The Greatest Romance
Music by Jeff Johnson & Day 3 (Tony Green & Bill Burgess)
(Music used with permission)
Characters (in order of appearance)
Prince of Light
Prince of Darkness
The Greatest Romance – Scene 1
The scene opens to the end of a girl (Isabel) being badly beaten. The people in black do a few final kicks, and they steal her belongings, and rush off the stage.
Isabel is wounded and sad. She cries out for help. Lonely, and rejected, she gets up and tries to make her way along. A person walks by, taking no notice of her. A second person, a monk walks by, also ignoring her pleas. Isabel reaches her arms desperately out, and grabs the monk’s leg. The Monk kicks her away disgustingly.
Then a third person walks by. He is very handsome (Prince of Light), and he comes over to her right away. He comforts her. He dries her tears, and gives her strength again. He helps her up. Isabel is conscious of her torn dress which is in rags. She steps back, ashamed. The Prince of Light asks for his attendant to bring a new dress for her to wear. A new dress is brought in which will be velcro that attaches to the waist (a full skirt, and a short fancy jacket to match.) Isabel twirls in delight. They dance a fast waltz. The Prince of Light twirls her to the side of the stage. He goes to his attendant, and gets a ring for Isabel. He puts a ring on Isabel’s finger, They rejoice together, and dance.
The Prince of Light looks to the distance, and he beckons the girl to come with him on a journey. She hesitates. She then tells him that she is liking it right where they are. He explains to her, that where he wants to take her will be wondrous. She refuses to go with him. He then tells her that he will be back soon. He leaves her a flower, and leaves. His attendant stays to keep watch over Isabel. The Prince of Light says that he will be back for her soon. Isabel is very comfortable, and settles down, smelling her flower.
Another man comes in, very well dressed (Prince of Darkness) He sees the girl, and approaches her. At first she is very shy, and tries to gently walk away from him. But he doesn’t want to give up. He keeps trying to seduce her. Isabel is curious, and eyes the Prince of Darkness when he is not looking. The Prince of Darkness pulls out a very large flower and offers it to Isabel. Isabel instantly gives the small rose she holds to the attendant, and takes the new bigger flower. Then the Prince of Darkness he pulls out a pocket full of shining jewelry. Isabel is intrigued by it, and she comes closer to him to have a better look. He is asking her to trade it all for the ring she has on her finger. She hesitates. But then, she decides that it is worth it. And the exchange is made.
The Prince of Darkness and Isabel dance a seductive dance together. Isabel plays with her new jewelry, very happy with it. The Prince of Light walks in. He is hurt beyond words. The Prince of Darkness puts the ring in his breast pocket, making sure the Prince of Light sees that he has it. Isabel is slightly remorseful to the Prince of Light, but extremely excited about her new jewelry. The Prince of Light tries to get her to come back with him, but she can’t resist the jewelry. She decides to go with the Prince of Darkness. They leave, dancing. The broken hearted Prince of Light watches them leave.
The Greatest Romance – Scene 2
The Prince of Darkness brings the girl to his domain. He has 3 servants, who are obviously very jealous of Isabel. Isabel excitedly introduces herself to the 3 servants. The Prince of Darkness reveals his true character, as he watches the servants pick on Isabel, and start to tear at her new dress. The 3 servants steal her jewelry. Isabel looks to the Prince of Darkness for protection. To her relief, and approaches her, causing the 3 servants to back off. The Prince of Darkness begins to roughly dance with her. Unsure of what he’s doing, Isabel tries to “enter in”. The Prince of Darkness then roughly cast her aside and pushes her into the 3 servants. He watches, and laughs as they tear the new dress off, and beat her up. Isabel falls to the ground, crying. She tries to appeal to the Prince of Darkness, but he pushes her away, indicating that she is now one of his slaves. The Prince of Darkness orders his servants to take her away.
Isabel is labouring over building a wall, as the 3 servants watch, and make sure she works. It is very hot, and she has no energy left, yet she tries to do her work. Finally, she collapses. The 3 servants try to revive her, by slapping her face. She comes to, and they try to put her back to work. The Prince of Darkness comes in, and orders her to continue working. She is unable to work anymore, and she pleads for mercy. He laughs. Some how, the ring that the Prince of Light gave Isabel, falls out of the Prince of Darkness’ pocket. With all her strength, Isabel rushes for it, and holds it. The Prince of Darkness laughs, mocking the Prince of Light with the ring, saying that he cannot help her now. He orders the 3 servants to take her to the stocks. They put her in, and dance and make fun of her while she is in the stocks. The Prince of Light comes and asks if he could have her back. The girl is excited to see him. The Prince of Darkness laughs and says no. The Prince of Light asks to take her place in the stocks. The Prince of Darkness laughs, and says yes, for sure. The servants throw the girl out of the stocks, and they gladly take the Prince of Light to replace the girl in the stocks. They make fun of him. Isabel collapses on the other side of the stage.
Evil overshadows the stage. The Prince of Darkness goes to the Prince of Light in the stocks, and kills him. He is overjoyed, and he dances with his 3 servants. Isabel on the other side of the stage, is horrified. She is in total despair, and has no hope left. She cries on the side of the stage.
The Prince of Light overcomes death, and he gets out of the stocks. The Prince of Darkness awakes, and tries to defeat the Prince of Light again, but the Prince of Light defeats him and his servants.
Isabel has been watching what’s been happening, and she is afraid and excited at the same time. The Prince of Light goes to her, and he hugs her. Isabel asks if she could be his servant. The Prince of Light puts the ring back on her finger, and a new dress is brought out for her again, only this time it is even more beautiful. They dance, and he takes her away with him.