The frog princess
Queen: Our sons need someone to share their lives.
King : You are right. I want them to marry.
Queen: Call our sons here!
( The sons come )
King : My sons, before I am too old I want you to marry
and I’d like to see my grandchildren.
Sons : Whom are we to marry?
King : Take your bows and shoot an arrow.
Queen : Wherever it falls, there you’ll find your wife.
Vasily : We must find our wives today. Let’s try…
Vasiliy : My arrow lands a nobleman’s courtyard.
Vasily’s bride : I’m the Duke’s daughter. Marry me!
Fyodor : My arrow lands a merchant’s courtyard.
Fyodor’s bride : I’m the merchant’s daughter. Marry me!
Fyodor : Please, come with us to our father…
( They come to their father.)
King : Well done, my songs. They are perfect.
Ivan: May be I can find a wife, too…
Ivan: Where can it be?
( He looks for it)
Ivan: There, near the swamp.
( The frog holds the arrow in its mouth)
Ivan: Oh, no! You are a frog! What can I do?
Frog: Don’t worry, Ivan. I can marry you!
( Ivan takes the frog to the king)
King: You must marry her!
Give rings to your wives!
Queen: We want to see which wife is the best.
King: We want your wives to make me a shirt by tomorrow.
Frog: You look very unhappy, Ivan! What’s the matter?
Ivan: My father ordered you to make a shirt by tomorrow.
Frog: Don’t worry! Just go to bed!
( Music. The frog threw off its skin and turn into the Princess Vasilisa. She clapped her hands and cried. )
Vasilisa: My faithful attendants listen to me. Sew for me by tomorrow a shirt like the one my father used to wear.
King: This is a shirt for everyday wear.
Queen: You could only go to the bath in that.
King: Now that is a shirt! I can wear it on important occasions. I ordered you, my sons, to bring your wives to the party tomorrow.
Frog: Why are you so sad?
Ivan: My father ordered me to bring you to the party. How can I show you to people?
Frog: Don’t grieve, Ivan. Go to the party by yourself and I’ll follow later. When you hear a noise, say: “That’s my little frog riding in a little box. “
Vasiliy: Why didn’t you bring your wife with you?
Vasiliy’s wife: You could have carried her in a handkerchief!
Fyodor: Where did you find such a beauty?
Fyodor’s wife: You must have searched all through the marshes for her.
(all the guests sit down at the tables)
(a loud knock and a clap of thunder, the guests jump up)
Ivan: Don’t be afraid. It’s only my little frog coming!
(Ivan goes out and comes back with Vasilisa)
(guests dance, then Ivan goes out and hurried home)
(Vasilisa returns home and sees that the frog skin is gone)
Vasilisa: Prince Ivan, what have you done? If you had waited only three days I would have been yours for ever. But now I must say goodbye. Look for me in the thirties kingdom beyond three times nine lands.
( Ivan comes across the bear and intend to kill it)
Bear : Don’t kill me, Prince Ivan, my cubs need me. I promise to help you.
Hare : Don’t kill me, Ivan. My leverets won’t have a mother. Some day I’ll be of service to you.
Fish : Please, don’t eat me. I promise to help you - one way or another.
Witch: Why are you here?
Ivan: I’m looking for my wife.
Witch: Don’t worry, we can save her. Throw this ball of wool on the ground and follow it. Soon you will find the way to Koshey and you can set Vasilisa free.
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