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My First Script - Children's Play: Narrator Nate (1 Viewer)

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This is my first script, and my first post for that matter, so I hope this format works for everyone.
Before you start, I'd like to let you know this is meant as a children's play but there is definitely some humour that anyone over the age of five would also enjoy - hopefully. That's all I have to say about that right now. Please leave your comments and edits - they are much appreciated.


NARRATOR NATE & THE HAPPY ENDING

ACT 1
SCENE 1

(On a road leading into a small town. Nate the Narrator rides into town on his horse. The sky is grey and cloudy.)

NATE
A town, finally! I’ve been riding for hours (looks at the grey sky) and it looks like a storm’s about to come. I hope there’s somewhere better than a Denny’s to eat around here, said the wandering Nate the Narrator.

(He stops in front of a diner)

NATE
Ye Olde Locall Foode Stoppe… Hmm. I hope their food is better than their spelling, Nate wondered.

(Enters the diner and sits at the counter)

CINDERELLA
What can I get you, sir?

NATE
Well, (pauses to look at name tag) Cindy, I think I’ll have the house favourite asked the Narrator.

CINDERELLA
Why did you say that?

NATE
Say what? Nate asked.

CINDERELLA
You keep talking like you’re reading a story, adding the ‘he said - she said’ stuff.

NATE
That’s my job m’am. I’m Nate the Narrator, just looking for a reading job around the country. The ‘he said - she said’ is just a habit, he explained.

CINDERELLA
Ok. (Pause.)

Getting back to your order, there isn’t a house favourite. Nobody around here’s been happy enough to enjoy things for years now.

NATE
What’re you talking about?

(Looks around the diner and sees nobody is smiling)

Oh my! I can see what you mean. How come everyone’s so glum? He asked.

(Snow White walks by, listening to the conversation)

SNOW WHITE
It’s all the king’s fault. He confiscated all the books with happy endings, so nobody has anything to smile about anymore.

RAPUNZEL
And without happy endings, none of us princesses could be saved, no lessons have been learned and the sun hasn’t shone around here since the last one was read.

NATE
That’s horrible, he exclaimed!

CHARMING #1
You’re telling us!

(Nate spins around to see four identical men sitting at a table)

My brothers and I lost our jobs when our father banished those books.

CHARMING #2
How can the Charming princes save maidens, if happy endings are none existent? HOW?

RED RIDING HOOD
I haven’t seen Hansel or Gretel for days since they went into the woods.

CHARMING #3
And the Bingo halls have been empty for months because the Big Bad Wolf has locked all the grannies in their closets.

NATE
This is quite a problem, he said. Has anyone ever tried to ask the king about this?

CHARMING #4
Every time we bring it up he gets very irritated and changes the subject to cape lengths or how many of a 12 course meal should be dedicated to desserts. It’s very odd, because everybody knows it’s always 4.

NATE
Four, really? How extravagant, he said! I suppose one for Jell-O, one for pudding, one for cake at least… Never mind, that’s not what’s important, he said snapping out of it. I want to talk to this king myself. Can you take me to see your father? He asked.

CHARMING #2
Sure, but I don’t think you’ll do any better than us. We are his sons.

NATE
Talking is what I do, my doubtful friend. Just leave it to me to get you your happy endings back, he promised!

(Silence around the diner.)

SNOW WHITE
I’m sure if they remembered what being happy felt like that they would be cheering.

NATE
Oh. Right, he said.

CHARMING #3
Let’s get to the castle before Dad starts supper. He hates interruptions.

(Nate and the four Charming brothers exit the diner and ride towards the castle.)

ACT 1
SCENE 2

(The castle’s front door. The four brothers and Nate are standing together, waiting to go inside. Charming # 4 rings doorbell, one of the three little pigs opens the door.)

LITTLE PIG #1
Good evening young Master Charming, each of you.

CHARMING #4
Evening Frank, is our father around?

LITTLE PIG #1
Follow me.

(They all walk through the castle and end up in one of the many living rooms, where the king is playing computer solitaire.)

CHARMING #1
Dad?

(King Charming jumps, startled)

KING
Hmm? What? Oh. Sons, I didn’t expect to tonight! And who is this you’ve brought along with you?

CHARMING #2
This is Nate, the travelling -

(Nate interrupts)

NATE
Wandering, he interrupted.

CHARMING #2
Right, sorry. Nate, the wondering narrator. He has something he wants to discuss with you.

KING
Of course. I am here so serve the people of my kingdom… even if they have just wandered here from lands unknown.

NATE

(Bows)

Your Royal Majesty, Sir, I am here to voice my concern for the happiness of the citizens of “Happily-Ever-Afterville”. I have heard speak of a banishment you made some time ago, concerning happy endings, he said. Is this true?

(King Charming shifts uncomfortably)

KING
Ah, yes, well. You see there had to be some cuts made - you know, official tax business and such. Urm, it could, ah, not be avoided.

(Looks at his watch)

I must be off now. I’ve got a meeting with my tailor, my cape is much too long - been tripping over it all week.

(Charming #4 leans over and whispers to Nate)

CHARMING #4
What did I tell you…? He’s a complete nervous wreck!

CHARMING #1
Alright Dad, we’ll see you next week for dinner then?

KING
Yes, yes. That sounds fine.

(The four Charmings leave, but Nate stays to talk to the King in private)

NATE
(Nate clears throat)

KING
Oh, you’re still here.

NATE
Yes, Your Royal Majesty Sir, I just noticed that you do not seem very happy, even when you possess all the happy endings of the kingdom. Why is this so? He asked.

KING
Who asked?

NATE
I did, he said.

KING
Who said?

NATE
It doesn’t matter, what aren’t the books? He said, frustrated.

KING
You see, it’s not that the books don’t make me happy, there’s a good possibility they would entertained me, I just don’t know yet.

NATE
You haven’t read them? He said, surprised.

KING
No.

NATE
Why not? He asked.

KING
(Pause.)

NATE
Your Highness? he said.

KING
Because I can’t read, alright! I never learned how to read, and I’m too embarrassed to admit to the kingdom that their king cannot even read a simple story.

NATE
King, Sir, that is nothing to be embarrassed about! There are many teachers who would be willing to teach you to read, he explained.

KING
I suppose.

NATE
In the meantime, I could read the stories for you, and for the citizens of “Happily-Ever-Afterville” so this shadow of gloom disappears, he said.

KING
What a terrific idea!

(Pause.)

There’s only one itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, almost-none-existent problem.

NATE
(Raises eyebrow)

And what is that Your Royalness? He asked dubiously.

KING
(Laughs uneasily)

I don’t know where they are anymore.

NATE
WHAT? He exclaimed.

KING
Watch your tone young man!

(Little Pig #2 runs in)

LITTLE PIG #2
Is everything alright sir? I heard a yell.

KING
Just fine Charlie, just fine. You can wait outside.

(Little Pig #2 eyes Nate suspiciously before leaving)

NATE
How did you misplace all the storybooks of the kingdom?

KING
I just figured that since I couldn’t read and the people couldn’t read them, there was no use for them so I buried somewhere in the Spooky Woods.

NATE (Apprehensively)
You hid all the happiness in a haunted forest? He said.

KING
Haunted, oh no. It’s named after my gardener, Ted Spooky - a really good guy actually. I had him plant the biggest forest in the world for me; I don’t like to be second-best.

NATE
That’s good to hear. But I’m still concerned about the kingdom. We must get back the happy endings, I promised the whole diner earlier today, he said.

KING
The whole diner, eh? That’s where a good majority of the population is most of the time… You’re in quite a pickle aren’t you, sonny?

NATE
Thanks, Kingy. (annoyed)

(Deep breath)

I’m taking your sons and we will find those storybooks, if it’s the last thing we do, he said!

KING
I’ll call Bill; he’ll see you’re escorted off the property safely.

NATE
(Tips an invisible hat)

Much obliged.

(Little Pig #3 and Nate exit the room, while the King sits back down at his computer and resumes his solitaire game.)




[The next scenes will be posted seperately because of length issues]​
 

mammamaia

Senior Member
it's kinda cute, but you have to remember it's going to be acted out on a stage, when you write stuff like "They all walk through the castle and end up in one of the many living rooms"... and having the narrator enter on horseback [unless you do one of those things where he 'wears' the horse]...

as for that 'he said' stuff, the narrator doesn't put that in, the writer does... the narrative of a story wouldn't be dialog, so this doesn't really make any sense...

what age range is this meant for?... 5 seems too young... more fitting for maybe grades 1-4?
 
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