Just what the World Needs
Quest for The Magic Crystal
By Alan Hendry
Genre: Children’s Theatre
Cast: 3f 2m
Settings: Various, unit set
Approximate Length: 90 minutes
Synopsis: Prince Roderic is very, very sad.
Someone has stolen the Magic Crystal of Life from the castle throne room in the mystical kingdom of Mordana.
And now all of the colour is disappearing from the countryside. Soon the fairy glen next to the whispering lake will turn to grey and the music of the enchanted songbirds will be heard no more.
Can the bumbling wizard Mordoc encourage the beautiful fairy Gladiola and the ever so plain gnome George to work together on a Quest to find the stolen jewel.
Find out the answer as master storyteller Dougal McDougal tells the tale of "Quest For The Magic Crystal" …………..…
History: The play was first produced by Camelot Theatre Productions at the Camelot Theatre Café, Prospect Road, Prospect, in October 2004.
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Quest For The Magic Crystal
SCENE: The front sitting room of master story teller DOUGAL MacDOUGAL. It is a typical small country cottage sitting room straight from the annuals of a fairy tale storybook. The walls are decorated with some sort of old ‘Regency’ pattern wallpaper. A cosy open fireplace takes pride of place in one wall. Above its’ mantle piece sits a portrait of an aged Scottish Laird, probably some distant relative of the cottage’s current inhabitant DOUGAL MacDOUGAL. A grandfather clock sits off to one side. A cosy armchair is placed centre stage on which is sat DOUGAL MacDOUGAL himself. He is dressed in typical ‘Braveheart’ fashion with a lace, open necked white shirt, a full wrap around tartan kilt fastened at the shoulder with a broach, a tartan bonnet on his head, white knee high socks and black shoes with large silver buckles. He is of indeterminate age but gives the impression of being a kindly old shopkeeper type. He appears to be dozing off. Scottish bagpipe music fades in and then fades out.
VOICE OFF: Och no. He’s asleep again. DOUGAL! DOUGAL! wake up mon!
DOUGAL: Zzzzzzzzz ….. splutter, cough, splutter ……. What! Where am I? Who’s disturbing my sleep in front of a nice warm fire. (Notices audience for the first time) Och hallo there. What are all you wee folk doing here. Well it’s nice to see you all. It’s not often I get so many visitors to ma house. Have you come to hear one of my tales then?
VOICE OFF: Dougal, Get on with the story!
DOUGAL: Oh yes! Let me introduce myself to you. I’m Dougal MacDougal: from the clan MacDougal and I’m the master storyteller here in the kingdom of Londinium. And have I got a tale for you. Och, it’s a real rip snorter, he he he he he …. Splutter, cough, splutter ….ahem. Oooh, I’ve made myself all dizzy.
VOICE OFF: Dougal! The story, for heavens sake man. Get on with it.
DOUGAL: Now where was I? Oh yes, my tale. Ahem … (gathers himself) I’d like you all to relax and sit back and listen while I tell you the tale of ( A musical sting is heard, Dougal looks around to try to see where it comes from.) ‘Quest for the Magic Crystal’. This tale begins on a cool spring day many years ago. It was a day that started out just like any other and in the fairy glen next to the castle on the near side of the whispering lake the apple blossom fairy Gladiola frolicked happily amongst the daises and bluebells. She had not a care in the world and, as fairies are want to do when they are idle, was playing a little tune of nonsense to her friends the wood sprites. (He yawns and falls asleep as the lights fade on scene)