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This year's Panto Script - Part 3
Another perennial favourite, and again Spotlight has six versions to offer, plus one abridged version.
Cinderella by Dave Buchanan
Dave Buchanan’s update of his much-performed version of the classic tale. And there is much to enjoy: the vintage car scene, knockabout comedy with the Handymen, and a colourful scene set in the South Seas, which occurs when Fairy Foozle loses her bearings. Cinderella gets to dress up as Lady Gaga, while the Sisters do a rap and dance in a special edition of Strictly Come Dancing. Plus, there are new parody lyrics for Richard Rodgers’s “My Favourite Things” and Cole Porter’s “Let’s Fall In Love”.
Cinderella lives at Hardup Hall with her father, Baron Hardup, but has rather a hard time at the hands of stepmother Lady Hardup and stepsisters Tiger Lily and Trixibelle. The latter are determined that Cinderella shall not go to Prince Charming’s Grand Ball, but the Baron and his staff, Buttons, are equally determined that she shall. And of course she does, with the help of Fairy Godmum Foozle.
ISBN 1 904930 08 5
Cinderella by Nancy McPherson
The traditional story of Cinderella with all the familiar characters - the dashing Prince Charming, Dandini, the hilarious Swanky and Manky (the Ugly Sisters) and the unlucky-in-love Buttons. The addition of some very funny Scottish characters - King Airchie and Queen Isa of Caledonia, along with Fatchance and Naechance, the hapless Palace guards - injects a lot of humour. There is also much hilarity and action from Boab the Dug, the pet dog that Buttons keeps secretly in the Baron’s house.
Cinderella is relentlessly thwarted by her nasty step-mother, Baroness Soorface. Her father, Baron Henpecked, is such a wimp that he isn’t a great help! The baddies, Bella Botox and her apprentice son, Boris Botox, run a very dodgy beauty business and they create havoc throughout with their new gadget, the Botox Blaster. Good, of course, triumphs in the end, helped along by Merrymunch, the Good Fairy who is brilliant at magic, but she does have an eating problem!
This is an upbeat version of a classic with lots of audience participation and good opportunities for acting roles and chorus involvement.
Baron Hardup is hard up as usual, mainly due to the extravagant habits of his step-daughters Smelly and Snotty. But things get rapidly worse when King Desmond demands back taxes and sends the Broker's Women, Germaine and Greer, to collect them. Meanwhile his daughter Cinderella's chances of getting to the Grand Ball are zilch. But in the best showbiz tradition, and assisted by Buttons and her Fairy Godmother, she does go to the Ball, despite the best efforts of the Demon King.
ISBN 1 904930 09 3
Cinderellaby Craig Hewlett
This is a sparkling new version of the most loved of all pantos, with loads of knockabout comedy, very funny dialogue and a host of characters including comedy duo Dave and Nick and evil stepmother Devilla Cruel. Plus regulars Baron Hardup, the Ugly Sister Hernia and Nausea, Dandini and of course Cinders and her Prince Charming.
Ella's happy life is turned upside down when her father, Baron Harup re-marries the evil Devilla Cruel. Forced into service and sleeping in the fireplace, she is re-christened Cinder-Ella by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters Hernia and Nausea. A chance meeting gets her an invitation to Prince Charming's Birthday Ball and with the aid of her Fairy Godmother and her loyal friend Buttons she attends and subsequently falls in love with her Prince. Her new family finds out and determined to end her happiness lock her in the cellar when the Prince comes calling for the foot to fit the glass slipper. Buttons saves the day and they all live happily ever after.
ISBN 1 904930 68 9
A fun-filled version of the traditional favourite. Cinderella is the drudge of the household while her domineering step-mother Countess Verucca and step-sisters Hysteria and Amnesia have all the fun. Then Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother helps her to go to a Masked Ball at the palace, where Prince Charming falls in love with her. Cinderella has to leave the ball without revealing her identity, but despite frantic attempts by the Veruccas to prevent the Prince finding out who the mysterious masked lady is, love eventually triumphs over all.
ISBN 1 904930 97 2
Robin Bailes has produced a fresh version of the traditional story that is faithful to the original. Cinderella is the downtrodden daughter of Baron Bankrupp, and ill-treated by her stepmother Baroness Crimea Scrounge and her daughters Cholera and Rubella. However she does go to the Ball and meets her Prince Charming, aided by her pal Buttons and her Fairy Godmother.
This version has humour and slapstick in generous doses, and of course the unique Bailes & Hales parodies of popular songs, including Eye Of The Tiger, That’s Not My Name, and I Feel Pretty.
Cinderella lives at Hardup Hall, but has rather a hard time at the hands of stepmother Lady Hardup and stepsisters Tiger Lily and Trixibelle. The latter are determined that Cinderella shall not go to Prince Charming’s Grand Ball, but Buttons is equally determined that she shall. And of course she does, with the help of Fairy Godmum Foozle.