The King With The Terrible Temper
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
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
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