This Halloween play - The Vanishing Pumpkin - is the latest 'seasonal offering' from playwright/teacher Sue Russell. It is intended as a fun performance - requiring minimal preparation, and easily adaptable to any class size, ranging from 17 upwards. (The seating plan/order of appearance which is included covers a class of 28 but the numbers can be easily cut to as few as 17 without having any impact on the actual script). It is suitable for elementary and middle school and could easily be adapted for High School (with a slightly more risquÃ© choice of music - for this, email me on email@example.com - I have plenty of suggestions!)
The duration (around 10 minutes) depends upon length of musical extracts:
1. Disney Haunted House
2. Witch Queen of New Orleans - Redbone - *chorus (or whole song may be sung, this 'sketch' with one Witch Queen replacing that of 3 witches from Macbeth)
3. Ghostbusters Theme Music
4. Fire! I'll Teach you to Burn - Arthur Brown
5. Thriller - Michael Jackson
6. Ghostbusters Theme Music
7. Ghostbusters Theme Music
Additional or alternative music suggestions:
1. Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group
2. Witchy Woman - The Eagles
These are suggestions so can be used or not as required.
The cast consists of three judges plus 'Talent Show' contestants. These are:
Rat(s) and bat(s)
Were wolf (ves) and monster(s)
Plus a Ghost, and three Ghostbusters!
The Plot: Without wishing to give too much away (!) the Pumpkin is the prize, and the Ghost is, shall we say, 'around', when it disappears.
This play is a little different from Sue's usual class plays which, being based on the curriculum, have a far greater emphasis on education than entertainment. This is the latest in a collection of 'one off' plays, celebrating certain festivals/themes during the year. Check out Sue's website www.plays-r-ussell.com for a complete listing of her work.
Music 6 Ghostbusters Theme Music
(Ghostbusters dash back onto stage. Ghost can be seen by audience 'wafting' in the background, off to the side, before making off with the prize pumpkin. Rest of cast fails to see Ghost as they are distracted by Ghostbusters)
Judge 1: Oh my! As if we haven't got enough problems!
Judge 2: What are you doing here?
Judge 3: (Laughing) Not still looking for imaginary ghosts?!
(Everyone falls about laughing)
Ghostbusters 1: So what's so funny?
Ghostbusters 2: Yeah! Do tell us the joke!
Ghostbusters 3: Anyone would think you don't believe in ghosts!
Whole cast: (Shouting) We don't!
Ghostbusters 1: You're kidding, right?
Ghostbusters 2: How could you not believe in ghosts?
Ghostbusters 3: When the evidence is right in front of your eyes!
Judge 1: What do you mean?
Ghostbusters 1: So, tell us. Where is your prize pumpkin?
(Whole cast gasps in horror)
Judges: (Together) It's gone!
Ghostbusters 2: (Sarcastically) Oh, you're quick!
Ghostbusters 3: And who or what do you think has taken it?
(Whole cast shrug their shoulders)