King Gargothakon Must Die
Playing with my daughter, Kaylie (6), my son Malcom (3), and their friend Faith (7) today. Kaylie decided to write a play. She wrote lines for all of us, encouraged us as we rehearsed, and directed us. Her direction included coaching on emoting and gesticulating in certain ways. She even indicated our marks on the carpet. It was tremendously fun, so I put her play into the proper format. The title is mine. Everything else – names, spellings, dialogue, locations – it’s all hers, with the exception of Malcolm’s character. He named that one himself.
Without further ado, I present…
KING GARGOTHAKON MUST DIE
by Kaylie Rain Agresta
INT. GARGOTHA PALACE – MORNING
KING GARGOTHAKON (just waking up)
What shall I do today? Some destruction? Yes! Yes! Yes! Minions!
Go to the human world and destroy something!
INT. DOJO OF THE LION KING – DAY
LION KING (Standing beside a magic mirror)
On no! I must stop him. Come my friend, Hum. Let’s go kick some butt!
HUMMINGBIRD SUPERHERO (buzzing wings super fast)
Let’s kick some boot-tays!
Right. Butts. With an extra ‘S’. Not just one.
EXT. HUMAN WORLD – DAY
Oh no, Lion King and his trusty sidekick found me!
We found you minion, and we will destroy your evil plot! Get him!
INT. GARGOTHA PALACE – NIGHT
(watching Minion fight and lose to Lion King and Hummingbird Superhero)
What? He failed? He is going to get in some serious trouble!
(Minion returns to Gargotha Palace)
KING GARGOTHAKON (CONT’D)
You failed me! I asked one simple request and you failed me!
I’m sorry, sire!
…the play would have continued to (I’m certain) a more satisfying conclusion, but their mother returned home, and I had to leave for the bank.
Performers (in order of appearance)
KING GARGOTHAKON – Me
MINION – Kaylie Rain
LION KING – Faith
HUMMINGBIRD SUPERHERO – Malcolm
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