The Legend of Betsy Ross and the First Flag

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Betsy Ross is sewing the first American Flag.

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©  THE LEGEND OF BETSY ROSS AND THE FIRST FLAG

 

 

CHARACTERS:

GEORGE WASHINGTON

GEORGE ROSS

ROBERT MORRIS

BETSY ROSS

CHILD 1

CHILD 2

 

SCRIPT:

 

ACT 1 –  AT BETSY’S ROSS HOUSE

 

(George Washington, George Ross y Robert Morris stand outside the house of Betsy Ross)

 

GEORGE ROSS:  Well, this is it.

 

ROBERT MORRIS:  So this is your niece’s house?.

 

GEORGE ROSS:  Yes, this is her place.  And I can reassure you that she’s a very good seamstress.

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON:  Indeed she is.  She has embroidered some of my shirts ruffles.  I know she has great skill with a needle.

 

ROBERT MORRIS:  (knocking at the door)  Let’s see if she’s home.

 

(Betsy Ross opens the door.  She looks surprised)

 

BETSY ROSS:  (To George Ross) Oh, uncle George, what a nice surprise.

 

GEORGE ROSS:  Betsy…General George Washington, and Colonel Robert Morris want to talk to you.

 

BETSY ROSS:  Sure, please come in. (The three men enter into the living room) It’s an honor to have you in my house.  Please, sit down.

 

(They sit)

 

GEORGE ROSS:  Betsy… General Washington has a very special request for you.

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON:  Mrs. Ross, I know that you are the best seamstress in Philadelphia, and I have a very important job I would like you to do.

 

BETSY ROSS: Tell me.  What can I do for you?.

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON:  We need a flag to give people a visual symbol of the new, free and independent nation that is being formed.  For this reason I’m asking you, if you can sew the first American flag.

 

ROBERT MORRIS:  (He takes out a paper from his pocket, and gives it to Betsy )  Please, take a look at this drawing we have.

 

BETSY ROSS:  (looking at the paper)  I don’t know if I can, but I will try, if you allow me to make some changes.

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON:  What do you have in mind?.

 

BETSY ROSS:  Well, you have designed a circle group of thirteen-six pointed stars, and I suggest five-pointed stars. 

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON:  A five-pointed star is hard to make!.

 

BETSY ROSS:  As a matter of fact, they are easier to cut.  Look. (she takes a piece of paper, folds it deftly, and with a single snip of her scissors, she makes a symmetrical five-pointed star)

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON:  (to George Ross and Robert Morris)  What do you think?. 

 

ROBERT MORRIS:  I can see no problem, General.

 

GEORGE ROSS:  Me neither.

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON:  It’s fine with me too.  We accept your suggestion.

 

BETSY ROSS:  Very good!.   Now tell me…why you placed the thirteen stars in a circle?.  What does it mean?.

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON:  Each star represents each one of our colonies, and they are in a circle, so that no one colony is viewed above another.  These thirteen stars in a circle stand as a new constellation in the heavens!.

 

BETSY ROSS:  Oh, I see.  Those stars will be in the upper left corner on a blue field for freedom and justice.   It will have thirteen red and white alternating stripes with a red stripe on the top and on the bottom. Red stripes for the blood and sacrifice, and white stripes for love and peace. And instead of a square flag, as you have sketched. I recommend a rectangular shaped flag (she pauses) See General, if I make it square, it will look wider, while a rectangular flag will look beautiful waving in the wind.

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON:  Very well, Mrs. Ross.  How soon  can you start working on the flag?.

 

BETSY ROSS:  I realize, that this is a very important assignment, so I’ll start working on the flag immediately.

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON:  Good!.  When can you have it ready?.

 

BETSY ROSS:  In just a couple of days.

 

 GEORGE ROSS:  Fine, we must go now.  We’ll be back in two more days.

 

(They leave the stage)

 

ACT 2 –  AT BETSY’S ROSS HOUSE

 

(George Washington, George Ross, and Betsy Ross are in the living room.  The American flag is on a center table)

 

BETSY ROSS:  (looking at the flag) The flag is ready, General.

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON: (looking closely at the flag)  It’s just what I expected!.

 

BETSY ROSS:  I’m glad you like it.

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON:  (lifting the flag)  Look at it.  We have our flag at last; symbol of our new country, the United States of America and of the land of the free!.

 

(Two children enter the room/stage, and stand in the middle of the room/stage.  One of them has the flag made by Betty Ross, and the other one has today’s  American flag.  They say the Pledge of Allegiance)

 

CHILD 1: I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,

 

CHILD 2: And to the Republic for which it stands;

 

CHILD 1:  One Nation under God, indivisible,

 

CHILD 2: With Liberty and Justice for all.

 

CHILD 1 AND 2:  God Bless America!.

 

THE END

 

Author:  K I D S I N C O

 

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