGAN But I�m afraid you won�t be able to do anything about it. (Pulls out wand) Only a little rest so I can do what�s best. (Zaps IZZY who goes to sleep. JAMES starts to come out to help IZZY but stops where he hears the following) Just a short little sleep for you, Isabella. Only long enough to help my plan along. Emma and the servants will bring the Prince here and I�ll wake him all right. I�ll wake him with a magic kiss. One that will put him under my power. As long as my henchman keep the Queen locked up in the north, then my seizure of power will be complete. (Evil laughter and exits)


JAMES So that�s her plan. She�ll put my brother under a love spell and trap my mother in the north so she can�t return.


EMMA (returns and sees JAMES and IZZY) What have you done to Izzy?


JAMES What? I didn�t do this to your friend. It was the witch.


EMMA I knew that witch was up to no good.


JAMES I heard her say this sleeping spell was only a little one so she should wake soon. (IZZY snores) I hope�


EMMA Who are you anyway?


JAMES I�m Prince James.


EMMA Charles� brother.


JAMES The one and only.


EMMA I thought you were captured.


JAMES The reports were greatly exaggerated. I�m afraid that it was a trap set by the witch for my mother. Now it is my mother who has been captured. Not me.


EMMA How horrible. What can we do?


JAMES I�ll have to rescue her now.


EMMA But the witch. How can we stop her?


JAMES I heard from many people that you have things under control here.


EMMA You did?


JAMES Yes, aren�t you the one my brother chose to marry? You are the winner of the contest aren�t you?


EMMA Well, about that. See�


IZZY (Snorts and yawns)


EMMA She�s waking up. (Goes to her) Izzy? Are you okay?


IZZY I feel so� sleepy.


EMMA It was the witch. She put a spell on you.


IZZY I knew I shouldn�t have talked to her. I should have gone with you to get Prince Charles.


EMMA Oh, she probably lied about that too. She probably won�t wake him.


JAMES Actually, she will but we don�t want her to.


EMMA We don�t?


JAMES That�s the worst thing we can let her do. She plans to kiss him and put him under her power forever.


IZZY So that�s her plan. Now it�s all starting to make sense.


JAMES But my first duty is to my mother. I must rescue her right away.


EMMA James? Can�t you just step in and take over now?


JAMES No, I think I better go rescue my mother myself. You�ll do great.


EMMA But I don�t know anything about running a kingdom.


JAMES Well, there�s two ways to run a kingdom. The first way is preferred by many monarchs. Do whatever you can to fill the royal treasury.


EMMA We�ve already failed at that one.


JAMES Then you must have picked option two. Do whatever you can to improve the lives of your people.


EMMA That�s the one I decided on.


JAMES It�s not an easy option, but the people are a lot better for it.


EMMA But how do I know I�m helping the people. What if I make things worse?


JAMES Okay, here�s a few tips.


IZZY What about the witch? How do we deal with her?


JAMES Whatever you do, don�t let her wake up my brother. If she kisses him, then he is under her power and the kingdom will be in serious trouble. It is up to the two of you to make sure that doesn�t happen. Can you do it?


EMMA We�ll try.


JAMES I know you�ll do it. I have faith in you.


EMMA James?




EMMA You�re nothing like people say you are.


JAMES I�m not, huh?


EMMA No, you seem like a really nice person who knows how to do what is right.


JAMES Why, thank you. I try my best to think before I act. I decided a long time ago that if you try to do what is right rather than worry about what people think of you, then you often get the best results. If you worry about what people think of you and your reputation, then you don�t get very far.


EMMA I wish I could be that way.


JAMES Maybe you already are. Now I heard about some of the things you want to do in your short reign as our ruler. Everything you want to do is for everyone else.


EMMA That�s true.


JAMES See. You�re doing what is right and not worrying about yourself. Selfless acts of kindness. That�s a great way to rule.


IZZY So you want Emma to stay in charge?


JAMES Why not? Wouldn�t my brother want it that way?


EMMA Well, about that. See, it wasn�t exactly the way everything thinks it is�


IZZY What she means is that she isn�t exactly sure what Prince Charles would want his future bride to do in this situation.




JAMES (Takes EMMA�s hands in his) Emma, listen. I know this is a hard time for you, but we need you to be strong and hang in here until this crisis is over. I know that you might want to give up when things have gotten so difficult, but now is not the time. We need you Princess Emma.


EMMA You do?


JAMES Yes. (JAMES is really falling for EMMA and EMMA is starting to see how great JAMES is)


IZZY So what are you waiting for, Prince James? Go rescue your mother. We have things under control here.


JAMES Yes, I must good. Fare-thee-well, Princess Emma. The kingdom is in good hands. (JAMES goes)


EMMA Who would have thought Prince James could be so�


IZZY Annoying?


EMMA No� I was thinking he was very nice.


IZZY Sure, if you like that in a guy.


EMMA Maybe I do. Prince Charles is handsome and confident, but he�s not really� nice.


IZZY Don�t tell me you�re falling for Prince James now?


EMMA Oh, no. Of course not. It�s just that�


IZZY You�re hopeless. You know that?


EMMA Come on, Izzy. We have a kingdom to run.


IZZY So what do we do next? What is your next royal decree?


EMMA I�m not sure, but it better be something to do with Prince Charles. I think I see the servants bringing him now.


IZZY Shouldn�t we have them take him back to the castle?


EMMA (Calls off stage) Oh, don�t drop him.


IZZY Then again. Maybe we shouldn�t move him around more than we have to.


EMMA They dropped him again.


IZZY That�s got to hurt.


EMMA Watch out for the� tree. Ouch.


IZZY I�m not sure he�s waking up for a while after that one.


EMMA We�ll have to find a way to protect him up here. We�ll have to face the witch some time. It might as well be now.


IZZY Sounds good to me. But how do we defend ourselves? We don�t have any magic powers.


EMMA You heard James. We only have to keep her from kissing Prince Charles. That shouldn�t be too hard.


IZZY Sounds easy enough. Or maybe one of us should kiss him first.


EMMA What?


IZZY If we kiss him before she does, then maybe he�ll be under our spell instead.


EMMA No, we can�t do that.


IZZY Better one of us than her.


EMMA No, there has to be a better way.


IZZY Come on. Wouldn�t you want to have the future king under your power?


EMMA Well, no. It wouldn�t be right.


IZZY No, but it could be fun.


EMMA There must be some other way to break the sleeping spell besides kissing him.


IZZY There might be another way, but I don�t think the witch is going to tell us.


(SERVANTS enter with Prince CHARLES. SERVANT CHATTER such as �where you want him?� SERVANTS can drop him, roll him around)


IZZY Could you guys be a little more careful with his body please? He�s not dead you know.


(SERVANT CHATTER such as �don�t be so sure� and �we did drop him an awful lot on the way up here�)


EMMA Please. Put him down� gently!


IZZY Good thing he�s asleep. That might have hurt him otherwise.


EMMA So Izzy, what are we going to do when the witch arrives?


IZZY I have a plan.


EMMA Good. (pause) What is it?


IZZY Hmm� I�m trying to remember what it was.


EMMA Izzy.


IZZY Oh, yes. We have to trick the witch into telling us how to break the spell without kissing him.


EMMA And how will we do that?


IZZY I�m still a little fuzzy on the details.


EMMA Great plan, Izzy.


IZZY Thanks.


EMMA Here she comes. I hope your details get unfuzzy fast.


IZZY Oh, she doesn�t know I�m awake. (Falls down) Let�s pretend I�m asleep.


EMMA What good will that do?


IZZY Shh� here she comes.


MORGAN (enters) So Princess Emma. You have brought me the prince to wake for you.


EMMA But what about my friend? You must wake her too.


MORGAN Is she still asleep?


EMMA So you put a sleeping spell on her too?


MORGAN It was an accident. My wand slipped. (IZZY trips MORGAN as she walks by)


EMMA Ooops. That must have been an accident too.


MORGAN Are you sure she�s asleep?


EMMA Of course. I tried everything to wake her.


MORGAN You tried pinching her? (MORGAN pinches IZZY who tries not to react. MORGAN can be upstage of IZZY and audience can see IZZY�s reactions without MORGAN seeing them)


EMMA Yes, even that.


MORGAN How about pulling her hair? (Does this)


EMMA Everything, so you don�t need to�


MORGAN How about stepping on her hand? (Does this)


EMMA Don�t break anything.


MORGAN I guess she is still asleep. Very strange.


EMMA So how are you going to wake Prince Charles?


MORGAN A witch never reveals her secrets. You must leave me while I perform the ceremony. (IZZY gives EMMA the okay sign to go)


EMMA If you�re sure. (IZZY nods)


MORGAN Yes, I�m sure. Now go.


EMMA Okay, but I�ll be close by. Don�t you dare hurt the prince. (EMMA exits)


MORGAN So my darling. Now it is time for your kiss. Lucky for me they didn�t figure out the secret way of breaking the spell which was blowing in your ear.


IZZY (Jumps up) Ah, ha! I knew this would work. (Goes over to CHARLES) Now to break the spell. (Blows in his ear) HA! Awake Prince Charles and be free of the spell. (No reaction from CHARLES) Maybe it�s the other ear. (Blows in his other ear) Awake! (Nothing) What�s going on? (Tries again)


MORGAN It looks like I�ve tricked you. I knew you weren�t still asleep. I didn�t use a strong sleep spell on you.


IZZY So there�s no other way to wake the prince?


MORGAN Yes, there were many ways that would have worked before. But now it�s too late. My spell doesn�t work until sunset and now it is time. The spell is ready and I�ll gain complete power over him with a kiss.


EMMA Izzy? I heard you shouting. Did you figure out how to stop her?


IZZY No, she says that it�s too late. Only a kiss will work now.


EMMA We can�t let her kiss him.


MORGAN And how will you stop me?


IZZY Like this! (IZZY kisses CHARLES)


EMMA Izzy!




IZZY Better me than her. (But CHARLES doesn�t react) What�s wrong?


MORGAN (Laughs evilly) The spell is working even better than I thought. I�m afraid you must be a princess for the spell to work. Stand aside and I�ll wake him. (IZZY blocks her path)


IZZY No way, witch. (Holds back MORGAN) Emma. You�ll have to kiss Prince Charles.


EMMA What? No, I can�t.


MORGAN Get out of my way.


IZZY (Wrestles with MORGAN) There�s no time. (Gets MORGAN in head lock) Do it!


EMMA But he�ll be under my power.


IZZY Better you than her. (Holds MORGAN down on ground) Hurry.


(EMMA goes to CHARLES. She bends down and kisses him)




CHARLES (Yawns) Wow. I feel like I�ve been asleep for the longest time. I feel so nice and rested. A little extra beauty sleep to make me even more handsome than usual� if that�s possible.


IZZY He doesn�t seem any different.


MORGAN Just wait.


CHARLES (Sees EMMA) You� did you win my contest?


EMMA Uh� well�


CHARLES Please say you did. No one could possibly be more worthy of being with me than you. You are so beautiful. Almost as beautiful as me.


MORGAN I can�t believe this. All this work, ruined.


IZZY Tough luck. Better luck next time.


MORGAN This isn�t over yet. I have plenty more tricks up my sleeve. (Exits)


CHARLES Will you marry me? You deserve me more than anyone else I�ve met.


EMMA Prince Charles� please.


CHARLES Yes, my love?


EMMA I�m afraid you�re under a spell.


CHARLES The spell of your love.


EMMA No, some other kind of spell. One that put you under my power.


CHARLES Yes, love is a powerful spell.


EMMA You don�t understand�


IZZY It�s no use, Emma. We�ll have to figure out some way to break the spell.


CHARLES There is no way to break this bond we have, Emma. We are forever linked. In fact, let�s get married right away.


EMMA No, my prince. We shouldn�t rush things.


CHARLES And we probably should wait until mother gets back. She�d be furious if we had a wedding without her� but I�d do it for you my love.


EMMA No, we wouldn�t want to upset the Queen. Let�s wait.


CHARLES Where are those servants, Isabella?


IZZY I�ll get them (exits).


CHARLES We must start planning and then we can have the ceremony the minute mother returns.


EMMA Shouldn�t we let you mother help with the planning?


CHARLES (SERVANTS enter with IZZY) Hurry up you good for nothing loafers.


EMMA Charles. You shouldn�t speak to them that way. They are people just like us.


CHARLES I�m sorry, my love. Hurry along, you little people. I have work for you to do. (To EMMA) But really, Emma. They aren�t just like us. Where did you ever get such a silly idea? They aren�t half the man I am and they certainly aren�t as wonderful as you.


EMMA But they are�


CHARLES Oh, you�re so cute. Tell you what. You tell these people what you want done in your way and I�ll watch and learn.


EMMA (Reluctantly faces servants) Well, uh� Good people. You have worked very hard today� take the rest of the day off. (Servants cheer and start to go)


CHARLES (Stops them) Wait! No, no, no. (Turns to EMMA) That�s no way to handle these people. You�ll turn them into a bunch of lazy bums.


EMMA But they have worked very hard. They�d probably like to go home and have a nice dinner.


CHARLES But who will make our dinner?


EMMA I will.


CHARLES You will? You can cook? You sure you�re a princess?


IZZY Of course she is.


CHARLES Oh, it doesn�t matter anyway. Because I love her ever so much.


EMMA And you�d do anything for me?


CHARLES Anything.


EMMA Then give the servants the day off.


CHARLES Fine. Take the day off. But I want everyone back bright and early. 5am should be good, but don�t wake me up until my usual time. (SERVANT CHATTER and they exit quickly before someone changes their minds)


EMMA (To IZZY) What�s his usual wake up time?


IZZY Noon.


EMMA Oh, dear.


CHARLES You do things very different, Princess Emma, but I love you for it.


EMMA So you�d love me even if I wasn�t a princess?


CHARLES I would.


EMMA Even if I was only a peasant.


CHARLES I hate peasants but I do love you.


EMMA Well, I hate to tell you but�


IZZY (Stops her and pulls her aside) What are you doing?


EMMA I�m trying to break the spell.


IZZY Why do you want to do that?


EMMA Because it�s not right to have him under my control.


IZZY But this is great. You have the man of your dreams and the servants have the day off. You�ll be the best princess ever.


CHARLES What are you two chatting about? Me probably. I seem to be everyone�s favorite topic of conversation. I know I�m mine.


EMMA So do you love me more than anything?


CHARLES Oh, yes.


EMMA Do you love me more than you?


CHARLES (Pause) Well�


IZZY Now you�ve done it.


CHARLES I do love myself an awful lot. Mother said it is extremely important to like yourself if you�re going to rule a kingdom. Have you ever heard of a king who didn�t like himself?


EMMA You didn�t answer my questions. Do you love me more than yourself?


CHARLES I can�t believe I�m going to say this, but yes� I love you more than the person I love most� me.


IZZY Ha, it didn�t work.


EMMA I can�t believe this.


CHARLES Wasn�t that the right answer? I don�t want to make you unhappy.


EMMA Too late.


CHARLES I can�t go on knowing I�ve upset you. What will I do?


IZZY Now you�ve gone and hurt his feelings.


EMMA Izzy, whose side on you on? I need help here.


CHARLES My sorrow is so great� and yet it makes me love you even more. As they say, you only hurt the ones you love (sobs uncontrollably and latches on to EMMA�s leg)


IZZY I don�t think I can take this much longer.


EMMA (sighs) Everything is okay, Charles. I�m not upset at you.




EMMA Really.


CHARLES Really, really?


EMMA In fact, why don�t we play a game?


CHARLES A game? How fun.


EMMA You go hide and then I�ll find you.


CHARLES Hide and seek? How fun. Here I go. (Runs off and then on) And when you find me, you get a big kiss. (Runs off) Come and get me. (EMMA sits)


IZZY Are you going to go after him?


EMMA Maybe�


IZZY Maybe?


EMMA I�m not sure I want to. He�s driving me crazy.


CHARLES (Off) I�m hiding. Where are you?


IZZY But you�ve got the man of your dreams.


EMMA I like him better in my dreams. In person� he�s� annoying.


IZZY I could have told you that.


EMMA It�s strange. You get what you�ve always wanted and it�s not what you really want.


IZZY Funny how life works that way.


EMMA Suddenly I�m a princess and I have a chance to marry one of the richest, most powerful men in the land. Yet� I�m not very happy.


IZZY Doesn�t feel right, does it?


EMMA What�s this? Are you finally starting to see the down side to all this?


IZZY I have to admit, it is turning out to be a bit of a mess. Especially that holiday thing. Who is going to do all the work around here?


EMMA We can do it.


IZZY We? As in you and I?


EMMA Why not?


IZZY You know how much work it is to run a castle? Even for a day?


EMMA Maybe Charles will help?


IZZY You have to be kidding.


EMMA It will be good for him to do a little work around here.


IZZY This I�d like to see.


EMMA He�s under my spell right? Why not get him to do a little work?


IZZY Be my guest.


EMMA Charles?


CHARLES (Sneaks on stage behind tree) I�m still hiding.


EMMA I give up. I can�t find you.

CHARLES (Comes out of hiding) No, kiss for you then.


EMMA Oh, darn.


CHARLES Well, I guess one little kiss.


EMMA Why don�t we save it for later?


CHARLES (Disappointed) Okay.


EMMA Since the servants have the day off, we have some work to do around the castle.


CHARLES Work? We don�t need to do any work. (Points to IZZY) Can�t she do it all?


EMMA No, it will be a good experience for us to help.


CHARLES Good? It doesn�t sound good at all.


EMMA What do we need to do first?


IZZY Emma, you wash the floors of the great hall. Charles can shovel out the stables�


CHARLES Shovel out the stables? What needs to be shoveled out of there?


IZZY Road apples.


CHARLES Apples? How did apples get in the stables?


IZZY Road apples is another term for horse manure.


CHARLES Ewww� gross. Why do we need to do that?


IZZY Emma, this is hopeless. He�s not going to do it.


EMMA Please, Charles. Do it for me.


CHARLES But I don�t know how. Maybe I could go rearrange my shoes. That�s hard work.


EMMA Don�t you do that yourself already?


CHARLES Oh, no. I have a servant that does that. I call him the shoe boy.


EMMA You�re kidding?


IZZY He�s not.


EMMA I guess you could start with that.


CHARLES I�ll get right to it. It�s very hard work, but I�ll manage somehow for you, my love. (Exits)


IZZY I told you this wouldn�t work.


EMMA I figure we can start him out slow and work him into the harder stuff later.


IZZY First shoes, then socks, and maybe� he can do something really hard like� make his bed.


EMMA I�m sorry. I�m trying.


IZZY It was a good effort, but it�s not going to be easy to get him to do anything productive.


EMMA I guess we better get to work then.


IZZY Or maybe we could let things go for a day. What�s the worst that could happen?


(SERVANT comes up with a scroll and gives it to IZZY)


EMMA Who is it from?


IZZY The Queen.


EMMA Is she okay?


IZZY Yes and she�s coming back today.


EMMA Today?


IZZY James rescued her and they are coming here now. We�re supposed to get a royal banquet together to welcome them. This is terrible.


EMMA At least the Queen is saved. James is a hero.


IZZY This is no time to be looking at the bright side of things. We�ve got a big problem here. How are the two of us going to get a feast together?


EMMA We could use a little bit of magic right now.


WIZARD/MORGAN Did someone say magic? (WIZARD is MORGAN in disguise)


IZZY Who are you?


WIZARD I am the wise wizard of the west, here to help those in need.


IZZY I�ve never heard of you before.


WIZARD Then you�ve never been in need.


EMMA We could sure use some help right now.


WIZARD What seems to be the problem?


IZZY We have a major feast to prepare and no servants to help.


EMMA And I want to break the love spell that Prince Charles is under.


WIZARD Slow down now. Each spell does require a small payment.


IZZY A payment? How much?


WIZARD Ten shillings.


IZZY Ten shillings. That�s not small.


EMMA I have five shillings. That�s enough for one spell.


WIZARD No, ten shillings for one spell. Twenty for both.


IZZY Some help you are.


WIZARD Nothing is free, my dear.


IZZY Fine, I have five shillings too. So let�s do the spell for the feast.


EMMA Wait. I think breaking the love spell is more important.


IZZY I don�t even think you should break the love spell. And the feast is more important right now.


EMMA You�re always thinking of the present. You need to think about how the choices we make now affect the future.


IZZY Fine. We�ll settle the easy way. Rock, sword, cloak.


EMMA I hate that game.


IZZY I can�t think of another way to settle this.


EMMA Okay. Ready. One, two, three. (EMMA holds out her fist for rock and IZZY holds out a flat hand for cloak)


IZZY Cloak covers rock. I win.


EMMA I never understood why cloak beats rock.


WIZARD Very well, then. Ten shillings please.


IZZY Here it is. I want a feast.


WIZARD By the powers given to me by the wizards of the west. Give me a feast and make it the�


IZZY Not here. Back at the castle.


WIZARD Oh, yes. Of course. I shall go there directly. (EXITS)


EMMA What a waste of ten shillings.


IZZY Ten shillings well spent I�d say.


EMMA Maybe Charles will give me ten more shillings.


IZZY You wouldn�t dare.


EMMA I might�


IZZY Taking advantage of poor Charles like that.


EMMA Suddenly you care about poor Charles. If you really cared, you�d break the spell.


IZZY He�s better off under your spell. He needs a good woman like you around. He�ll just hurt himself otherwise.


EMMA Poor Charles does need someone to watch out for him.


IZZY Nobody can watch him as much as himself though.


EMMA Charles does like to look at himself a lot.


IZZY A lot? That�s all he does. He used to have a servant whose only job was to carry a big mirror around so Charles could look at himself doing everything. Finally someone got Charles a hand mirror.


EMMA Why couldn�t he be more like his brother James? James is so nice and thoughtful.


JAMES Did somebody say my name? (Enters)


EMMA Oh, James. You didn�t hear that did you?


JAMES Hear what?


IZZY Emma was talking about you.


JAMES Was it good?


EMMA Well�


IZZY I better go check on that Wizard and make sure he puts the feast in the right place. (Exits)


JAMES Wizard?


EMMA Oh, James. I�ve done a terrible job while you�ve been gone.


JAMES It can�t be that bad.


EMMA It is. First Charles woke up�


JAMES Oh, that is bad.


EMMA That�s not quite what I meant.


JAMES I know. I�m only joking. Go on.


EMMA I�m afraid I spoiled the witch�s spell.


JAMES Is that bad too?


EMMA It is because I had to�


JAMES What is it, Emma?


EMMA I�m not sure how to explain. I�m very embarrassed about the whole situation.


JAMES Does this Wizard have anything to do with it?


EMMA He�s here because I gave all the servants the day off.




EMMA I was trying to be nice but I just messed everything up. And we didn�t have anyone to make the feast for your mother.


JAMES You heard that my mother was returning.


EMMA Yes. You rescued her.


JAMES I did. She was pretty embarrassed herself. Thinking she was rescuing me and instead I saved her. Actually I think it was that witch that set a trap for mother so she could put that spell on Charles. But you stopped her?


EMMA Well, yes� in a way.


JAMES Then you�re a hero.


EMMA I am?


JAMES Yes, by keeping the witch from doing whatever she planned to Charles. That makes you a hero. Mother will be most pleased to hear this.


EMMA But James� I have to tell you something else.


QUEEN (enters with SERVANTS) Why were all these servants at home? We nearly had to drag them out of their homes and make them come to the castle.




EMMA Well, I� uh� told them they had the day off.


QUEEN And you are?


JAMES This is Princess Emma. She not only saved Charles, but saved the kingdom as well.


QUEEN She what?


JAMES She�s a hero.


EMMA I am?


JAMES Of course you are. She stopped the witch from putting a spell on Charles.


QUEEN She saved our boy. How wonderful. You are a special girl. Princess is it?


JAMES Yes, she is a princess from�


EMMA That�s what I want to tell you�


QUEEN Never mind. Family trees bore us anyway. We�ll discuss it some other time. Someone must go and fetch our Charlie boy so we can see that he is safe while we rest here a moment. It was a long journey.


JAMES I�ll get Charles.


EMMA I�ll go with you.


QUEEN No, princess Emma. Stay and entertain us while James fetches Charles. We must have some girl talk. There�s nothing we enjoy more than royal girl talk.


JAMES I�ll be back soon. (JAMES exits)


QUEEN So Emma. You look familiar. Have we seen you before?


EMMA Yes, we met�


QUEEN No, don�t tell us. We wish to guess. We love guessing games. Let�s see. Was it at the Christmas ball?


EMMA No, it was�


QUEEN Don�t tell us� Was it�


IZZY (Returns) My Queen! You�ve returned.


QUEEN Isabella. My most prized servant. So good to see you. At least one of our loyal servants is still working today. (SERVANT CHATTER)


IZZY Things haven�t been the same since you�ve been gone.


QUEEN We are glad to hear it. It�s good to be missed.


IZZY You were missed, your majesty. Very much so.


QUEEN We are most surprised our son Charles did not do better in our absence.


IZZY He would have done very well if it hadn�t been for that witch.


QUEEN Yes, she has caused quite a bit of trouble for us.


IZZY Thank goodness Princess Emma was here to save the day.




QUEEN Don�t be modest Princess. We have been hearing many good things about her today.


IZZY You have?


QUEEN From the servants. From my son James. And now from you. We are most impressed Princess.


EMMA Before you are too impressed, I should tell you�


IZZY Oh, Princess. We shouldn�t trouble the Queen with anything right now�


QUEEN No, we are tired and wish to have a feast now.


IZZY You wish is my command. A beautiful feast awaits you.


QUEEN As long as you didn�t leave Charles alone with the food. He is such a hungry boy.


IZZY I made sure he was on his way here to greet you with us. He isn�t far behind. He was busy with his shoes.


QUEEN His shoes?


EMMA Well, I suggested he should arrange his shoes.


QUEEN Whatever for? He has a servant for that.


CHARLES (Enters with two unmatched shoes in his hands) Can anyone tell me if these go together? (they obviously don�t)


QUEEN Charles. My dear boy. We hear you�ve been through a terrible ordeal.


CHARLES It has been most difficult to arrange my shoes, yes.


QUEEN Not the shoes. The witch and the sleeping spell.


CHARLES I�m a little confused about all that actually. All I know is that I had this contest and that Princess Emma won and I�m so glad because I have fallen madly in love with her.


QUEEN You have?


CHARLES I have. She is truly amazing.


QUEEN So everyone is telling us.


CHARLES For the first time in my life, I love someone more than myself.


QUEEN Amazing.


EMMA My Queen. I don�t mean to interrupt but I must explain�


IZZY Princess, it�s far too complicated a tale for a tired Queen. Perhaps tomorrow.


CHARLES Yes, we must discuss plans for a wedding instead.


QUEEN (pleased) A wedding?


CHARLES Emma thinks I�m rushing things�


EMMA Yes, I do�


CHARLES But I know she is the one�


QUEEN This is exciting news. A most wonderful welcome home present.


EMMA But my Queen. I must tell you�


QUEEN We understand Princess. This is all happening very fast. But we�ve never seen Charles so sure of anything. You have obviously captured his heart.


CHARLES So completely� as if I�m under a spell.


EMMA Exactly� if I could just.


QUEEN Princess Emma. We have wanted Charles to settle down for some time now but he has yet to find the perfect girl. It appears that you are that girl. And we aren�t about to let you slip away. By our royal command, we wish all to prepare for our son�s wedding�


CHARLES Tomorrow�


QUEEN Tomorrow.


EMMA Tomorrow?


QUEEN Tomorrow.


CHARLES This is so exciting, isn�t it Emma?


EMMA Well�


QUEEN So cute� she�s speechless. What a cute couple. I look forward to this wedding. Let the feast tonight be a feast to celebrate the engagement of Prince Charles and Princess Emma! (QUEEN exits with CHARLES and servants and leave EMMA and IZZY alone. EMMA tries to speak but she only blubbers and then flops down in tears)


IZZY Perhaps I better leave you alone.


EMMA Oh, Izzy! What am I going to do? I can�t marry Charles.


IZZY You can�t?


EMMA No! He�s not really in love with me. It�s just a spell.


IZZY I�ve seen people get married for worse reasons.


EMMA You�re not helping.


IZZY I�m just trying to do what�s best for everyone. Even you�re better off with this arrangement.


EMMA Sure, I get to be a princess and all. But I can live a lie. Look how much trouble I�ve gotten in so far.


IZZY But I�ve managed to keep you from getting in too much trouble.


(WIZARD enters)


EMMA But for how long? The Queen is already asking questions. And she�ll keep digging deeper. Isn�t it better if she knows now than later?


IZZY I�m not sure about that.


WIZARD I predict you will be most sorry if you do not tell the truth by sundown.


EMMA See, even the Wizard can see the trouble I�m in.


IZZY What does he know?


WIZARD I know many things. I can see the future. And I see that your marriage is headed for disaster.


EMMA I could have told you that.


IZZY And why should we believe this prediction?


EMMA He can make a feast appear out of thin air. He knows some pretty powerful magic.


IZZY Good point. But what can we do about it?


WIZARD Ten shillings will break the spell and all will be made right again.


IZZY What is it with you and ten shillings anyway?


WIZARD A guy has to make a living.


IZZY Emma. Ask Charles for ten shillings. He�ll give you anything right now.


EMMA I guess I could. That doesn�t seem right some how.


IZZY Fine. Then marry him and take your chances.


EMMA What about James? Maybe if we explain to him what is going on�


WIZARD I predict Prince James will be quicker to help you.


IZZY Why is that?


WIZARD Because he is heading this way now.


IZZY (sarcastic) Wow. That was amazing.


WIZARD (Ignores IZZY) Emma. Ask him. He will help. I can see that he has a full money bag.


IZZY You would notice his money bag.


JAMES (Enters) So there is to be a wedding?


EMMA No, James� I mean, yes. I guess. If only�


JAMES You don�t sound nearly as sure about this as my brother.


EMMA This has all gone terribly wrong. I shouldn�t be marrying Charles. This is all a big mistake.


JAMES You�re getting some seriously cold feet.


EMMA Charles is just under a spell. He doesn�t really love me. I kissed him instead of the witch and now he loves me instead of her. I ruined her plan but now I want to break the spell before something terrible happens.


JAMES How can we break the spell?


IZZY For just 10 shillings, the wiz here can break the spell.


WIZARD Did I say 10 shillings? I meant 20.


IZZY What? That�s not what you said.


JAMES If you can do it, then I can pay the 20 shillings.


IZZY No way. This guy is scamming us.


WIZARD Careful or I�ll raise the price again.


IZZY Forget it. I�ll do it myself. (pulls out book)


EMMA What�s that?


IZZY It�s a spell book my grandmother gave me. She said I was a natural at spell making. I�ll break the spell myself.


EMMA You can do that?


IZZY I�ve been reading this since this whole mess started. There�s all kinds of useful spells that might work.


WIZARD You don�t know what you�re doing. Those spells in the wrong hands�


IZZY James. I will break that spell for 9 shillings. One less than the Wizard�s original price.


WIZARD Oh, no you don�t. I�ll break the spell for 8 shillings.


IZZY How about 5 shillings?


WIZARD Four then.






IZZY I�ll do it for free.


WIZARD How dare you! Fine. Then I�ll pay you 10 shillings to let me do it.


JAMES Wait a minute. What is going on here?


EMMA Yes, why do you want to break this spell so badly now, Wizard?


IZZY You know what? I�m starting to think this isn�t a Wizard at all.


EMMA Who is it then?


IZZY (Pulls off WIZARD�s disguise) It�s the witch.


MORGAN How did you know?


IZZY I can see the future!


MORGAN Yeah, right.


EMMA Of course, you want to break the love spell over Charles. That way you can have him for yourself.


MORGAN You don�t want him, so what�s the big deal?


EMMA You shouldn�t have him either.


MORGAN Oh, that�s fair. You don�t want him but I can�t have him.


EMMA You shouldn�t force him to marry you. That�s not right.


MORGAN And what you�re doing is?


JAMES Quiet, witch. Don�t twist things around. Emma is trying to do what is right here.


IZZY You better get out of here before I try out some of these spells on you.


MORGAN You�ll never break my spells with some silly book.


IZZY I�m getting the hang of these fast.


MORGAN Oh, yeah. Let�s see something.


IZZY How about I put you under a sleeping spell?


MORGAN Oh, no. I�m so scared.


IZZY Here goes� With these words spoken deep, put this witch into a deep sleep.


MORGAN (Laughs) Goodness. I think my nose fell asleep. It�s all tingly.


IZZY Let�s try again� With these words I�ve read, put this witch to bed.


MORGAN Now my thumb is asleep. You�ll have to do better than that.


IZZY (picks up frying pan) How about this? (Knocks out witch with a big clang)


JAMES That did it.


IZZY She was asking for it.


JAMES Hopefully this will be the last time she causes any problems for us. (JAMES drags off MORGAN)



ACT III Scene 1


(Same setting as ACT I and II)



EMMA So have you got a spell in your book that might work on Charles?


IZZY (Looking through book) I think so. Here�s that sleeping spell the witch had used.


EMMA Does it say anything on how to reverse it?


IZZY Only a kiss. No other way to break it. (Turns page) And this is the love spell she used. Wow, that�s complicated, putting these two together like that.


EMMA Any way to break the love spell?


IZZY Let�s see. Yes�


EMMA Thank goodness. Hurry up and do it.


IZZY I�m afraid it�s complicated.


EMMA I�m not surprised.


IZZY I�ll have to put together some kind of potion and then we have to get Charles to take it.


EMMA I should be able to get him to take it.


IZZY Now to whip up that potion.


EMMA Do you need to go gather the ingredients?


IZZY I should have everything here in my grandmother�s spell kit.


EMMA Spell kit?


IZZY (Pulls out a box from a bag) I have it right here. Grab me that cook pot over there by the cook fire. (EMMA gets pot while IZZY looks at book) So I need this, this and this. Oh, no.


EMMA What�s wrong?


IZZY I don�t have any eye of newt.


EMMA Where can we get that?


IZZY I�ll just substitute thigh of hoot. (Pours stuff in and mixes during the following)


EMMA Thigh of hoot?


IZZY Owl leg.


EMMA Gross.


IZZY If you think that�s bad, check out the elephant tongue.


EMMA No thanks. Does that one saw chicken teeth?


IZZY It does.


EMMA Chicken don�t have teeth.


IZZY Maybe it�s the teeth of some guy who was scared all the time.


EMMA Eww� super gross.


IZZY Everything is all mixed. Now for the final touch: a drop of dragon�s tear.


EMMA How do you get dragon�s tears?


IZZY You tell one a sad story?


EMMA (Laughs) Maybe.


IZZY Here it goes. Stand back. (IZZY adds the drop and the expect a big boom but nothing)


EMMA Did it work?


IZZY Seems like something should have happened. A big boom or poof or something. Maybe another dragon�s tear. (IZZY adds it and there�s just a tiny little sound � fell free to add your own silly sound here)


EMMA I guess that did it.


IZZY I was hoping for something more dramatic.


EMMA So how do we give it to him? In a cup?


IZZY We dip an apple in it and then he has to eat it.


EMMA (Gets an apple from a tree) Here�s an apple.


IZZY Drop it in. Let it soak for a little bit.


EMMA Doesn�t Prince Charles hate apples.


IZZY He hates all fruits and vegetables. He pretty much only eats meat.


EMMA How could anyone survive eating only a diet of meats?


IZZY Crazy huh?


EMMA Is it ready?


IZZY I guess so. (Takes out apple)


EMMA (Looks off stage) And here comes Charles, right on cue.


CHARLES James said you wanted to see me, my love.


EMMA I did. I have something very important to tell you.


CHARLES Oh, is it about my new outfit they are making for the wedding? I should look so incredible in it. All the other ladies of the kingdom will be so jealous of you.


EMMA Before we discuss that though, I would like you to try this delicious apple I found. It�s from that tree there and it is producing the most wonderful apples.


CHARLES I don�t really like apples or any kind of fruit really.


EMMA Please try it for me. It�ll mean so much to me.


CHARLES I suppose I could try a little. Do I have to eat the peel too? (EMMA looks at IZZY who nods yes)


EMMA Yes, it�s so yummy too.


CHARLES Okay. (Bites and them makes a face)


EMMA Chew, darling.


CHARLES (Chews and then shallows) Uh, that tasted terrible. You actually like those things.


EMMA Sorry, Charles. I guess you got a bad one.


CHARLES Now I don�t feel so good.


EMMA Maybe you should sit down.


CHARLES Okay. (Passes out and falls)


IZZY It worked!


EMMA It did.


IZZY Well, something happened.


EMMA Hopefully you didn�t poison him.


IZZY Oh, no.


EMMA What?


IZZY I think he�s sleeping again.


EMMA You put him to sleep?


IZZY (Looks at spell book) It doesn�t say anything about sleeping in here. Oh, no.


EMMA Quit saying that.


IZZY The love breaking spell is very similar to the sleeping spell. I must have done something wrong. (Mixes up another batch during the following)


EMMA Can you fix it?


IZZY I better do another love breaking spell first. Once he wakes up he won�t want to try another apple.


EMMA But we can only wake him with a kiss.


IZZY This is so complicated.


EMMA That must be why most people don�t do magic. If it were easy, everyone would do it.


IZZY It�s ready I think.


EMMA I�ll get another apple.


IZZY Here�s the last ingredient. (Another strange sound is heard)


EMMA In goes the apple.


IZZY Let it sit a moment.


EMMA How are we going to get him to eat it?


IZZY (Thinks a minute) I don�t know. Let�s get him into the throne. (They struggle with him and he flops around. They drop him once or twice. He smacks each of them with him limp arms. Finally they get him into the throne) Now for the apple.


EMMA Got it.


IZZY (Goes up to CHARLES) Open his mouth.


EMMA What?


IZZY Hold it open. (EMMA does and IZZY puts the apple in) Hold the apple now. (IZZY takes CHARLES mouth and makes him bite it. EMMA takes the apple away while IZZY helps CHARLES chew) That should do it.


EMMA You think the love spell is broken?


IZZY We�ll have to wake him to find out.


EMMA But the only way to wake him is with a kiss.


IZZY And that might reactivate the love spell.


EMMA So we�re back where we started. I can�t believe this.


IZZY Oh, no. Here comes the queen.


EMMA What do we do? She�ll be really mad when she sees Charles like this.


IZZY I�ve got an idea. (Goes and hides behind CHARLES)


EMMA Hiding? That�s you�re idea.


IZZY You�ll see. (Hides)


QUEEN Hello, Emma. We see you and Charles are spending a little time together. Ah, young love.


EMMA Uh, yes. Charles and I are having a lovely time together.


QUEEN Charles? Are you asleep? I swear that boy sleeps more than he is awake. Charles?


IZZY (Doing Charles�s voice and moving his head and arms occasionally) Yes, mother?


QUEEN Are you alright?


IZZY (As CHARLES) Sorry, mother. I�m a bit sleepy.


QUEEN Don�t be such a sorry excuse for a man around your future bride. She deserves to see the best side of you.


IZZY (As CHARLES) This is as good as it gets. (EMMA hits IZZY) Ow.


QUEEN Ow? Are you okay?


IZZY (As CHARLES) Got this kink in my neck. Too much napping.


QUEEN Or too much kissing maybe? (Winks at EMMA who blushes) Before we go, we�d like to see a kiss.


EMMA A kiss?


IZZY (As CHARLES) A kiss? In front of you?


QUEEN Yes, we�d love to see a little kiss.


EMMA I don�t we should�


QUEEN Oh, that�s so cute. Being all shy.


IZZY (As CHARLES) I can�t kiss her right now. I have morning breath.


QUEEN You always have morning breath. Now kiss.


EMMA (Goes up to CHARLES) Okay. Here we go.


IZZY (Pushes down CHARLES and comes out) I can�t do it.


QUEEN What�s going on?


IZZY I can�t make you do this anymore, Emma. I�m sorry.


EMMA Oh, Izzy. It�s okay.


QUEEN It most certainly is not okay. What is wrong with Charles?

IZZY I�m afraid he�s under a sleeping spell.


QUEEN Again? Did the witch do it again?


IZZY No, I did.


QUEEN You? Why?


IZZY I was trying to break the love spell.


QUEEN What love spell?


EMMA The one that made him love me.


QUEEN (To EMMA) You put a love spell on him? I knew it. Why else would he pick an unknown princess like you.


EMMA No, the witch did the spell.


QUEEN She did it for you? You�re working with the witch? Guards!


(SERVANTS rush in guard uniforms)


EMMA No, wait. I tried to�


QUEEN We�re heard enough. Tie her to that tree.




QUEEN And put a gag on her.


IZZY But my Queen�


QUEEN Her too. How dare you put a sleeping spell on our Charlie.


IZZY Wait, please. (EMMA and IZZY are gagged and tied up by a tree by SERVANTS)


QUEEN And take our poor Charlie up to the castle. We�ll call a Wizard to break the spell.


(SERVANTS carry off CHARLES, dropping him a few times in the process. IZZY is trying to talk to the QUEEN through the gag)


QUEEN And you were my most trusted servant, too. So sad. (IZZY screams through gag but QUEEN ignores her and exits. IZZY and EMMA try talking through gags and then give up)


MORGAN (Enters) Well, well. What an interesting turn of events. (IZZY comments through gag) Good thing you�re gagged. There are children in the audience. (IZZY says more) What�s that? Speak up. I can�t hear you. Okay, fine. I�ll take it off. (Removes gags)


EMMA Thank you.


IZZY Now untie us.


MORGAN Why should I do that?


EMMA Because you�re a nice person.


MORGAN Hardly. (Laughs evilly) Although I am most thankful to the two of you.


IZZY Why is that?


MORGAN Because the Queen now believes you two are the ones who have been causing all these problems. Plus the Queen needs someone to break your sleeping spell.


IZZY You wouldn�t?


MORGAN I will. A little kiss will do and he�ll be under my power once again. (Laughs evilly)


IZZY Will you quit laughing like that?


MORGAN But all bad guys need a laugh.


IZZY Sure, but do you have to do it so often?


EMMA How did you get free anyway?


MORGAN 10 shillings can convince any guard to let you go.


IZZY Remind me to fire that guard.


EMMA So how are you going to get close to Charles? James has seen your Wizard disguise. (Evil SERVANT enters with bag for MORGAN)


MORGAN I will become a sweet little princess that will be perfect for Charles to marry when he wakes. (Pulls a long blond wig out of her bag)


IZZY A thorn by any other name is still as pokey.


MORGAN By the time they realize who I really am, it will be too late I�m afraid. (Throws off black cloak and has a pretty pink dress underneath. Powders her face with sparkles) Now to do something about my nose.


IZZY No magic in the world could get rid of that nose.


MORGAN Quiet or I�ll turn you into a nose.


IZZY Sorry.


EMMA She doesn�t look too bad really.


MORGAN Why thank you. I knew you were the nice one.


EMMA Does that mean you�ll let me go?


MORGAN Hardly. (EVIL SERVANT helps her with a princess hat) Lovely.


IZZY That�s debatable.


MORGAN What was that?


IZZY I ate and I�m full.


MORGAN Off to the castle. (Exits. Comes back on. Evil laugh. Exits)


IZZY She couldn�t resist.


EMMA We have to get lose so we can stop her.


IZZY Let�s try to get free. (They struggle to get untied)


EMMA I think one of my hands might get free.


IZZY Let�s try standing. (They push against each other�s backs and try rising)


EMMA Almost got my hand free. (They start to stumble and cry out and fall)


JAMES (Enters and sees them in a heap on the ground) Oh, dear. What happened to you two? (Goes to them and helps free them during following)


IZZY The witch. We�ve got to stop her.


JAMES She tied you up?


EMMA No, the Queen did.


JAMES The Queen? Why?


EMMA She thinks we tried to hurt Charles.


IZZY I was only trying to break the love spell, but I accidentally put him to sleep again.


JAMES I wondered if something like that happened. I tried to explain to mother that you two are only trying to help but she�s really mad. She has a hard time being reasonable when it comes to her little Charles.


EMMA What can we do?


JAMES Maybe you two should hide out until I can explain everything to her. Once Charles is cured�


EMMA Oh, no. We have to stop the witch.


IZZY I�ll go and try to head her off before she gets to the castle.


JAMES What if someone sees you? They�ll do more than tie you up next time.


IZZY It�s a chance I have to take. (Exits)


JAMES That�s brave of her.


EMMA I think Izzy feels bad about everything that�s happened today.




EMMA Well, she was only trying to help out but she may have told a few lies in the process. Our little lies have turned into big problems today.


JAMES I think the witch has been the real problem. What is she up to now?


EMMA She�s posing as a princess who is going to break his sleeping spell.


JAMES She the princess with the big nose I saw walking by?


EMMA That�s her.


JAMES I hope Izzy can stop her. Maybe we should go help her.


EMMA Let�s go. (Starts to get up) Ow, my ankle.


JAMES Are you hurt?


EMMA I must have hurt my ankle when we tried to get free of those ropes. My mom always said I had weak ankles like a princess. Not at all good for hard work.


JAMES Do you do a lot of work?


EMMA I have a confession to make James. I�m not much of a princess.


JAMES What do you mean?


EMMA I only have a little bit of royal blood. I�m a big fake.


JAMES Hardly. I think the big fakes are my family.


EMMA What?


JAMES Royalty should be the kind of person you are, not something you�re born with. This whole system is wrong.


EMMA But what else is there?


JAMES I have this cousin named Arthur who thinks we should all sit down as equals at a round table.


EMMA Do you think anyone would be willing to do it?


JAMES Charles thinks it�s crazy, but I�m willing to do it.


EMMA You�re such a good person. How could you not be mad at me for lying?


JAMES Things got very complicated. You were doing what you thought was best for the people of the kingdom. The worst thing that could happen is that witch Morgan having power over my brother. You put a stop to her evil deeds so far.


EMMA I hope that doesn�t change.


JAMES Not if I can help it.


EMMA James, I�m so glad you�re here to help.


JAMES I like helping people. Mother thinks I�m crazy and that I�m wasting my time helping people that aren�t important, but it feels right. (Checks EMMA�s ankle) How are you feeling?


EMMA Better, I think.


JAMES Can you walk? Isabella may need our help.


EMMA Yes, let�s go. (She struggles to get up but JAMES sees something off stage)


JAMES Wait, they�re coming back.


EMMA This doesn�t look good. The guards have Izzy and not the witch.


JAMES I�ll straighten this out.


(IZZY is led in by SERVANTS as guards with QUEEN and MORGAN trailing behind)


QUEEN (Points to EMMA) What is that criminal doing loose?


JAMES The only criminal is the woman next to you. (Points at MORGAN)


MORGAN (Does bad Scarlet O�Hara accent) Oh, how could he say such a thing about an innocent girl like me?


IZZY Innocent? Ha!


QUEEN Quiet you. We demand you hand that fake princess over to us, James, before we have the guards arrest you as well.


JAMES You wouldn�t dare.


QUEEN We�d love to lock you up. It would keep you out of trouble.


MORGAN It would be for his own good.


QUEEN Our thoughts exactly.


JAMES Can�t you see that this new princess in disguise? It�s the evil witch at your side.


QUEEN She looks and sounds nothing like the witch.


MORGAN It seems to me that your son here is the main problem, along with these two women. Ever since the three of them got together, there has been nothing but trouble.




MORGAN I don�t think it was that witch that trapped you up North. I think it was your son, James. He tricked you into coming after him and then had you captured.


JAMES Why would I do that?


MORGAN With the Queen out of the way, then only your brother stood in the way of the throne.


QUEEN We see what you mean.


IZZY This is crazy. How can you listen to some stranger and not your most trusted servant and your son?


MORGAN You never even saw the witch when you were captured up North. How do you know she was even involved?


JAMES Lies, mother. She is the witch and she is trying to trick you again.


MORGAN Good try, James. But your mother is seeing much more clearly now.


QUEEN We are.


EMMA What about the sleeping spell? You put that on Charles.


MORGAN That was your own witch, Isabella. A trusted servant who was paid by James to remove Charles from power.


QUEEN Of course, I should have known.


JAMES Mother. How can you listen to her? Unless�


IZZY Unless she put the Queen under some kind of spell.


MORGAN The Queen is not under my spell.


QUEEN We are not under her spell.


MORGAN I have no power over her.


QUEEN She has no power over us.


MORGAN She only listens to me because I�m so pretty.


QUEEN We only listen to her because she is so pretty.


IZZY She is under her spell.


JAMES Guards. Seize that woman. (Points to MORGAN. SERVANTS hesitate)


QUEEN (Points to JAMES and others) No, seize James and throw him into the dungeon. (SERVANTS let go of IZZY and grab JAMES)


EMMA Wait. Can�t you see the Queen is under a spell? (SERVANTS hesitate and look at QUEEN)


JAMES Mother, snap out of it.


QUEEN Take him back to the castle. Throw him in the dungeon and lock him in chains. (SERVANTS remove JAMES and QUEEN follows. MORGAN stays behind with IZZY and EMMA)


EMMA What did you do to the Queen?


MORGAN It�s a little spell that I can use to influence people.


IZZY Why didn�t you just use that on Charles instead of the sleeping spell?


MORGAN It�s a very limited spell. It doesn�t give me complete control and I can�t use it for very long. The Queen will snap out of it soon, but it should work long enough to make Charles mine forever.


EMMA So you haven�t kissed Charles yet?


MORGAN Unfortunately, no. Isabella here ruined my plans. I was going to use my spell to convince the Queen to let me kiss Charles, but instead I had to waste it on convincing her that James and you two were criminals. I can�t use the spell on her twice either. A waste of a very good spell.


IZZY So what�s your evil plan now?


MORGAN I used a similar spell to convince the servants to bring Charles to me. But while I�m waiting, I�ve decided that I need to do something with the two of you.


EMMA What are you going to do?


MORGAN Do I turn you into frogs or feed you to an ogre?


IZZY I taste terrible and look horrible in green.


MORGAN Ogres will eat anything, especially nice, plump ladies such as yourself.


IZZY I am not plump. Take that back. (IZZY gets MORGAN�s attention while EMMA sneaks up behind MORGAN)


MORGAN A bit sensitive, are we?


IZZY You would be too if people had teased you all your life about being too fat.


MORGAN Why do you think I turned into a witch? I�ve been teased all my life about my nose. And these are not warts. They�re moles.


IZZY Fatty Izzy they�d call me. It was horrible.


MORGAN Big nosed Morgan they�d call me. I couldn�t believe how cruel they all were. I grew more and more bitter the more names they called me until finally I turned to magic to teach them a lesson. I had my revenge.


IZZY What did you do?


MORGAN I gave them all pig noses. They were sure sorry after that. Al except one� Prince Charles. I will have my final revenge upon him. But he was the worst so I have all sorts of lovely plans for him.


IZZY So that�s why you hate Charles so much?


EMMA (Snatches MORGAN�s wand from behind) Got it.




EMMA How would you like a pig�s nose?


MORGAN Careful with that wand. You don�t know how to use it.


EMMA I�m willing to give it a try.


MORGAN Please don�t. You could hurt us all.


IZZY (Goes to EMMA) Yes, Emma, be careful. Maybe I should take that. (EMMA hands over wand to IZZY)


MORGAN Please Isabella. You seem to understand me better than anyone. Hand over the wand and I�ll spare you the misery I have planned for everyone else.


EMMA What about me?


MORGAN No, I�d still like to torture you.


IZZY Forget it, Morgan. Time to try out this new wand.


MORGAN (Runs off stage) Nooo!


IZZY Here goes. Now that we know all the facts, stop that witch in her tracks (waves wand � Zap! sound. Silence a moment. Off stage we here �ribbit�)


MORGAN (Off) Ribbit.


EMMA It worked. (Runs off stage)


IZZY Actually I was trying to just freeze her. She must have had a frog spell loaded in here.


EMMA (Returns with frog [puppet or large stuffed animal of frog will work]) Here she is.


IZZY She�s so cute.


EMMA You want to hold her?


IZZY No, I don�t want to get any warts.


MORGAN (from off stage) They�re moles, ribbit.


EMMA I think I�ll leave her back here in the bushes where she can�t make any trouble.


(SERVANTS enter with CHARLES. They can drop him a few times on the way in if desired)


IZZY Careful. Bring him over here. (SERVANTS leave CHARLES on the throne and go)


EMMA What are we going to do with him?


IZZY I think you�re going to have to kiss him again. (IZZY and EMMA don�t notice FROG peeking around throne)


EMMA Don�t we have any other option?


IZZY We could leave him asleep.


EMMA What about the wand? Do you think you could use it to wake up Charles?


IZZY Maybe�


MORGAN (from off stage as FROG goes up to CHARLES face) Too late, ribbit. Pucker up, ribbit. (FROG kisses CHARLES with big kissy sound)




IZZY Stop her. (Before they can reach FROG, CHARLES wakes up)


CHARLES (Wakes) What a good sleep. (Sees FROG) Hello, there little froggy. Aren�t you cute? Why, you are probably the cutest frog I have ever seen. (Picks up FROG and cradles her in his arms) Would you like to come home with me, froggy? Would you like to be my special little pet?


MORGAN (From off) I did it, ribbit. He�s under my power, ribbit.


CHARLES What did you say little froggy? I can�t understand you.


MORGAN (From off) Yes, you can, ribbit. Can�t you, ribbit?


CHARLES Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit. Did you say you want a bubble bath? I love bubble baths.


MORGAN (From off) No, you idiot, ribbit. Listen to me, ribbit.


CHARLES I love you too, little frog. Let�s go. (Exits)


IZZY He acts like he can understand her.


EMMA I hope he can�t or she�ll be able to use her power over him.


IZZY One wrong move and I�ll turn her into frog soup.


EMMA You don�t think Charles would marry a frog, do you?


IZZY No, but he�d marry himself if he could.


EMMA This has been quite an adventure. I�m glad it�s over.


IZZY I agree.


EMMA What will we do about the Queen?


IZZY I�m hoping the spell over her wore off when the witch was turned into a frog.


EMMA Let�s hope so.


IZZY Here she comes.


EMMA No guards. That�s a good sign.


QUEEN (Enters) Isabella! There you are.


IZZY You�re not going to arrest me again are you?


QUEEN Of course not. We see that Charlie is awake so all is forgiven.


EMMA It looks like the witch�s spell is broken.


QUEEN Where is that witch anyway? It seems she had us lock James away in a cell. Most embarrassing.


EMMA So James is free?


QUEEN Yes, yes. Just a big misunderstanding. James is most anxious to catch the witch before she causes any more trouble.


IZZY We took care of her for you, my Queen.


QUEEN You did? But how?


EMMA We had a few tricks of our own.


QUEEN Yes, the two of you have been up to a few tricks from what we heard.


IZZY But we did stop the witch.


EMMA And save the kingdom.


IZZY And found Charles a friend.


QUEEN He does seem to really like that frog he found. We thought for sure he would be happy to see us after his ordeal but all he could do is talk about his frog.


IZZY It�s a very special frog.


QUEEN Isabella. It is most unfortunately what has occurred recently and we hope you will consider returning to the castle as one of our most trusted servants once again. And your friend here may join us as well. We can use a few more loyal servants such as yourselves.


IZZY Thank you, my Queen. (QUEEN exits) That�s as close as she will come to an apology.


EMMA Will you work for her again after all this?


IZZY Sure, why not? We�ve been through rougher times than this.


EMMA You mean stuff like this has happened before?


IZZY Many times.


EMMA Oh, dear.


IZZY So you want to join the serving staff? The top servants do very well. We get the first pick of leftovers and hand-me-down clothing.


EMMA I think I�ll pass. I�ve had enough of the royal court to last me a lifetime.


IZZY Your loss. I was hoping to have you around to help me keep an eye on that frog.


EMMA You can handle a frog.


IZZY Plus I like having you around.


EMMA (Smiles) Sorry, but I�m afraid you�ll get me into more trouble.


IZZY Trouble? Me? (Smiles back)


EMMA (Hugs her) I�ll see you again soon, Izzy.


IZZY Take care of yourself. (JAMES enters)


JAMES Are you leaving us, Emma?


EMMA I�m just going back to my quiet life in the country. This royal court is a bit too exciting for a country girl like me.


JAMES That�s too bad. I was hoping we could get to know each other a little better.


IZZY I guess I�ll be going. I have to go practice my wand. (Waves it and points off stage. ZAP! Sound. A SERVANT yelps) Ooops. (Calls off) Sorry about that. (Exits)


EMMA Why would you like to get to know a servant? If I stick around, that�s all I would be.


JAMES I thought you were a princess?


EMMA Not really. My great aunt was one, but that�s not much of a claim.


JAMES It�s good enough for me.


EMMA But not everyone else. I better go. I�ll just get you in more trouble.


JAMES Why are you so anxious to go?


EMMA I guess I need to have some time to reflect on all this. I suddenly had everything I wanted� I was a princess and the man of my dreams was in love with me. But then I didn�t want it anymore. It wasn�t as great as I thought it was. Funny how that happens. You dream about something and when you get it, it�s not as good as you�d hoped.


JAMES It�s like a beautiful sword that falls apart when you try to use it.


EMMA Or a gorgeous dress that doesn�t fit right. It might look nice but it�s so uncomfortable. I thought Charles so wonderful from the day he pulled me out of that mud puddle when we were children. But I guess he isn�t that nice anymore.


JAMES The mud puddle? That was you?


EMMA Were you there?


JAMES Of course. I�m the one who pulled you out.


EMMA But I thought it was Charles. I mean I just assumed it was. I mean he�s the only prince we really knew about and it was the royal carriage.


JAMES Charles was there all right, but he was the one who was driving that carriage that nearly ran you down. He insisted the driver let him try driving it. I tried to convince him not to but he wouldn�t listen. When he ran you down, I grabbed the reigns from him and stopped the carriage. I was the one who pulled you from the mud and checked your wounds. (Takes her hand) You still have a scar.


EMMA You kissed it though.


JAMES Like this. (Kisses her hand)


EMMA Like that.


JAMES Emma, will you come with me?


EMMA Come with you? Where?


JAMES To help those in need. The world could use a few more heroes.


EMMA I�m not really a hero.


JAMES Anyone who wants to help other people is a hero. Will you come?


EMMA (Smiles) I will.


JAMES How about we start by joining my cousin�s round table?


EMMA Sounds great. (They start to go) So that was you who pulled me from the mud?


JAMES (Stops) It was.


EMMA So it was you I should have been dreaming about all these years?


JAMES Enough with dreams. Let�s go make a great reality. (They exit)





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