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St. George and the Dragon - A Play

St. George and the Dragon - A Play

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A very short, very original play for children based on the Golden Legend of St. George and the Dragon...
A very short, very original play for children based on the Golden Legend of St. George and the Dragon...

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Published by: kswasson44 on Apr 19, 2010
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The best known form of the legend of St. George and the Dragon is that made popular by the "Legenda Aurea", and translated into English by Caxton. According to this, a terrible dragon had ravaged all the country round a city of Libya, called Selena, making itslair in a marshy swamp. Its breath caused pestilence whenever it approached the town, so the people gave the monster two sheepevery day to satisfy its hunger, but, when the sheep failed, a human victim was necessary and lots were drawn to determine the victim.On one occasion the lot fell to the king's little daughter. The king offered all his wealth to purchase a substitute, but the people had  pledged themselves that no substitutes should be allowed, and so the maiden, dressed as a bride, was led to the marsh. There St.George chanced to ride by, and asked the maiden what she did, but she bade him leave her lest he also might perish. The good knight stayed, however, and, when the dragon appeared, St. George, making the sign of the cross, bravely attacked it and transfixed it withhis lance. Then asking the maiden for her girdle (an incident in the story which may possibly have something to do with St. George'sselection as patron of the Order of the Garter), he bound it round the neck of the monster, and thereupon the princess was able to lead it like a lamb. They then returned to the city, where St. George bade the people have no fear but only be baptized, after which he cut off the dragon's head and the townsfolk were all converted. The king would have given George half his kingdom, but the saint replied 
that he must ride on, bidding the king meanwhile take good care of God’s churches, honor the clergy, and have pity on the poo
r. Theearliest reference to any such episode in art is probably to be found in an old Roman tombstone at Conisborough in Yorkshire,considered to belong to the first half of the twelfth century. Here the princess is depicted as already in the dragon's clutches, while anabbot stands by and blesses the rescuer.
 Princess: RyleeSt. George: MaximilianDragon: AbigailKing: JosephTownspeople: All Children (scene change)Priest: Michael
White dress and veil and “girdle” for princess
Knight’s costume for St. George
 Dragon costume for dragon
King’s robe and crown for King
 Cassock for priest
 (All scenes take place outside)
Two stuffed lambs for dragon’s “dinner”
Tent covered with brown sheet for “lair”
 Rope to tie princess to treeSeashell for Baptisms
Bag of money for King’s ransom for his daughter 
St. George and the Dragon
a play
Scene 1:
 Dragon is prowling, growling and otherwise terrorizing the chickens and townspeople. General mayhem. Cut to
dragon’s lair where cautious townspeople approa
ch with two lambs.
 Dragon roars ferociously and throws the offering out of the “lair”.Townspeople return to tell king that the lambs aren’t working…
Your majesty
…the dragon won’t accept our offering! We’ve drawn lots and, well, it looks li
ke yourdaughter is the next victim
um, we mean offering!
Not my daughter! Not the princess! Here is a large bag of gold. This is for the family of anyone who would serve asa substitute
how about one of you?Townspeople: Not me! Not me! No way! Remember, your Majesty? No substitutions allowed!King: Ah
…I’ll get the princess and meet you at the dragon’s lair. I don’t think she’s going to like this…
Scene 2:
 King is leading the brave princess to the tree beside the dragon’s lair. He ties her t 
o the tree, sadly shakes hishead and weeping, leaves her. Enter good St. George:
St. George:
Ah, dear Princess! Why on earth are you tied to a tree?
Good Knight! RUN! There is a dragon in that cave and I’
m his dinner. You must leave before he EATS YOU!
St. George:
I? Leave? I don’t think so. God will protect me and I shall protect you. Excuse me for a moment…
St. George approaches the dragon’s lair and in a loud voice says:
St. George:
The dragon runs out of its lair, growling and roaring, trying to get at the princess. With the point of his sword, George
quickly subdues it at the princess’ feet.
 Making the sign of the cross over the dragon and placing his foot upon its back, heasks for the
 princess’ girdle (belt):
St. George:
Excuse me, Princess
but could I borrow your belt?
Why certainly!

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