Act 1: Scene 1
NARRATOR: Once upon a time, in a land far, far away...
The curtains are down with a forest scene on them. A large bush sits stage right and another stage left. A third medium sized bush and a tree stump sit mid stage, center stage. It is night. Enter DENMAD and NELLA from the rear of the theater, running to the front of the stage. DENMAD, wearing a brown tunic, is cut across the chest and bleeding. NELLA, wearing a dark red tunic with a dark blue cloak, is holding a baby, covered in a similar colored blanket. DENMAD falls to his knees, NELLA rushes to his side.
DENMAD: They are getting closer; I can feel them. Is there a safe place nearby that you can take her?
NELLA: My parents, they just live down that lane.
DENMAD: Go, take her to them. I’ll hold them off as long as I can. Standing, he takes the child into his arms. Goodbye my princess, may you find your happy ending.