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Publisher:  Lulu Press ISBN-10:  1430325216 Type: 


Copyright:  Dec 10, 2007 ISBN-13:  9781430325215

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Who will Prince Albert marry? Will it be Alice, the beautiful maiden, that he loves? Will Prince Albert find the courage to stand up to his parents and tell them about Alice, or will he let true love pass him by and marry Princess Ann, whom the King and Queen has chosen to be his bride? Will Prince Albert be forced to marry Wicked Witch of Betherland, who will do anything in her power to force the prince to marry her? Wicked Witch, who is a master of disguise, plans to kidnap Princess Ann and take the princess identity, so she, Wicked Witch, will stand next to the prince and marry him on his twenty first-birthday.

Prince Albert's twenty-first birthday is fast approaching. On this day he must get married to Princess Ann, a young, beautiful, princess his parent has chosen to be his bride. Wicked Witch of Betherland has her own plans, she is determined to marry the young, handsome, prince and become the Wicked Princess of Betherland. Wicked Witch will do anything in her powers to force Prince Albert to marry her. Meanwhile, Prince Albert has met the young woman of his dreams. He falls in love with an amazingly, beautiful, young maiden whom he wants to marry, even though he realize his parents, King and Queen of Betherland, will never accept a common maiden as the bride of their son, and to become Princess of Betherland.               

Act One, Scene One

The sun is shinning bright over the large park of Betherland. Several large trees, with their awesome green leaves, serve as shade and help to block the summer heat from the bright sun. All around the park are beautiful gardens with a variety of flowers and roses of many colors, sizes and shapes. A squirrel comes down a tree, picks up an acorn and nibbles on it.

A large family picnic is taking place in the picnic area. Children are playing in the play area. Some are hanging from bars. Some are swinging on swings. Others are on the merry-go-round. Five or six children are playing on the slide. People are sitting on benches in other parts of the park.

Alice, a very beautiful, young, girl walks past a huge water fall, with water that flows in all the colors of a rainbow. Alice walks to a nearby tree and stands with her back to the tree, as she watches the children play.

I want to be free
I just want to be me
I want to reach out
I want to be able to see
Donít want to be still like a tree
Donít want to fly like a bee
I just want to be free

I want to belong
Belong to God and myself
Donít want to belong
Not to anyone else
Squirrels running free
Birds singing in a tree
Me, I just want to be me

Alice walks toward the play area singing.

I look up at the sky
Oh, what beautiful clouds
Soft, blue and white
Such a beautiful sight
And, hey, Mr. Sun
Such radiant light
Youíre free, youíre free
Youíre awesome and free
I just want to be me


Prince Albert
The wedding plans and my parents are the reasons why I must leave Betherland. I am so tired of all the traditions. I will not be forced into a marriage that I donít want. Princess Ann is probably just as unhappy about the wedding plans as I am.

Maybe. But, maybe not. She might be looking forward to becoming your bride. Iím sure you will learn to love the princess.

Prince Albert
How can I learn to love Princess Ann when itís you that I already love?

(taken aback)
Prince Albert! Iím flattered! I donít know what to say.

Prince Albert
(stands up)
Say that you can learn to love me. Say that you will go away with me and become my bride.


King of Betherland:
My son! Prince of Bertherland! He dares to stand before me and announce that he wishes to marry a common maiden that he met in the park. He met her in the park! How dare you insult your mother and me! How dare you!

I speak to you, not as your father, but, as King of Betherland. You will live by the rules of this land. You are my only son and I love you, But I am the king. I make the rules. I enforce the rules, and you will live by these rules. I am KING!

Traditions, we live by in this land
By these traditions, you my son must stand
You are too young to choose a worthy bride
Yet, you go against me, with such selfish pride
You owe this country, you owe this land
You donít have the powers in your hand
To change a single law of Betherland

I, I, I, I am king; I say sing you sing
When I say dance you dance
I say jump; your answer is how high
I say fly; you take it to the sky
Now, I say to you my son; you must take your stand
You will not change the laws of Betherland


Wicked Witch:
You, my sweet and innocent friend, are going to help me become the twin sister to Princess Ann. I want to look exactly like Princess Ann.

Little Fairy:
But, if you look exactly like Princess Ann, no one will know that you are the wicked witch.

Wicked Witch:
Now, you are getting the picture. I donít want anyone to know that I am Wicked Witch. Hereís the plan. You and I will take a little trip to Dreamland. We are going to find out what Princess Ann looks like. You are a sweet little Fairy. People love and trust you. You will be able to get inside the palace. Once inside, you will take one of Princess Annís photos. Then you will bring it to me. We will return to Betherland and I will disguise myself to look exactly like Princess Ann.

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Reader Reviews for "The Prince of Betherland"

Reviewed by Morning Star 4/12/2008
Wow Mary I love what I have red of this book
I'm sure its going to be at best seller list
On the children's story book
Peace Love and light...Morning star

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