The Boston Tea Party

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©  THE BOSTON TEA PARTY

 

One of the major events that led to the American Revolution was the anger of a group of Boston citizens to the British tax on tea imported to the colonies.

 

THE BOSTON TEA PARTY was a raid by American colonists on British ships in Boston Harbor. It took place on December 16, 1773. A group of citizens disguised as Indians, armed with tomahawks threw the contents of 342 chests of tea into the bay in retaliation over a tax which had been placed by the British Parliament on tea coming into the colonies. The colonists called town meetings and came up with resolutions to stop the importation.

 

CHARACTERS:

SAMUEL ADAMS

COLONIST 1

COLONIST 2

COLONIST 3

COLONIST 4

COLONIST 5

COLONIST 6

COLONIST 7

COLONIST 8

COLONIST 9

COLONIST 10

COLONIST 11

COLONIST 12

COLONIST 13

COLONIST 14

CREW 1

CREW 2

CREW 3

CAPTAIN

INDIAN 1

INDIAN 2

INDIAN 3

INDIAN 4

INDIAN 5

INDIAN 6

CROWD

 

 

 SCRIPT:

 

 ACT I

 

 SCENE 1 – AT THE OLD SOUTH CHURCH

 

 – Lights Off –

 

 (Only the voice of the narrator is heard)

 

NARRATOR:  It was a cold rainy day, on December 16, 1773, when thousands of angry colonists gathered at the Old South Church, in Boston, Massachusetts.  It was the first step toward freedom of our great nation, the United States of America.   

 

 – Lights On –

 

 (Samuel Adams is standing in the middle of the room/stage surrounded by the colonists)

 

SAMUEL ADAMS:  Friends!.  Countrymen!.  Old England and crazy King George III, are asking for taxes on our favorite drink.  Tea!.

 

COLONIST 1:  Why do we have to pay taxes to that old and fat England which is thousands of miles away?.

 

COLONIST 2:  That’s ridiculous!.

 

COLONIST 3:  We need to do something about this!.

 

COLONIST 4:  England has never done anything for us, and now they want to take our money!.

 

COLONIST 5:  Everything is taxed!.

 

CROWD:  No more taxes!.

 

COLONIST 6:  Sugar is taxed.  Newspapers are taxed.

 

COLONIST 7:  If we allow more taxes, they will take all our money without giving us anything in return.

 

COLONIST 8:  I can’t afford to pay that ridiculous amount of taxes!.

 

COLONIST 9:  Me neither. I have a family to support!.

 

COLONIST 10:  It’s not fair!.

 

COLONIST 11:  We need to take action!.

 

COLONIST 12:  I think it’s best if the ships go back to Britain with their tea!.

 

COLONIST 13:  And it’s not about the money. It’s the fact that a distant country is trying to control our colonies.  We are free men!.

 

SAMUEL ADAMS:  The tea on British ships must not land on American soil, because if it does, a tax would be due upon it!.  We must destroy the tea!.   Are you with me?.

 

CROWD:  Yes!.  Yes!.  Yes!.

 

(Indians 1 -6 walk down the center aisle of the room and stand beside Samuel Adams)

 

INDIAN 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6:  We are the Sons of Liberty!.

 

COLONIST 14:  Tonight the Boston Harbor will be an enormous teapot!.

 

–  Lights Off –

 

(Only the voice of the narrator is heard)

 

NARRADOR:  The crowd, the colonists, and some leaders and businessmen disguised as Mohawk Indians went to Boston’s deck to board the ships that were loaded with tea.  Tonight they would do something that would change the history of our country.

 

SCENE 2 –  IN THE SHIP

 

(Only the voice of the narrator is heard)

 

NARRATOR:  The British crew was sleeping, when suddenly they heard a loud noise.  One of the crew members woke up, and saw the Indians climbing aboard the ship.

 

-Lights On –

 

CREWMAN 1:  Wake up!.  Wake up!.  The Indians are aboard the ship!.  They are stealing the tea!.

 

CREWMAN 2:  Come on, we are very tired!.

 

CREWMAN 1:  I’m telling you!.  The Indians are here!.

 

CREWMAN 3:  Indians?. Let’s stop them!.

 

(Crew members walk toward the Indians)

 

INDIAN 1:  Throw all the tea boxes into the sea!.

 

INDIAN 2:  I hate this tea.  Don’t leave any box aboard the ship!.

 

INDIAN 3:  British must know that we are against them!.

 

INDIAN 4:  Let’s hurry up!.

 

INDIAN 5:  Just the tea remember.  We are not to damage anything else!.

 

INDIAN 6:  We are almost finished!.

 

(The Indians see the crew members)

 

INDIAN 1:  The redcoats are here!.

 

CAPTAIN:  Stop it!.  On behalf of the King, you are under arrest!.

 

CREWMAN 4:  This is a ship from the England Royal Navy.  You must be loyal to the King, and you should obey the laws of England!.

 

INDIAN 1:  We will not obey those laws.  We live in a free country!.

 

INDIAN 2:  Let’s abandon the ship.  Our mission is accomplished.  All the tea is in the water!.

 

(The Indians leave the ship)

 

THE END

 

Author:  K I D S I N C O

 

Moral Value:  Freedom.  Courage

 

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