Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: A Melerdrama -- A Skit
Re: A Melerdrama -- A Skit
Tue, 24 Nov 1998 22:31:29 EST
I hope this is it.
Equipment: Pitcher, banana, switch, broom, rope, chalk, whistle, box of
matches, iron, dark cloth, 2 salt shakers, pieces of paper, and large
cardboard sign for players to wear representing
Manuel Del Popolo Horizon
Zingerella (the maid) Darkness
Maggie O'Brien Stairs
Curtains (2) Sun
Shadows (dark cloth over head)
Properties should be in place where they will be used. When the play opens
the SUN will be lying on the floor. CURTAINS stand in the center of the stage
with their backs to the audience. STAIRS stand at back of stage. MANUEL is
seated at the table.
The players must keep their signs in plain sight. The following story is read
slowly and distinctly, by the narrator. Players carry out the action
indicated. Directions in parentheses are merely suggestions to the leader.
Give time for each action before reading on.
NARRATOR: The CURTAINS are PARTED and our play is on. (Curtains side-step
slowly to opposite sides.)
It is early morning and the SUN AROSE (SUN stands up). MANUEL DEL POPOLE, son
of a rich Spanish nobleman, sat in his father's castle. He was POURING OVER
HIS NOTES (POURS "water" from pitcher over notes) and so anxious was he to
WHIP them in to shape (whips notes), that he simply DEVOURED them (chews
notes). Finally he AROSE, MUTTERING CURSES (mutters "curses, curses").
"Hither Zingerella", he cried. ZINGERELLA came TEARING DOWN THE STAIRS (tears
down the STAIRS sign) and TRIPPED into the room (trips over rug).
"You called", she asked. "Yes", he answered. "Where is Maggie O'Brien?"
"She is in her chamber:. "Then bring her to me at once", he commanded.
ZINGERELLA FLEW to do her master's bidding (makes motions of flying). While
waiting for Maggie, MANUEL CROSSED THE FLOOR, once, twice, thrice (make 3
crosses with chalk on floor. Then sat down and STAMPED his feet (pastes
stamps on sole of shoes).
Soon MAGGIE came SWEEPING (with broom) into the room. "Maggie, for the last
time, will you marry me?" "Oh NO, NO, NO." "Ah curses, then I will lock you
up in the tower until you will consent". "Oh Sir, I appeal to you", she
cried. (Maggie kneels and peels banana before him). (Manual takes banana,
eats the fruit deliberately and hands the peel back to her). "Your appeal is
fruitless" and muttering curses (mutters curses), he left the room. MAGGIE
FLEW (makes flying motions) around in agony of fear. She knew Manuel would
keep his word. Oh, she thought, if Patrick, her own true love would only
come. He would save me. But, would he come?
The HOURS PASSES, but oh so slowly (Hours walk past very slowly). Finally,
she TOOK HER STAND (moves her stand to the center) and SCANNED THE HORIZON
(She looks at HORIZON who moves back and forth.)
Suddenly a WHISTLE sounded (whistle) from below. "Oh Patrick, my boy, is that
you?" she cried. "Yes, it is me THROW me a line" (Maggie throws rope out at
Patrick). Patrick then GALLOPED into the room. "Oh Maggie!" he cried, and
trenderly PRESSED her hand (presses her palm with the iron). At this moment,
MANUEL entered and maddened at the sight of the two lovers together,
challenged Patrick to a dual. They A-SALTED each other (go through a lively
dual by shaking salt at each other) and after a few moments, MANUEL gave up
the MATCH (takes match from box and gives it to Patrick) acknowledging that he
was defeated and slowly left the room.
"Come Maggie, my love! Now there is no one to stand between us. You are
mine:!" and he LED her from the room (puts rope around her neck and leads her
The HOURS pass (HOURS cross stage); the SUN SETS (sits down); the SHADOWS of
night COME ON (player with dark cloth over head comes on stage and covers
sun). And our play is ended.
I found this in the "Great Whidgit Whatchamacallit and Thingamanjig Idea Book"
which came from my old council The Greater St. Louis Area Council.
Greater Alabama Council
Baloo's Bugle www.usscouts.org/bbugle
USSSP Home Page www.usscouts.org