Divide the audience into four groups, and assign each group one of the following sound effects. When they hear their word in the story, they should respond with the proper sound.
- Samurai: “Clankety-clank
- Geisha: “Help, help”
- Mean Emperor: “Gr-r-r”
- Dragon: “Roar-r-r-r”
Back in old Japan in the days of bold SAMURAI and fair GEISHAS there lived a MEAN EMPEROR with his daughter, who was indeed the most beautiful GEISHA in all the land. All those who passed by their castle would see this fair GEISHA sitting by the hour in the window longing to be set free.
It was told about the land that this fair GEISHA had a curse put on her by a wicked witch, that if a DRAGON, which lived in the woods close by, were to look upon her, she would suddenly become the most ugly GEISHA who ever lived. That is why the MEAN EMPEROR kept her locked within the castle.
Of course, after hear this, all the brave SAMURAI for miles around came to that part of the land, hoping to kill the terrible DRAGON, and thus save the fair GEISHA from a terrible fate. Night and day the brave SAMURAI searched for that terrible DRAGON. Each one hoped to save the fair GEISHA and take her away from the castle of the MEAN EMPEROR.
One day there came a gallant SAMURAI who was much wiser than all the rest. He decided that since the DRAGON was nowhere to be found that maybe there was another reason why the GEISHA didn’t come out. He rode his horse as swiftly as he could and charged at full speed right through the door of the castle, sending debris and rubble flying in all directions.
It seems the GEISHA couldn’t find the door because the castle was such a mess, and that is why she hadn’t come out.
The brave young SAMURAI bounded up the stairs and carried his fair GEISHA down and put her on his horse. They rode away from the castle of the MEAN EMPEROR and left the SAMURAI still searching for the terrible DRAGON which didn’t even exist.