ENSEMBLE move into a straight line US with their backs to the audience, apart from two who are standing SL facing each other being doors. ANNA enters SR and as NARR. 1 is speaking, enters the room.
NARR. 1: So, for three wonderful weeks, Anna enjoyed herself by looking through all the rooms in the castle, exploring all the different chests and cupboards and wardrobes. She found statues and tapestries and dresses, and goodness only knows what else.
NARR. 2: In the fourth week, she started to get lonely, so she invited her sister to come and stay with her.
Enter SISTER SR. ANNA comes out of the room and closes the doors behind her. She goes to meet SISTER CS. They embrace.
ANNA: I'm so glad to see you!
SISTER: Me too! Well, are you going to show me around?
SISTER runs off SL.
NARR. 1: But not even the arrival of her sister could keep Anna's mind off that last room, the one she hadn't yet entered...
ANNA, CS, pulls the key from her pocket.
SISTER: (from offstage) Anna! Are you coming? I can't show myself around, you know!
ANNA: One minute!
ANNA runs off SL.
NARR. 1: (looking after ANNA) Do you suppose she'll go in the forbidden room?
NARR. 2: She might...
NARR. 1: What, without us? Let's go catch up with her, eh? After all, we want to be there when she opens the door...