Of the six little plays in this volume, three are arranged primarily as frames for ballets. Dancing as a spectacle becomes increasingly popular, and the sketches I have provided may be found useful to those who are organising entertainments.
I have written all the plays with a view to their simplification if necessary. Even Venus and Cupid (the most ambitious of the dancing-sketches since it assumes a properly equipped stage) can be arranged less elaborately than it is written; while Queen Flora's Court - which provides a certain amount of acting, as well as dancing - and The Dryad's Awakening may well be performed out of doors. The Old Toys should be easy to produce without stage appliances, and though in Robin Goodfellow a little stage carpentry is suggested to heighten the effect, it is quite possible to dispense with its aid.