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Arthur\'s Stone, Merlin\'s Fire: The Making of a King
Arthur's Stone, Merlin's Fire: The Making of a King
By Kathryn Petersen. Inspired by the Arthurian legend.

Cast: 12m., 7w. (with doubling. May be expanded to up to 28 actors.) This imaginative retelling of the Arthurian legend is set in the hill fort of Trumontium in 500 A.D. In the midst of a fierce storm, a mysterious sword-stone appears. Rumors fly that the person who can pull the sword out will be the Pendragon, the next high king of Britain. Warriors come from far and wide to try their hand but to no avail. Young Arthur, mocking a warrior's attempt, surprisingly removes the sword, and thus his problems begin. Chief Ector imprisons Arthur, furious that he has succeeded where his son Kei has failed. To make matters worse, the local villagers begin to believe Arthur is in league with the devil and of evil Saxon blood. Into this mess, Torag the wandering tinker, and Nimue, a young maid, arrive. Torag, a close friend of Arthur's, visits him in his cell and, for a reason unknown to Arthur, instructs him to carve chess pieces. Nimue gets a job as a servant and secretly brings Arthur the wood and knife he needs for his carving. When the evil Queen Morgaine unexpectedly arrives and proclaims that Arthur is indeed her half brother and son of Uther the Pendragon, Torag the Tinker moves fast. He knows Arthur isn't ready for the job. He convinces Arthur to go to the Forest Perilous with him where he can learn how to become a king. There, Arthur learns valuable lessons through the help of talking trees, a magical chess board where the pieces he carved come to life, and his new friend, Nimue. Queen Morgaine interrupts Arthur's apprenticeship and tries to convince him to rule Britain with her. Torag warns him that she's hungry for power. Morgaine reveals Torag's true identity, that of Merlin, the great wizard and former advisor to Uther the Pendragon. Arthur, feeling used and betrayed, runs deeper into the woods. Renouncing his kingship, he throws the sword into a lake and the lake magically responds. The Lady of the Lake helps Arthur to see how he can best serve his people and transforms Arthur's sword into Excalibur. Arthur swears an oath of kingship on Excalibur while Merlin and Nimue look on. Premiered at The People's Light & Theatre Company. Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes.

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  AB9
Cast Size:  19
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  75
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  135 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 1583423435
Publication Date: 10/12/2006
Kathryn Petersen started writing for young audiences in 1998. She's had four plays produced by The People's Light & Theatre Company: The Icarus Box (1998); Through the Glass Looking (1999); Arthur's Stone, Merlin's Fire (2003) and Jack & the Beanstalk, an American Panto (2005). Petersen, an award-winning actress, has appeared in over 50 productions regionally. Photo: Rob and Sas Becker.More
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