The Bronze Ring, a Free Readable Video and a Free School Play Script

Adapted from a classic fairy tale.
Adapted from a classic fairy tale.

Cast of Characters - The Bronze Ring

Narrator 1
Narrator 2
Narrator 3
Old Man
King
Fish Gardener
Blacksmith Gardener
Messenger 1
Messenger 2
Messenger 3
Gardener
Princess
Prime Minister
Old Woman
Prime Minister's Son
Herald 1
Herald 2

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The Bronze Ring Story - A Readable Video

The Bronze Ring is an original play that is based on a classic fairy tale.

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Play Script - The Bronze Ring

Narrator 1

Once upon a time there was a king. He lived in a palace that was surrounded by an enormous garden - and the King employed many gardeners!

Narrator 2

The King's land was the very best of all the lands in his entire kingdom, but his garden wouldn't grow anything.

Narrator 3

His gardeners couldn't even grow any green grass or any trees for shade.

Narrator 1

The King was very upset about this.

Narrator 2

So, one day he decided to go for a walk in his empty garden. While he was thinking about his garden and why it wouldn't grow anything, an old man approached him with some very good advice.

Old Man

Pardon me, sire.

King

Yes, old man.

Old Man

Would you mind if I offer a bit of advice?

King

Not at all, sir. You are free to speak whatever you wish.

Old Man

Why thank you, sire. Your gardeners do not understand something.

King

What's that?

Old Man

But what can you expect of them?

King

What?

Old Man

It's very simple, sire.

King

What is, old man?

Old Man

You see, I've known all of your gardeners for all of their lives.

King

I have some gardeners that are at least 80 years old.

Old Man

Yes, and I have known them too.

King

Alright old man; what is your point to this story?

Old Man

Your gardeners' fathers were either cobblers or carpenters. They have never learned how to garden. How could they know how to make things grow in your garden?

Narrator 3

The king thought for a moment about what the old man said and quickly realized that his advice was very good. Soon, the king then replied to the old man.

King

You are quite right and apparently quite wise, old man. About what I should do to fix this... how do you suggest I handle the situation?

Old Man

Your majesty, perhaps you should hire a gardener whose father and grandfathers have been gardeners before him and have passed down their knowledge of gardening. Perhaps he could also teach your other gardeners how to grow things.

King

Those are very good ideas old man. If I follow your advice, do you think that my garden will become filled with green grass and flowers, and will I be able to enjoy its delicious fruit under the beautiful, shady trees?

Old Man

Sire, if you employ a gardener with the proper training, he would be certainly be a good gardener for you.

Narrator 1

So, the King called for his messengers.

King

Messengers!

Narrator 2

They arrived quickly, in response to the King's beckon.

King

You will go into every town, village, and hamlet within my kingdom and find a gardener that will be able to fill my garden with green grass, beautiful flowers and shady trees... oh yes, and delicious fruit.

Narrator 3

So the messengers departed on their journeys into every town, village, and hamlet within the king's kingdom to find a gardener that will be able to fill his garden with green grass, beautiful flowers, shady trees and delicious fruit!

Narrator 1

The first messenger came upon the first of many gardeners.

Messenger 1

Hello. Are you a gardener whose father and grandfathers were gardeners too?

Fish Gardener

No, I am not. This is only my first season of gardening. My father and grandfathers were fishermen. I am trying my best to develop a new way to grow fish. It doesn't seem to be working very well.

Messenger 1

Silly fish gardener, you cannot grow fish in a garden. Fish must be grown in the sea.

Fish Gardener

I think that you may be right. I will go to the sea now and grow some fish.

Narrator 1

So the Fish Gardener went to the sea to grow his fish and the messenger stayed on task; looking for a gardener with proper training.

Narrator 2

The days seemed to pass by slowly. Each of the King's messengers looked in every town, village and hamlet within the Kingdom for a gardener whose father and grandfathers had been gardeners also. There wasn't much hope.

Messenger 2

Excuse me sir. Are you a gardener whose father and grandfathers were gardeners before you and have you inherited vast amounts of gardening knowledge from them?

Blacksmith Gardener

No, I'm not and no have not. My father and grandfathers were all blacksmiths. I am branching out... trying something new. I have begun an effort to grow tools. So far, only the stems for hammers and axes are growing. Hopefully soon the iron needed for the tools will grow too.

Messenger 2

You seem to be doing well with some of your crop, but iron cannot be gardened. Perhaps you should find a mine to harvest iron to attach to your stems. Then you should be able to make great tools. However, with no prior experience, you would not be a good gardener for the king. Have a good day and good luck!

Narrator 2

So the Blacksmith Gardener found his way to a mine and mined for iron to make his tools.

Narrator 3

The days were passing even more slowly than before, but the King's Messengers continued their search.

Messenger 3

Are you a gardener whose father and grandfathers were gardeners before you?

Gardener 3

No. I am a not. When you find one, will you send him this way to help me? I really need help with my garden.

Messenger 3

I apologize, sir, but I am on a mission for the King and can't help you with your shortcomings.

Narrator 3

With no luck, the messengers gathered together.

Messenger 1

I'm becoming very tired.

Messenger 2

I am, as well. Every gardener that I come across is new to his trade.

Messenger 3

Let's rest. We'll continue the search soon. I think though that we should continue the search together. Maybe we'll have better luck.

Narrator 1

The messengers nodded in agreement and then laid down for a rest. After a much needed and quite short nap, they continued their journey. After forty more days of finding gardeners that didn't have fathers and grandfathers that were gardeners, they began to lose hope. Then they came upon another gardener.

Messenger 1

You wouldn't be a gardener whose father and grandfathers were gardeners before you, would you?

Gardener

As a matter of fact, yes. I am.

Messengers 1, 2 & 3

Hooray!

Messenger 2

Come with us and be gardener for the King.

Gardener

I cannot go to the King. I am a very poor man with a family to support.

Messenger 3

That is of no consequence. With the salary the King will supply to you, you'll make enough money to support yourself and your family.

Gardener

I owe money to several people. I cannot just leave without paying my debts.

Messenger 1

The King will pay off all of your debts.

Gardener

That sounds great!

Narrator 2

So the gardener was persuaded. With his wife and son, the gardener went to the palace with the messengers.

Narrator 3

The King was delighted to have finally found a real gardener.

King

I am so excited to have finally found a real gardener.

Narrator 3

So, the King entrusted the gardener with the care of his huge garden.

Narrator 1

The man found no difficulty in making the royal garden produce flowers and fruit, and at the end of a year the garden was filled with everything that the King had hoped.

Narrator 2

There were flowers, fruits, green grass and even shady trees! Because of this, in addition to the gardener's salary, the King gave many gifts to his new servant.

Narrator 3

The gardener, as you have already heard, had a son. He was a very handsome young man, with good manners.

Narrator 1

Every day the gardener's son carried the best fruit of the garden to the King, and the prettiest flowers to his daughter.

Narrator 2

The princess was about to have a birthday and the King was beginning to think it was time that she should be married.

King

My dearest daughter, it is time for you to get married. You will marry the son of my prime minister.

Princess

Father, I will never marry the son of the minister.

King

Why not?

Princess

I do not love him.

King

Why not?

Princess

Because, I love the gardener's son.

Narrator 3

When the King heard that the Princess loved the gardener's son, he was very angry!

Narrator 1

Then the King said:

King

As good as the gardener has been for my Kingdom, his son is not worthy of you, my daughter. I will never allow this to happen, daughter.

Princess

You cannot make me love anyone else. I love the gardener's son.

Narrator 2

So the Princess left and the King consulted with his prime minister.

Prime Minister

This is what you must do, Sire. Send both young men to a very distant country. The one who returns first shall marry your daughter. My son, of course should have the finest of things to accompany him on his adventure and the gardener's son should receive meager accompaniments. Of course, the will both need horses and a bit of money for their travels. I'll take care of it at once if you wish, Sire.

Narrator 3

The King thought that seemed to be good advice and agreed. The prime minister after all was his best advice giver and has helped him in numerous situations. So the prime minister's son was presented with a splendid horse and many gold pieces.

Narrator 1

And the gardener's son was given an old horse and a few pieces of copper money. Everyone thought that he would never come back from his journey.

Narrator 2

The Princess went to the gardener's son and spoke to him.

Princess

Be brave. Remember that I love you. Take this purse of jewels with you. Come back quickly and demand my hand in marriage.

Narrator 3

The two young men left the town at the same time. The prime minister's son went off at a gallop on his good horse, while the gardener's son's horse lagged further and further behind.

Narrator 1

Very soon the prime minister's son was far ahead of the gardener's son. He traveled on for some days until he reached a fountain.

Narrator 2

There was an old woman in ragged clothing that sat on a stone beside the fountain.

Old Woman

Good day to you, young traveler.

Narrator 3

But the prime minister's son made no reply.

Old Woman

Have pity upon me. I am very hungry and have been without food and drink for three very long days.

Prime Minister's Son

Leave me alone, old woman. I can do nothing for you. I am on a journey and must not be interrupted.

Old Woman

I didn't mean to bother you, kind sir. Have a better day, young traveler.

Narrator 1

Later, on the same day, the Gardener's Son came upon the same old woman.

Gardener's Son

Good-day, good woman.

Old Woman

Young traveler, please have pity upon me. I am an old woman that has no money and is in need of some help.

Gardener's Son

Here is all of my copper money, good woman. If you'd like, you may ride upon this horse with me. Your legs must be weak?

Old Woman

Thank you very much, young man.

Narrator 2

The old woman didn't wait to be asked twice. The gardener's son helped her onto the horse and they rode even more slowly into the next kingdom.

Narrator 3

The minister's son was already in large room in a grand inn.

Narrator 1

The gardener's son and the old woman dismounted at the inn and were mistaken for beggars, so they slept at the steps of the inn.

Narrator 2

The next day the gardener's son heard a great noise in the street, and the King's heralds passed, blowing their horns and shouting.

Herald 1

The King, our master, is old and sick.

Herald 2

He will give a great reward to whoever can cure him.

Old Woman

This is what you must do. Go out of the town through the south gate. There you will find three little dogs of different colors; the first will be white, the second black and the third dog red. Take them to the king. Have the dogs each bark three times and he will immediately be cured of his sickness. For your reward, ask for the bronze ring. Come back to me after getting the ring and I'll show you how to use it. Go, my friend, and hurry for he doesn't have much time.

Narrator 3

The young man followed the old woman's directions.

Narrator 1

As he traveled out of the town he found the white, red, and black dogs.

Narrator 2

He then ran into the palace and cured the King of his illness.

Narrator 3

The King felt very youthful and was grateful to the young man.

King

How can I reward you? Will you take half of all my treasures?

Gardener's Son

No.

King

Will you have my daughter's hand in marriage?

Gardener's Son

No.

King

Take half of my entire kingdom.

Gardener's Son

No. I only require one thing for my service to you.

King

Anything you ask.

Gardener's Son

I only ask for one thing; the bronze ring.

King

Alas! You shall have it.

Narrator 1

The gardener's son went back to say goodbye to the old woman.

Gardener's Son

Goodbye friend and thank you. You've helped me a lot!

Narrator 2

After saying goodbye, he spoke to the bronze ring.

Gardener's Son

Make this old woman youthful again and reward her with many treasures throughout her life.

Narrator 3

She was immediately turned into a youth.

Narrator 1

The gardener's son had other things in mind that he needed to do.

Narrator 2

He spoke to the ring again.

Gardener's Son

Prepare a ship for my journey. Make the hull of the purest of gold, the masts are to be made of silver and the sails are to be made of silk. It shall have a large crew of noble-looking sailors. The cargo will be diamonds, rubies, and emeralds.

Narrator 3

Immediately a ship appeared upon the sea exactly to his wish. He stepped on board and then continued his journey.

Narrator 1

He soon arrived at a big city and had the ring build him a spectacular palace. He loved it so much. Soon after everything was built, the prime minister's son arrived. He had already spent all of his money. Recognizing him, the gardener's son said:

Gardener's Son

What is your name and from where do you come?

Prime Minister's Son

I am the son of a prime minister. I am from a very wealthy and powerful nation.

Gardener's Son

I am willing to help a person in need. You shall have a ship to take you back to your own country, upon one condition.

Prime Minister's Son

Whatever it may be, I accept.

Gardener's Son

Follow me to my palace.

Narrator 2

The prime minister's son followed the gardener's son. They reached the palace.

Gardener's Son

Here are the conditions. You will always be in my debt and shall never marry. This mark that I place on you shall remind you of that.

Prime Minister's Son

As I said before whatever it may be, I accept.

Gardener's Son

I am going to give you a vessel which you may take back to your own country. Bronze ring, obey thy master. Prepare a sea-worthy, but half-rotten ship for this man.

Narrator 3

The prime minister's son was embarrassed to sail on such a ship, but quickly embarked in this old vessel. The winds, luckily were in his favor, so he reached his own country. In spite of the poor condition in which he returned was received joyfully.

Prime Minister's Son

I am the first to come back. Now fulfill your promise, and give me the princess in marriage.

Narrator 1

They began to prepare for the wedding festivities at once.

Narrator 2

The poor princess was very sad about having to marry the prime minister's son.

Narrator 3

The next morning a wonderful ship came to the town. The King happened to be at the palace window and said:

King

What strange ship is this? I shall invite the ship's captain to be my guest.

Narrator 1

And so he did.

King

Young man, you are welcome here; whomever you may be. Remain here, as my guest while you visit my kingdom.

Gardener's Son

Many thanks sire. I accept your offer. You are gracious to offer such a wonderful present to me.

King

My daughter is about to be married. I would be honored if you would give her away.

Gardener's Son

The honor would be mine, sire.

Narrator 2

The Princess and her future husband then entered.

Gardener's Son

What is this? This man is my servant! Why would you let the princess marry such a man as that?

King

But he is my prime minister's son!

Gardener's Son

What does that matter? I cannot allow one of my servants to be wed to your daughter - the princess.

King

Your servant?

Gardener's Son

Without any doubt! I met him in a distant town. I had pity on him and engaged him as one of my servants. One of my requirements for helping him was that he'd never marry.

King

Impossible!

Gardener's Son

Do you wish me to prove what I say? This young man returned here in a vessel which I gave to him. The ship was barely seaworthy.

King

That is quite true.

Prime Minister's Son

It is not true. I do not know this man!

Gardener's Son

Sire, order your daughter's betrothed to show you his servants-mark.

Narrator 3

The King was about to give this order, when the prime minister's son admitted that the story was true.

Gardener's Son

And now, sire, do you not recognize me?

Princess

I recognize you! You are the gardener's son whom I have always loved! It is you that I wish to marry!

King

Young man, you shall be my son-in-law. The marriage festivities have already begun, so you shall marry my daughter this very day.

Narrator 1

So that very day the gardener's son married the beautiful Princess.

Narrator 2

And they lived together happily; all because of the Bronze Ring.


Narrator 3

The End.

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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I enjoyed this so much, CW!  Well done!

Hey, the messengers searched the nearby hamlets.


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ProCW 8 years ago from South Carolina Author

:) I'm glad that you enjoyed this Shirley! :) Stay tuned for my next fairy tale! :)

ProCW


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Very cute play ProCw. I love how the ring has such symbolism and power throughout the history of mankind.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

This sotry keeps becoming better as I read it.


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ProCW 8 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thank you SweetiePie!

ProCW


jjrubio 7 years ago

This was truly a beautiful fairytale....I really loved it!!!


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ProCW 7 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thanks, jjrubio! :)

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Mimi 4 years ago

Am I allowed to use this script to practice English with my pupils?? I would love them to perform this play.


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ProCW 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Yes, Mimi. You are allowed to do that! :)


bbb09 4 years ago

-wew!.,very touching.,


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apartmentsinminsk 3 years ago from Minsk, Belarus

wonderful

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