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Circle Round Stories, 'The Troupe of Ten' | Ep. 163 (1)

'The Troupe of Ten' | Ep. 163 (1)

NARRATOR: There once was a troupe of actors. Ten talented performers, young and old, who traveled the country, putting on show after show – making their audiences laugh and cry and think.

The actors believed theater should be available to everyone, whether they were as rich as a lord or poor as a church mouse. So they didn't charge a cent for their shows; instead, they put on every performance for free!

But as a result, the actors didn't have much money themselves. So everywhere they went, they relied on the kindness of strangers. And most of the time, the troupe was greeted with open arms.

[SOT: knock, door opens]

ACTOR 2: Greetings, sir!

ACTOR 3: Now that we're done performing for the day…

ACTOR 4: …might you share a morsel with some hungry actors?

KIND MAN: Oh I can do more than ‘share a morsel'! I can offer you a meal! Please – join me and my family for dinner!

[SOT: knock, door opens]

ACTOR 5: Good evening, ma'am!

ACTOR 6: We couldn't help but notice this beautiful inn of yours.

ACTOR 7: Might you spare a bed or two for the night?

KIND WOMAN: I can spare plenty of beds for a talented troupe like yours! Come in! Come in!

NARRATOR: But there was one place where the troupe of ten received anything but a warm welcome.

[SOT: knock on large door, large door opens]

ACTOR 8: Greetings!

ACTOR 9: It's awfully hot out and we performers are parched!

ACTOR 10: Could you kindly share some cold water with a humble group of –

[SOT: large door slam]

NARRATOR: And I am sorry to say that this one place… was the royal palace. Home of the King and Queen.

You see, while everyone else in the country loved how the actors entertained them, making them laugh and cry and think, the King and Queen did not.

KING: My dear Queen! Can you believe that ragamuffin troupe of actors had the nerve to knock at our palace door yet again?!? ?

QUEEN: Who do those clowns think they are, anyway?!? Prancing about in cities, towns, and villages and telling their little stories?! ?

KING: And trying to make us laugh?! ?

QUEEN: And cry?! ?

KING: And think?! ?

QUEEN: And then they expect us to help support them?

KING: We must do something to tarnish this troupe's good name!

QUEEN: And show our people what good-for-nothing free-loaders these actors truly are!

NARRATOR: So the King and Queen tried coming up with a plan. They considered one option…

KING: How about…!?!? (pause) Nah. Forget it.

NARRATOR: …then another…

QUEEN: Oh, I know! What if we…? (pause) Nah. Scratch that.

NARRATOR: Until finally…

KING: / QUEEN: A-HA! !

NARRATOR: …they cooked up a scheme they were certain would work.

They began by summoning the royal chefs.

KING: Chefs, we want you to cook up a big breakfast – enough eggs, pancakes, porridge and tea for at least ten people!

QUEEN: Then set it up outside, in the marble courtyard in front of the palace!

NARRATOR: Next, the King and Queen summoned the royal treasurers.

KING: Treasurers, we want you to collect a big bag of gold coins from the royal treasury!

QUEEN: Then take the coins and scatter them all over the marble courtyard in front of the palace!

NARRATOR: Finally, they summoned the royal messengers.

KING: Messengers, we want you to send an invitation to every member of the traveling acting troupe.

QUEEN: Tell them they're invited to breakfast in the marble courtyard in front of the palace, tomorrow!

NARRATOR: The royal chefs, treasurers and messengers got right down to work, cooking food, gathering coins, and delivering invitations.

And as the king and queen went to bed that night, and thought about their brilliant scheme, they couldn't help… but smile.

[theme music in]

NARRATOR: What “brilliant scheme” do you think the king and queen are cooking up?

And what will become of the troupe of ten actors?

We'll find out, after a quick break.

[theme music out]

[BREAK]

[theme music in]

NARRATOR: Welcome back to Circle Round. I'm Rebecca Sheir. Today our story is called “The Troupe of Ten.”

[theme music out]

NARRATOR: Before the break, the King and Queen were hatching a plot to ruin the good name of a traveling acting troupe. So they invited the ten performers to breakfast in the courtyard in front of the palace.

When the actors received the invitation…

ACTOR 2: Breakfast…! ?

ACTOR 3: …in the palace courtyard?! ?

NARRATOR: …they could hardly believe it!

ACTOR 4: But the King and Queen despise us!

ACTOR 5: They think we're the worst!

ACTOR 6: Every time we knock on their door…

ACTOR 7: …they slam it in our face!

ACTOR 8: (thinking about it, hopeful) But maybe…

ACTOR 9: (thinking about it, hopeful) …if they're inviting us to breakfast…

ACTOR 10: (thinking about it, hopeful) …they've changed their minds!

TROUPE LEADER: Or maybe not!

NARRATOR: The leader of the acting troupe couldn't help but feel skeptical.

TROUPE LEADER: Ya know, I can't help but feel skeptical! After the cold shoulder the King and Queen have given us all these years, I trust them as far as I can throw them. And even though I work out, I doubt I can throw them very far. (beat) So listen. You know what an early riser I am. Tomorrow, I will wake before sunrise, sneak over to the palace, then see if there's any funny business going on. If there is, I'll make sure we're the ones who have the last laugh!

NARRATOR: Early the next morning, when the troupe leader snuck over to the palace and peered into the courtyard, her eyes widened as she beheld the wide-open space, its gleaming floor made of pure white marble. The whole thing was surrounded by marble columns, and lined with lush plants sprouting from fancy porcelain pots.

But in the middle of the courtyard, the troupe leader spied something that made her eyes grow even wider! The royal treasurers were holding big bags of gold coins, and sprinkling the coins all over the gleaming marble floor!

TREASURER 1: (with a gleeful laugh) Can you believe this plan the King and Queen have cooked up?

TREASURER 2: (with a gleeful laugh) It's brilliant!

TREASURER 1: When those good-for-nothing actors arrive and see all this gold lying on the ground, it's just a matter of time before at least one of them bends down and stuffs their pockets with coins!

TREASURER 2: Then they'll be arrested for stealing! The troupe's reputation will be ruined, and that'll be the end of them!

TREASURER 1: / TREASURER 2: (ad-lib laughter)

NARRATOR: Now that the troupe leader knew what the King and Queen were up to…

TROUPE LEADER: So that's what the King and Queen are up to!

NARRATOR: …she didn't waste a minute.

TROUPE LEADER: I mustn't waste a minute!

NARRATOR: She darted back to where the troupe was staying and rummaged through their costumes, props, and sets until she found what she was looking for.

TROUPE LEADER: A tin of wax. This'll be perfect!

NARRATOR: She shoved the tin of wax in her pocket, then woke everybody up.

TROUPE LEADER: Wake up, everybody! The King and Queen are expecting us for breakfast in just a few minutes! Since time is so short, all I'll say is this. When you get to the palace courtyard, do not pick anything up off the ground! No matter what! In fact, don't even look down, if you can help it. Now let's go!

NARRATOR: The troupe of ten got all ready and bustled over to the palace. When the actors walked into the courtyard, the King and Queen greeted them with big, phony grins.

KING: (with a fake smile) Welcome, dear actors!

QUEEN: (with a fake smile) It's an honor to have you!

KING: Please! Eat all you want!

QUEEN: And enjoy!

NARRATOR: The king and queen kept a watchful eye as the actors ate and drank and mingled. But to the royal couple's surprise, not one of the performers bent down to pick up any gold!

And yet, after breakfast was finished, and the actors said goodbye and left…

KING: What on earth?!? ?

QUEEN: It can't be!! !

NARRATOR: …not one gold coin was left on the ground!

KING: Those sly devils made off with our coins!

QUEEN: Yet we didn't see them do it!

NARRATOR: The King and Queen were determined to catch whichever of the actors stole the gold coins. So they cooked up another scheme.

KING: We'll ask the actors to attend a party in the palace ballroom this evening! With the finest food, the finest drink, and the finest music!

QUEEN: And we'll invite the actors to spend the night! Each in their own spacious room!

KING: We'll tell our guards to stay alert during the festivities, and find out which of the actors stole the gold coins.

QUEEN: Once they discover who's guilty, they won't say a word. Instead, after the party they'll sneak into their room, and draw an ink mark on their left hand while they sleep!

KING: The next morning, you and I will spot the ink mark, seize the culprit…

QUEEN: …and lock them up in jail!

KING: / QUEEN: (ad-lib self-satisfied laughter)

NARRATOR: So the King and Queen sent the troupe another invitation, for a dinner party that very same night.

[SOT: party music]

NARRATOR: Again, the actors were surprised, but they decided why not? We'll go to a dinner party at the palace!

And when they filed into the grand ballroom, the King and Queen greeted them with even bigger, phonier grins than they did that morning in the courtyard.

KING: (with an even faker smile) Greetings, beloved actors!

QUEEN: (with an even faker smile) We're delighted to see you again!

KING: Please! Enjoy the food, drink, and music!

QUEEN: And enjoy your spacious rooms! We are honored to have you as our guests.

[SOT: party hubbub + music]

NARRATOR: The King and Queen posted guards all over the ballroom. And as the guests dined and drank and danced, one of the guards happened to overhear a young actor talking with the troupe leader.

ACTOR 6: All of us actors are dying to know! How did you make off with the gold coins this morning? Can you share your secret?

NARRATOR: The troupe leader gave the boy a smile.

TROUPE LEADER: Well, I probably shouldn't talk about it here, but with all this food, drink, and music, it isn't like anybody's listening. (beat) The secret… was wax!

ACTOR 6: Wax?!? ?

TROUPE LEADER: Yes! I put wax all over the bottom of my shoes! Then, as I walked around the marble courtyard, the coins got stuck to the wax! And the king and queen were none the wiser!

ACTOR 6: That's brilliant!

TROUPE LEADER: It is, isn't it. (beat) But here's the thing. I just wanted to teach the King and Queen a lesson! Remember those big potted plants that were surrounding the courtyard? Before we left, I secretly – [stops short]

NARRATOR: The troupe leader stopped short. For out of the corner of her eye she noticed one of the palace guards giving her a strange look.

The troupe leader was certain she'd been overheard, and that her goose was cooked. Yet for the rest of the party, nothing happened! The guard never said a word!

[SOT: party hubbub/music fades out]

NARRATOR: Later that night, when the food, dance and drink came to an end, the actors retired to their spacious rooms to go to bed. Their mattresses were softer than bags of marshmallows, and one by one…

[SOT: the below will overlap, for a quick montage effect]

ACTOR 2: (ad-lib sleep/snore)

ACTOR 3: (ad-lib sleep/snore)

ACTOR 4: (ad-lib sleep/snore)

NARRATOR: …room by room…

ACTOR 5: (ad-lib sleep/snore)

ACTOR 6: (ad-lib sleep/snore)

ACTOR 7: (ad-lib sleep/snore)

NARRATOR: …all of the actors fell asleep.

ACTOR 8: (ad-lib sleep/snore)

ACTOR 9: (ad-lib sleep/snore)

ACTOR 10: (ad-lib sleep/snore)

NARRATOR: …well, all of the actors except for one: the troupe leader. Even though the guard had left her alone for the rest of the party, she was nervous.


'The Troupe of Ten' | Ep. 163 (1)

**NARRATOR:** There once was a troupe of actors. Ten talented performers, young and old, who traveled the country, putting on show after show – making their audiences laugh and cry and think.

The actors believed theater should be available to everyone, whether they were as rich as a lord or poor as a church mouse. So they didn't charge a cent for their shows; instead, they put on every performance for free!

But as a result, the actors didn't have much money themselves. So everywhere they went, they relied on the kindness of strangers. And most of the time, the troupe was greeted with open arms.

**[SOT: knock, door opens]**

**ACTOR 2:** Greetings, sir!

**ACTOR 3:** Now that we're done performing for the day…

**ACTOR 4:** …might you share a morsel with some hungry actors? 演员 4:……你可以和一些饥肠辘辘的演员分享一点吗?

**KIND MAN:** Oh I can do more than ‘share a morsel'! I can offer you a meal! Please – join me and my family for dinner! 请 - 加入我和我的家人共进晚餐!

**[SOT: knock, door opens]**

**ACTOR 5:** Good evening, ma'am!

**ACTOR 6:** We couldn't help but notice this beautiful inn of yours.

**ACTOR 7:** Might you spare a bed or two for the night?

**KIND WOMAN:** I can spare plenty of beds for a talented troupe like yours! 善良的女人:我可以为你这样的才华横溢的剧团腾出足够的床位! Come in! Come in!

**NARRATOR:** But there was one place where the troupe of ten received anything but a warm welcome. 旁白:但是有一个地方,十人剧团除了热烈的欢迎之外什么都没有。

**[SOT: knock on large door, large door opens]**

**ACTOR 8:** Greetings!

**ACTOR 9:** It's awfully hot out and we performers are parched!

**ACTOR 10:** Could you kindly share some cold water with a humble group of – 演员 10:你能不能和一群卑微的人分享一些冷水——

**[SOT: large door slam]**

**NARRATOR:** And I am sorry to say that this one place… was the royal palace. Home of the King and Queen.

You see, while everyone else in the country loved how the actors entertained them, making them laugh and cry and think, the King and Queen did not. 你看,虽然这个国家的其他人都喜欢演员们娱乐他们的方式,让他们笑着哭着思考,但国王和王后却不喜欢。

**KING:** My dear Queen! Can you believe that ragamuffin troupe of actors had the nerve to knock at our palace door yet again?!? 信不信,那个拉格玛芬剧团居然又敢敲我们的宫门?!? ?

**QUEEN:** Who do those clowns think they are, anyway?!? Prancing about in cities, towns, and villages and telling their little stories?! 在城市、城镇和村庄中腾跃,讲述他们的小故事?! ?

**KING:** And trying to make us laugh?! ?

**QUEEN:** And cry?! ?

**KING:** And think?! ?

**QUEEN:** And then they expect us to help support them? 女王:然后他们希望我们帮助支持他们?

**KING:** We must do something to tarnish this troupe's good name!

**QUEEN:** And show our people what good-for-nothing free-loaders these actors truly are!

**NARRATOR:** So the King and Queen tried coming up with a plan. They considered one option…

**KING:** How about…!?!? (pause) Nah. Forget it.

**NARRATOR:** …then another…

**QUEEN:** Oh, I know! What if we…? (pause) Nah. Scratch that.

**NARRATOR:** Until finally…

**KING: / QUEEN:** A-HA! !

**NARRATOR:** …they cooked up a scheme they were certain would work. 旁白:……他们制定了一个他们确信会奏效的计划。

They began by summoning the royal chefs. 他们首先召集了皇家厨师。

**KING:** Chefs, we want you to cook up a big breakfast – enough eggs, pancakes, porridge and tea for at least ten people! KING:大厨们,我们要你们做一顿丰盛的早餐——至少够十个人吃的鸡蛋、煎饼、粥和茶!

**QUEEN:** Then set it up outside, in the marble courtyard in front of the palace!

**NARRATOR:** Next, the King and Queen summoned the royal treasurers.

**KING:** Treasurers, we want you to collect a big bag of gold coins from the royal treasury! KING:司库,我们要你们从王室的宝库中收集一大袋金币!

**QUEEN:** Then take the coins and scatter them all over the marble courtyard in front of the palace! 王后:那就把钱币拿来,撒在宫殿前的大理石庭院里!

**NARRATOR:** Finally, they summoned the royal messengers. 旁白:最后,他们召唤了皇家使者。

**KING:** Messengers, we want you to send an invitation to every member of the traveling acting troupe. KING:信使,我们希望您向巡回演出团的每一位成员发出邀请。

**QUEEN:** Tell them they're invited to breakfast in the marble courtyard in front of the palace, tomorrow! 王后:告诉他们,明天他们被邀请到宫殿前的大理石庭院吃早餐!

**NARRATOR:** The royal chefs, treasurers and messengers got right down to work, cooking food, gathering coins, and delivering invitations. 旁白:皇家厨师、司库和信使立即开始工作,烹饪食物,收集硬币,传递请柬。

And as the king and queen went to bed that night, and thought about their brilliant scheme, they couldn't help… but smile. 那天晚上国王和王后上床睡觉时,想到他们的绝妙计划,他们忍不住……笑了。

**[theme music in]**

**NARRATOR:** What “brilliant scheme” do you think the king and queen are cooking up?

And what will become of the troupe of ten actors?

We'll find out, after a quick break. 我们会在短暂休息后找出答案。

**[theme music out]**

**[BREAK]**

**[theme music in]**

**NARRATOR:** Welcome back to Circle Round. 旁白:欢迎回到 Circle Round。 I'm Rebecca Sheir. Today our story is called “The Troupe of Ten.”

**[theme music out]**

**NARRATOR:** Before the break, the King and Queen were hatching a plot to ruin the good name of a traveling acting troupe. 旁白:休息前,国王和王后正在策划一场阴谋,要毁掉一个巡回演出团的好名声。 So they invited the ten performers to breakfast in the courtyard in front of the palace. 于是,他们邀请了十位表演者在宫殿前的院子里吃早餐。

When the actors received the invitation… 当演员们收到邀请时……

**ACTOR 2:** Breakfast…! ?

**ACTOR 3:** …in the palace courtyard?! ?

**NARRATOR:** …they could hardly believe it! 旁白:……他们简直不敢相信!

**ACTOR 4:** But the King and Queen despise us! 演员 4:但是国王和王后鄙视我们!

**ACTOR 5:** They think we're the worst! 演员 5:他们认为我们是最糟糕的!

**ACTOR 6:** Every time we knock on their door… 演员 6:每次我们敲他们的门……

**ACTOR 7:** …they slam it in our face! 演员 7:……他们把它砸在我们脸上!

**ACTOR 8:** (thinking about it, hopeful) But maybe…

**ACTOR 9:** (thinking about it, hopeful) …if they're inviting us to breakfast…

**ACTOR 10:** (thinking about it, hopeful) …they've changed their minds!

**TROUPE LEADER:** Or maybe not!

**NARRATOR:** The leader of the acting troupe couldn't help but feel skeptical. 旁白:剧团领队不禁怀疑。

**TROUPE LEADER:** Ya know, I can't help but feel skeptical! After the cold shoulder the King and Queen have given us all these years, I trust them as far as I can throw them. And even though I work out, I doubt I can throw them very far. 即使我锻炼了,我怀疑我能把它们扔得很远。 (beat) So listen. You know what an early riser I am. 你知道我是个早起的人。 Tomorrow, I will wake before sunrise, sneak over to the palace, then see if there's any funny business going on. If there is, I'll make sure we're the ones who have the last laugh! 如果有,我会确保我们是笑到最后的人!

**NARRATOR:** Early the next morning, when the troupe leader snuck over to the palace and peered into the courtyard, her eyes widened as she beheld the wide-open space, its gleaming floor made of pure white marble. The whole thing was surrounded by marble columns, and lined with lush plants sprouting from fancy porcelain pots. 整栋楼被大理石柱子包围着,两旁种满了从精美瓷盆中长出的茂盛植物。

But in the middle of the courtyard, the troupe leader spied something that made her eyes grow even wider! 可就在院子中央,班长却发现了什么,让她的眼睛瞪得更大了! The royal treasurers were holding big bags of gold coins, and sprinkling the coins all over the gleaming marble floor! 皇室司库拿着大袋金币,将金币洒在闪闪发光的大理石地板上!

**TREASURER 1:** (with a gleeful laugh) Can you believe this plan the King and Queen have cooked up? 掌柜1:(高兴地笑)你能相信国王和王后策划的这个计划吗?

**TREASURER 2:** (with a gleeful laugh) It's brilliant! 掌柜 2:(愉快地笑)太棒了!

**TREASURER 1:** When those good-for-nothing actors arrive and see all this gold lying on the ground, it's just a matter of time before at least one of them bends down and stuffs their pockets with coins! 掌柜1:当那些没用的演员来了,看到地上全是金子,他们中至少有一个弯下腰,把硬币塞进口袋里,这只是时间问题!

**TREASURER 2:** Then they'll be arrested for stealing! 掌柜2:那他们会因为偷窃被捕! The troupe's reputation will be ruined, and that'll be the end of them! 剧团的名声就毁了,就完蛋了!

**TREASURER 1: / TREASURER 2:** (ad-lib laughter) 财务官 1:/财务官 2:(即兴笑声)

**NARRATOR:** Now that the troupe leader knew what the King and Queen were up to… 旁白:既然团长知道国王和王后要做什么……

**TROUPE LEADER:** So that's what the King and Queen are up to! 团长:所以这就是国王和王后的目的!

**NARRATOR:** …she didn't waste a minute. 旁白:……她没有浪费一分钟。

**TROUPE LEADER:** I mustn't waste a minute! 班长:我不能浪费一分钟!

**NARRATOR:** She darted back to where the troupe was staying and rummaged through their costumes, props, and sets until she found what she was looking for. 旁白:她冲回剧团所在的地方,翻找他们的服装、道具和布景,直到找到她要找的东西。

**TROUPE LEADER:** A tin of wax. 班长:一罐蜡。 This'll be perfect!

**NARRATOR:** She shoved the tin of wax in her pocket, then woke everybody up. 旁白:她把一罐蜡塞进了她的口袋,然后把每个人都吵醒了。

**TROUPE LEADER:** Wake up, everybody! 团长:大家醒醒! The King and Queen are expecting us for breakfast in just a few minutes! 国王和王后等我们在几分钟内吃早餐! Since time is so short, all I'll say is this. 时间这么短,我就说这么多吧。 When you get to the palace courtyard, do not pick anything up off the ground! 到了宫庭,不要捡地上的东西! No matter what! 无论! In fact, don't even look down, if you can help it. 事实上,如果你能帮助它,甚至不要往下看。 Now let's go! 现在我们走吧!

**NARRATOR:** The troupe of ten got all ready and bustled over to the palace. 旁白:十人的剧团都准备好了,匆匆忙忙赶往皇宫。 When the actors walked into the courtyard, the King and Queen greeted them with big, phony grins. 当演员们走进院子时,国王和王后以假装的笑容迎接他们。

**KING:** (with a fake smile) Welcome, dear actors! KING:(假笑)欢迎,亲爱的演员们!

**QUEEN:** (with a fake smile) It's an honor to have you! 王后:(假笑)有你是我的荣幸!

**KING:** Please! Eat all you want!

**QUEEN:** And enjoy!

**NARRATOR:** The king and queen kept a watchful eye as the actors ate and drank and mingled. 旁白:国王和王后密切注意演员们的吃喝玩乐。 But to the royal couple's surprise, not one of the performers bent down to pick up any gold! 但令这对皇室夫妇惊讶的是,没有一个表演者弯下腰去捡金子!

And yet, after breakfast was finished, and the actors said goodbye and left… 然而,吃完早餐,演员们说再见就走了……

**KING:** What on earth?!? KING:到底是什么?!? ?

**QUEEN:** It can't be!! 王后:不可能!! !

**NARRATOR:** …not one gold coin was left on the ground! 旁白:……没有一枚金币留在地上!

**KING:** Those sly devils made off with our coins! KING:那些狡猾的恶魔抢走了我们的硬币!

**QUEEN:** Yet we didn't see them do it! 女王:然而我们没有看到他们这样做!

**NARRATOR:** The King and Queen were determined to catch whichever of the actors stole the gold coins. 旁白:国王和王后决心抓住偷走金币的演员。 So they cooked up another scheme. 于是他们制定了另一个计划。

**KING:** We'll ask the actors to attend a party in the palace ballroom this evening! KING:今晚我们会请演员们参加在宫殿舞厅举行的派对! With the finest food, the finest drink, and the finest music!

**QUEEN:** And we'll invite the actors to spend the night! QUEEN:我们会邀请演员过夜! Each in their own spacious room! 每个人都在自己宽敞的房间里!

**KING:** We'll tell our guards to stay alert during the festivities, and find out which of the actors stole the gold coins. KING:我们会告诉我们的警卫在庆祝活动期间保持警惕,并找出哪些演员偷走了金币。

**QUEEN:** Once they discover who's guilty, they won't say a word. 王后:一旦他们发现谁是有罪的,他们不会说一个字。 Instead, after the party they'll sneak into their room, and draw an ink mark on their left hand while they sleep! 相反,派对结束后他们会偷偷溜进自己的房间,在他们睡觉的时候在左手上画一个墨迹!

**KING:** The next morning, you and I will spot the ink mark, seize the culprit… KING:第二天早上,你我会发现墨迹,抓住罪魁祸首……

**QUEEN:** …and lock them up in jail! 王后:……把他们关进监狱!

**KING: / QUEEN:** (ad-lib self-satisfied laughter) KING:/ QUEEN:(即兴发挥得意的笑声)

**NARRATOR:** So the King and Queen sent the troupe another invitation, for a dinner party that very same night. 旁白:所以国王和王后给剧团发出了另一份邀请,就在同一天晚上参加晚宴。

**[SOT: party music]**

**NARRATOR:** Again, the actors were surprised, but they decided why not? 旁白:演员们再次感到惊讶,但他们决定为什么不呢? We'll go to a dinner party at the palace! 我们要去皇宫参加晚宴!

And when they filed into the grand ballroom, the King and Queen greeted them with even bigger, phonier grins than they did that morning in the courtyard. 当他们鱼贯进入大宴会厅时,国王和王后用比那天早上在院子里更大、更假的笑容迎接他们。

**KING:** (with an even faker smile) Greetings, beloved actors! KING:(带着更假的微笑)大家好,亲爱的演员们!

**QUEEN:** (with an even faker smile) We're delighted to see you again! 王后:(带着更假的微笑)我们很高兴再次见到你!

**KING:** Please! Enjoy the food, drink, and music! 享受美食、饮品和音乐!

**QUEEN:** And enjoy your spacious rooms! 王后:享受您宽敞的房间吧! We are honored to have you as our guests. 我们很荣幸有您作为我们的客人。

**[SOT: party hubbub + music]**

**NARRATOR:** The King and Queen posted guards all over the ballroom. 旁白:国王和王后在整个舞厅里都布置了警卫。 And as the guests dined and drank and danced, one of the guards happened to overhear a young actor talking with the troupe leader. 而就在客人们吃喝玩乐跳舞的时候,其中一个侍卫无意中听到了一位年轻演员和班长的谈话。

**ACTOR 6:** All of us actors are dying to know! 演员 6:我们所有的演员都渴望知道! How did you make off with the gold coins this morning? 你今天早上是怎么弄到金币的? Can you share your secret? 你能分享你的秘密吗?

**NARRATOR:** The troupe leader gave the boy a smile. 旁白:团长给了男孩一个微笑。

**TROUPE LEADER:** Well, I probably shouldn't talk about it here, but with all this food, drink, and music, it isn't like anybody's listening. 团长:嗯,我可能不应该在这里谈论它,但是有这么多食物、饮料和音乐,它不像任何人都在听。 (beat) The secret… was wax! (节拍)秘密……是蜡!

**ACTOR 6:** Wax?!? 演员 6:蜡?!? ? ?

**TROUPE LEADER:** Yes! I put wax all over the bottom of my shoes! 我把蜡涂满了我的鞋底! Then, as I walked around the marble courtyard, the coins got stuck to the wax! 然后,当我在大理石院子里走来走去时,硬币粘在了蜡上! And the king and queen were none the wiser!

**ACTOR 6:** That's brilliant!

**TROUPE LEADER:** It is, isn't it. 团长:是的,不是的。 (beat) But here's the thing. I just wanted to teach the King and Queen a lesson! 我只是想给国王和王后一个教训! Remember those big potted plants that were surrounding the courtyard? 还记得院子里那些大盆栽吗? Before we left, I secretly – [stops short]

**NARRATOR:** The troupe leader stopped short. 旁白:团长突然停了下来。 For out of the corner of her eye she noticed one of the palace guards giving her a strange look. 因为她的眼角余光注意到一个宫廷侍卫用奇怪的眼神看着她。

The troupe leader was certain she'd been overheard, and that her goose was cooked. 班长确信她被偷听了,而且她的鹅已经煮熟了。 Yet for the rest of the party, nothing happened! 然而对于派对的其余部分,什么都没有发生! The guard never said a word! 守卫一言不发!

**[SOT: party hubbub/music fades out]** [SOT:派对喧嚣/音乐淡出]

**NARRATOR:** Later that night, when the food, dance and drink came to an end, the actors retired to their spacious rooms to go to bed. 旁白:那天晚上晚些时候,当食物、舞蹈和饮料结束时,演员们回到他们宽敞的房间上床睡觉。 Their mattresses were softer than bags of marshmallows, and one by one… 他们的床垫比一袋袋棉花糖还软,一个一个……

**[SOT: the below will overlap, for a quick montage effect]** [SOT:下面将重叠,以获得快速蒙太奇效果]

**ACTOR 2:** (ad-lib sleep/snore) 演员 2:(即兴睡眠/打鼾)

**ACTOR 3:** (ad-lib sleep/snore)

**ACTOR 4:** (ad-lib sleep/snore)

**NARRATOR:** …room by room…

**ACTOR 5:** (ad-lib sleep/snore)

**ACTOR 6:** (ad-lib sleep/snore)

**ACTOR 7:** (ad-lib sleep/snore)

**NARRATOR:** …all of the actors fell asleep.

**ACTOR 8:** (ad-lib sleep/snore)

**ACTOR 9:** (ad-lib sleep/snore)

**ACTOR 10:** (ad-lib sleep/snore)

**NARRATOR:** …well, all of the actors except for one: the troupe leader. Even though the guard had left her alone for the rest of the party, she was nervous. 尽管守卫一直让她一个人待在派对上,但她还是很紧张。