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 One Act Play for Touring to Schools!  The Sword in the Stone!

"The Sword in the Stone was a huge success!"

Ben Corbett, Let's Pretend Players, Oklahoma City University

 One act Plays for Kids! - The Sword in the Stone!

Children get right into the action as Arthur becomes a fish,
a bird and finally the rightful King of England. Kids help Arthur defeat the dragon and pull the sword from the stone.

 One Act Plays for Middle Schools and High Schools!  The Sword in the Stone!

Written especially for touring to schools, everything for a great looking production fits in your touring van.  This is one of the top playscripts on these pages and offers great staging ideas and nice dramatic scenes your actors will love performing!

Children's Plays - The Sword in the Stone

"The Sword in the Stone was beautifully drafted." Churchill Theatre, Churchill, MD


Small Cast Plays for Children - The Sword in the Stone

Producers, Sword in the Stone is lots of fun and has great comic moments but packs a dramatic wallop! Fast-paced and lively, the production is enhanced by an excellent musical CD soundtrack and instructions for easy set and costumes.

Small Cast Children's Plays - The Sword in the Stone

"The students enjoyed it very much. They couldn't stop talking about it." Alice Thomas, Teacher, Rouse Elementary, Brandon MS

 Small Cast Children's Plays - The Sword in the Stone

Audience helps Arthur pull the Sword from the Stone!

Take a Bow Productions

 King Arthur Plays for Kids - The Sword in the Stone

  "You dazzle both adults and children away to your world of magicians, knights and dragons. Thank you very much for the chance to be swept back to King Arthur's time of courage, bravery and honesty."

 Wilson School, Cincinnati, OH

 King Arthur Children's Plays - The Sword in the Stone

Sword in the Stone has a companion play! Knights of the Round Table may be performed together to make a two hour production.


The Sword in the Stone
One Act Play for Young Audiences

Cast List
CD Soundtrack Cues
Script Sample

Small Cast (Touring) Version

Running Time: About 45-50 minutes
Flexible cast of 4, 1 Male, 1 Female, 2 M/F
Easily adapted for larger cast

A boy, 12 years old. Also plays NEUTRAL CHARACTER

A magician. Also plays SPIKE, a feisty fish

Arthur's foster brother, 15 years old. Also plays DRAGON, KNIGHT, HAWK and NEUTRAL CHARACTER

Princess of the Cameliard. Also plays WOMAN

Medium Cast Version

Running Time: About 40-45 minutes
Flexible cast of 6, 1 Male, 1 Female, 4 M/F
Easily adapted for larger/smaller cast.

ARTHUR (M, 311 lines)
A Boy, 12 years old.

MERLIN (M/F, 140 lines)
A Magician. Also plays PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE.

KAI (M/F, 69 lines)
ARTHUR'S Half-brother, 15 years old.

GUENEVER (F, 21 lines)
Arthur's future bride.

SQUIRE 1 (M/F, 25 lines)

SQUIRE 2 (M/F, 7 lines + action)

(SQUIRES also facilitate scene changes and make sound effects with percussion instruments.)

Cues, sound effects, original background music

The CD Soundtrack contains special sound effects and background music (original music written for the play) that may be used to greatly enhance the performance. It does not contain music for the performers to sing along with. Cues have 10 seconds of silence at the end - times shown below include silence.
[ Click on [sample] to hear a short sample of the indicated cues ]

 1.  OPENING, DRUMS, EERIE, THUNDER  (2:59) [sample]


3.  SOARING, MUSIC (LONG)  (4:40) [sample]

4.  WATER, SWIMMING (LONG)  (3:37) [sample]



7.  FLUTE, DRUM  (1:28) [sample]

8.  DRUM, BATTLE SOUNDS  (1:20) [sample]


10.  MAGICAL, DREAMY  (1:12) [sample]

11.  SWORD SOUND  (0:18)

12.  PROCESSION, CURTAIN CALL  (3:37) [sample]

Note: Some teachers choose familiar songs, obtain sheet music and insert these songs into the play.  We recognize that each school has a wide variety of educational needs to fulfill and we invite you to be creative in your use of our scripts; including changes or additions that are appropriate for your students. As author/publisher of our own creative works, we do ask that you obtain proper copyright permission for any additions you might make - that responsibility is up to you.

Music & Sound Resources Available on the Internet
( Sheet Music, Song Books, CDs, DVDs, Sing-along, Karaoke, Sound Effects )

Merlin! Swordplay! Magic! Camelot!
Small Cast Children's Plays - The Sword in the Stone King Arthur Children's Plays - The Sword in the Stone
Audience helps Arthur pull the Sword from the Stone!
Take a Bow Productions - Medium Cast Play for Children


MERLIN has given ARTHUR his first lesson by turning him into a bird.  After a harrowing flight, MERLIN proposes the second lesson.  The AUDIENCE participates by helping to fill Sir Ector's Moat with water.

MERLIN:  Do you think you might be up to just one more adventure for the day?  You have three choices left. Earth, Fire and Water.

ARTHUR:  Well, after what we just went through, I surely don't want to get involved with any Fire. And Earth, well, Earth is just a lot of dirt, after all, isn't it?

MERLIN:  Choose.

ARTHUR:  (Indifferent.) Water, I choose Water.

MERLIN:  Splendid.

(To audience.)

Consider the real magic of water.

(HE encourages participation.)

First, it rains.

(HE briskly rubs palms together to indicate the sound of rain. HE may have to add [to audience] "Can you do this?" The rain falls to earth and makes a stream. HE snaps his fingers.)

The stream flows into a river.

(HE crosses arms over his chest and quickly pats his upper arms.)

The river flows into the ocean.

(HE pounds his hands upon his thighs.) 

And crashes on the shore.

(HE pounds his thighs harder.)

Then the sun comes out and draws the water to the sky.

(Hands and fingers move upwards.)

Until a big cloud is formed.

(Makes clouds above his head with hands.)

Then down pours the rain...

(ALL rub hands briskly together again.) 

... which turns into a stream and, in this case, flows into the moat of Sir Ector's castle.  Let's visit that old moat, shall we?

(SQUIRE 1 & 2 enter with silks. THEY and MERLIN manipulate them to indicate a moat.)

Now, Arthur, take a deep breath and hold your nose.

(ARTHUR jumps. THEY lift silks, ARTHUR runs through, then right back out again.)

Jump, boy, jump!

(MUSIC CUE #4. ARTHUR tries again, this time getting caught up in the whirling silks. Then we hear odd, lilting music as ARTHUR enters another element. Water background sound continues through this scene.)

ARTHUR:  (Tries to talk, but can only gulp.) Mer-glup-lin-glug! Blop! Blop!

MERLIN:  Hold on, lad. Wait for me. Don't float away.

(SQUIRE 1 & 2 stretch silks across the stage. ARTHUR is caught between them. We see his head, then his feet, and other ridiculous positions as he is swirled about by the water.)

ARTHUR:  Mer-glug! Lin-glug!

MERLIN:  Now, now, set yourself straight!

ARTHUR:  I-glug, can't-glug, glug, breathe-glug!

MERLIN:  What's that, boy?

ARTHUR:  I-glug, can't-glug, breathe-glug!

MERLIN:  You must speak slower, child.  Fish talk is slower than human talk, you know.  Try again.

ARTHUR:  Glug, glug, glug!

MERLIN:  Enunciation, Arthur!  It sounded like you said, "Glug, glug, glug".

ARTHUR:  (Frantic.) Glug!  Glug!  Glug!

MERLIN:  For heaven's sake, stop breathing through your nose.

ARTHUR:  Glug? Glug? Glug?

MERLIN:  The ears, old boy, the ears! For heaven's sake, don't you know a blasted thing? Breathe through your ears, Arthur!

ARTHUR:  Glug? (Breathes, as he stands among the swirling silks.) My-glug, ears-glug, Merlin? Merlin! I'm breathing through my ears!

MERLIN:  Yes, yes, now come along.

(ARTHUR follows thoroughly enjoying the breathing. SQUIRE 1 & 2 lay silks on the ground diagonally across the stage and exit.)

The world is full of invisible lines, Arthur. Do you know the borders of Sir Ector's castle?

ARTHUR:  Of course, everyone knows Sir Ector's property. It's two miles wide and one mile deep and there's a big stone fence all around.

MERLIN:  But I bet you never guessed that there are kingdoms upon kingdoms within Sir Ector's kingdom.

ARTHUR:  What do you mean?

MERLIN:  (Indicating silks.) Why, right here inside this moat, for example. Everything on that side of the line belongs to the King Fish.  He's a Pike named Spike.


MERLIN:  But there's freedom on this side. Freedom, boy! Such a beautiful word!

(MERLIN grabs the silks and moves them in a huge circle. KAI comes floating by - he's also a fish who has not learned to breathe through his ears and is floating with his cheeks puffed up. HE gets caught up in the silks.)

ARTHUR:  Merlin!  Look, it's Kai! And he's a fish too!

MERLIN:  Oh, dear. He must have been swimming when we called the Water Magic.  Sometimes things get a bit jumbled.

ARTHUR:  Close your nose and open your ears.  Breathe through your ears, Kai!

KAI:  Glug?

(Breathes, then coughs and gulps.)

Hickkk! Arthur? Arthur? Is that you? What's going on?

ARTHUR:  Oh, Kai, Kai, it's the real magic. Merlin did it! He turned us into fish. What kind of fish are we. Merlin?

MERLIN:  Carp.

ARTHUR:  Carp!  We're carp, Kai! Isn't that wonderful?!

Note: This is a sample from the actual script.  To review the entire play, order the PERUSAL SCRIPT (online instant download).

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