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This year's Panto Script - Part 6
Still undecided about this year’s panto script? Here are four you might consider, all of which feature a female lead character/heroine:-
The Wizard of Oz Pantomime
Adapted from L Frank Baum’s 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, the 1939 MGM film version has become one of the most famous movies of all time and spawned countless stage versions. To convert the text to pantomime format is no easy task, but Emma Houldershaw and Samantha Cartwright in their first joint venture have done just that. The result is a pantomime that is true to the original, innovative and lots of fun, with a Dame, a comic duo, a principal boy, and two fairies (well, one is the Wicked Witch of the West!). Plus a dog, Toto, and of course Dorothy’s companions Scarecrow, Lion and Tinman.
Send for a reading script and find out for yourself!
Join Dorothy and her dog Toto as she finds herself in the land of Oz. Follow her along the Yellow Brick Road, with her friends the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Lion, as she journeys to the Emerald City to ask the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, to send her home to Kansas. The four friends are unknowingly followed by Dorothy’s Auntie Em and farm hand Harry Trotter.
Meet Salt and Pepper, two flying monkeys who work for the Wicked Witch of the West, not quite as ‘street’ as they think they are, and not quite as bad as the Witch would like them to be. Will Dorothy make it to the Wizard without the Witch stopping her, and will she click her heels and discover there really is no place like home?
Click The Wizard of Oz Pantomime.
Joy Davis’s new offering is a fresh take on one of the Brothers Grimm’s less familiar tales. It’s a very funny traditional family pantomime that sticks close to the original plot; and as always with Joy’s pantos it has great songs, most of them with rewritten lyrics that specifically suit the plot.
Gothel the Witch is obsessed by being beautiful and achieves this by eating a magic plant called rapunzel from her garden. Liesl, her next door neighbour who is having a baby, has taken a fancy to eating the plant. She sends her husband, Kurt, over the garden wall to steal the leaves. Gothel catches Kurt and as a punishment takes their new-born baby, intending to keep the baby which has the magic from the plant in her hair. She calls the baby Rapunzel and takes her to live in a tall tower which has no door. During her girlhood Rapunzel’s hair just grows and grows and Gothel uses it as a means to get in and out of the tower.
Years later, Helga, Rapunzel’s grandmother, who has never give up hope of finding her, manages to track her down with the help of Prince Leopold and three robbers. But will they be able to get her out of the tower? And will Gothel ever let her go? All will be revealed!
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Alice in Wonderland
Susan Mosley has crafted a pantomimic version of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale with all the elements of a traditional panto: principal girl and boy, Dame, villain and comedy duo; all this while remaining faithful to the familiar plot.
Alice and her sister Lorinda are having a picnic in the countryside. Following an encounter with the White Rabbit she falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in Wonderland. She is followed by her sister and her mother, Flora Dora. At the Royal Palace she meets a host of characters including the Mad Hatter, Tweedledum & Tweedledee, and the King and Queen of Hearts.
At a croquet match Alice incurs the wrath of the Queen, and she is put on trial. After an encounter with the Jabberwocky the Queen is routed and all ends happily.
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The Snow Queen
Following the success of a certain animated movie which shall be nameless, Susan Mosley has written a sparkling and imaginative new version of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale. It has typical pantomimic features: Principal Boy and Girl, Dame, evil villainess and not one but two comedy duos. Plus, a bunch of incompetent robbers - and a reindeer!
The script is funny, and comes complete with production notes, FX list and a recommended song list. For a sample script, click here.
In the kingdom of Andersland the Snow Queen kidnaps Prince Darius to punish the royal family for her banishment years before. Princess Anya and two servants attempt a bold rescue mission. The King, Queen and Clara the cook all set off in quick pursuit. When Anya meets the dashing Prince Olav, she happily accepts his offer of help. Three robbers are also persuaded to help to defeat the Snow Queen. At the Ice Palace the Snow Queen tries to freeze Darius’s heart with a splinter but the goodies prevail in the end - of course!