This Reader's Theater is for 4 students. It is a version of The 12 Dancing Princesses by Brothers Grimm. In the script, every night the kings 12 daughters are locked in their room. But every morning their shoes are found to be worn out as if they had gone somewhere and danced the night away. The mystery is driving the king nuts so he decrees that anyone who can come up with the answer can choose one of the girls for a wife and will inherit the kingdom when the king dies. But, if they can’t solve the riddle in 3 days, they will be put to death. Several men try and fail. They are killed. A soldier finally arrives who has been told by a mysterious older woman how to find the answer. He is able to solve the mystery and chooses which of the 12 princesses to marry and they live happily ever after. I did not advertise this as a 3rd grade script but a higher group could perform it with some help.
There is a short writing assignment afterwards for students to respond to. I use reader's theaters to encourage my students to practice fluency. It is a fun way to do something that they need. The problem with many other reader's theaters is that students spend a lot of time waiting for their part. When you have a small group they get more practice in and less off task behaviors take place. Also, you will also notice that my scripts are in black and white except the occasional picture on the front. I don't have a lot of cute clutter on them either. I do this to help save on ink and photocopying.
My name is Melanie Whitesides but my store name is Wonbyone and, if your students enjoy this script, look for more Aesop, fairy, and twisted tales at my site. I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. Let me know how things go!
The 12 Dancing Princesses - Small Group Reader's Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License