The Puppet Master's Son

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This a children's play That I wrote a while ago based on a story that I read as a child. Hope you enjoy :)

Submitted: January 30, 2009

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Submitted: January 30, 2009




WE see an old man walk out. He sits at a chair and mimes carving a peice of wood. When he is finished he pulls a fininshed puppet out of a bag. He smiles at his work.

NARRATOR: There was once a man who was a master puppet maker. People would come from all over the world to buy his puppets. For they were not just puppets. He made them with his heart and soul and it was evidenced in his craftsmanship. (WE see a young man walk in. He watches his father and sneers.) The puppet maker had a son who was a lazy boy. Try as he might to teach his son his craft , the boy would just yawn and tell his father that he had no interest in learning how to make puppets. This made the puppet maker very sad for there was no one to take over after he was gone.

SON: Father, the time has come for me to go out into the world and make a livign for myself.

FATHER: But son, I always thought that you would become a puppet maker like me and carry on the family business.

SON: Thats your dream father not mine. I want a life of adventure. I must go out and find my dream. (Father looks sad.)

FATHER: "I wish you would rethink this and stay, my son. The life of a puppet maker is an honorable one. But if you must go, let me give you companions for your journey."

Father hands his son a box. The son eagerly opens it to reveal 4 puppets. The son is crestfallen. Father pretends not to notice his son's reaction. He hands a puppet dressed as a great king to his son.

FATHER: "Each of these puppets, has its own virtue and value. This puppet represents the king of the gods. His virtue is wisdom." (His father hands hima  puppet dressed as an ogre.) "This puppet represents an ogre. His The virtue is strength. (He hands him another puppet that looks like a wizard.)  This Puppet represents a sorceror. His virtue is knowledge. (He hands him a puppet that looks like a hermit.) Finally this last puppet is a holy hermit. His virtue is goodness. Each of these virtues can help you on your way. But remember, son strength and knowledge must always serve wisdom and goodness."

WE see the son plave the puppets onto a pole and walks out. The curtain closes. WE see the son walk across the stage.

The curtain opens to reveal a dense jungle. WE see a tree in the middle of the stage. It has one branch that is high enough off the ground that the boy can sit in it. It grows dark. WE hear animals moving about in the jungle. The son becomes scared. He stands under the tree.

SON: "This looks like a good place to spend the night. I will sleep under this tree. But I wnonder if it is safe. (laughing) I know I'll ask one of the puppets father gave me. (He looks at the puppets, sneering.) "I will ask the puppet that my father had named The King Of The Gods. Father said that his virtue was wisdom." He unties the puppet and places it on the tree branch.) Tell me, king of the gods, is it safe for me to sleep here under the shade of this tree?"

We hear a crack of lightening. There is a flash of light. The son covers his eyes.

KING: "Open your eyes and look around you."

The son opens his eyes and we see a king standing in front of where the puppet had been. The king smiles wisely at the son.

KING: "Open your eyes. That is the first step to wisdom. If you fail to see what is right before you, how easy it will be for others to misguide you!"

There is another flash of light and the king is gone. We once again see the puppet on the tree branch. The son picks it up.

SON: "Did you talk? Hello? Hmmm. It must have been my imagination." (The son looks around.) "Look here in the soil. The tracks of a mighty tiger. I think I will sleep up in the branches of this tree rather than on the ground."

We see the boy crawl onto the tree branch. He curls up and sleeps. WE see a tiger creep over to the tree. He sniffs around and looks up but the son is too high for him to reach. He whines and walks away. The lights come back up and the son wakes. He stretches and climbs off the tree branch. He looks at the ground.

SON: "Look! There was a tiger that passed by in the night. If I was sleeping under the tree like I had planned surely it would have eaten me.  I am glad that I took the advice of the king - even if it was just in my imagination."

He walks off.  The curtain closes. We see the boy walk across the stage. The curtain opens.


WE see the boy walk out. WE see a caravan in the road.

SON: "That caravan must belong to some rich merchant, I wish I had wealth like that. (He looks at his puppets. He takes the ogre puppet and holds it up.) "Tell me Ogre, How can I gain such riches?"

Suddenly there is a flash of light and a giant ogre appears. The boy gasps.

OGRE: "If you have strength, You can take whatever you like. Watch this!"

The ogre lets out a yell. The earth shakes and the caravan falls over. We see the people in the caravan scream and run away.

OGRE: "You see?"

SON: "Is it really that easy?" (The boy runs over to the caravan. He opens a door and pulls out a bag of jewels.) "And all of it's mine!"

We hear a whimpering sound. We see a young woman in the caravan. She cries when she sees the son.

SON: "I won't hurt you, Who are you?"

MALA: "My name is Mala, My father is the owner of this caravan. We were on our way to meet him."

SON: "Don't worry, I'll take you with me  and care for you."

MALA: "Go ahead! Take me! take me like you're taking everything else! But you're just a thief, and I'll never, ever speak to you!"

OGRE: "Don't listen to her. She'll change her mind -- and anyway, the important thing is you got what you wanted. Now, let's go. You have enough money now to build a glorious palace."

WE see them wlak off. Mala follows sadly. The curtain closes.


The curtain opens. WE see the interior of a small house. WE see Mala sleeping. The boy watches her, sadly. He rises and goes to the puppets. He picks up the ogre puppet.

SON: "Ogre? I have lots of money now, but I want more. What should I do?" (There is a flash of light and the ogre appears.)

OGRE: "Don't ask me! Ask the sorcerer!"

There is another flash of light and the ogre disapears. He puts the ogre puppet away and picks up the sorceror puppet.

OGRE: "Sorceror? Can you tell me how to become wealthy?

There is another flash of light and we see the sorceror standing before the boy.

SORCEROR: "If you want your wealth to grow, my boy,you must learn the secrets of nature."

The sorceror pulls out a wand and taps the boy on the head with it. The boy falls over.

SON: "This is wonderful! Just think how I  can help people with what I know!"

SORCEROR: "Certainly you could, But knowledge is power. Why not keep it all for your-self instead? Isn't that what other people do?"

SON: "You are right. Knowledge IS power." (The curtain closes. The narrator steps out.)

NARRATOR: Mala and the boy finally came to the big city where the boy was determined to make his fortune. The years passed. The boy, now a man, became a wealthy merchant. And with the help of the Ogre and the Sorceror his wealth grew and grew and grew until the boy was so rich he hardly knew what to do with it all. But still he was not happy. mala, who had stayed with him all these years had not spoken one word to him. He bought a splendid palace with the riches he had amassed in the hopes that it would make her happy but still she did not speak. Which made the boy sad.  In the palace he had a special room prepared where he kept the puppets. It was here that he would ask them for their advice on how he could gain more wealth but lately he had been asking them more and more how he could win the heart of Mala but the puppets could not help him in this matter. Often the boy would give her gifts to prove his love for her but she did not want them. She would just sneer at him and push them away, still not speaking a word.
The boy would beg and plead with her, telling her that he loved her but still she did not talk with him.  One day in frustration, the boy went to the room where he kept his puppets and asked both the Ogre and the Sorceror for help.


The curtain opens. We see the boy talking with the ogre and the sorceror.

SON: "Mala's father must now be very poor, while I have more than I need. I'll help Mala find him so I can pay him for what I took. Maybe then she'll speak to me, and even learn to love me."

OGRE: "A terrible idea! You should never give up what is yours. You're just being weak!"

SORCEROR: "Besides, you're too late. Mala ran away last night."

SON: "What?"

There is a flash of light and the puppets disappear. The boy looks at the last puppet - the hermit. He picks it up.

SON: "Hermit, What good is all my wealth if I've lost what I care for most? Tell me hermit, why has everything gone wrong?"

There is a flash of light and we see the hermit standing in front of the boy.

HERMIT: "You imagined that wealth brings happiness. But true happiness comes only from goodness. What is important is not what you have but what you do with it." (WE see the king of the gods puppet standing beside the Hermit.)

KING: "You also forgot what your father told you, That Strength and knowledge are useful, but they must always serve wisdom and goodness."

NARRATOR: The boy finally realised his mistake. By listening to much to the Ogre and the Sorceror, he had doomed himself to a life of sadness. He should instead have been listening to all their advice and making a judgement based on what they all had to say.

SON: "I won't forget again," (The curtain closes.)

NARRATOR: From that day on, the boy used his wealth and his talents to do nothign but good. He built a splendid church, and offered food and shelter to those who prayed there. One day a woman and an old man came to the church. They were hungry, dirty and wore tattered clothing but the boy knew immediately who they were. It was his beloved Mala and her father.


The curtain opens. We see the boy. Mala and her father walk into the market. The boy sees her. He runs to her, smiling.

SON: "Mala!"

The son throws himself at her feet. She pulls away and then realises who it is. The son rises and bows ot her father.

SON: "Sir, I have done you great wrong. I beg your forgiveness. All I have is yours, and I give it up gladly. I will be content to return to my village and make puppets."

NARRATOR: Mala smiled widely for now she realised that he had changed. He was no longer the boy he once was. he was now the man he shoudl have been

MALA: "PAPA, He HAS changed!"

PAPA: "So it would seem! And if so, it would be a shame to let go of a young man of such talent. Perhaps he would like to work for me, and live with us in the palace."

NARRATOR: So the boy, now a man,  became the merchant's assistant, and before long his partner, and when Mala's heart was won, his son-in-law. As for the puppets, he still called on them as needed. But though he was helped often by strength and knowledge, he was guided always by wisdom and goodness.

The curtain closes.

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