The King With The Terrible Temper
Posted On: 2009-01-23

This may be used as a den skit or as an audience participation skit. Select a capable
narrator and five people (or split the audience into five groups), each to impersonate one
character as he is mentioned in the story.

CHARACTERS:KING WITH THE TERRIBLE TEMPER “Grrrrrrrrrrr.”
                SHORT, FAT DAUGHTER                 “Ohoooooooooo.”
                TALL, THIN DAUGHTER                 (Whistle)
                BEAUTIFUL YOUNG DAUGHTER                    “Hubba-Hubba.”
                HANDSOME YOUNG PRINCE “Aahaaaaa.”
                FIERY STEED                 (ALL Characters Slap Knees)

(Before you start, have each group make the sound effect for their character and encourage
the participants to perform with gusto.)

NARRATOR:       There once was a KING WITH A TERRIBLE TEMPER.
                He had three daughters, a SHORT FAT DAUGHTER, a TALL THIN DAUGHTER,
                and a BEAUTIFUL YOUNG DAUGHTER.

                In a nearby country, there lived a HANDSOME YOUNG PRINCE.

                One bright spring day, this HANDSOME YOUNG PRINCE rode his FIERY STEED up
                to the castle of the KING WITH THE TERRIBLE TEMPER; “I have come to seek a
                wife from among your three daughters!”

                The KING WITH THE TERRIBLE TEMPER first presented his oldest, the SHORT
                FAT DAUGHTER. “She would eat too much,” said the HANDSOME YOUNG
                PRINCE.

                Then the KING WITH THE TERRIBLE TEMPER presented his second daughter, the
                TALL THIN DAUGHTER. “No, she is too tall for me. I cannot marry your SHORT
                FAT DAUGHTER or your TALL THIN DAUGHTER.”

                Just then, on the stairway appeared the BEAUTIFUL YOUNG DAUGHTER. Rapture
                filled the heart of the HANDSOME YOUNG PRINCE. “I will take your BEAUTIFUL
                YOUNG DAUGHTER.”

                His words enraged the KING WITH THE TERRIBLE TEMPER. “Call out the
                guards,” he thundered, “turn out this impostor.”

                But the HANDSOME YOUNG PRINCE immediately seized the willing BEAUTIFUL
                YOUNG DAUGHTER, and with her in his arms, rushed out of the castle, jumped onto
                his FIERY STEED, and rode away.

                When the guards appeared, all they could see was a cloud of dust raised by the hoofs of
                the FIERY STEED as the HANDSOME YOUNG PRINCE and the BEAUTIFUL
                YOUNG DAUGHTER disappeared in the distance.

                So ends the romantic tale of the KING WITH THE TERRIBLE TEMPER, and his
                SHORT FAT DAUGHTER, his TALL THIN DAUGHTER, his BEAUTIFUL
                YOUNG DAUGHTER, and the HANDSOME YOUNG PRINCE with the FIERY
                STEED.
 

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