The Butterfly Queen by Christian Kiley - Theatrefolk

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The Butterfly Queen

Recommended for High Schools

The Butterfly Queen

by Christian Kiley

A touching ensemble piece where sacrifice is as simple as a pair of wings.

 About 25 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks


 19
3M | 4W | 12 Any Gender


Simple set


 19 pages

Drama Issue-Based Movement-based

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One teacher protects her class from danger. One bystander helps someone timid overcome a fear. One stranger saves another from a burning building.

We all have the capacity to put others before ourselves regardless of the consequences. That is the theme of The Butterfly Queen.

A touching ensemble piece where sacrifice is as simple as a pair of wings.

Free Classroom Study Guide

Awards and Accolades

  • Medomak Valley High School - Class A Runner-up 2018 Maine Drama Festival, 2 students named to All Star Festival Cast, special commendation for lighting
19 Characters
3M, 4W, 12 Any Gender

Characters in this play are currently identified as male or female. Directors are welcome to assign any gender (binary or non-binary) to any character and modify pronouns accordingly.

Teacher (Miss Victoria) [W] 29 lines
A brave and selfless teacher. Her lessons reverberate through the lives of her students.
Greg [M] 21 lines
An inquisitive student. Sometimes disruptive, but never boring.
Madison [W] 1 line
A girl in Miss Victoria’s class.
Donna [W] 1 line
Another girl in Miss Victoria’s class.
Wasp [M] 19 lines
The ever-present antagonist. A threat to caterpillars everywhere.

Students 1-17: Miss Victoria’s Students. They help those around them however they can.
Student #1 [A] 2 lines
Student #2 [A] 1 line
Student #3 [A] 1 line
Student #4 [A] 2 lines
Student #5 [A] 7 lines
Student #6 [A] 1 line
Student #7 [A] 11 lines
Student #8 [A] 21 lines
Student #9 [A] 1 line
Student #10 [A] 1 line
Student #11 [A] 1 line
Student #12 [A] 1 line
Student #13 [A] 1 line
Student #14 [A] 1 line
Student #15 [A] 1 line
Student #16 [A] 1 line
Student #17 [A] 1 line
Pedestrian [A] 3 lines
Get away from him! He’s walking here!
Dad [A] 7 lines
Caught up in an argument.
Mom [A] 7 lines
Just wants the argument to stop.
Child [A] 0 lines
Caught between the two parents.
Kid [A] 5 lines
Just a regular kid. Doesn’t want trouble.
Sidekick 1 & 2 [A] 1, 1 lines
Repeats the bully’s sentences for dramatic effect.

Persons 1-3: Caught in, or witness to a burning building. Caught a glimpse of a person with… wings?
Person 1 [A] 7 lines
Person 2 [A] 4 lines
Person 3 [A] 5 lines
Timid [A] 11 lines
Has trouble crossing the street.
Worker [A] 4 lines
Tries their best, despite criticism.

Criticals 1-8:If they can’t say anything nice, why say anything at all?
Critical 1 [A] 2 lines
Critical 2 [A] 1 line
Critical 3 [A] 1 line
Critical 4 [A] 1 line
Critical 5 [A] 1 line
Critical 6 [A] 2 lines
Critical 7 [A] 1 line
Critical 8 [A] 2 lines
Jumper [A] 8 lines
A desperate person, at the brink of the abyss.
Onlookers
No lines. Played by ensemble.

Prop List

pile of sweatshirts (one for each student), prop weapon (optional)

Production Photos

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