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A story of redemption and self-discovery – with one small twist – well, maybe not so small when the whole plot hinges on it!
NB: This script is the Pinocchio class play adapted as a pantomime i.e. with addition of jokes, a larger than life Fairy as the Dame; and the script adjusted accordingly.
Music: there is quite an extensive playlist – 15! The choice of these numbers is totally discretionary.
Reading time – around 30 minutes not including music or jokes at the end.
4 scenes of approximately 5 - 10 minutes each – more with addition of jokes at the end.
Total performance time: around 40 – 50 minutes plus, depending on how much music is used and how many jokes told. The performance could be reduced substantially with omission of both music and jokes.
Narrator: Ah! There you are! At last! The good fairy! We’ve been waiting for you!
Fairy: Oh, you mean this script needs something good in it? Well, I couldn’t agree with you more!
(To audience) What a load of rubbish, eh? I’ve been sitting out in the wings
(Twirling, showing off her wings)
Beautiful, aren’t they? About time you all had a treat! This has to rate as one of the worst pantos
Narrator: (Interrupting furiously) Hey! Wait a minute! Wait a minute! So where have you been, all this time we have been performing our ‘oh so terrible pantomime’?
Fairy: Where have I been, darling?
(Twirling) Do you really need to ask? (Pauses) Well, getting ready of course! A fairy must always look her absolute best at all times, especially this time of year!
Narrator: (Aside to audience) Strikes me this fairy could spend a little more time down the gym!
Fairy: (Exploding) I beg your pardon! I trust you are not suggesting I lose any of (pauses as she tries to find her waist) this exquisite figure?
Narrator: Well, it might have helped you get here a bit quicker! Things have just been going from bad to worse, here on stage!
Fairy: Oh, you mean the Pinocchio thing?
Narrator: Er yes, it is his story we are telling here today!
Fairy: Ah well, then. My timing is perfect (pauses as she minces over to the audience) … as ever! Here I am!
Narrator: Just in the nick of time! We so need you – or rather, Pinocchio does!
Fairy: Yes, I have been watching this rather sad story unravel. That puppet certainly needs all the help he can get!
Narrator: But it has to be the right kind of help. He’s been receiving an unfortunate amount of the wrong type.
Fairy: What do you mean?
Narrator: Well, I’m afraid we have a slight glitch in the plot. You see, one of the good guys has turned bad!
Fairy: Oh no! That is bad news! And who might that be?
Also available from TpT and www.plays-r-ussell.com
· Pinocchio – cast of 6
· Rapunzel – cast of 6
· Little Red Riding Hood – cast of 6
· Cinderella – cast of 6
· Hansel and Gretel – cast of 6
· Rumpelstiltskin – cast of 6 (cast of 4, for more ‘mature’ readers, also available upon request)
These all come with synopses of the original tale, teaching input, discussion and follow up activity ideas.
And Class Plays/Assemblies:
· Pinocchio – Cast of 24 plus. Duration around 40 minutes but, as explained above, this time allowance can be reduced (almost halved) by omission of music.
· Snow White and the 22 Dwarfs – as assembly/class play (cast of 30) and as pantomime (cast of 30 or 60)
· Sleeping Beauty (cast of 30) – the importance of saying thank you
· Cinderella (cast of 30) – understanding ourselves a little better – not taking things like jealousy out on others; recognising how we feel and doing something positive about.
These assemblies/class plays have a strong PSHE element i.e. delivering a message of how we can try to improve ourselves. This is also true of the ‘cast of 6’ scripts, particularly the Cinderella one which has a strong message re: feeling good about yourself (inside and out).
These and many more alternative scripts (including other fairy stories such as Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, Classic Poems, Just So Stories and Shakespeare scripts) can be found in the Literature section of TpT and www.plays-r-ussell.com