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The well keepers – play for older children

play for older children


The king of Colchester, after the death of his wife, has married the hideous widow, Edwina, for her riches. The new queen, mother to the ugly Luella and jealous of her step-daughter, Amaryllis’s beauty, does her best to set the king against his own child in this play for older children. Heartbroken, Amaryllis leaves the palace to seek her fortune; when during the journey she shares her scanty food with an old man and is kind to the dwarfs living in the well, she is rewarded by marrying a rich and powerful king.

Luella, too, wants to imitate her step-sister, but proves to be selfish and stingy; punished by the dwarfs, she ends up marrying a poor cobbler.

After learning about her daughter’s husband, Edwina leaves the palace; in the meantime the king had found out about her lies and greets Amaryllis with all the honours due to a queen.

The Well Keepers is an adaptation of the English Fairytale, “The Three Heads Of The Well”

Other plays by playwright Olivia Arieti – The Christmas Ghosts – a modern take on the classic Scrooge tale for children

Author: Olivia Arieti

Type: Short one act play for older children

Genre: Fairy tale, fantasy, traditional

Length: 16 minutes

Cast: 7M, 4F

Ages of the actors: Older children up. 7 year old advanced readers and up should be able to take part in this play.

Suitable for: Children and all ages to watch and perform

Set: The Palace Hall and The Woods

Level of difficulty: 6/10 – a simple straight story to follow

Read a Sample of the Script

Cost is $5.50 for this new digital play script

Contact Off The Wall Plays with any queries about The Well Keepers

Copyright © April 2019 Olivia Arieti and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other fairytales for kids for you to enjoy:

Ursula – fairytale about an imprisoned Princess who escapes by taking the form of a bear
Unhappily Ever After – the Fairytale. Gone Wrong
Mirror – a spoiled Princess learns a lesson when she uses a magic mirror with tragic consequences

The Christmas Ghosts – modern Scrooge play



Cell phones with creepy ringtones have made the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future’s job easier; they no longer have to fly their clients around and can display the bad guys’ past, present and future in an instant. That’s exactly what they do when Bill and Joe cross their path. Driven by the same intent they had with old Scrooge, the spirits help them to become better fellows and to keep Christmas in the most generous and honest way there is in this modern Scrooge play.

Author: Olivia Arieti

Type: One act play, ten minute plays

Genre: Modern Scrooge play, teens, children’s

Length: Ten minutes

Cast: 6N, 2M, 2F

Ages of the actors: Older kids up to adults

Suitable for: Schools for Christmas plays

Set: The Street, Christmas Eve

Level of difficulty: 6/10 a sweet short play that will be enjoyed by the performers.

Read a Sample of the Script

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Cost is $6.50 for this new digital play script. Just click Shakespeare!

Contact Off the Wall Plays with any queries about The Christmas Ghosts

Copyright © August 2018 Olivia Arieti and Off the Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other Christmas plays of a similar vein:

trolls Stole the North Pole – Christmas play for kids
The Rocking Horse Christmas – movie scripts
A Christmas Carol, too! Short Christmas Skits