The Princess Who Became King

by  Sylvia Ashby

Full Length Play, Drama  /  14m, 6f, 5boy(s) or girl(s)

From the author of the very popular Anne of Green Gables. Freely adapted from an Indian tale, this spritely comedy serves up a blend of love, adventure and intrigue.
Winner! National Children's Theatre Playwriting Competition

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The Princess Who Became King

by  Sylvia Ashby

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    14m, 6f, 5boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fables/Folktales
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

From the author of the very popular Anne of Green Gables. Freely adapted from an Indian tale, this spritely comedy serves up a blend of love, adventure and intrigue. On the eve of their wedding, Ravi and Parijata flee from their homes because their fathers are feuding -- due to the schemes of an ambitious Guru. Parijata's father is the terrible tempered Raja; Ravi's father is the foolishly superstitious Sultan. On a dangerous forest journey, the Princess loses her amazing performing monkey, Zmarti, and is kidnapped by Gumba, a cloddish thief. After numerous chases and mistaken identities, the play ends in happy reunion and reconciliation and a surprise coronation! This play can be produced with colorful, elaborate scenery, or with almost no scenery at all.

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Accolades

  • Winner! National Children's Theatre Playwriting Competition

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: Two days long ago in India.

Music

  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

14m, 6f, 5boy(s) or girl(s)
RAJA - Of Rajastan 
QUEEN IRAVATI - His wife
PRINCESS PARIJATA - Their daughter
ZMARTI - Her pet monkey
LORD DORCAS - Aide to Raja
SULTAN - Of Jaipur
SULTANA SAMINA - His wife
PRINCE RAVI - Their son
GURU - Sultan's counselor
PUTRA - His guard
PALACE GAURDS
FOREST ANIMALS
VIZIR - Of Malabar
PAKI DURMA - Royal elephant
GUMBA - Thief from Malabar
LEELA - Casino opertor at Bazaar
JOSHI - Second-hand clothes dealer
CAPTAIN - Of Malabar Police
BINA - Entertainer at Bazaar
FLOWER SELLER
FRUIT SELLER
MOTHER - At Bazaar
VIKRAM - Her son
KRUPA - Elderly wife at Bazaar
KISHOR - Her elderly husband
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Room for Extras

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Authors

Sylvia Ashby

Sylvia Ashby

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