A Brief Synopsis of each Self Contained Skit:
Presented by Madrigal Traditions, Inc.
3 New Scripts added 9/1/05! (see below)
•the soulful, midnight prayer of a lonely soldier. THE CASTLE GUARD.
delightful and diverse banquet of self contained skits
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This hilarious parody brings the up-tempo banter of a modern radio show to the middle ages, as three smooth talking medieval DJ's extol the virtues of zaney songs like, "Joustin' with my Baby" and "Ain't No Dung Hill High Enough". A rockin good time for THREE ACTORS. - running time 4-6 minutes.
NEW - GET YOU HOME PAUPER JOHN
This is the age old story of a good-timing peasant and his long suffering wife. Pauper John loves to linger at the Ale House with his pals, but this time he has pushed his luck too far. Now he is afraid to go home, making his mrs. even more angry, and the comedy ever more outrageous. 4 MEN AND 4 WOMEN ACTORS.
The dating game gets a medieval twist in this rousing look at love among the peasantry. The Jester and Wench play host and hostess as our bachelor, Ned the Tanner, considers the virtues of three hopeful maidens angling for a husband. The entire Royal Court cheers and sobs like a well coached studio audience in this hystarical farce. JESTER, WENCH, 1 MAN, & 3 WOMEN ACTORS. - running time 4-6 minutes.
THE CASTLE GUARD
Alone by the castle gate in the middle of the night, the Castle Guard shares his frustrations, fears, and faith with the audience. This lonely soldier is initially angry that he must stand guard in the cold darkness while those inside enjoy a warm, Christmas Eve celebration. But his anger quickly turns to introspection, and through his own thoughtful poetry, he discovers a deep and simple faith within himself. A loving tribute to the good soldier, this piece provides an excellent role for... ONE ACTOR. - running time 4-6 minutes.
Christmas shopping is complicated for the SERF and his WIFE. Money is
tight, so he wants the misses to sell her beautiful hair, then use the
profits to buy him an ox and plow. She, however, wants a cow for Christmas,
and insists that he sell his father's sun-dial to get the needed funds.
Ultimately, love conquers silly selfishness in this wonderfully goofy
holiday tale. Great fun for 1ACTOR and one 1ACTRESS.
THE JESTER AND THE WENCH (Included in Noel Royal)
The JESTER thinks he's got what it takes to be a king, but the WENCH soon sets him straight in this light hearted contest of wits. With laughter as his weapon, the ambitious Jester dreams of possessing the crown, but the no-nonsense Wench cools his political passions with a well timed pie in the face. Classic Christmas slap-stick for one (1) ACTOR and one(1) ACTRESS. - running time 2-3 minutes.
THE SWINEHERD'S DREAM
This kindly SWINEHERD is quite content. He loves his little piggies so much that he doesn't even mind the smell. Yet, one night, as he sleeps in the pen with his beloved swine, he dreams that he is the guest of honor at a royal feast. Never mind that his pungent aroma knocks out the entire ROYAL COURT. For the tender hearted Swineherd, the dream could not be sweeter. Cast includes: THE SWINEHERD, JESTER, A SERVANT GIRL, TOWN CRIER, THE KING, THE ROYAL COURT. - running time 5-7 minutes.
Three prisoners-in-the-stocks have a hilarious problem. They can't stop laughing about their king's appearance. The jokes and jibes just keep on coming as these farcical offenders poke fun at his majesty's flat nose, and enormous feet. Cracking each other up, they get into deeper and deeper trouble with every punch line. It's too funny. They just can't help themselves. Cast includes: THREE (3) PRISONERS, TWO (2) GUARDS, TOWN CRIER. - running time 4-6 minutes.
This is the moving tale of a mother's courage and love, which takes us
on a desperate search for two little girls lost in a stormy forest on
Christmas Eve. Presented by a single ACTOR (or) ACTRESS at the request
of the KING, this stark and beautiful poem tells of a miraculous rescue
with a strange and powerful twist. One of the little girls is deaf, the
other blind, and their mother has no voice. So she sets forth into the
terrible storm calling one child with a lantern, and the other with a
ringing bell. In the end, the three are delivered from their plight by
the mysterious intervention of heaven's angels. -running time 4-6 minutes.
EIGHT (8) (MALE or FEMALE) medieval pitch masters perform a well choreographed,
fast moving info-mercial. With high energy and tongues in cheeks, they
extol the virtues of some revolutionary new products, including soap,
forks, and an Irish cookbook with one-hundred-and-one ways to prepare
Old Horotsius and his three daughters are over worked and under paid.
It's their job to provide all the food and drink for the castle. But when
the task gets too demanding for this funny, hard working foursome, it's
the King and his court who must suffer the hilarious consequences. One
by one, Horotsius and his girls take a powder, leaving their masters high
and dry, and wishing they had not taken so much for granted. Cast includes: OLD HOROTSIUS, HIS THREE (3) DAUGHTERS, THE JESTER, THE WENCH, THE KING,
An outlandish, roadside hold-up leads to laughter when SIR ROBYN, a boastful but cowardly knight, is set upon by THE CUT-PURSE, a saucy villain. As two (2) misguided MINSTRELS sing of Sir Robyn's bravery, the shrinking knight shamelessly takes refuge behind his traveling companion, a tough talking DAMSEL with attitude to spare. In the end the robbery is foiled by this feisty maiden, who drives off the thief, then turns upon the trembling Sir Robyn, who runs away in fear. - running time 5-7 minutes.
MADRIGAL MANNERS (Included in Noel Royal)
These FOUR (4) straight talking, SERVING WENCHES mince no words as they
present a crash course in ancient table etiquette. Frank and funny, they
caution their guests against stealing silverware and getting into fights.
Then, after offering some messy, medieval alternatives to the napkin,
they kindly request that the gentlemen refrain from pinching the serving
girls, (unless the girls should pinch them first).
MORGANA'S REVENGE (Included in Noel Royal)
MORGANA is a powerful sorceress with an axe to grind. She's still angry with her big brother, the KING, because when they were children he pulled on her pig tails and teased her at school. But she'll have the last laugh when she casts a silly spell and makes the whole ROYAL COURT oink, cluck and moo like a bunch of barnyard animals. - running time 2-3 minutes.
THE COBBLER AND THE KING
With the help of the ROYAL COURT, which serves as the chorus, the KING
and an OLD KNIGHT relate this beautiful tale of selflessness and hope.
It is the story of a poor, hungry cobbler named Christoff, who finds a
man in the snow and offers the stranger his last morsel of food. Little
does the kindly cobbler know that the man he has saved is his new king,
and that his selfless deed will change his own life forever.
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